Cava-Poo-Chon: Is It The Perfect Dog?

    November 20, 2013
    Emily Greene
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Move over labradoodles, there’s a new adorable dog breed in town.

The cava-poo-chon may be the dog of everyone’s dreams. This dog is smart, healthy, hypoallergenic, and will always have that puppy dog face.

The cava-poo-chon is a tribrid, also known as a “triple cross.” The dog is a mix of a cavalier King Charles spaniel and bichon frise mix bred with a miniature poodle. This new breed was created by Steve and Linda Rogers of Timshell Farm in Pine, Arizona with the help of a geneticist and reproductive veterinarian.

Of course, be prepared to spend a pretty penny if you want one. These forever youthful looking dogs will cost between $2,000 and $3,500, but you’ll be getting a bang for your buck because according to Linda Rogers this breed should be able to live for at least 20 years. You can even choose the color you would like your cava-poo-chon to be and whether you want a curly coat or a very curly coat.

Veteran trainer Steve Haynes of Fidelio Dog Works in Austin said, “There’s always been a market for these forever-ish young dogs. Until recently, specialized dogs like miniature Yorkies and miniature Maltese were the go-to dogs.” Haynes is currently working with 50 first-generation cava-poo-chons.

The American Kennel Club does not recognize the cava-poo-chon as a breed though. AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson said, “AKC does not recognize cross-bred or mixed breed dogs as official breeds. These dogs are the product of two purebred parents of different breeds, resulting in a litter of mixed breed puppies, not a new breed, according to our requirements.”

Darlene Arden, an author and certified animal behavior consultant, who is unfamiliar with the cava-poo-chon, was happy the Rogers’ used a genetecist. Arden does however believe too many breeders use “gimmicks” to get people to drop a hefty amount of cash on a dog. “There is no such thing as a teacup anything. It is a market term used by backyard breeders and commercial breeders so they can breed the smallest dogs that shouldn’t be bred and sell them for a whole lot of money. These dogs usually end up having health problems and most veterinarians don’t want to touch them because the organs are so small,” said Arden.

Owners of the tribrid have nothing to complain about when it comes to their cava-poo-chons.

Amy Wolf, the owner of 3-year-old Callie said, “Never have we had a more loving, sweet dog. She wants to say hello to everyone. We’ve met tons of people while walking her. We feel much more connected with this neighborhood than the previous one, all because of her. She makes us more approachable, and we feel a lot safer.” Because Callie is hypoallergenic, Wolf’s allergy ridden husband can still play with her.

Rogers added that 58 of the families who have already purchased a cava-poo-chon have come back for another one. Also, 12 of the dogs have already been certified to work as therapy dogs in nursing homes and hospitals.

You can’t look at a cava-poo-chon without awwwwing all over the place. Seriously, try it. I dare ya.

Seriously. Look. At. That. Face.

[Image via Twitter.]

  • http://yahoo pointsetta

    As cute as this dog is. We have enough unwanted dogs that need homes. Why bring another one into the mix. Just for money.

  • Dian

    This is disgusting! $2000 for a mutt! You can rescue 10 dogs from a shelter for that kind of money. Yes they’re cute, but dogs are being put to sleep every day because they do not have a home. And don’t get me started on the puppy mills!

  • Me

    Such a shame to create another breed. Save a life instead! There are sooo many homeless animals who need a family.

  • diana

    No one mentioned all the health problems inherent in each breed, especially the cavalier which is known for numerous health problems. Also, it might not be the dog for a person whose schedule it already filled to the max, like most of us. Because if you don’t have time to brush out that coat every day, you will be looking at a matted poodle…..not anything cute about it. Also, if even if they don’t shed, their hair WILL grow and need taken to the grooming shop regularly! More $$$$$

  • Kelly

    Instead of spending money on a hybrid breed, maybe someone should go to their local shelter and adopt a dog that needs a home. It is a shame that people only want a cute puppy. They don’t stay puppies. Honestly, shelter dogs are the best dogs you can get.

  • Leslie

    I have the perfect hybrid dog. She is a Great Pyrnewfie.(Great Pyrenee/Newfoundland) She is in no way hypoallergenic, I have to vacuum sometimes up to three times a day, and I refill her water at least 5 times a day due to the slobber. She weighs a 125 lbs but thinks she is a lapdog and absolutely nothing gets past her…especially the squirrel on the deck. She is very beautiful and I think she is the best dog in the world. And unlike this dog which was created intentionally, alas, she is what some would call a “mistake.” She is the product of a love between her mother a Great Pyrenee named Sally who gave me the stink eye when I took her baby away and Bear, who was a really mellow stud muffin of a Newfoundland.

    • http://none Peggy

      Here is the most important thing to consider when thinking about owning a pet and a dog in particular! What suits your life style?

      The pet needs your attention and proper care. If you don’t have the proper kind of place for your choice or your family is not right for your choice or you do not a schedule which will accommodate the pet, then maybe dog walking or sitting is better for you!

      Pets are certainly an added expense beyond the price you paid for them, and they will take more care than you might ever expect!

      They are also hard on your furnishings and carpets no matter how careful you may be!

      They are endlessly loving in most cases but easily abused by ignoring their definite needs for your own!

      Having a loving pet is so beneficial in so many ways, but they are a real responsibility never the less! So get the one you really like and are prepared to keep them respectfully and care for them in the best way. MIxed breed, designer animal. full pedigree or shelter animal is not nearly as important as your ability to care for them. They are mostly all lovable and all are anything but carefree! They are all needy in so many ways! Make sure you are seeing their needs over yours! Other than that they are adorable and loving additions to most homes! Enjoy!

  • Ronny

    I once paid $1400 for a pure breed Shitzu. After my Nanny left the door open and he escaped I just decided to get a black lab for $200. I was even contemplating adopting from te dog shelter.

    Not going to spend heavy money on a dog ever again,even if its a health issue that requires lots of money to adrress

    • Karen

      Ronny, I applaud the fact that you considered a shelter dog! Please DO keep thinking about getting a shelter dog if you are ever looking for a new buddy in the future. There are many lovely dogs in shelters and rescues all over the U.S., and many of them are purebreds if that is what you want.
      And the other really great thing about shelter dogs is that it seems as if they KNOW you saved them from the chopping block, and they are forever grateful! Some of the best dogs I have ever had have come from shelters . . .

  • Anne-Marie

    Gee, $2500 – $3000 for a mutt. Have we really reached the height of crass consumerism when we’re willing to shell out thousands of dollars for a mixed breed dog? Darn, animal shelters have been going about this all wrong. Instead of only charging a small sum, they should begin setting exorbitant fees and they would never have a filled facility if all it takes to make a dog “cachet” is to slap a ridiculous price tag on it. I feel pretty lucky that most of my mutts have been free (just paid $30 for a chow/retriever mix – expensive dog there, huh?). I did pay $700 for my GSD, but she did get shipped to me from North Carolina. My point in all this is that in the pursuit to have the best, we have totally lost perspective on the real value of anything. With an animal, the value lies not in what the dog is, but how he fits in your family and the joy you can give to each other – it’s a two-way relationship and should never be bound by the pretentious comment starter “I have a blah, blah, blah”. Yes, I did do that very thing, but more for a point. In actuality, my husband and I have two gargantuan wanna-be lapdogs with entirely different personalities who make us laugh regularly – there is their “value” to us. They only ask for the occasional “chewie” and good belly rubs and a comfy place to sleep (our bed if they can sneak up there).

  • Dian Waston

    I love all dogs an believe each of us have the right to choose the dog we like. This new breed looks cute and sweet and if you can afford $2-3,000.00 great. However, I also think we have many, many GREAT DOGS in shelters. It would be nice to save them from being euthanized and $203,000 would save alot.

  • http://www.puppyfacts.info Mary

    I do not like this designer dog crap at all! It’s all about the money and these poor dogs end up having terrible health problems. We have enough puppy mills cranking out these types of dogs in horrid conditions and there are plenty of dogs in shelters in need of homes. People really need to stop encouraging this nonsense!

  • JoAnn

    I think the dog is adorable. I have had many purebreed dogs & wouldn’t spend that much money for this new “breed.” I certainly understand why some would. The no barking is the most enticing about the breed for me. I had a no shed dog in the past and certainly would buy another. It is a known breed dog, very good natured & every nice thing you can say.
    I have 2 girls now but when they pass, & I decide to get another dog, I’ll go to the shelter & save a life.