The Cavachon is an outcome of the cross between Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise. The mix of both breeds makes the temperament of Cavachon happy, charming, and full of love. It can give birth to 2-4 puppies at a time. The development process of the puppies is fast compared to other medium and large breeds.
In this article, you will learn about the puppies of Cavachon and their development and behavior till they reach adulthood.
The newborn Cavachon are born fully furred but are blind, deaf, and toothless for some weeks. Since the puppies are unable to do anything besides feeding and sleeping, the mother takes care of them. She cleans them and their dirt, nurses them, and keeps them warm and cozy. The puppies are not able to defecate or pee on their own, so the mother licks their belly which stimulates them to defecate and urinate.
Make them a clean and warm place to stay and do not separate the puppies from their mother for a long period of time. The puppies are not able to generate their own body heat, so if they are kept away from the mother for long, they might die of hypothermia.
Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks)
From birth up to 2 weeks of the Cavachon puppy’s birth, it is called the neonatal stage. In this stage, the puppy is in one of its most vulnerable periods. They have to rely on the mother from feeding to cleaning themselves. During this time, the puppy should only be fed the mother’s milk. The milk is rich in colostrum which provides antibodies that protect the puppies from any serious health problem.
The puppies require about 90% of sleep daily for 2 weeks. It helps to develop their mind as well as body. You can see the puppy becomes double the size of its birth. The newborns use their front legs to crawl to the mother which helps in the development of their muscles and bones.
Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)
You will see a lot of changes in the body and behavior of the Cavachon’s puppies. In about 12-14 days, their eyes begin to open however the vision is still blurry. In about 16 days, they also are able to hear. They now know how the mother looks like and how she and other littermates sound like. You can see them communicating with each other by whining, grunting, barking.
The puppy are able to stand in about 15 days and take their first wobbly walk in 21 days. They now are little independent as they can urinate or defecate on their own with stimulation from the mother. They spend most of the days playing with other littermates and exploring the canine environment.
Socialization Stage (4-12 Weeks)
The first half of the socialization period is spent mostly with the mother and other littermates. The Cavachon learns manners, discipline, and to bite gently without hurting while playing with each other. It is also time for their basic training as they are like a sponge that soaks of every information thrown at them. Reward them with treats and lots of vocal praises, so they become more attentive and motivated.
At 8 weeks of age, you should take your Cavachon puppies out for socialization with different people and dogs. Introduce them gentle and properly, so they become comfortable around strangers and other dogs. If you socialize your puppy when they are still young, they grow up to be friendly and not scared of guests and visitors at home.
By the age of 1-3 months, the puppies start to sample solid food from the bowl of their mother. Feed your pup a good quality, balanced diet made especially for puppies of small size.
Juvenile Stage (3-6 Months)
You can see the Cavachon puppy look more like a younger version of its adult self. They are highly energetic at this age, so involve them in different activities that utilize their energy. The teeth start emerging which makes the puppy mouthy. They chew or bite anything they come across. Therefore, you should invest in some chewable toys, so the puppies do not damage any valuable items at home.
By the age of 6 months, the body growth of the Cavachon puppy is completed as in small sized breed, the growth rate is fast compared to other sized breeds. Their socialization and other commands should be continued till they reach adult. For feeding, provide them puppy food which should be divided into 3 meals a day.
Adolescence Stage (6-12 Months)
As the Cavachon reach 6 months, they are now considered an adult dog. They are se3xually matured now where the female experienced her first heat and male testosterone level increases. However, it is now the best time to involve them in breeding although they are sexually matured. They might have become an adult but are still not matured enough for breeding. Wait till they get at least 18 months old.
Switch the puppy food of your Cavachon dog to an adult dog food when they reach 6 months old. You can now reduce their meals to 2 times a day. Give them small task and advance training to keep them physically active and mentally stimulates. They do not require intense activities so 10-20 minutes a day is all they need.
Vaccination Chart for Cavachon
|6 to 8 Weeks||Distemper, parvovirus|
|10 to 12 Weeks||DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)|
|16 to 18 Weeks||DHPP, rabies|
|Every 1 to 2 Years||DHPP|
|Every 1 to 3 Years||Rabies (as required by law)|
Vaccination cost for Cavachon
The vaccination cost for the DHPP is around $75-$100 where as for the rabies is between $15-$20.
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