Cavanese puppies are relatively new to the breeding market. We are overjoyed in having them born in our home as they are independent yet so loving. Being the mix between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Havanese (also called a Havana Silk Dog and in the Bishon Family) this little puppy/canine is the most affectionate, loving and mild tempered companion that one could ask for. I personally consider the Cavanese a dream puppy. The independent nature comes in gratefully by him/her not having to always be in your lap or lying on your feet! They are comfortable just being close enough to always keep an eye on their beloved ‘master’. But once you leave the room, 4 little feet quickly patter right behind and would follow you to the ends of the Earth.
They make great companions for children and have the advantage of learning quickly thus being able to successfully become therapy canines as well as the Cavapoo. Potty training is always easy and consistently followed unless they change environments, and then just a quick lesson and some patience and they are back on track.
Grooming is wonderful. The Cavanese do not shed like their Havanese parents/grandparents and are completely hypoallergenic. One can choose to keep their long silky hair by brushing often or can opt for a nice ‘puppy cut’ as we keep ours and is shown in the pictures. If I could use one word that would describe the Cavanese, I would choose obedient. Once they learn what you desire from them and learn how to interpret your requests, they are there! It really upsets them if they get confused in the request as it is solely their heart’s desire to please please please.
Cavanese come in a wide range of colors stemming from their Havanese family. They are know for color changing however as they become adults. So what you see at the puppy stage might change as they get older….For instance a black Cavanese or Havanese might be blue/gray as an adult. A sable Cavanese could very well be much lighter as an adult. To this day, I have never had one complaint about this color change, only compliments. Love is blind so they say……if they turned purple polkadot, once you have one, it IS THE ONLY ONE as you fall quickly and deeply in love!
Fortunately the Havanese have very few health problems and only minor ones when/if they should. They are small but stout and run with power and authority! The Cavanese usually take this side of the genetics and offer wonderful long years with the adoptive family.
Cavanese do not bark often but have been known on occasion to ‘howl’ when left alone. They are not a choice companion for guarding as they would probably run and hide somewhere after a few barks at an intruder.
Unlike the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Cavapoo, the Havanese and Cavanese would not dare think about getting in a car with strangers. They have wisdom and I know people would argue that statement but I can personally see it in their every life and decisions. They are epic problem solvers as well!
Lastly, the Havanese originated in and is the national dog of Cuba. Their history is colorful! I would suggest one considering this breed or a mix of this breed read the information! These wise dependable little canines would actually babysit the field workers children while their parents cared for the crops. The particulars of this I do not know, however stories say they would herd the children back in to the appropriate area if the child started straying away from the others or to a place of questionable safety.
In having both these breeds, I can certainly believe these stories by their obedience and higher level of intelligence. If you still have questions about the Cavanese or Havanese please feel free to contact us and we will be delighted to give references for those who have previously adopted our Cavanese babies!