The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a regal, loving, and devoted dog breed. Their affectionate characteristics and adorable looks make them a popular breed, and they also make them a popular parent breed for dozens of different hybrids.
In fact, the Cavalier has been mixed with everything from the American Eskimo to the Chihuahua, and while all of these crossbreeds retain a degree of the original Cavalier King Charles’ temperaments and physical appearance, you also have to consider the other parent breed when trying to determine the likely traits of a designer breed.
Popular King Charles Cavalier Hybrid Breeds
It is understandable that breeders and owners alike value the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but you need to consider both parent breeds when looking at hybrids or designer dogs. Below are 20 of the most popular Cavalier King Charles crossbreeds, along with pictures and some common traits of the breed in question, to help ensure that you choose the pet that fits your lifestyle and your situation best.
1. Cav-A-Mo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x American Eskimo)
The Cav-A-Mo is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the American Eskimo dog, which is still a relatively unknown breed outside the US. They are a small hybrid breed that will likely grow to a size of around 12 inches tall and weigh up to 20 pounds.
Although their appearance differs according to which parent breed is dominant, expect a tail that curls over their back and a long, fluffy coat.
They make exceptional companion pets and will cherish the time they get to spend with their family. They are intelligent and eager to please, which means that they are usually easy to train, and because they’re a little larger than some Cavalier crossbreeds, they will happily play with children, too.
2. Cav-A-Jack (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Jack Russell Terrier)
The Cav-A-Jack, which is also often called the Jackalier, has been crossed with the Jack Russell. They are lively and courageous, built for energetic activity, and despite their small stature, their alert temperament and bark means that they make a good watchdog.
They will usually grow to approximately 12 inches tall and weigh around 15 pounds and may have the wirier coat of the Jack Russell, rather than the softer coat of the Cavalier.
Your Jackalier will enjoy giving attention, and relishes praise, but can be independent thanks to the Jack Russell genes. This independence means that, although they are a smart breed, they can be somewhat of a challenge to effectively train.
3. Chilier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Chihuahua)
The Chilier combines two of the most popular small breeds of dog in the world: The Cavalier and the Chihuahua. This breed is usually very sociable and loves to spend time around people.
They are likely to only grow to a size of about 10 inches and weigh 10 pounds, so is on the smaller side of the crossbreeds. Both parent breeds are known for being excellent companion pets, which means that they can become very attached to one person, although they do make good family pets, too. They are eager to please, friendly, and very outgoing.
They can also be very outspoken, so don’t expect a quiet life if you share your home with one of these dogs.
4. Aussalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Australian Shepherd)
The Aussalier only really came into prominence about 10 years ago and combines the King Charles with the striking Australian Shepherd.
They will usually grow to a height of about 12 inches and will weigh between 15 pounds and 20 pounds. Your Aussalier can have any of a wide range of markings and appearances, including having different eye colors. They will usually be energetic and playful dogs that bond closely with their primary owner.
They are also known for being loyal and smart, and they will love spending as much time as possible with you. They are not excessively vocal dogs, usually, but they do love to play in the yard, so they make great family pets.
5. Golden Cavalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Golden Retriever)
The Golden Cavalier is a cross with the always-popular Golden Retriever. They are larger than most of the other breeds in this list, growing to a height of around 18 inches and weighing as much as 45 pounds.
They are a great Cavalier mix as they are very friendly and incredibly playful, have a moderate energy level, and are especially good as family pets because they will enjoy a combination of cuddles and playtime. They are incredibly smart, and if they take on the traits of the Golden Retriever, you can expect them to take to training quickly and easily. Golden Retrievers are the most common service dog in the world, because of their intelligence and eagerness to please.
6. Cava-Corgi (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Welsh Corgi)
The Cava-Corgi is a more unusual Cavalier hybrid that incorporates the Corgi breed. They tend to have less energy than a lot of the other Cav hybrids, and their small size (and the fact that regular barking is uncommon for them), means that they are excellent as companion dogs living in an apartment.
They will grow to around 10 inches and 20 pounds. The Corgi is a herding dog, and your puppy might develop some herding attributes, potentially even attempting to gently herd the family pack back together. They can be quite clingy, and they will much prefer to be taken with you on walks and daily activities, rather than being left home alone.
7. King Schnauzer (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Schnauzer)
The King Schnauzer is a lively and active dog that combines the King Charles Cavalier with the Schnauzer breed. Most breeders use the mini or toy Schnauzer to keep the size of the resulting hybrid breed down.
You should expect your dog to grow to a size of approximately 14 inches and to weigh 16 pounds, although he may grow a little larger or smaller dependent on his parents.
As well as making excellent companion pets, the King Schnauzer is considered a decent guard dog because they are alert and will raise a vocal alarm if they spot someone outside the house. Despite this, they are affectionate and sociable dogs.
8. King Charles Yorkie (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Yorkshire Terrier)
Crossed with the Yorkshire Terrier, the King Charles Yorkie has a distinguished appearance. They also have a lot of energy and are incredibly attentive to their owner’s requirements.
Expect them to grow to around 12 inches and to weigh 16 pounds when they reach maturity.
The King Charles Yorkie can be quite vocal, and this trait will linger no matter the amount of training you initiate. However, this also means that the breed makes a great guard dog as well as an excellent companion pet for any individual or family unit.
With Terrier in his genes, the King Charles Yorkie will have a lot of energy, so they will require plenty of stimulation and exercise to keep him happy and well-balanced.
9. Cavottish (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Scottish Terrier)
The Cavottish is a mix of Cavalier and Scottish Terrier. The Terrier in them means that this breed can be a little stubborn, and will enjoy running, chasing, and taking part in just about any energetic activity. They are also friendly and will enjoy meeting new people while out and about, often even when they don’t necessarily want to meet them.
Expect them to grow to approximately 12 inches and 25 pounds in weight. This breed does tend to shed a lot, so you will need to keep their fur in top condition to avoid puddles of dog hair around the house.
10. Cava-Lon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Papillon)
Based on the Cavalier King Charles and the Papillon parent breeds of the Cava-Lon, you should expect this breed to reach approximately 12 inches and 15 pounds when fully grown.
Both parent breeds are known to be excellent companion dogs, so it is relatively safe to assume the same temperament of the resulting hybrid breed. They are sociable, enjoy being around people, and have a very easy-going nature.
They can have a tendency to bark, often at seemingly nothing, but this stands him in good stead as a watchdog, although his diminutive size means that they will not make a great guard dog.
11. Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Bichon Frise)
The Cavachon is another mixed breed that is said to be loving and attentive, thanks in small part to the Cavalier King Charles heritage, but also owing to the Bichon Frise parent. This breed does not shed a lot, which makes him great for those with minimal experience in dog grooming and coat care.
They will usually reach a size of 12 inches and will weigh 18 pounds as an adult. This friendly hybrid breed will enjoy meeting new people and other dogs, so puppy classes and other socialization opportunities are beneficial. They are also very patient, so this breed is especially attractive as a companion pet for families with kids.
12. Cavachin (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Japanese Chin)
The Cava-chin is a laidback combination of the King Charles and the Japanese Chin.
These small dogs will reach 10 inches tall and weigh 15 pounds as an adult, so they are a small dog, even by the standard of Cavalier King Charles’ hybrids.
The breed is quieter than a lot of small breeds, and they appreciate being clean and tidy. They make the perfect lapdog because they are never happier than when they are curled up on your knee. With that said, they do still have reasonable energy levels, so will happily play with a toy or ball, and their sweet nature means that they are suitable for children that know how to treat dogs.
13. Cavapom (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Pomeranian)
The Cavapom is friendly and sociable, loves to play with his owners, and will grow to be 12 inches tall and weigh up to 20 pounds as a mature adult dog.
They are usually eager to please, which makes them easy to train, but they are known to have a high prey drive, which means that they can pose something of a flight risk and this might be one breed that is best kept on a leash when out walking, especially if there are cats or other small animals around.
As with all small breeds, if you are taking on a Cavapom as a family pet, you will need to be careful around small children, not because of the dog’s temperament but because children tend to be a bit grabby.
14. Pekalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Pekingese)
The Pekalier is a very small dog, which does make this Cavalier and Pekingese a good choice for apartment life, but it also means that they may not be suitable for life with small children.
They will usually only grow to be around 8 inches tall and weigh 12 pounds but will love to meet new people and also spend a lot of time shadowing their owner. They also have a strong scent drive, which can either lead to them attempting to find and chase insects or could lead to some potentially frightening confrontations with cats and other small animals.
15. Cockalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Cocker Spaniel)
Combining the Cocker Spaniel and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gives us an incredibly loving dog that seeks as much attention as generously given.
This breed will usually grow to be 15 inches tall and will weigh up to 28 pounds, so they are on the larger size of Cavalier hybrids but retains his small size.
A cross between two Spaniels makes this breed intelligent and suitable for training. It also makes them energetic and lively, with a spring in their step, and they are usually strong and resilient enough to deal even with small children, so they will make a great addition to your family. Although we would always recommend monitoring time between very small children and dogs.
16. Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle)
The Cavapoo introduces the popular Poodle breed to the Cavalier line. Breeders typically choose the Poodle breed because of their intelligence, but also because their fur is less of an irritant even to those that suffer from dog allergies.
The size of your Cavapoo will depend on the exact breed of parent Poodle, but you should expect yours to reach a height of up to 15 inches and to weigh up to 20 pounds.
The Cavapoo makes an ideal companion pet for any family unit, including seniors living in an apartment and families with smaller children. However, if the house will be empty for long periods, separation anxiety can get the better of this loving breed, and you may be better looking elsewhere.
17. Cavador (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Labrador Retriever)
The Cavador combines the popular Cavalier King Charles with the world’s most popular dog breed, the Labrador.
The resulting hybrid breed is a larger Cavalier hybrid, usually attaining 20 inches in height and up to 55 pounds in weight.
They are very popular family pets because they love to spend time with all family members, are incredibly eager to please their owners, and they are easy to train. They are friendly and sociable, and they can be a bit daft. You should expect your Cavador to have a lot of energy, however, and he will require regular walks to burn this energy off.
18. Pugalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Pug)
The Pug has emerged as one of the most popular breeds in the past decade or so, and in the Pugalier, his best attributes are combined with those of the Cavalier King Charles.
You can expect a Pugalier to reach a size of approximately 12 inches and to weigh up to 20 pounds.
You should also expect them to be loyal and playful companion dogs that occasionally want to please their owner, but will also have a stubborn and headstrong streak that prevent them from doing so. They will keep you entertained and amused and will mix well with children so they make a great family pet.
19. Cava Inu (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Shiba Inu)
The Cava Inu is a cross between a Cavalier and a Shiba Inu. The Shiba Inu is not considered a good breed for first-time owners, especially because they are a major flight risk when off the lead and has the skills to make good an escape from your yard or house. As such, the Cava Inu is also considered a breed that is best reserved for experienced owners that know how to handle this type of breed and can train their dog to have an excellent off-leash recall.
Why the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
There is a reason that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has proven such a popular dog for hybrid breeding. In fact, there is a long list of good reasons.
Smaller breeds tend to be more popular because they are less of a handful, literally and figuratively. They eat less, which keeps monthly food costs down, and while they are bright and energetic dogs, they do not need the same level of exercise as big dog breeds like Huskies. They also fit in your lap or on the edge of the seat better than a Great Dane.
They have a life expectancy of up to 15 years, which is considered a good lifespan for a dog of any breed. They can suffer from some health problems but are generally quite hardy little animals, and this is another popular trait to carry into crossbred dogs, especially because many owners believe that hybrid vigor further prevents the resulting dog from getting ill.
The Cavalier is loyal and affectionate, which makes him the perfect pet for singles, as well as families, and because they don’t require too much exercise, they are perfect for people of just about any age. They make a great companion for seniors looking for company.
Their affection also combines with their intelligence to make the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a dog that is easy to train. Have a few healthy treats on hand, be prepared to repeat training classes, and don’t scold your Cav if he gets it wrong, and you should be able to easily train him.
Cavalier King Charles Hybrid Breeds
The Cavalier King Charles is a very popular breed with dog owners. It is a small, attentive, and fun dog that is sociable and loyal. They can be trained quite easily, do not have massive energy levels or exercise requirements, and are generally considered very easy to care for, which plays a big role in the Cavalier being a very popular parent breed in hybrid dogs. Above, we have listed 19 hybrid breeds, but there are many others that incorporate the Cavalier companion dog.
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- Popular King Charles Cavalier Hybrid Breeds
- 1. Cav-A-Mo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x American Eskimo)
- 2. Cav-A-Jack (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Jack Russell Terrier)
- 3. Chilier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Chihuahua)
- 4. Aussalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Australian Shepherd)
- 5. Golden Cavalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Golden Retriever)
- 6. Cava-Corgi (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Welsh Corgi)
- 7. King Schnauzer (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Schnauzer)
- 8. King Charles Yorkie (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Yorkshire Terrier)
- 9. Cavottish (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Scottish Terrier)
- 10. Cava-Lon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Papillon)
- 11. Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Bichon Frise)
- 12. Cavachin (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Japanese Chin)
- 13. Cavapom (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Pomeranian)
- 14. Pekalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Pekingese)
- 15. Cockalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Cocker Spaniel)
- 16. Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle)
- 17. Cavador (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Labrador Retriever)
- 18. Pugalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Pug)
- 19. Cava Inu (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Shiba Inu)
- Why the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
- Cavalier King Charles Hybrid Breeds