Even when it’s fully-grown, the cava-poo-chon still looks like a puppy – and it’s the latest ‘go-to’ dog in the current trend for small pets.
This designer pooch is a cavalier King Charles spaniel and bichon frise mix bred with a miniature poodle. The tribrid was created by Linda and Steve Rogers of Timshell Farm in Pine, Ariz. with the help of a geneticist and reproductive veterinarian.
The Rogerses say the cava-poo-chon combines the best of the three breeds. The dogs weigh 10-15 pounds on average, and the couple offers a choice of color and two types of coat - curly or very curly, she said.
However, the American Kennel Club refuses to recognise the cava-poo-chon as an official breed, with one expert describing some specially-bred small dogs as expensive ‘gimmicks’.