Cavador

The Cavador is a mixed breed dog–a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Labrador Retriever dog breeds. Friendly, loving, and intelligent, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.

Cavadors are also known as the Cavadoor or Cavadore. You can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and breed specific rescues, so remember to always adopt! Don’t shop if you’re looking to add one of these mixed breed pups to your home!

Cavadors make excellent family pets–and also frequently work as service dogs. If you’re looking for a devoted family-focused dog with warm and playful instincts, this might well be the mixed breed for you. The Cavador does exceptionally well around kids and will happily take part in joint play sessions between humans and canines.

See below for all Cavador facts and mixed dog breed characteristics!

Cavador Mixed Dog Breed Pictures

Additional articles that will interest you:

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability

Adapts Well to Apartment Living
3
Good For Novice Owners
5
Sensitivity Level
4
Tolerates Being Alone
2
Tolerates Cold Weather
3
Tolerates Hot Weather
3

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate with Family
5
Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs
5
Dog Friendly
4
Friendly Toward Strangers
3

Health Grooming

Amount Of Shedding
3
Drooling Potential
2
Easy To Groom
4
General Health
4
Potential For Weight Gain
4
Size
3

Trainability

Easy To Train
4
Intelligence
4
Potential For Mouthiness
2
Prey Drive
3
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
3
Wanderlust Potential
3

Exercise Needs

Energy Level
4
Intensity
3
Exercise Needs
4
Potential For Playfulness
5

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:
Mixed Breed Dogs
Height:
18 to 24 inches
Weight:
22 to 55 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 14 years

More About This Breed

  • Highlights

    • Cavadors are mixed breed dogs. They are not purebreds like their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Labrador Retriever parents.
    • You'll notice that Cavadors come in a range of colors. Popular colors include yellow, brown, black, red, and golden.
    • Cavadors posses short-to-medium coats that are usually described as dense and straight. A couple of grooming sessions per week should do the trick. The breed sheds at a moderate rate.
    • Cavadors make excellent family pets. They're a friendly and fun-loving breed who enjoys being around children. Just make sure that you teach your kids how to properly and respectfully behave around a dog.
    • You'll need to make sure to keep your Cavador mentally stimulated. Interactive toys are a must, along with adhering to a proper training regime.
    • Cavadors require lots of exercise to keep them happy. Aim for a couple of half hour walks every day, and feel free to include ball games and running sessions.
  • History

    The Cavador is a newer breed that many people estimate first hit the scene in the 1990s. It has become a very in-demand dog, which is no surprise when you consider that one of its parent breeds, the Labrador Retriever, is regularly considered the most popular dog in the United States.

    Ladrador Retrievers--which were originally called St. John's Dogs--originate in Canada where they were seen as sporting dogs that were used when hunting and fishing. Befitting their regal name, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dates back to at least the 1600s and was often the dog of choice for kings and queens.

    The Cavador has become known as a designer dog breed, but many of them unfortunately end up in shelters. So consider contacting your local rescue groups and shelters if you're thinking about adding the Cavador to your home.

  • Size

    The Cavador is usually described as a medium-sized dog. Although, as is always the case with newer dog breeds, exact size standards might vary.

    Most weigh in at 22 to 55 pounds and range in height from 18 to 24 inches.

  • Personality

    There's no doubt about it: Cavadors are super loving and especially social dogs. This is mixed breed makes an excellent addition to a family, enjoys being around children, will constantly seek out companionship, and loves tagging along on errands and trips.

    Cavadors are also active dogs, so you'll need to be able to commit to a solid amount of exercise--if you have a jogger in the family, your Cavador will have no issues coming along for a run.

    The breed is also considered to be an intelligent dog. To that end, you'll need to make sure to keep your Cavador mentally stimulated. Interactive toys are a must, along with adhering to a proper training regime. The breed loves to learn tricks--especially if there's a tasty treat as a reward.

  • Health

    Cavadors are generally considered to be healthy dogs--although the breed can be predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Labrador Retriever face. As always, it's important to schedule regular wellness visits with your dog's vet.

    Some of the more common health problems Cavadors suffer from include:

    • Bloat
    • Hip Dysplasia
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
    • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Care

    Cavadors require lots of exercise to keep them happy. Aim for a couple of half hour walks every day, and feel free to include ball games and running sessions. If you have access to an enclosed yard, feel free to let your Cavador frolic outside and play with the kids--supervised, of course.

    You'll also need to take care of the breed's teeth, ears, and nails and come up with a regular maintenance schedule. If possible, aim to brush the dog's teeth every day. You'll also want to stay on top of nail clippings--your vet can help show you the ropes with this if you're new to living with a dog. Your Cavador's ears will also need to be monitored--wipe signs of dirt away with a wet cotton ball.

  • Feeding

    An ideal Cavador diet should be formulated for a medium breed with high energy.

    Cavadors need to stick to a heathy diet as overeating can cause weight gain, especially if adequate exercise is not provided.

    As with all dogs, the Cavador's dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Cavador's diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs--including weight, energy, and health--to make a specific recommendation.

  • Coat Color And Grooming

    You'll notice that Cavadors come in a range of colors. Popular colors include yellow, brown, black, red, and golden.

    Cavadors posses short-to-medium coats that are usually described as dense and straight. A couple of grooming sessions per week should do the trick--the breed sheds at a moderate rate so you'll want to stay on top of brushings. When playing outdoors, you might notice that your Cavador loves to swim and then roll around in the mud. Be vigilant about bathing the breed, using a vet-recommended shampoo if desired.

    When it comes to climate, the Cavador thrives in moderate temperatures. However, the breed is more than capable of adapting to either hotter or colder locations--just be sure to provide a dog coat for winter and enough fresh water and shade during the summer.

  • Children And Other Pets

    Good news if you have kids: Cavadors make excellent family pets. They're a friendly and fun-loving breed who enjoys being around children. In fact, you'll often find that your Cavador feels left out if you pursue family activities without them! Just make sure that you teach your kids how to properly and respectfully behave around a dog.

    When it comes to other pets, Cavadors usually do okay--although there are some hunting instincts going on in the dog's history, which means you'll want to make sure your dog is trained correctly from a young age. Use supervision and caution when introducing a new pet to an existing household pet.

    Ultimately, early socialization pays off--so make sure to reward your Cavador for good behavior and adhere to a proper training regime when you bring them home to your family.

  • Rescue Groups

    It may be hard to find a breed-specific rescue for Cavadors because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Labrador Retreiver breed-specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:

    You can also try DogTime's adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!