What is a Cavalier?
Daisy the Blenheim Cavalier
This sturdy toy breed is a re-creation of the toy spaniels that populated royal courts and noble homes in Europe from the 15th to the 19th centuries. True to their heritage as “comforter dogs,” Cavaliers love to be in a lap. The typical Cavalier is always happy, trusting and easygoing, a friend to everyone he meets. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel today is a beloved, and increasingly popular, companion dog. He’s small, loving, playful and attractive.
A Cavalier will dog your footsteps throughout the day, from kitchen to bathroom to home office and back again and prefers not to be left alone for hours on end. The ideal home is one with a stay-at-home parent, work-at-home spouse or retired couple.
A Cavalier’s natural animation and cheerfulness stand out in the show ring. He can be a steady and willing competitor in obedience and rally, and excels in agility and flyball. His intuitive nature also makes him a superb therapy dog. He will sit quietly with older people or young children and then turn into a rowdy playmate with active children or adults.
These dogs generally love kids and do well in families with older children who will throw a ball for them, teach them tricks or just hang out with them. Because of their small size, though, Cavaliers must be protected from clumsy toddlers who might fall on them or “pet” them with too much force.
Cavalier temperament ranges from sweet and placid to hard-charging and, yes, stubborn. The sweet, placid Cavaliers sometimes have a reputation for being dumb, and the stubborn ones for being untrainable, but in general, these dogs are smart and learn quickly. They respond well to positive reinforcement techniques, especially when food rewards are offered, but harsh words will cause them to stop trying or even to hide.
Toy breeds such as Cavaliers are sometimes difficult to housetrain, mainly because people don’t put enough effort into it. If you take a Cavalier puppy out on a regular schedule, reward him for pottying outdoors and limit his freedom in the home until he’s reliable, there is no reason he can’t be housetrained as well as any other breed.
At his best, the Cavalier is an adaptable, flexible, hardy little dog. He’s happy to loll around on the sofa with you all day but ready for action when it’s offered. Although he’s classified as a toy breed, the Cavalier is at the larger end of the size scale, weighing 13 to 18 pounds. He often has the same “birdy” nature as his larger spaniel cousins, making him a good choice for people who want a dog who’s not too big but still capable of going for hikes, chasing seagulls at the beach or even retrieving quail, given the training and opportunity. He will also “hunt” butterflies and bugs and loves playing fetch with a ball or stuffed toy.
Always walk the Cavalier on a leash. When he sees a bird or other potential prey, everything else goes out of his head. All too often Cavaliers are hit by cars and killed when they chase a bird or ball — right into the street.
It should go without saying that the Cavalier is not meant to live outdoors. He’s a family dog who needs to be with his people and protected from excessive heat and cold
What Is a Maltese
Louiee the Maltese
The small, spunky Maltese is known for retaining his puppy-like attitude throughout his life. The Maltese is one of a handful of similar breeds whose job has always been that of “companion.” They are specifically designed to love and be loved.
If you want a smart little dog to run you and your home, then this is your breed. Maltese pack a lot of love into their tiny bodies, and are never happier than when cuddling in their owners’ laps. That doesn’t mean these dogs don’t need exercise and training. Resist the impulse to simply carry them everywhere and pluck them out of trouble, and let your dog be a dog. In particular, the Maltese excels at learning tricks and loves to show off.
While the Maltese’s happy, courageous natures make him a wonderful pet for many, this may not be the right dog for families with young children. Maltese are tiny and can easily be injured if play is too rough, or they may snap at a child in self-defense if frightened or hurt.
This is also the wrong breed for someone who wants the look of a show dog with little effort. Those gorgeous creatures floating around the show ring with their gleaming white coats and perfect topknots are the product of endless hours of washing and combing, followed by keeping the coat in wraps for protection. Most pet Maltese are kept clipped short, which means frequent professional grooming. Neglected coats become tangled and matted, which is painful and can lead to serious skin infections.
Those shoe-button eyes may look adorable against the white coat, but that look requires a lot of time spent cleaning away tear stains, which cause a rust discoloration that most people find unsightly even though it’s harmless.
Allergies aren’t harmless, but those who sneeze and wheeze may find this breed more tolerable than others, although Maltese are fully capable of causing an allergic reaction in the most sensitive of sufferers. The size of a Maltese helps limit the amount of dog hair – and dander — to trigger allergies, and a coat kept clean and clipped short will help further. But don’t believe the hype: there’s no such thing as a dog that doesn’t cause allergies at all.
The Maltese was developed exclusively as a companion dog, so he needs to live in the house and never outdoors.
WHAT IS A CAVAMALT?
Oreo the Cavamalt
Petite, pretty, with a fabulous personality to boot- that’s the Cavamalt for you! This fairly recent designer dog breed was developed by crossing the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the Maltese. This hybrid is also known as Cav-A-Malt and Maltalier. In addition to their adorable looks and small size, these toy dogs are popular for their easy-going, friendly attitude. The Cavamalt won’t need much exercise and will feel at home in a cozy apartment in a big city.
Sweet-tempered and affectionate, this hybrid is a natural-born charmer, so it’s no wonder that is popularity is rapidly growing. Due to the unique combination of traits that this breed owes its purebred parents, the Cavamalt is a perfect pet for seniors, singles, or families with older children. These dogs won’t ask much but will offer a lot of love and joy in return!
The Cavamalt is a friendly, good-natured dog that needs very little exercise.This is an apartment-friendly, low-maintenance dog that makes a perfect pet for seniors.
One of the reasons why Cavamalt is considered to be low-maintenance and a breed suitable for beginners is the ease of trainability. Eager to learn and eager to please, these smart doggos will impress you with their bright minds. Whether you’re training a Cavamalt puppy or a senior, you can expect them to be quick learners. Of course, it goes without saying that you should use positive reinforcement methods of training. Coaxed by treats and praise, all pooches tend to perform far better than you’d imagine!
In addition to your basic stuff such as potty training and leash training, you should pay attention to crate train your Cavamalt. The immense love and devotion these dogs have for their owners can evolve into separation anxiety, so it’s recommended to take steps to prevent it. Teaching your new pet to feel comfortable and safe when alone will do you a lot of good down the road. Also, as Maltese is known as a snappy breed, it can hurt to make sure to discourage biting or nipping of any kind. Especially if you have children, as this petite pooch can be quick to pinch if feeling provoked- which young children can unknowingly do.
With designer dog breeds, only one thing is certain- and that is that nothing is certain. That unpredictability is especially noticeable when it comes to their appearance, as puppies in one litter can look completely different one from another. Fortunately, the Cavamalt is a mix between Cavalier and Maltese, two toy breeds. The coat or shape of the face can vary, but its size leaves little room for surprise. This small dog will weigh between 10 to 13 pounds in its adulthood.
Once you lay your eyes on a gorgeous Cavamalt, you might be fooled into thinking that their adorable looks are their best quality. Sure, that silky coat and big soulful eyes do contribute to their popularity, but it’s their sweet personality that truly makes these designer dogs special. Owing to its parents, this Maltese and Cavalier King Charles mix is an ideal companion dog. Devoted, affectionate, and gentle, this pooch will disarm you completely with its love. They might be small in size, but they have a big spirit! Their playful side is also adorable, and you’ll love seeing their silly antics and clownish behavior.
Of course, it’s not always only the best traits that a designer dog can inherit from its parents. The Cavamalt can be a bit shy and distrustful of strangers like the Cavalier or be irritable as the Maltese. However, with timely training and proper socialization, all puppies grow up into well-adjusted, good-natured dogs, and the Cavamalt is no different.
Due to the unique combination of their sweet nature and low exercise needs, the Cavamalt is an ideal choice for seniors that want a furry companion in their golden years.
Common Health Problems
If you ever researched designer dogs, you’ve probably come across the term ‘hybrid vigor’. Breeders and hybrid dogs enthusiasts claim that cross-breeding leads to better health in the resulting new breed, with fewer genetic illnesses than any of the parent breeds. However, no one can claim this with certainty- as there haven’t been any large-scale studies to verify it. Until there’s enough research on the topic, the only remaining thing is to try and piece the information on each of the breeds separately.
For the Cavamalt, the mix of the parents’ genes seems to be a great match. These designer dogs are generally healthy and don’t suffer from many congenital health issues. Potential risks include glaucoma and hip dysplasia, but both are fairly rare. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should neglect your pet’s health and forget about preventive care. Cavamalt dogs can be prone to dental issues and early tooth loss, same as all toy dogs, so make sure to keep oral hygiene at the highest standard.
When you consider the relatively recent creation of this designer dog breed and the lack of information on hybrid dogs in general, it’s not surprising that the life expectancy of the Cavamalt is another mystery. But, as it is usually the case with mixed breed dogs, a lot can be learned about them by analyzing their parents. The same goes for their lifespan! Seeing how the Maltese and Cavalier have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, it’s fair to assume the same holds true for their offspring.
Cavamalt is an apartment-friendly, low-maintenance dog that doesn’t require much exercise to stay in good shape. Their mellowness is one of the reasons why they’re so popular with apartment dwellers, elderly and singles! About 30 minutes spent walking around the neighborhood or playing fetch in the dog park will keep your Cavamalt content. In general, even running after a ball inside your living room could tire this toy dog out, but it’s better to bring them outside. Being on fresh air will do them a world of good!
Of course, in addition to exercising your dog’s body, you should make sure that their mind is active, as well. The Cavamalt is a smart dog that needs to be stimulated with puzzle toys or interesting games. This keeps them entertained and, as a result, out of trouble. You wouldn’t want your new puppy to start chewing your shoes out of boredom, am I right?
Owing to its parents, this Maltese and Cavalier King Charles mix is an ideal companion dog.
The soft, silky fur of the Cavamalt is one of the biggest points of pride for the breed. Combining the Cavalier and the Maltese resulted in a dog that has a medium to long wavy hair, of very fine quality that gives off a velvety feel. These pooches can come in a variety of colors, from the pure white of their Maltese mom or dad (rare) to tri-colored or bi-colored coats that combine red, brown, black or white shades.
When it comes to grooming, Cavamalt is quite undemanding. And owing to their parents, they tend to be low-shedding, as well! Apart from routine brushing, there’s little their coat needs to stay lustrous and tangle-free. When you bathe them, use dog shampoos meant for sensitive skin, to avoid any irritation or allergic reactions.