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Cav-A-Malt History

The Cav-A-Malt is a male hybrid, or designer, dog that was created in the 1970s by breeding a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a Maltese. The Cav-A-Malt is the result of a breeding program to develop a hypoallergenic version of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, which was first created by the English breeder Mrs. Ann Baker by crossing the now-extinct Clarges Saint Bernard and the English Toy Spaniel. The Cav-A-Malt is a medium-sized, short-haired, and curly-coated dog that has its origins in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The fuzzy coats of the Maltese were crossed with the silky coats of the Cavalier to create the soft, wavy, and curly coat of a Cav-A-Malt. The Pomeranian was also added to the mix to produce the coat of the modern-day Cavamalt. The Cav-a-Malt is relatively healthy breed, but they can be prone to eye disorders, such as cherry eye, and Patellar Luxation.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Cav-A-Malt Physical Characteristics

The Cav-A-Malt is a medium-sized, long-haired breed of sheepdog from South Africa. They have a very distinctive appearance with their heads and legs being half-length while the rest of their body is full-sized. Their ears are long and thin and they have a thick, woolly coat that is typically red or sable in color. They have two dark, vertical stripes on their forehead, a ruff around their necks, and a black stripe on each of their hips. They have upright triangular shaped tails with black tips.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Red, Brown, Black, White, Pied

Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 13 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 10 – 13 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 13 lbs

Cav-A-Malt Health

Description of breed health.


13-15 yrs

Cav-A-Malt Health Concerns

Glaucoma, Hip Dysplasia, Deafness, Cherry Eye

Cav-A-Malt Temperament and Behaviour

The Cav-A-Malt is a very intelligent and affectionate dog that is independent and stubborn. They can be quite hyperactive and high-strung, but are also mellow and lazy. They can learn new tricks quickly, but have a high tendency to get bored. They love to play, but are also content simply being with their family. They are protective of their owners, but can be wary of strangers.

Cav-A-Malt Activity Requirements

Cav-A-Malts, also known as Cavapoos or Cockapoos, are a designer dog that is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle. They are small, lively, and loyal, making them great companions. While they are not as high-energy as some other breeds, Cav-A-Malts do need a good bit of daily exercise and attention. They are best suited to homes with yards where they can play and run. A daily walk is also a good way to keep them healthy. While they are playful, they have a calm, sweet temperament and make great family pets. They are sturdy and are known to live a long life, so if you are looking for a long-term companion, a Cav-A-Malt could be a great option.

Miles Per Day

5 miles

Activity Per Day

30 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cav-A-Malt is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cav-A-Malt is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Cav-A-Malt is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cav-A-Malt is part of the Unclassified group.

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