Hey everyone!

Look who’s in heat!!

Yes, Nikki is now in heat! We should know in one month if there’s any “buns in the oven.” We will keep you posted!


Another Update

The more updates I post, the more updates I get! ūüėÄ #NewStrategy¬†I just got another one from Rio down in Florida. He looks so much like his mama, just more white. His family has him groomed so handsomely. His owners say that Rio “loves to cuddle and watch tv!¬† He loves to take long walks and smell everything in his path while protecting his mom! He is a great watch dog and enjoys playing fetch with us!”

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That last pic…¬†#TooCute

Tica (Mackenzie) Update: 3 Years Old

Anyone remember Mackenzie from Litter 2013? I recently heard from her owners, and they sent a picture of this adorable pup, now 3 years old. Her name is Tica now.

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Mackenzie at 4 weeks old:

She was so cute then….. DEFINITELY even cuter now!

Parents of Litter 2016

Nikki is now at the breeders, spending some quality¬†time with Aristan! We’re hoping for a successful breeding and looking forward to a litter of puppies born around mid-March!

Aristan is a purebred, male¬†Poodle¬†owned by Aria’s Friends. He has a dusky red-brown coloring and¬†has about the ideal personality: calm and laid-back, but not lazy; playful, but not aggressive; and reserved and cautious, but not shy. He weighs about 12 pounds, but makes up for his small size by having a big heart. We were so happy with the puppies he sired in 2015, and can’t wait to see what kind of puppies we get in Litter 2016!

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Nikki is a female Cavachon (Cavalier x Bichon hybrid) owned by us at Countryside Cavachons. She is mostly white in color, with peach-colored ears and a couple small peach-colored spots on her back. Nikki is very sweet and very loyal. She loves to imagine that she is a big, 100-pound dog even though she’s only a 15-pounder.

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A Cavachon¬†is a hybrid mix between a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. This is called a first generation cross (F1). This is what most Cavachon breeders do. We’re a little unique¬†at Countryside Cavachons, though.¬†Usually¬†our litters are a cross between a first generation (F1)¬†Cavachon (Nikki) and¬†a purebred Bichon.¬†This is called a back cross (F1b). The puppies from this cross¬†are more likely to be non-shedding and hypoallergenic than the puppies from first and second generation crosses. Since Litter 2015, however, we have chosen¬†to breed Nikki to a purebred Poodle instead of a purebred Bichon, which makes the puppies Cavapoochons. This is probably the best type of cross to do, because it is guaranteed that every puppy will have at least some Poodle traits. Since Poodles are a hypoallergenic/non-shedding breed, puppies from this cross are way more likely to be non-shedding and hypoallergenic than puppies from any other type of cross.

Feel free to Contact Us if you have any other questions, or would like to be put on our mailing list to get updates on Litter 2016!


Pictures (finally)!!

Finally, folks! Thanks for your patience! I PRESENT TO YOU: LITTER 2015!

Here’s the tired but proud mama with all six of her babies, just hours after their birth.


Here they are, busying themselves on “the milk bar.”


Finally completely dried off later in the day. If you count the backs instead of the heads, you’ll see that all six are present and accounted for. A couple of them are just underneath the others.


My favorite picture of all: Two of the babies sleeping. All six puppies have the red coloring of Aristan, their poodle father; however, I think every puppy also has at least a tiny smidgen of white somewhere on them also.

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I’m pretty sure there are three boys and three girls, but don’t quote me on that yet. We have decided to name them after Capital Cities (you know that we choose a name theme every year). Denver, Dover, Topeka, Madison, Trenton, and Austin are some of our favorite choices.

Hang tight for information about reserving a pup. An upcoming post will give you all the details! Feel free to Contact Us for more information.

The Puppies Have Arrived!

This morning, Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, between the 6:15 and 8:30 am, Nikki gave birth to 6 beautiful, healthy Cavapoochon (Cavachon x Poodle) puppies. We are very thankful that it was an easy delivery, and both mama and babies are all healthy and happy (though Nikki is pretty tired). Pictures to come shortly!

Little, White Dog; Big, Tight Belly

Don’t lose hope! Litter 2015 is not an impossibility!!!

Last week we went on short, family vacation up in northern Minnesota. Just before we left, I sent the following note to the breeder whose stud should have sired this litter, telling them that¬†it had been about 4 1/2 weeks since Nikki was bred to Aristan, but that¬†we were¬†still not seeing any kind of “baby bump.” “Her tummy is about as flat as it always is,”¬†I wrote with sad resignation.¬†“It looks to me as though she is not pregnant.”

No sooner had I emailed the note, than¬†I again checked Nikki’s belly and was surprised to find that it felt a little tight. But it was hard to tell if it was just wishful thinking or if I was actually feeling a baby bump. So, we left on our five day trip, leaving our pets in the care of the neighbors.

When we got back from our trip, we were met by a little, white dog with a big, tight belly!

Of course, we aren’t positive, but I’m pretty sure Nikki is “in the family way!” Either that or she ate an awful lot while we were gone! ūüôā

I’ll post some pictures of Nikki soon so you can see for yourselves!! Stay tuned!