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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Kashon is a small mixed breed who comes from the breeding between the Bichon Frise and the Cairn Terrier. She is multi-talented being skillful in areas such as sighting, guarding, agility, hunting watchdog and jogging. She has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. She is a playful, energetic and sweet little dog.
Here is the Kashon at a Glance
Average height Up to 15 inches
Average weight 10 to 18 pounds
Coat type Can be soft and silky as well as rough and coarse
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Rare to average
Tolerance to Heat Moderate
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good with training and socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good to very good as long as they get enough exercise
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good to excellent
Trainability Moderately easy – can have a stubborn side
Exercise Needs Quite active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Patellar luxation, vaccination sensitivity
Other Health Concerns Bladder problems, allergies,
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $350 to $600
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $275 to $400

Where does the Kashon come from?

This dog is also called a hybrid or a designer dog. In the 1990s it became very popular to breed together two purebreds to get a mixed breed, often those mixes created cute or unusual dogs. This became somewhat of a trend and now designer dogs are everywhere, many celebrities have them, many breeders are breeding them. Unfortunately not all of those breeders care about what the resulting dogs are like, whether the two purebreds are a good match to be bred, the health of the litters or whether they are matching the right dogs with the right people. They are just in it for the popularity and money making. Many of these mixed breeds have little information out there about their origins. Even if they are bred for honest reasons the type of mix you can get varies not just from one litter to another, but within the same litter. To get a feel for the Kashon since we do not have any information about her yet we can look at the Bichon Frise and the Cairn Terrier.

The Cairn Terrier

Over on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, this breed was developed more than 200 years ago by Captain Martin MacLeod. At the time all terriers were just classified as Scotch Terriers but in the late 1800s they were split into two divisions, Skye Terriers and Dandie Dinmont Terriers. The Cairn was obviously part of the Skye group. In 1912 the Cairn was recognized as a separate breed and was given his name based on the piles of stones used in ancient times on Scottish memorial and burial sites. They came to the US in 1913.

Nowadays this dog is a lovely and friendly dog, happy all the time and loves people. He is still quite independent and loves to chase small animals. He is alert and makes a good watchdog. He is a devoted pet and loves to be with his owner and in with all the activities and goings on. He will get on well if there are children and may even trail you around the house to stay close to you. He can be sensitive and he does not respond well to harsh tones and scoldings.

The Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is thought to come from the Barbet, and has origins in the Mediterranean although details of his origins are not really sure. He is a member of the Barbichon dog family which as well as the Bichon Frise also includes the Maltese, Havanese, Bolognese and the Coton de Tulear. Records of the dog can be found back as far as the 1300s. While there is dispute on how they came to Europe when they got there they quickly became a favored dog especially amongst the nobility and even royalty. They can be found in French, English and Spanish courts in the 15th and 16th centuries. He has always been kept as a companion dog but when he fell out of favor with the rich in the late 1800s he became thought of as a common dog and traveled with circus performers and organ grinders who found he trained very well to perform tricks. After World War I more interest was shown once more when French breeders wanted to preserve the breed. He went to the US in the 1950s.

Today one of the things about this breed that stands out is his cheerful nature. He is truly a happy dog, he is loving and in return expects to be adored right back. He wants to at the center of attention whatever is going on and gets on well with other people able to charm anyone into giving him attention. He also has a willful side and can be playful but he does not do well left alone and can suffer from separation anxiety. He trains quickly usually, unless he decided to be particularly stubborn about something.


The Kashon is a very smart and sweet dog, usually gentle in nature but with a playful side too. She has a lot of energy and is very loyal. She is mild tempered making her a great family dog. She has the same kind of happiness or joy with life that the Bichon Frise has. She is friendly too and enjoys socializing and being a part of family activity. She can be protective and she is alert. While she has an independent side as long as you are firm with her she will obey your commands.

What does a Kashon look like

She is a small dog weighing 10 to 18 pounds and measures up to 15 inches tall. She has floppy but short ears, a small body and a head that is in proportion but is wide between the ears. Her eyes are round and she has a tail that sometimes curls over her back or is sometimes straight. Her coat can be a mix of straight and curly, coarse and soft and silky. Colors include gray, black, brown, white, golden, cream, tan and brindle.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Kashon need to be?

She loves to be active, she has a lot of energy and needs plenty of opportunities to get the physical and mental stimulation she needs each day to stay happy and healthy and well behaved. She loves to walk, she will chase smaller animals like squirrels, she is also very good at jumping. Ideally she has access to a yard where she can play too. Two walks a day plus play time should cover it. She can live in an apartment if she gets out enough still.

Does she train quickly?

If you use firm but positive and consistent training methods with her she should train quite easily, not faster than most dogs, but not slower either. The firmness would overcome the occasional stubbornness she can have. She is intelligent and eager to please and with her mild nature this will make training go more smoothly. Remember that early training and socialization are key to ensuring you have a well rounded dog and is the best thing to do for your dog and for yourself and your family when you get her.

Living with a Kashon

How much grooming is needed?

Her grooming needs can vary from one Kashon to another depending on the coat they have, some are low to almost non shedding, and some shed a little more than that. Brush her once a day to get rid of any loose hairs and keep her coat looking healthy using a firm bristle brush. Bathing too often can cause problems with dog’s skin so just give her a bath when she needs ones. Wipe and check her ears once a week and clip her nails if they need it. If you can her clicking as she walks they are too long. Finally her teeth need cleaning regularly too using a dog toothbrush and paste, at least twice a week if not more.

What is she like with children and other animals?

This breed is good with children, she is gentle, affectionate but playful too. Children should be taught how to play with her and be affectionate as she is a small dog. Early socialization and training are important for a number of reasons but for the Kashon it helps how she gets on with other dogs as she can be too bold, occasionally aggressive with other dogs, despite her smaller size, and that can get her in to trouble.

General information

She will bark occasionally so that is something to keep in mind if you live close to neighbors. She is alert and will bark to alert you of an intruder. She is quite hardy on colder climates but is not as adaptable to hot ones. She will need to be fed ½ to 1 cup of good quality dry dog food a day, split into at least two meals. While she can learn to live in an apartment she does better when she has access to a yard.

Health Concerns

There are two really vital things to think about when buying a puppy to avoid getting one who has health issues or developed health issues when she grows. First of all buy from a trustworthy and reputable breeder who care about their dogs, and secondly ask to see health clearances. While there is some discussion that hybrid dogs are healthier than purebreds, whatever the case there is still a small chance a puppy could develop one of the health issues their parents are prone to. For the Kashon that includes Patellar luxation, vaccination sensitivity, bladder problems and allergies.

Costs involved in owning an Kashon

A Kashon puppy will cost between $350 to $600 but those prices vary depending on the popularity of the breed, where you are, health, who you buy from. Once you have her you may need to have certain things done, if the breeder have not included them in the price, such as deworming, blood tests to check for health, spaying, shots and micro chipping. She will also need some basics such as a collar and leash, food bowl, crate and carrier bag. These costs come to $360 to $420. Annual costs for medical concerns and non-medical ones such as food, vaccinations, treats, license, flea prevention, insurance, toys and training come to between $710 to $950.


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The Kashon is a lovely friendly dog who enjoys playing, will need to get out every day, and will expect to be a key member of the family. She is affectionate and sweet and you will more than likely adore her the minute you see her.

Featured Image Credit: Left – Kellymmiller73, Shutterstock; Right – everydoghasastory, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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