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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel / Shetland Sheepdog Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

Desi the Cava-Shell sitting in dirt with a few patches of grass in front of a house with its head turned to the right and looking at the camera

"This is a picture that I took of our dog Desi. Desi is a mix breed of a—Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Sheltie (Cava-Shell). She is a little over 1 year old in this picture and is a wonderful dog. She is very compliant, a quick learner and very well-behaved. She is very loyal and loves to cuddle! She is shy and timid at first when new people are introduced. She has never even attempted to snap at any other person or animal, and does not seem to have a mean bone in her body. She loves children once she gets past her shy stage. She absolutely loves the outdoors, swimming and playing fetch. She loves to exercise. Her fur is pretty low maintenance. We did notice shedding of her undercoat during the transition from winter to spring. Frequent brushing helps with that."


The Cava-Shell is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Sheltie. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

  • ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®
Hoby the Cava-Shell sitting on a bed with pillows behind him and looking off to one side with his eyes only

Hoby the Cava-Shell at 7 years old—"I bought Hoby in Letterkenny Ireland. He is a very friendly and smart dog. He also has been very healthy. I never had any problems with him."

Hoby the Cava-Shell is laying on a wrap around carpeted staircase step and looking at the camera holder

Hoby the Cava-Shell at 7 years old

Close Up - Cava-Shell Puppy being held up in the hands of a person

"This puppy is a cross between a King Cavalier and a Shetland. He has an even temperament. Playful little guy."

A small tricolor, black, tan and white longhaired dog with long soft black ears laying down

Bandit the Cava-Shell at 1 year old—"He is very gentle and loves being around other people. Bandit is a great lap dog and likes to "herd" anything that moves!"

A young tan, black and white puppy with long soft hanging ears and dark gentle eyes sitting down

Bandit the Cava-Shell as a puppy at 6 weeks old

A small tricolor black, tan and white puppy with a black shiny nose and round brown eyes laying down

Bandit the Cava-Shell as a puppy at 6 weeks old