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22/11/2013 08:16 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Cava-Poo-Chon Is A Perpetual Puppy: The Perfect Dog? Or Just An 'Expensive Gimmick'?

Eternally puppy-faced, long-lived, intelligent and hypoallergenic, the Cava-poo-chon is a new designer breed that has been called the "perfect dog."

The breed is the newest and latest in the decades-old search for the dog-face fountain of youth and perfect pet accessory.

With such a specialised range of 'features', it is perhaps unsurprising the cava-poo-chon comes with a hefty price tag. If you want one it will set you back between £1,237 and £2,165.

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The American Kennel Club does not recognise the new trend as an official breed, and one expert calls some specially bred small dogs expensive 'gimmicks.'

Even when it's fully-grown, the cava-poo-chon still looks like a puppy - and it's the latest 'go-to' dog in the current trend for small pets.

Bred by Arizona-based Linda and Steve Rogers, the cava-poo-chon is a cavalier King Charles spaniel and bichon frise mix bred with a miniature poodle.

The pair enlisted the help of a geneticist and reproductive veterinarian to develop the 'tribrid' - or triple cross.

According to Ms Rogers, cava-poo-chon combines the best of the three breeds and are offered with a choice of colour and two types of coat: curly or very curly.

The dog's small stature means it will never lose its youthful looks and Linda says there is no reason why the dogs can't enjoy a 20-year lifespan.

However, the American Kennel Club refuses to recognise the cava-poo-chon as an official breed, with one expert describing some specially-bred small dogs as expensive 'gimmicks'.

Dog trainer Steve Haynes, who is working with 50 first-generation cava-poo-chons, said: "There's always been a market for these forever-ish young dogs. Until recently, specialised dogs like miniature Yorkies and miniature Maltese were the go-to dogs."