What is a Cavapoo
The Cavapoo is a cute designer dog, developed by crossing the purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle. The size of this dog may vary, depending upon its Poodle parent size, Miniature or toy. Known by the name of Cavoodle too, it has large adorable eyes, long floppy ears, and round face. The Cavapoo can come in a variety of colors with a wavy or silky coat. These dogs are highly intelligent and are quick learners. These dogs can make excellent family pets and can do well with older adults and young children. The dogs are easy to socialize and can gel up well with other pets too. The dogs will love to spend time on your lap and seek your attention tirelessly.
|Color||Chestnut and white (Blenheim), Black, white, and tan (tricolor), Chestnut, White, Gold, Black.
|Face||Round shaped and expressive|
|Size||Small to Medium
|Height||Toy Cavapoo- 28 to 35 cm
Miniature Cavapoo - 30 to 40 cm
|Group of Breed||Toy|
|Weight||8 to 20 (lbs) pounds|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Coat||Short to long|
|Hair||Soft that can range from wavy to long silky hair.|
|Ears||Long floppy hanging ears|
|Personality||Intelligent, playful, loyal, friendly, affectionate.|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with pets||Yes|
|Competitive Registration||IDCR, DBR, DDKC, DRA, ACHC|
The Cavapoo dog is known by the name of Cavoodle and Cavoos too. It is among the first designer dogs that were developed. To develop this crossbreed, the breeders began experimentation of mixing Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a Poodle. The main objective of developing this dog was to create a hypoallergenic dog for people with allergies. The Poodle and the Cavalier dogs have lower tendencies of triggering allergies in vulnerable people. In the 1950s, the breeders first developed this crossbreed in America. The Cavapoos quickly became popular for their friendly and lovable demeanor.
Temperament and Personality
The Cavapoo is an incredibly lovable and friendly dog. It gels up well with all the family members, children, and other pets too. This quality makes this dog a great family pet. It is an intelligent and a people-centric dog. These dogs are the ideal choice for those who are planning to own a dog for the first time. They are quite adaptable and easy to handle.
They are love to spend time on their master’s lap or snuggle with them in the bed. Their fondness of people may develop separation anxiety in the dogs on being left alone. Leaving the dog alone will make them bark unwantedly and excessively. You can tackle this issue right from puppyhood by crate training them. The Cavoodle is easy to train and adapting gentle and positive reinforcement methods will do well to train these dogs. The social behavior of the dog makes it a good therapy dog too. The dogs can bark and warn their masters about any incoming intruder. It makes them an excellent watchdog too.
The Cavapoo dogs need a moderate amount of exercise. Daily long walks will be great for them. They can adjust well to apartment life, provided you give them ample of indoor activity. You can take them to a dog park to socialize with other dogs and people. Let them play in a fenced yard and on taking them out, make sure they are leashed.
The maintenance requirement of the Cavapoo is quite less. Brush them on a weekly basis will help to keep their coat shiny, healthy and knot free. The Cavapoo dogs with long hair might need a bit more grooming. Monthly clipping or trimming of their hair would be suitable for them. These dogs usually tend to have tear stains which can be cleaned by a damp cloth. Other grooming practices include regular brushing of teeth, clipping nails and cleaning of ears.
The Cavpoos are moderate shedders, and improper grooming might lead to tangled and matted hair. It may result in different problems of the skin.
The Cavapoo dog can suffer from a few genetic health problems like other crossbreed dogs. There are chances that some common health problems of Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can affect the dog. You should check about the background of its parents at the time of buying or adopting a Cavapoo puppy from a breeder.
Hereditary issues that can affect the dog are eye diseases like glaucoma and cataract. Hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, mitral valve disease, and luxating patellas can affect the health of these dogs too.
The Cavapoo dogs are curious and intelligent breed who are quick to learn and are highly trainable. The dogs are always eager to please their owners and training them is not tough at all. The owner should be gentle and firm in his training methods. They do not respond well to harsh training techniques.
Keep the training sessions short, preferably 10 to 15 minutes. Start their housebreaking and socialization training right from the puppy age. The training sessions should be fun-filled which will keep the dog engaged. Reward the dogs with praises or treats on learning something successfully.
The females are more loyal among the Cavapoos, and they would follow their masters wherever they go.
The muzzle of the Cavapoo dog is short and is a bit sensitive to heat. It won't be right to expose them to the heat outside on a hot day.
The dog is fearless in nature which can sometimes make it vulnerable to potential dangers which can harm the dog.
Buying/Adopting Cavapoo Puppies from Breeders
Adopting Cavapoo puppies is quite a common affair. At the time of adoption carefully scrutinize the medical history of the parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents of the puppy. To ensure the safety of the puppy and prevent any future health issue, buy a Cavapoo puppy only from a breeder who already uses RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP).
It is better to buy a Cavapoo puppy only from those breeders only who abide by the Dog Advisory Council’s Standard for Breeders. Just getting the new dog checked by the vet is not sufficient. Do not buy Cavapoo puppy from the breeders who cannot present clear, authentic documentation of the pup’s parents.
Buying a Cavapoo puppy from a reputed breeder can cost you something around $1200.00 - $1800.00.