Cavapoo: Dog Breed Characteristics & Care

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mixed with the poodle makes up the cavapoo.

This small breed, first bred here in Australia, has soft, curly, or wavy hair. This lovable, compact dog is loved by its parents from the AKC’s non-sporting and toy groups.

Cavapoos are becoming more popular in America over the last few decades.

These dogs are a perfect fit for families with children because of their playful and easygoing personalities. They can adapt to all environments well.

Overview of Breeds

GROUP Not recognized by the AKC

HEIGHT 11-14 inches (males); 9-11 inches (females).

WEIGHT Males can weigh 10-20 pounds, while females can weigh 9-15 pounds

COAT Medium-length, curly or wavy coat

COAT COLOR Cream.

LIFE SPAN 12-15 years

TEMPERAMENT: Friendly, affectionate, gentle, playful, loyal, even-tempered

HYPOALLERGENIC Yes

ORIGIN Australia

The Cavapoo’s Characteristics

Cavapoos can be adapted to a wide range of lifestyles. They prefer to be with their owners rather than in a kennel.

Expect them to be excited when you return from out. If you plan to spend a lot of time with this breed, it’s best to get them. Cavapoos are very affectionate and love their family.

They also have a calm, peaceful temperament when not exercising. Their playful personalities make them energetic.

Affection LevelHigh
FriendlinessHigh
Kid-FriendlyHigh
Pet-FriendlyMedium
Exercise NeedsMeduin
PlayfulnessHigh
Energy LevelMedium
TrainingHigh
IntelligenceHigh
Tendency to Bark Low
Shedding amountLow
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The Cavapoo’s history

In the United States, poodle mixes have been growing in popularity, including the cavapoo. These mixes combine the personality traits of one breed, in this case, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s good-naturedness with the low shedding and hypoallergenic qualities of poodles. Although Cavapoos seem new, they were first developed in Australia in the 1950s.

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Cavapoo Care

Cavapoos, like other dogs, require more care because of their curly hair.

The Cavapoo is highly trained and eager to please. It only needs moderate exercise to keep it happy and healthy.

Exercise

Despite their high energy, the Cavapoo has shallow exercise requirements.

They only require daily walks. Their small stature makes them ideal for urban living.

Although they are energetic, they can be challenging to keep up with small children.

As with all pets, children must watch their Cavapoo. These dogs are smaller than average, so they can be more susceptible to injury if a child gets too excited about their play.

Grooming

Cavapoos have medium-length, soft fur. It can be curled to curly or wavy and needs regular grooming.

Cavapoos shed very little, making them an excellent choice for pet owners with allergies to pet hair.

However, their lack of shedding does not mean they do not need routine brushing.

Your Cavapoo’s wavy curls could become masterful if they aren’t brushed at a minimum once or twice weekly.

Mats can cause skin infections and discomfort. To prevent matting, some owners might opt to trim their dog’s hair into a “puppy cut.”

Your Cavapoo should brush regularly to keep them from snagging and breaking.

To prevent infection, they need to have their ears cleaned, and the fur in the ears must be trimmed.

Breeds with dental problems are especially vulnerable to poor dental hygiene.

Cavapoos, being a smaller breed, are more susceptible to dental disease.

Dental disease can be prevented by brushing your Cavapoo’s teeth with dog-friendly toothpaste at least once a day.

Dental disease is more than a cosmetic problem. The gingival tissue is the most common area where bacteria can enter the bloodstream.

Endocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, can result in painful tooth abscesses.

Training

Cavapoos are intelligent, well-trained, and eager to please their owners. This breed is easy to train (from as young as 12 weeks old) using positive reinforcement-based training.

Positive reinforcement-based training can be reinforced by rewarding good behavior and praising the dog for displaying it.

Cavapoos can suffer separation anxiety because they are close to their owners.

It would help if you worked with a trained trainer who can give positive feedback from other dog owners.

Finding a trainer with behavioral experience is best if you must leave home often. Avoid those that use ‘corrections’ or ‘aversives, as they can further stress anxious pets.

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Common Health Problems

Cavapoos can contract diseases common in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and poodles. 

Only reputable breeders will screen spaniels, Cavapoo puppies, and poodles for these diseases and prevent breeding dogs with genetic disorders.

Common health problems in Cavapoos include:

  • Congenital Heart Diseases: Most common is a mitral-valve disease. This is a condition in which the valve within the heart is damaged and doesn’t close completely.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA): This ocular disease affects the dog’s retinas and can cause blindness.
  • Luxating Patellas is an orthopedic condition that affects the kneecaps. These grooves allow the knees to move freely because they are so shallow.
  • Atopy – Also known as skin allergy in dogs, this condition can cause itching and discomfort.
  • Syringomyelia/Chiari-Like Malformation: This condition in which pockets of fluid build up in your dog’s spinal cord.
  • Dental Disease Dental infections and abscesses are painful and can cause bloodstream problems (which can lead to heart disease). Regular brushing your dog’s teeth and regular dental cleaning with your vet are essential.
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Diet and nutrition

Cavapoos thrive on small- to medium-sized high-energy, nutritious dogs. The breed’s weight range isn’t extensive but can vary greatly.

A 9-pound Cavapoo will need less dog food each day than a 20-pound one.

Your Cavapoo might need 1/2 to 1 cup of food daily, depending on their activity.

This breed is energetic but can still be susceptible to dog obesity. Your veterinarian will provide a diet plan to ensure your dog’s health.

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Where to Adopt or Buy a Cavapoo

Cavapoos are a popular breed. They are considered “designer” dogs but can be surrendered to shelters like other breeds. A local shelter is the best place to find a Cavapoo for your family.

Verifying that the breeder you choose is trustworthy if you don’t find Cavapoos in shelters is essential.

The average price for these puppies is between $1,00 to $2,000, although prices can vary depending on their location and pedigree.

Because of their popularity, they are a popular choice for puppy farms. It would help if you avoided commercial pet shops and breeders who don’t allow you to see the parents or where they are kept to adopt a healthy dog.

These resources will help you start your search for responsible breeders of Cavapoos:

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Cavapoo Overview

Pros
  • Affectionate
  • Hypoallergenic and low shedding
  • They are ideal for apartment living because of their size and adaptability.
Cons
  • Separation anxiety is a common problem.
  • Eye problems, heart disease, and dental disease are all possible.
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Additional Research and Breeds

There are many poodle mixes, including the cavapoo. You can consider whether they are suitable for your home and if you have any other similar breeds if you are interested in adopting one.

There are many dog breeds you can add to your family. Poodle mixes can also be great choices. You can easily find the perfect breed for your home with some research!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Are Cavapoos good family dogs?

Yes. Cavapoos are a great addition to any family because of their affectionate and even-tempered nature. They also respond well to positive reinforcement training.

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Are Cavapoo Dogs able to shed a lot?

The Cavapoo’s genes are derived from the poodle and are hypoallergenic. It is an ideal choice for people with mild to moderate dog allergies.

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Can Cavapoos be left alone?

Cavapoos can be very attached to their owners and are not the best breed for people who work from home. It’s best to have a trained trainer familiar with handling separation anxiety in dogs if you need to leave your Cavapoo alone for short periods.

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