The Cavapoo is a relatively new designer dog whose parents are both purebred dogs. The Cavapoo is a sweet soul who craves human attention and affection all day long, but he also has a bit of a wild side that he has inherited from his Poodle parent.
Cavapoos have been making a name for themselves over the last decade as an extremely popular mixed breed dog. It’s one of the more popular poodle mixes out there that gets lots of love due to their sweet personality and attachment to their family.
These two different sides to his personality make him a wonderful family pet who appeals to every doggy lover out there, and it is just one of the reasons why he is proving to be a big hit with families across the world. So, read on to find out a bit more about this gorgeous teddy bear doppelganger.
- 1 Origins & Designer Dogs
- 2 The Cavapoo
- 3 Final Thoughts
Origins & Designer Dogs
The term ‘designer dog’ is simply a label given to dogs who have been purposely bred from two purebred dogs. Often, they are bred to combine their looks, and to increase genetic diversity, which often makes them healthier and hardier dogs. Often you will hear, particularly from purebred fans, that the notion of mixing up gene pools is a negative thing, but as long as it is done in a controlled environment and it is done with the pup’s best interests at heart, then it is actually a great idea for both the pups and families who want the best of both worlds in one dog.
In this case, the Cavapoo is a gorgeous dog who only benefits from the combination of genetics, and so far, there have not been any reported problems with the new designer breed. In order to understand a bit more about the Cavapoo and what to expect from him, it is important to gain a brief understanding about his parents. The Cavapoo is often compared to another breed that’s similar, the Cavachon.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a relatively ancient dog who originates from Victorian England. He originally began his journey as a toy Spaniel, but he was crossed with two flat faced oriental dogs, the Pug and the Japanese Chin. King Charles II was an avid fan of the new mixes, and as such he was named the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His company was once only enjoyed by Royalty, but he is now enjoyed by all dog lovers across the world.
He is also famously known from the drama series ‘Sex and the City’ as Charlotte’s glamourous handbag dog. In 2019, the American Kennel Club (AKC) ranked the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as the 18th most popular dog in America. He is described as ‘affectionate, gentle and graceful’, and it is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that gives the Cavapoo his sweeter and softer side.
Poodle (Toy or Miniature)
The Poodle is available in three different sizes, the standard Poodle who measures 15 inches and taller, the toy Poodle who measure 10 inches and under, and the miniature Poodle who measures between 10 and 15 inches. The Cavapoo is bred only from the toy or miniature Poodle.
Despite being known for his flamboyant personality and french fancy haircuts, the Poodle was originally from mainland Europe who was used as a working dog to hunt ducks and assist his master, and as such he is much more energetic than most people think.
In 2019, the AKC ranked the Poodle (all three sizes) as the 7th most popular dog breed in America. The Poodle is described as ‘active, proud, and very smart’, and this is where the Cavapoo gets his cheeky wild side from. There are also other pups that are mixed with the toy poodle, like the Golden Retriever Toy Poodle mix (Mini Goldendoodle).
Unfortunately, the history of the Cavapoo is not particularly well documented, which is not dissimilar to most other designer dogs out there. It is believed that the Cavapoo was born in the 1990s, and he is believed to originate from Australia, and this is really all we know about his past.
However, what is clear at present is that he is proving to be one of the most sought-after designer dogs, and families across the world are choosing him as their family pet. Katy Perry has a cute Cavapoo pup called Butters, who is said to be super cheeky but super chilled at the same time.
As explained above, the Cavapoo has many different personality traits that appeal to everyone, and it is this that has earned him a top spot as a family pet in the designer dog world. He is very kind and gentle with his family members, especially young children who he can snuggle up to. He is always so excited to see his master every time he comes back home and he loves nothing more than to sit on your lap in the evening and keep you company whilst you read a book or play family games.
He also loves to go for his daily walkies, and enjoys a good romp in the backyard. He is quite a cheeky chappy who will test your rules and patience, but only in a fun way. All in all, there is something for everyone when it comes to the Cavapoo, and his awesome personality has won over even the sternest of people.
His extreme sociability means that he does not do well being left alone for hours and hours, and because of this he is known to suffer with separation anxiety. Whilst he may appear cute and not capable of much destruction, the reality is quite the opposite. He is capable of chewing his way through sofas and cushions, and he is also capable of annoying even the most patient of neighbors with his shrill and constant whining. For this reason, if you live somewhere where there are noise restrictions, then he may not be the breed for you.
Size & Appearance
The Cavapoo can be either a small to medium sized dog, depending on the size of his Poodle parent. Typically, both the male and female Cavapoo will measure between 9 and 14 inches, from paw to shoulder. They can also vary in weight, again depending on their Poodle parent, but typically they will weigh between 9 and 25 pounds.
Coat & Colors
The Cavapoos coat is often soft thanks to his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent, with either a slight wave or curl that he inherited from his Poodle parent. Whilst he is less prone to shedding, their coat needs regular grooming which will be outlined below.
The Cavapoo comes in a wide range of colors, and the most popular Cavapoo colors are chocolate, chestnut, gold, brown, fawn and cream. The Cavapoo can either be a solid color, two colors, or even tricolor. The puppies coat color may change as he gets older but tends to only change shades rather than entire colors, so bear this in mind when you are looking for a puppy.
Because his Poodle parent is a hypoallergenic dog, many breeders will claim that the Cavapoo is too. However, whilst this may be true, it is important to remember that he may not be, and as such if you are seeking an allergy friendly dog, then you should consider getting a breed from the list of hypoallergenic dogs that are guaranteed to be allergy friendly.
Exercise Requirements & Living Conditions
The Cavapoo’s exercise requirements will vary dependent on which parent he takes after more. Whilst it is possible that he may be calm and docile, most Cavapoo parent’s claim that Cavapoos are super energetic for such a small pup. The majority of Cavapoos are medium energy dogs who will need around 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. It is also likely that he will need mental stimulation throughout the day and as such you should either invest in interactive toys such as a rope or frisbee for tug-of-war and fetch, or a toy that you can stuff with treats so that the Cavapoo can spend hours working out how to extract the goodies.
The Cavapoo is a very adaptable dog and he could be suited to either apartment or house living, with or without a backyard. If he does not have access to a backyard then it is very important for him to be exercised for around 60 minutes a day, as he will not get the opportunity to have a good romp in the garden like he would otherwise.
The Cavapoo is friendly and affectionate with children of all ages, just be sure to supervise children at all times as you would with any other dog. Because of his small size, it is important to teach children how to behave around him, because he can quite easily be mishandled by excitable children.
As long as he is socialized from a young age then he is also fantastic with other dogs and would do well in a multi-pet household, the Cavapoo is known to be a bit of a green eyed monster, and so if he is one of many pets then be sure to give him his fair share of the attention and cuddles, otherwise you may find yourself with a diva dog on your hands.
The Cavapoo, despite his cute and angelic looks, is quite intelligent and he picks up commands surprisingly quickly. He is partial to a snack or two so be sure to incorporate this into training sessions with him, as well as continuously verbally training him when he behaves well. This method is called positive reinforcement training, and is scientifically proven to be the most effective training method for all dogs.
The Cavapoo is naturally inquisitive, and he is known to become quite bored during training sessions. The best way to tackle his short attention span is to keep training sessions short and fun, and again, you will keep his interest piqued with treats in hand.
The Cavapoo breed will inherit his health issues from his parents, and as such the best way to prepare yourself regarding his health is to make yourself aware of all of his parent’s main health issues. Generally, the Cavapoo is known to suffer from the following:
Patellar Luxation – put simply, this is where his kneecap becomes dislocated, and almost floats, and it can be quite painful, particularly when walking.
Cardiac conditions – the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is known to suffer from a variety of cardiac issues, and as such the Cavapoo is at high risk from these also. The most common concern is Mitral Valve Dysplasia, which is often first identified by a heart murmur.
Eye conditions – the most common eye concerns are Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Entropion, which if left untreated can cause blindness.
If you are in any doubts about his health, then be sure to speak to your Veterinarian and keep up with his annual health checks. This is particularly important in regard to his heart defects, as these are often concerns that can only be detected with medical equipment rather than the naked eye.
The average Cavapoo will eat around 1 cup of food a day, and he would do well with a high-quality kibble to provide him with the best nutrients possible. Be sure to only feed him age appropriate food and to monitor the amount of treats that he is given, as he is susceptible to piling on the weight quite quickly just like his King Charles parent.
The Cavapoo is slightly more demanding when it comes to his grooming needs, simply because of his Poodle parent. Whilst he is a mixed breed, and as such you can never be entirely sure which type of coat he is going to inherit, it is very likely that he will have a curly coat of some description. His curls will need daily brushing with a metal pin brush every day to ensure that they do not become tangled and matted, especially around his neck and armpits. He is a low shedder, however he would still benefit from a thorough brush once a week to collect his dead hair and stimulate new growth.
Whilst there is not a specific hairstyle to follow, most Cavapoo owners opt for the teddy bear cut, which is short all around except for his ears, and this keeps his coat more manageable. A professional clip every 10 weeks should be adequate to keep this guy looking fresh and trim.
The Cavapoo will need regular dental cleaning because he has a small and narrow jaw which makes him more prone to plaque buildup and periodontal infections. Also be mindful of his eyes due to his propensity for ill eye health, and wipe the unsightly gunk out of his eyes with specialist doggy wipes that can be bought from pet stores.
The average price of a Cavapoo puppy from a reputable breeder is around $1,500. Some breeders may charge slightly more, and some slightly less, but the general rule is if they are cheaper than $1,200 and more expensive than $1,800 then be cautious.
The number of Cavapoo breeders has risen significantly over the last decade because of his surge in popularity and demand. Whilst the increase in breeder options benefits prospective Cavapoo owners who now have more of a choice, it means that unscrupulous puppy mill breeders also have the opportunity to make a quick buck from this current trend. If anyone is selling a Cavapoo for much less than the average price then do tempted, for it is a real possibility that the puppy will be very unhealthy and you will lose out on a lot of money and time in the long run.
It is really important to meet the parents of the Cavapoo for a variety of reasons, but in this case it is particularly important to see his Poodle parent in order to gain an understanding of how big your Cavapoo will be. When he is a puppy it is quite difficult to tell whether he is going to be a small or medium sized dog, so if this is an important factor for you ask to see the Poodle parent’s registration certificates.
As Family Pets
- The Cavapoo is a sweet soul who craves human attention.
- He should be placed with a family who will not leave him alone for too long.
- If he’s left alone for long periods, he can become severely anxious.
- He is sociable and fun and should have plenty of interactive playtime.
- The Cavapoo is a medium energy dog who needs between 30 and 60 minutes of daily exercise.
- He is a small to medium sized dog who can adapt to apartment living if required.
- The Cavapoo he would rather have access to a backyard for regular playtime.
- He is a low shedder, with lower grooming requirements.
- He is not entirely hypoallergenic and therefore he is not suited to those who suffer from dog allergies.
- The Cavapoo will need grooming everyday to ensure that his curls do not become matted.
- He is quite easily trainable and is suited to a first-time dog owner.
- The Cavapoo will do well with younger children as long as they are taught how to handle him.
- This breed is more delicate than most people think.
- The Cavapoo will do well in a multi-pet household if introduced to them slowly.
Finding A Cavapoo Breeder
As the Cavapoo is so popular there are plenty of Cavapoo breeders that appear on the first few pages of any search engine, and this is most often where people begin their searches for a Cavapoo breeder. Just be sure to thoroughly research the kennel or the breeder before you commit to any decisions, and it is also really important to visit the puppies and parents before a decision is made in any case.
There are also plenty of Cavapoo groups on social media platforms that are full of avid Cavapoo fans, and this is a great way to ask for suggestions of breeders from those in the know, about who is reputable and who is not.
Rescue & Shelters
As with any new designer breed and their popular demand, there will be few and far between in the rescue centers, and for those pups who do unfortunately find themselves in the rescue centers they will be snapped up pretty quickly. The best way to increase your chances is to speak to your local rescue center to see if they can point you in the right direction.
Additionally, you could speak to dedicated rescue centers who solely rehome Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodles, and other mixes of their breed. A great place to start would be to contact the Poodle Club of America Rescue Foundation, or the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue Trust.
This cute little teddy bear lookalike is proving to be a big hit, not only in America, but across the world. Not only are they one of the most popular designer breeds out there, but they are possibly one of the cutest with the ultimate canine personality.
The Cavapoo has plenty of love and hugs for the whole family, but he also has enough cheekiness to provide hours of laughter and fun. This dog has something for everyone, which is why he is so popular. One of the biggest selling points about the Cavapoo is that he is suggested to be hypoallergenic, and whilst he might be partially hypoallergenic, he also might not be, so don’t be fooled by breeders who guarantee this as a selling point.
As long as you have the time to commit to this guy, be that exercising or cuddling him, he will fit into most family homes without any issue, and you will be glad that you welcomed him with open arms.