Cavapoo – The Complete Guide
The Cavapoo goes by many nicknames, including Cavoodle, Cavapoodle, Cavadoodle, and Cavadoo. Can you guess which parent dog breeds make up this hybrid? Cavapoos are a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle mix.
This crossbreed is intelligent like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and energetic like the Poodle. They’re a great addition to any family and will fit right in.
This pooch looks like a teddy bear but has a sturdy body. Their looks will be dependent on genetics, of course. They can have a curly coat from their Poodle parent or a long coat from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Their coat colors can be solid or mixed in a few different colors.
If you get this mixed dog breed, chances are they were crossed with a toy Poodle rather than a miniature or standard Poodle. This is because Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are on the smaller side, and this hybrid has been known to have fewer health issues if mixed with a toy Poodle.
With that said, the Cavapoo is a small dog. The size will vary based on genetics, but this pooch will typically be about 11 to 18 inches and weigh 12 to 25 pounds. Cavapoos typically stop growing around eight months of age but may not reach their full adult size until 12 to 18 months.
Due to their small size, the Cavapoo will make a great apartment dog. However, this is an energetic breed, so having a fenced-in yard will be ideal. Whether you have a large family or small with other dogs or young kids, the Cavapoo will adapt and fit right in with your family. They’ll be couch potatoes with you and be active with you.
This doggo does have a high prey drive, so if you have cats or other small animals as pets, then you’ll need to train your Cavapoo not to hunt. Or keep them separated.
If you’re looking for a guard dog for your house, the Cavapoo won’t fit the bill. Of course, they’ll attempt to bark at potential threats, but due to their small size, they’re not very intimidating. In addition, this pooch is not aggressive at all and is too friendly for its own good.
The Cavapoo doesn’t like to be alone. If you’re out of the house for too long, they’re prone to getting separation anxiety and can become destructive. On the other hand, if they feel like they’re not getting enough attention when you are at home, they’ll bark endlessly at you. So if you want a close companion who will be your shadow, you can count on the Cavapoo to do just that.
Caring for your Cavapoo
Cavapoos have a lifespan of about 10-15 years due to their small size. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t have any health concerns to think about. They’ll still need proper care through their diet and exercise. Always bring your pooch to the veterinarian at least once a year for a check-up.
If your Cavapoo takes after their Poodle parent, then you’ll want to brush their fur a couple of times per week. This will keep the knots and tangles at bay. If they take after their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent, you can get away with brushing their fur once a week. They should be bathed once or twice a month. Going to a professional groomer will be ideal.
This way, they can get trimmed if they need it, a good bath to check the skin and coat, and get their nail trimmed and ears cleaned.
This mixed breed isn’t necessarily hypoallergenic. The Poodle is, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not. So, the shedding should be minimal but still present.
On average, a Cavapoo should have about two cups of high-quality kibble per day. In addition, their diet should be rich in protein due to their energy levels. You can talk to your dog’s vet to discuss your furry friend’s ideal meal plan and dietary needs.
Despite their energy levels, the Cavapoo will be content to go for a walk or have short bursts of playtime. However, they’ll need about 30 minutes of activity per day to keep them moving.
Unfortunately, the Cavapoo is prone to some genetic diseases from their parent breeds. Some health issues from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may be ear infections, obesity, platelet disorder, syringomyelia, or heart conditions.
Some health concerns that the Poodle side of the family may cause can be epilepsy or Addison’s disease.
This is why bringing your pooch to the vet regularly is ideal so you can keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary.
Where to find a Cavapoo
You’ll be able to find a Cavapoo at a rescue or shelter. This is a great place to start since these doggos are already looking for homes. You’ll be able to give them a home and gain a new furry companion.
Alternatively, reputable breeders are a good idea if you want a puppy. Just be sure the breeder knows what they’re doing, knows the breed and their family tree, and allows you to meet them and the dogs.
How much does a Cavapoo cost?
You can expect to spend anywhere between $1,200 and $1,800 for a Cavapoo puppy. This will depend on where you get them from, their current availability, and who you receive the puppy from.
Should you bring home a Cavapoo?
Cavapoos will make a great canine companion for any home. They’ll follow you around, cuddle with you, and enjoy playing lots of games with you or going on the occasional walk.
Bringing home a Cavapoo will be a great addition to your family.
This is little Louie.