The Cavapoo is a crossbreed between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle. Both breeds used to create Cavapoos tend to be smart and learn quickly. If you begin socialization and training early, keep training sessions short and fun, and use positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, play and food rewards, you will be rewarded with a wonderful companion dog. Their sweet, gentle temperaments make them wonderful therapy dogs too. The Cavapoo always has a sweet expression and a sturdy body, but they need to live in the house though, never outdoors. They have short muzzles, so they can be sensitive to heat. Never leave them outside on a hot day.
Cavapoos may have the curly coat of a Poodle or the long, straight coat of a Cavalier King Charles.Spaniel. Cavapoos come in several colors and patterns, including red and white, tricolor, red and black.
Cavapoo puppies are adorable, and it’s one of the reasons they are so popular. It would be difficult for a Cavapoo not to be charming. Both of its parent breeds are outgoing, loving and playful. Cavapoos generally weigh 12 to 25 pounds, making them a comfortable size for most homes and they do adapt well if living in an apartment too. They are not necessarily the best watchdogs, because they are likely to greet visitors and intruders alike with a smile. Cavapoos are highly trainable, although some may prefer to sit on your lap rather than do a sit/stay. They will be happy to sit for a treat, though.
Cavapoos are fun-loving and can be good playmates for children who are at least six years old. Younger children should be supervised carefully any time they are with a small dog such as a Cavapoo. Even though he’s sturdy, if they accidentally fall on or hit the dog, they could hurt him.
Cavapoos have a moderate activity level that is adaptable to their owner’s lifestyle. They need a good walk or active indoor playtime each day, and if you’re interested (and the dog’s overall health is good — your veterinarian can help determine that), they are athletic enough to participate in such dog sports as agility, obedience and rally. Cavapoos are good at playing fetch and will chase a ball endlessly.
Poodles have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, meaning they can supposedly be tolerated by people who have allergies to dogs. Having said that, no dog is 100 percent hypoallergenic, but there are breeds that shed less than others. Because the Cavapoo has Poodle in its heritage, they are sometimes promoted as being hypoallergenic. But allergies are not caused by any dog coat but by dander, the dead skin cells that are shed by all dogs (and people, for that matter). There is no scientific evidence that any breed or crossbreed is more allergenic than another, but again some dogs do indeed shed less (even a lot less) than others. Some people with allergies may react less severely to particular dogs, but no reputable breeder will guarantee that his/her dogs are hypoallergenic. Cavapoos shed moderately. It’s a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
The Cavapoo’s origin is Australia, but people have been breeding certain types of dogs for millennia in the attempt to achieve a certain look, temperament or working ability. That’s how many well-known purebreds, including the Australian Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, Leonberger and more, originally got their start.
Crossbreeds such as the Cavapoo have become popular over the past ten or twenty years as people seek out dogs that are different from the everyday Yorkie or Poodle or that they think will have certain appealing characteristics. For instance, it’s often claimed (falsely, by the way) that crossbreeds are hypoallergenic or have fewer health problems or will carry the best traits of each breed.
Unfortunately, genes aren’t quite that malleable. Genetic traits sort out randomly in each dog, so without selecting for certain characteristics over many generations, there’s no guarantee you’ll get the best of each breed. And no matter what his breed or mix, an individual dog may be more intelligent and/or healthy. Whatever his breed, cross or mix, love your dog for what he is: a unique, special and loving companion.
Temperaments can vary in breed to breed and by puppy to puppy. No two dogs are alike (just like people). The Cavapoo’s temperament is affected partly by inheritance and partly by environment, so it too will vary from pooch to pooch. A Cavapoo’s temperament depends on several things including the temperaments of his parents, especially the mother, who is more likely to influence a puppy’s behavior; the amount of socialization he receives; and the unique genes he inherits. Both Poodles and Cavaliers tend to be friendly and outgoing and shouldn’t be shy, so look for those traits in your new pup.
If you train your puppy with positive reinforcement techniques, showing him what you like by rewarding him with praise, play and treats; a Cavapoo is likely to learn quickly and enjoy showing off the tricks he knows as he makes you proud.
Start training your puppy the day you bring him home. Even at eight weeks, puppies will soak up everything you teach. Don’t wait until he is 6 months old to begin training or you will have a more headstrong dog to deal with. If possible, get him into obedience training by the time he is 10 to 12 weeks old and socialize intently! However, be aware that many puppy training classes require certain vaccines (like kennel cough) to be up to date, and many veterinarians recommend limited exposure to other dogs and public places until puppy vaccines (including rabies, distemper and parvovirus) have been completed. In lieu of formal training, you can begin training your puppy at home and socializing him among family and friends until puppy vaccines are completed.
Talk to the person(s) from whom you are buying the puppy and describe exactly what you’re looking for in a dog. Ask for assistance in selecting the proper puppy for your lifestyle and personality. Whatever you want from a Cavapoo, never buy a dog sight-unseen and always make sure the puppy has been well socialized.
The Cavapoo requires a lot of grooming, so professional groomers can be helpful sometimes. Dogs whose coats are home brushed regularly are less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don’t skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bathing is very important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep your pet’s coat healthy and to give your Cavapoo a pleasant experience of a dog bath. You don’t want your pet(s) to fear the groomer, bathing, nail trimming or other forms of upkeep or it makes it much harder to perform.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on a particular puppy.)
- Dog Registry of America Inc.
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Breed Registry
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- International Designer Canine Registry
Average Weight: 12-25 lbs.
Personality Traits: Apartment friendly, adaptable, highly social
Country of Origin: Australia
Coat: Curly, wavy or long & straight