The breed of adorable dogs named Cavapoo, also called in some circles as a Cavoodle, is actually a mix between the Poodle purebreds and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are designer dogs and have been grouped under ‘toy’ dog breeds, which are generally characterized by their small size. They are social, intelligent and loving by nature, however, they don’t get well with children.
|Coat||Short to long|
|Color||Black, white, tricolor (black, white and tan), blenheim (brown and white) and gold|
|Face||Round and expressive|
|Group (of Breed)||Toy|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Weight/Size||8 to 20 pounds; Small to Medium|
|Hair||Soft coats (few individuals can possess a wavy, silky and longer body hair)|
|Size||9 to 14 inches (23 to 35cm)|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
Cavapoos are friendly, loving, caring and affectionate dogs. They are quite playful and social. They are harmless, however, care must be taken so that, children treat them with respect, and they are supervised by the elders, while playing around with them. Cavapoos are not kennel dogs. They would rather prefer to spend time with their master and family, and even cuddle in bed at night in the owner’s bed, since they feel lonely alone at nighttime.
Like other crossbreed dogs, cavapoos are vulnerable to picking up genetic health problems. Hence, these dogs can very well develop specifically such health conditions which are common to both the poodle and the cavalier king charles spaniels, particularly if you are not aware about whom you are buying your puppy from.
Other heredity diseases include : Hip dysplasia, eye diseases such as glaucoma, entropion, cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy, mitral valve disease, luxating patellas (a disease affecting one or more knees, which might even end up in surgery) and even epilepsy.
For their intelligence and vigilance, cavapoos can pick up tricks, and can easily understand what is asked of them, and are eager to please their owners. So it is recommended to interact with them in a well-varied and gentle approach.
Appreciate your puppy every time it does something good or learns something successfully.
Choose a particular phrase for the respective action you want your puppy to do, like ‘go to the loo’, ‘have your lunch’, ‘bring me the newspaper Snowy’ etc. Repeat this every time you want the work to be done, and very soon, your pup will connect those words with the action you want it to do, and it will carry it on successfully.
Cavapoo adoption is quite common. However, the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents must be inquired and considered before buying a puppy from the cavapoo breeders.
To ensure that, your puppy stays safe from any future health hazards, it is strongly advised to buy cavapoo only from the breeders who use (or is ready to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP).
It is also advisable to buy a cavapoo pup only from the breeders who abide by the Dog Advisory Council’s Standard for Breeders. Just having the new dog get checked by the vet is not enough for genetic health testing. Hence, one should not buy a cavapoo puppy from any breeder who is unable to provide the buyer with written documentation that the pup’s parents were cleared of health issues, which usually affect the cavapoo breed.