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All About Cavoodles

The Cavoodle (also known as a Cavapoo) is a small designer dog breed. It’s an adorable cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle – either a Toy Poodle or a Miniature Poodle. They are becoming increasingly popular. The little dogs are gentle and friendly, they love to be with people, and they are quite intelligent.

General Type Hybrid, mixed-breed
  Parent Breeds Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Miniature or Toy Poodle
  Life Expectancy 12-14 years
Physical Height 12 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder
  Weight 12 to 25 pounds
  Fur Type Wiry or silky
  Color Light brown, reddish brown, black, other Poodle shades

Physical Traits of a Cavoodle

A Cavoodle’s appearance can vary depending on whether they inherit the long feathering of the Cavalier, the curly coat of the Poodle, or something wavy in between the two. Many Cavoodles are light to reddish brown with white markings like the Cavalier but they can come in many Poodle shades as well, such as black.

Most Cavoodles are about 12 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder when they are adults. They generally live between 12 and 14 years, though some have lived longer.

You can find more information about Cavoodles – and some sweet pictures of Cavoodle puppies – on this Australian site.

cavoodle for saleCavoodle Temperament

According to Cavoodle breeders, the dogs enjoy playing with children and make good family pets. They are also good dogs for older people looking for an affectionate smaller dog. However, like Poodles, they enjoy being the center of attention and showing off. They don’t need a lot of exercise but they do need a daily walk and they enjoy a good romp. They are well-suited to apartment living but they are not sedentary. They are also good dogs if you only have a small yard.

While Cavoodles are good with children, an adult should always supervise when small children play with dogs, since all dogs can be unpredictable. Teach kids how to interact safely with dogs and puppies so no one gets hurt. Tell kids not to pull a dog’s tail or try to take toys from a dog, for example. Puppies and dogs don’t usually respect children the way they respect adults. If a child takes something from a dog, the dog may growl or nip. When children are a few years older, dogs will begin to respect their authority.

Bringing Home Your Cavoodle Puppy

Cavoodles are very popular in Australia. Most of the breeders you find online are located there. However, there are some Cavoodle breeders in North America. You can find them listed here on Local Puppy Breeders under the name “Cavapoo”.

Cavoodle puppies are extra cute and extra smart. They love to cuddle and spend time with people. These are dogs that love to follow you from room to room, so if you like a more aloof dog, this probably isn’t the breed for you. These puppies want to see what you’re doing all the time!

Cavaliers can sometimes be difficult to house train but Poodles are usually easy to train. Generally easy to house train, Cavoodle puppies seem to take after their Poodle parents.

Cavoodle puppies can be mischievous and nosy. They can get into trouble, so make sure you thoroughly puppy proof your house before you bring home a new puppy. They will be investigating everything for the first few months, so be sure to keep anything valuable or breakable put away until your puppy outgrows his rambunctious stage.

It’s important to socialize any puppy and Cavoodle puppies are no exception. Basic puppy obedience training is also recommended. Puppy kindergarten classes are often offered by pet stores or local kennel clubs so puppies can learn good manners. Cavoodle puppies learn fast when they are taught with gentle firmness. However, breeders caution that for the first few months, these puppies can try to do things their own way. Be firm, socialize, and take basic obedience classes.

Grooming Your Cavoodle

The amount of grooming for a Cavoodle will depend on the coat type. Cavoodles with a curly, Poodle coat will need to be brushed more often and occasionally clipped because they don’t shed much. This kind of coat can pick up some sticks and leaves if the dog plays outside. You will need to remove them so they don’t become tangled in the coat. Cavoodles with a coat like their Cavalier parent’s require less grooming, but all dogs need some brushing. Cavoodles do have floppy ears so it’s important to keep them clean in order to avoid ear infections.

cavoodle dogPotential Cavoodle Health Issues

Like most purebreds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodles can have some genetic health issues. If you talk to Cavoodle breeders you can ask them about the health of the parents of their litters. Have their breeding dogs been tested for any health problems that could be passed on to their offspring? Some health issues are recessive, so the puppies won’t show any signs of the problem. Other issues could still crop up, depending on the issue. So be sure to talk to breeders about the health of the parent dogs.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be prone to mitral valve disease (a heart condition) and syringomyelia (a condition affecting the brain and spine). Poodles can be subject to Addison’s disease, bloat, and progressive retinal atrophy (an eye condition). It’s helpful for Cavoodle breeders that the Cavalier and the Poodle don’t have health problems that overlap since this decreases the chances that the problems will be passed along to the puppies. There are health tests for many of the problems that can affect Cavaliers and Poodles, so talk to breeders to find out if they have had the parent dogs tested.

Questions You Should Ask Cavoodle Breeders

You can also talk to the breeder and ask what to expect from Cavoodle puppies. They are the experts so they should be able to tell you more than anyone. If you are serious about getting a puppy, most breeders are happy to discuss them with you. They put a lot of love and time into raising their dogs and they want to make sure their puppies are going to good homes.

You can also ask Cavoodle breeders if they are breeding first or second generation Cavoodles. A first generation Cavoodle (F1) is produced from a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel bred to a Poodle. Second generation (F2) is produced by either breeding Cavoodles to each other or breeding to Cavaliers or Poodles. Puppies can look different and have slightly different traits depending on which approach the breeder is taking. Most puppies for sale at this time seem to be first generation but some people are breeding second generation dogs. All of these puppies are Cavoodles.

When you are getting a puppy you can talk to the breeder about the puppy’s vaccinations and what to feed the puppy.

toy cavoodleAre There Toy Cavoodles?

Cavoodles can be a cross between a Toy Poodle and a Cavalier or a Miniature Poodle and a Cavalier. The Mini Poodle is between 10 and 15 inches tall. Toy Poodles are smaller than 10 inches tall but the Cavalier stands 12 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder. Cavoodles with a Mini Poodle parent will be a little taller, and those with a Toy Poodle parent will be a little smaller, but most Cavoodles are in the mid range (12-13 inches) because of their Cavalier genetics. There are some Cavoodles that could be considered Toy Cavoodles but they are not common.

Is a Cavoodle Right for Me?

The Cavoodle dog is a great combination of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle. They are smart, fun, gentle, and very affectionate. They do require some grooming but not as much as Poodles. If you get a Cavoodle puppy from a reputable breeder, you should be able to avoid the health problems that are sometimes found in the parent breeds. And, if you have kids, the Cavoodle can be a wonderful choice, as they are terrific family dogs. So yes, the Cavoodle could be the right dog for you.


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