Cavapoo: What To Know About This Stunning Family Dog

The Cavapoo is a mix between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle.

With the adorable face of a Cavalier, and often the hypoallergenic fur of a Poodle, the Cavapoo is an amazing companion for any family.

This pooch has a big dog’s personality in a little dog’s body. They are the perfect member for a family that wants a dog to chill on the couch, or to go for early morning jogs.

Want to know more about this pup? Read on to learn if they are right for your family and how to care for this unique breed of dog.

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What is a Cavapoo? (Overview)

The Cavapoo, also known as a Cavoodle, is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle mix.

They were originally bred in Australia to be a hypoallergenic, low-energy companion dog. Their adorable face and sweet nature soon made them a popular choice for all dog enthusiasts.

Their loyal, social nature makes them a great family or therapy dog, especially for people with allergies.

As this pooch is a cross breed, there is no set breed standard although most Cavapoos do fall within the same general guidelines.

Their purpose is simple: to be your next best friend and cuddle buddy.

  • Overview: Mixed Breed
  • Purpose: Companion
  • Weight: 9-25 pounds
  • Size: 9-14 inches
  • Temperament: Loving

Cavapoo Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Affectionate with everyone.
  • Come in a variety of colors.
  • Strong breed with few health problems.
  • They don’t shed (hypoallergenic).
  • Very curious about everything.

Cons:

  • Weekly brushing is needed.
  • Prone to having dental issues.
  • Weight gain can be an issue.
  • Can sometimes be a bit too laid-back.

Cavapoo Appearance

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel X Poodle

Their expression should always be friendly and inviting, and is set on a round face with large almond-shaped eyes and long floppy ears.

You can expect them to have a flat muzzle.

Despite their small size, this breed is not petite, but rather has a solid, sturdy build – this strong build is part of what makes them a great companion for children.

The standard look of a Cavapoo can be different since they are a mixed breed. They can bend either towards looking more like a Cavalier, or like a Poodle. This can also affect their coat, and some Cavalier Poodles do shed.

Once fully grown, you should expect your pooch to stand between 9-14″ tall and weigh between 9-25 pounds.

Colors

They can come in a wide range of colors, the most popular colors include:

  • Cream, fawn, chocolate, gold, white, chestnut or even tri-colored.

Coat

When you mix a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle, you get a coat the is typically short and soft, but can be either curly or wavy.

Thanks to their Poodle-like coat, Cavapoos do not shed – instead their fur continues to grow (which means they do need regular haircuts).

Their coat is typically kept fairly short, although that preference is mostly up to whatever the owner wants to do. A popular haircut style is the Teddy bear.

7 Fun Facts About The Cavapoo

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  1. Only some are hypoallergenic with a non-shedding coat.
  2. The first Cavapoos were bred in the 1990s.
  3. Currently the most popular mixed breed in Australia.
  4. They are sensitive to heat because of their short muzzle.
  5. Also known as fuzzy-faced teddy bears.
  6. Gets along great with the other pets in the household.
  7. Created by mixing a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Cavapoo Personality and Temperament

cavalier poodle

Since this is a mixed breed, they can lean on being either more Poodle or Cavalier-like in temperament. The typical Cavapoo temperament is not too much different from Cavaliers, but Poodles are more high-strung and need more mental stimulation.

Just like their parent (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), they will be a very affectionate dog that loves to be with its family.

They are a lap dog through and through, although similar to the Poodle in their heritage, Cavapoos can also make amazing agility, obedience or rally dogs.

This dog is not an escape artist, or destructive by nature, and does not have a high prey drive.

Cavapoos are a moderate to low energy breed, but can still be playful at times. They are incredibly goofy and will have you laughing at their antics. Playing a fun game of tug or fetch with them along with a walk will ensure that your playful Cavapoo’s needs are met. They do not require as much exercise as Poodles, but are a bit more outgoing than Cavaliers.

This pooch is not aggressive by nature, and typically will do great with other dogs and people.

They are not obsessive barkers, but they may bark to alert to strangers at the door. Don’t think this makes them a good guard dog, because they would happily open the door and let anyone in if it meant they would get a nice belly rub.

You can expect them to have a short attention span, so they should be kept on leash when not in fenced-in areas until a recall has been taught.

Caring for a Cavapoo

cavapoo close up

A perfect dog for a family with experience, or for a family new to dogs, the Cavapoo does not require much special care and can fit into any lifestyle. They make an amazing dog in an apartment, or as a companion to follow you in the country.

You do need to watch your Cavapoo for weight gain, and make sure that they get plenty of daily exercise to maintain a healthy weight.

If they are properly cared for and go to the vet regularly, they can live for a long time.

Although 12-15 years is the norm, some people have reported their Cavapoos living as long as 18 years. That is quite the long time, so make sure you will be able to be there for your dog for that long.

Exercise Requirements

Cavapoo Puppy

If in good health, the Cavapoo can go for a fairly long walk.

Playing with your dog at home (whether it’s a game of tug or fetch) is also good for this breed to remain as healthy as possible.

One thing to be aware of is that they do not handle heat well. Due to their short muzzle, they have trouble regulating their body temperature in the heat, which can cause heat stress. This can be easily avoided by making sure your Cavapoo has shade and plenty of cool water on hot days.

Also, don’t make them run hard on hot days.

  • Number of Walks Per Day: 1.
  • Total Exercise Need Per Day: 30 Minutes.

Grooming and Shedding

Close up cavalier poodle

The Cavapoo does not shed, but instead continue to grow their coat.

They require at least a weekly brushing to remove any knots or tangles, and then a trip to the groomers’ every four to six weeks.

If any fur is found matted, you can carefully trim it out with some scissors.

This pooch is prone to getting tear stains. You can remove these and keep them from happening by flushing your dog’s eyes out with an appropriate solution, using a cotton ball moistened with the solution and gently rubbing the stain.

Check their ears daily and clean as needed, and trim their nails about every two months.

Feeding and Diet

Splitting their meals into morning and night is the best idea for this breed. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle mixes do not require any kind of special food, and would do perfectly fine on a healthy dry food.

Calories Per Day: Cups of Kibble Per Day:
300-400 1

Known Health Problems

Although a fairly healthy dog, some have been known to have congenital heart attacks, progressive retinal atrophy and slipping kneecaps.

Make sure to speak with your vet about how to best manage any potential diseases.

How Much Does A Cavapoo Cost?

Prices can range from $1,200-1,800.

How to Train a Cavapoo

Positive reinforcement is the best way to train these dogs. They can be very sensitive, so any corrections need to be done in a gentle manner.

As puppies they need socialization with a wide range of people, dogs and other animals to ensure that they are confident adults. Their interactions with young children and other animals should always be monitored and they should be rewarded.

Although they are not prone to aggression, good socialization will make sure that the Cavapoo reaches its full friendly loving potential.

Lessons need to be short since they are a naturally curious dog, they often get distracted. Training them somewhere with little to no distractions in the beginning will greatly increase the chance of them learning the appropriate behaviors.

Perseverance is a must, as they can be slow learners (especially when it comes to house training).

The Cavalier Poodle is not the kind of dog that needs a job. They would be happy doing agility or obedience, but are just as content to remain as a couch companion to keep you company at the end of a long day.

However to try keep your them active and healthy – teaching them to play fetch or tug is a great idea and also gives them something to do.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size: 9-14 inches.
Weight: 9-25lb.
Lifespan: 12-15 Years
Coat: Slightly curly (needs weekly brushing).
Color: Cream, fawn, chocolate, gold, chestnut, white, or tri-colored.
Do They Shed: No (Minimal).
Temperament: Affectionate, friendly and outgoing.
Intelligence: Smart but gets distracted easily.
Socialization: Good experiences as a puppy will make them a more confident adult.
Destructive Behavior: Not prone to being huge chewers.
People Skills: They love everyone, even strangers.
Good with Children: Yes.
Activity Levels: Not too energetic.

Summary

This is an excellent companion dog for nearly every situation. Amazingly adaptable, this little dog does great running on a farm, or enjoying apartment living.

Affectionate and friendly, this is not the kind of dog to have if you want a guard dog.

Although basic obedience is recommended they do not need a ton of mental or physical stimulation. A thirty minute walk around the block is plenty for this little dog. However, with training, patience is required as the Cavapoo does have a short attention span.

They are easy to care for, the most they need is a quick weekly brushing and regular trips to a groomer.

Let us know in the comments section below if you have any questions…

Further Reading:

  • The Everything Poodle Book (2004) by J.Adams
  • Cockapoos: The Owners Guide from Puppy to Old Age (2014) by A. Kenworthy
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (2014) by H. Bowler
  • The Complete Standard Poodle (1998) by E. Geeson
  • Cavapoos or Cavoodles: The Ultimate Cavapoo Dog Manual (2014) by G. Hoppendale
  • Poodle Clipping and Grooming: The International Reference (2001) by S. Kalstone
Thomas Woods Face Portrait
Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.

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