In the last couple decades, the popularity of “designer dogs” has skyrocketed. This is when two or more pure-bred dogs are intentionally cross-bred to produce an entirely new breed with the characteristics of both its parents. Pretty quickly, people have discovered that cross-breeding with a poodle has pretty fantastic results. Often, what you’ll end up with is all the great traits of the chosen breed, mixed with the temperament, intelligence, and beautiful curly coat of a poodle. The puppy breeder market has become inundated with a million “poos” and “doodles”. You have maltipoos, goldendoodles, labradoodles, cockapoos, schnoodles. and today’s special guest: the cavapoo, a mix of the cavalier king charles spaniel, and a miniature poodle. Come along as we discuss this beautiful and lovable designer breed!
Cavapoos were first intentionally bred in Australia right before the turn of the century. The hope was to mix the intelligence and allergy-friendly coat of a poodle with the sweet temperament of a king charles’ spaniel. And what a success! Cavapoos are loving and calm dogs that look like they’ve walked straight out of a Build-A-Bear commercial. Read on to discover more about this beautiful breed.
As with many cross-breeds, the size of cavapoos can greatly vary. However, they will typical fall into the “small” or “medium” category of dogs. This is a great size, as they won’t need too much space to be comfortable, but they aren’t so small that you’ll worry about stepping on them! They generally range from 10-25 lbs, and are perfect for snuggling next to on the couch.
Now, don’t adopt or purchase a cavapoo if you’re under the impression that they are hypoallergenic. The assertion that dogs can be hypoallergenic is actually a myth! Even dogs with low-shedding coats will still produce dander. However, having a dog with a curly coat can be very helpful for lowering allergy risk, as they tend to shed very little. Cavapoos’ coats can come in a range of curl patterns and textures. Some may have loose waves, while others may have closer to the tight, wooly curls of a standard poodle.
Cavapoos come in a variety of colors: cream, golden, caramel, black and tan, and brown. Perhaps, the most recognizable coloring is the cherry golden hue that many cavapoos sport.
Hygiene and Exercise
Like any dogs, it is important that cavapoos receive regular exercise, mental stimulation, and grooming. A short walk twice a day, plus occasional trips to the park, or playtime in the backyard are great for keeping your cavapoo active and healthy. Cavapoos need their teeth regularly brushed (once a day), and their nails clipped to prevent painful scratching or snagging in fabrics.. And don’t be fooled by their luxurious coat! Many people will say a cavapoo’s coat doesn’t need to be brushed, and this is simply false. Their coats require regular brushing to prevent painful matting that may force you to shave them down to the skin. If you’re unsure about grooming needs, find a trusted professional groomer in your area to advise you!
Like any pure or designer breed, cavapoos are susceptible to certain illnesses (such as congenital eye disease), and may require occasional veterinary intervention. Make sure you can afford to provide for any treatment your dog may require before adopting.
To put it simply, they are complete sweethearts! Cavapoos are gentle but playful, empathetic, and affectionate dogs. They are highly intelligent, very trainable, and love making connections with their humans. Just remember that every dog (just like people!) has its own individual personality. Learn to respect your dog’s moods, needs, and habits, and you’ll be sure to form a loving relationship built on mutual respect and trust.
Cavapoos are a wonderful mixed breed! If you are at a place where you can provide adequate care, they are an excellent option for those seeking a loving furry companion. We wish you the best of luck in your search for a new friend!