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Cavapoo

Breed overview

  • Breed group – Cross between a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and a poodle
  • Height – 9 to 14 inches
  • Weight – 10 to 20 pounds
  • Coat length & texture – Medium length, wavy or curly
  • Coat color – Cream, fawn, chocolate, gold, chestnut, or tri-colored. Each color can also have white markings.
  • Exercise needs – Average
  • Intelligence – High intelligence 
  • Barking – Low
  • Life span – 12 to 15 years
  •  Temperament – Loving, friendly, gentle, playful
  •  Hypoallergenic – No
  •  Origin – Australia

Cavapoo fun facts 

  • Also known as a Cavadoodle or Cavoodle
  • Hearty eaters that gobble up nearly everything you put in front of them.
  • Good therapy dogs due to their gentle and loving nature.
Cavapoo resting on a pillow

Cavapoo temperament and characteristics 

Cavapoos adapt easily to various lifestyles, making them great with kids and other pets. They are intelligent, love to play, and thrive on attention and being with their owners, so be prepared for them to get excited when you come home from work or a day out. But although they have high energy drives and get excited easily, they tend to have quiet and calm temperaments.

Common Cavapoo health problems 

Although they’re a crossbreed, Cavapoos are still known to develop some health issues. The most common include:

Black and white cavapoo

Cost of caring for Cavapoos

Thanks to the vigor of these dogs, Cavapoos tend to be mostly healthy. If your pup develops a health issue, though, it can cost a hefty sum — joint surgeries can cost upwards of $3,000, and managing degenerative diseases can become expensive over time. Two ways to help prepare for injuries, illnesses, or emergencies are to get your Cavapoo insured and/or create a pet savings account. Owners reap the greatest benefits of insurance when they sign their pet up as early as possible to avoid pre-existing condition exclusions down the road.

History of the cavapoo

Poodle mixes, including the Cavapoo, have become increasingly popular worldwide over the last few decades. Cavapoos originated in Australia in the 1950s but didn’t become popular in America until more recently. It’s thought to have been bred due to the Cavalier King Charles spaniel’s good-naturedness and the poodle’s hypoallergenic traits.

👉 No dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic, but some are better than others for allergy sufferers.

Caring for your Cavapoo

Caring for a new puppy of any breed can be overwhelming. You’ll need to make your first trip to the vet and schedule your dog’s vaccinations. Here are some other basics specific to Cavapoos.

Exercise

Cavapoos have surprisingly low exercise needs in comparison to their high energy level. Short daily walks should be enough to hold these pups over. This attribute makes them great apartment or city dogs.

Cavapoo playing with tennis ball

Grooming

The Cavapoo has a medium-length coat that can be wavy to curly in texture, and while it doesn’t shed much, it does require a good bit of grooming. These dogs need to be brushed a couple of times a week or you’ll risk matting, which can be painful and lead to skin infections. Also getting them groomed monthly by a professional groomer will help. Some owners will opt to keep their Cavapoos’ coats cut into a short “puppy cut” to lessen the grooming needs.

On top of keeping their coat clean, you’ll need to clean your Cavapoo’s ears and teeth regularly to avoid ear infections and help prevent dental issues.

Diet and nutrition

Cavapoos require high-quality dog food meant for small breeds and high energy levels. They are still prone to obesity, so work with your vet to find the right portions for your specific pup. Avoid human foods as this can cause them to become picky eaters, gain unwanted weight, and may also upset their stomachs.

Training your Cavapoo

These dogs are intelligent and love to please their owners, so training comes easily. Use positive reinforcement with treats or praise versus aversions or corrections to keep your Cavapoo happy during training sessions. Because these dogs bond so heavily with their owners, they’re prone to separation anxiety — work with a behaviorist to curb these anxieties.

Cavapoo walking on leash

Breeds similar to the Cavapoo

Not quite sure that a Cavapoo is right for you? Even if you are, it’s worth taking the time to research and consider other similar breeds. Here are a few to get you started:

  1. Cockapoo — Similar to the Cavapoo in many ways, but require more exercise and can be more vocal.
  2. Goldendoodle — Goldendoodles are larger but have similar easygoing and playful personalities.
  3. Maltipoo — Maltipoos tend to be more vocal and smaller, which makes them less ideal around families with young kids.

Frequently asked questions

Do Cavapoos bark a lot?

Although they aren’t known for having barking problems, the Cavapoo can be overly vocal or bark excessively when bored. They’re extremely intelligent, though, and can be trained to overcome this potential issue.

How much money does a Cavapoo cost?

Getting a Cavapoo puppy from a reputable breeder can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000.

Are Cavapoo dogs good pets?

These dogs make great family dogs thanks to their playful, smart, and friendly personalities. Cavapoos love to cuddle on the couch and bond with their owners.

What should I know before buying a Cavapoo?

While they make great dogs for first-time owners, Cavapoos have high energy levels and require a lot of attention from their human pack. Because of this, they can easily develop separation anxiety if you leave them alone.

Can Cavapoos be left alone?

Cavapoos are companion dogs, so they thrive on attention from their owners. Cavapoos tend to have separation anxiety and may feel abandoned when left alone for long periods. If you work away from home or travel frequently, a Cavapoo may not be best suited for you.