Height: 12 - 13" at the shoulder
Weight: 12 to 25 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 15 years
Coloring: varies multitude with white black browns, plain brown, mostly two to three colors
Coat Texture: can have one or all three of these; curly or soft wave or straight
Cavapoos are awesome companion dogs, they need to live in the house, never outdoors. Because they have a short muzzle, they can be sensitive to heat. With their sweet, gentle temperament, they would be great therapy dogs
Quick Characteristics of the Breed
Adaptability: Excellent Barking Tendencies: Moderate
Affection Level: Excellent Cat Friendly: Moderate Apartment Friendly: Excellent Child Friendly: Moderate
Dog Friendly: Excellent Exercise Needs: Moderate
Social Needs: Excellent Grooming: Moderate
Intelligence: Excellent Health Issues: Moderate
Social Needs: Excellent Playfulness: Moderate
Stranger Friendly: Excellent Shedding Level: Moderate
Trainability: Excellent WatchDog Ability: Moderate
General CavaPoo Info
The Cavapoo is a very charming mix breed as both parents of this breed are outgoing, loving and playful. Not generally a good watchdogs, they will most likely to greet visitors and intruders the same with tail wagging, tongues hanging looking for a happy acknowledgement!!! They have a very high potential to be trainable, some may prefer to sit on your lap rather than do a sit/stay. This breed is very fun loving and can be a great playmate to young children however smaller children must be monitored around them as they are smaller and while developing and growing could have the potential for some accidental falls or other events that could harm them at a young age.
They have a moderate activity level and will adapt to any home environment easily and happily. They are however athletic enough to play fetch and chase a ball forever or play Frisbee.
Both of there parents breeds are very quick learners and socialization and training can start early, however keep the short and fun with positive reward and praise!! They will learn techniques much quicker with short bursts of training over hours of constant training.
Poodles have the reputation for being hypoallergenic, and can be a great companion for those who suffer from allergies.
Please note: allergies may not be from a particular dog but by his dander and saliva when in contact with someone who has allergies. The dead skin can sometimes cause allergies and with proper care and diet some of these issues that may cause allergies can be avoided. HOWEVER there is no scientific evidence that any breed or cross breed is more or less allergenic than any other dog. Some people will react differently to each breed or dog or litter. A good breeder will attempt to create safe environment for you to view the dog and to see how that persons allergies react.
Temperament and Personality
Their temperament can be influenced by the environment and hereditary attributes it can depends the temperaments of his parents, especially the mother, who is more likely to influence a puppy’s behavior; the amount of socialization he receives; and the particular genes he inherits. If you train him with positive reinforcement techniques, showing him what you like by rewarding him with praise, play and treats, a Cavapoo is likely to learn quickly and will enjoy showing off the tricks he knows.
Start training your puppy the day you bring him home. Even at eight weeks old, he is capable of soaking up everything you can teach him. Don’t wait until he is 6 months old to begin training or you will have a more headstrong dog to deal with. If possible, get him into puppy kindergarten class by the time he is 10 to 12 weeks old, and socialize, socialize, socialize.
What You Need to Know About Cavapoo Health
Cavapoos may be susceptible to the health problems of both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle, but there’s also a chance that the genetic diversity introduced by mixing two breeds may lower the chances of developing certain inherited diseases.
Careful breeders screen their breeding dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthiest and best-looking specimens, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas and a puppy develops one of these diseases despite good breeding practices. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that in most cases the dogs can still live a good life.
King Cavalier health concerns could include a heart condition called mitral valve disease, a neurological problem called syringomyelia, patellar (knee) luxation, certain eye problems such as cataracts and keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or dry eye, an ear condition called primary secretory otitis media, allergies and other skin problems. These are only some that are very common to the breed of King Cavalier, with cross breeding these can be non existent with your puppy. Most good breeders will research and seek out the best possible breeding puppy so they do not have the above noted health concerns in their blood lines!!
Poodles health concerns could include Addison's disease and Cushing’s syndrome are flip sides of the same coin. Addison’s disease affects the adrenal glands when they don't produce enough of the hormone cortisol. Cushing's syndrome affects the adrenal glands in producing too much cortisol. Another hormonal problem seen in Poodles is hypothyroidism. They may also have Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is an inherited eye disease that can eventually lead to blindness or cataracts and glaucoma. These of course are a brief idea of some of the health concerns and you should be aware of when seeking Cavapoo.
The Basics of Cavapoo Grooming
Cavapoos can have different types of fur, depending on which genes they inherit, but most have a curly or wavy coat. Their coats require brushing or combing every two to three days to prevent mats or tangles as well as regular bathing. They are among the breeds that commonly develop reddish-brown tear stains beneath their eyes. Your best bet is to wash the face daily, carefully wiping beneath the eyes, to prevent stains from setting.
Your Cavapoo doesn’t need a bikini wax, but you do need to trim the genital area for cleanliness or have the groomer shave the lower belly area. This prevents urine from staining and stinking up the coat and feces from getting caught in the hair around the anus.