Cavapoo Puppies

Quick Summary and Facts
Breed TypeMixes and More
PurposeCompanion and Family Pet
Size9 to 14” inches to the withers
Weight7 to 18 pounds – depending on whether they were crossed with toy or miniature poodle
Lifespan10 to 14 years
ColorGold, black, white, Blenheim(brown and white), or tricolor (black, white and tan)
TemperamentAffectionate, friendly, loyal, gentle, playful and social
Daily ExerciseWill happily walk for up to 60 minutes a day when fully matured
Activity LevelHigh
Daily Food ConsumptionBetween 300 and 600 once mature and 480 to 950 as a puppy
Known Health IssuesLuxating patella, Heart Defects, Eye Conditions and Hip dysplasia

About & History

Cavapoos, also known as Cavoodles or Cavoos, are among the first “designer dogs” that were created by mixing two dog breeds. For this crossbreed, breeders started experimenting by mixing a Poodle with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and therefore achieve a new type of dog that would combine the characteristics of both dog breeds. The main goal was to create a hypoallergenic dog for people with allergies, as both the Poodle and the Cavalier are dog breeds with a lower propensity for triggering allergies in susceptible people.

Breeders first started this crossbreed in the 1950s, in America. Soon Cavapoos grew more and more popular, due to their loving temperament and docility. Though both Toy and Miniature Poodles can be bred to create a Cavapoo, responsible breeders use the Miniature, rather than the Toy, as it is less prone to hereditary health problems.

Over the years, as Cavapoos become more and more selected, their looks, temperament, and size will tend to become more consistent. Although it will probably take many generations, this consistency will hopefully lead to their recognition as a breed. Today, however, every dog may still turn out different – in appearance and character – but one common feature will remain, the Cavapoo’s gentle nature and friendliness towards people and other animals.

Character & Temperament

The Cavapoo is known for its exceptional temperament, which makes it a great family pet. Cavapoos are extremely friendly and sweet, getting along well with children and pets. Having little prey drive, these are ideal dogs for sharing a home with other furry pets. Intelligent and people-oriented, Cavapoos are a great choice for first time dog owners, as they are adaptable and easy to handle.

Because they are so fond of people, they may develop separation anxiety when left alone, which should be tackled early from puppyhood, as to prevent such episodes. Training, with positive reinforcement and gentle treatment, will help raising a healthy, well-rounded dog. Despite their short attention span, Cavapoos are generally easy to train, as long as consistency is kept. House-training may be more difficult, typically requiring more time than other dogs usually do. Patience and understanding are a must, as they will eventually learn.

Loyal, very social, and kind, the Cavapoo also makes a good therapy dog. Cavapoos are also good watchdogs, making sure their owner is warned of any visitor that is arriving. Aside from this task, Cavapoos do not bark excessively.

Trainability

Photo of Cavapoo puppy

Cavapoos are intelligent dogs that learn quickly. As with any other dog, consistency and repetition is paramount. Daily training sessions of 10 to 15 minutes are recommended and a gentle hand is preferred.

Cavapoos do not respond well to harsh treatment. House-training may require a little bit more patience, as they may be slower to learn. Perseverance is a must, as potty-training may take a while longer than owners would like.