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Cavapoo Breed Information

The Cavapoo, also referred to as Cavadoodle or Cavoodle is one of the most sought-after Doodle Dogs (blog on most sought-after doodle breeds). A cross between the affectionate and gentle Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the agile and intelligent Poodle, the Cavapoo is sure to display a fantastic personality.  

Small in appearance, with a sweet round face, endearing large eyes, a button nose, and long floppy ears, the Cavapoo is truly one of the most adorable and cuddly pups.  

The Cavapoo hypoallergenic coat is soft and silky, varies from straight to wavy or curly, and comes in a variety of beautiful colors which are most commonly black, brown, tricolor, white, and yellow.  

As a doodle dog or hybrid, the Cavapoo dog (aka Cavadoodle or Cavoodle) embodies the small size of both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Mini Poodle with an average weight between 8 to 20 pounds and an average height between 9 to 14 inches.  

Affectionate, gentle, graceful, highly intelligent, outgoing, and with an agile mindset, the Cavoodle certainly inherits an amazing set of qualities from both parent breeds.  

BREED TYPE / MIX Doodle Hybrid / Poodle crossed with a Cavalier King Charles ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Intelligent, Loving, Social ADULT WEIGHT 8-20 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 9-14 in LIFE SPAN 12-15 yrs

Cavapoo Characteristics

  • Well natured, with a calm temperament and a sweet disposition, known to be highly receptive to human emotion, the Cavapoo (Cavadoodle or Cavoodle) is an excellent therapy dog  
  • Sociable and outgoing, the Cavapoo puppies are the friendliest of dogs – they are friendly and affectionate with kids of all ages, other pets, and strangers  
  • The Cavapoo is best suited for large and small families, with or without children, singles, and seniors  
  • The Cavapoos live longer healthier lives due to hybrid vigor  
  • Cavoodle Puppies are easy to train as they love to learn and enjoy performing for an audience  
  • Cavapoos have hypoallergenic coats and Cavapoo shedding is minimal  
  • Cavoodles are highly adaptable pups – whether it’s a small apartment or a big house with or without a yard, the Cavapoo is quick to adapt to any living situation   

Cavapoo Breeders

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Cavapoo Appearance

The Cavapoo (Cavadoodle or Cavoodle) is small in stature, with a sweet round face, big beautiful eyes, a button nose, and long adorable floppy ears. Inheriting the small size of both parent breeds (the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle), the Cavapoo height reaches 9 to 14 inches and the Cavapoo weight can be anywhere between 8 to 20 pounds.  

The Cavapoo’s coat is hypoallergenic (with minimal to no shedding), varies from straight to wavy or curly, and comes in a variety of stunning colors – most commonly black, brown, tricolor, white, and yellow. As with most crossbreeds, the Cavapoo can resemble either parent more or can have a balanced mix of features from both breeds. That being said, the Cavapoo does take a little more after the Cavalier King Charles spaniel in appearance, and more after the Poodle in coat qualities.  

The Cavapoo colors are also, in most cases, variations and mixes of colors from both parent breeds, with the rarest and most sought-after being:  

  • Black Cavapoo
  • Cavapoo black and white
  • Red Cavapoo
  • White Cavapoo
  • Apricot Cavapoo
  • Brown Cavapoo 
  • Blenheim Cavapoo
  • Golden Cavapoo
  • Merle Cavapoo
  • Blue Merle Cavapoo  

Black Cavapoo puppies and white Cavapoo puppies are also among the hardest to find. The Cavapoo size can vary quite a bit as well depending on the size of their Poodle parent. Mini or Toy Poodles are generally used for this Cavapoo mix. A Cavapoo adult (Cavapoo full grown) can reach up to 14 inches tall and 20 pounds heavy.  

Cavapoo Temperament

The Cavapoos (Cavadoodle or Cavoodle) are kind and loyal dogs. Their friendly and cheerful nature coupled with their lack of aggression has made them one of the most sought-after dog breeds. The Cavapoo temperament is even and calm and that is perhaps their most appreciated quality – gorgeous looks aside. They do not bite or growl, they are neither jumpy nor easily scared and they love just about everyone they meet.  Relaxed, gracious, and well-balanced, the Cavapoo is fantastic with children of all ages, pets, other dogs, and strangers. Some of their favorite activities include going on long walks and meeting new people, exploring new territories, finding new friends at the dog park, and playing dog games with their human family. With their cheerful nature, their love for games, and cheeky wild side, the Cavoodle puppies will keep everyone around entertained and happy for hours. They enjoy the occasional dog trick and stunt, and they are quite fond of having all eyes on them. The Cavapoo dogs are sweet, caring, devoted, and family-oriented pups who love being included in every family activity. Although they do become greatly attached to their humans, they are not overly dependent or particularly clingy. The Cavapoo is known to be independent, and, in most cases, can be left alone for up to 8 hours each day.  

With their athletic and outgoing nature, the Cavapoos also make great hiking companions. Even though they are small toy-sized dogs that are not built for trekking through mountains, the Cavapoo does want to be involved in family adventures and is able to keep up on short hikes.  

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Cavapoo Care

Cavapoo Grooming

Cavapoo pups are not high-maintenance dogs but they do require regular grooming. Daily brushing is the best way to ensure their coats remain tangle and knot-free. As for bathing, Cavapoos with long hair require a bath every 2 weeks, whereas Cavapoos with short hair only require a monthly bath to keep up their gorgeous appearance. Their ears should also be checked regularly and their nails trimmed a few times per year.   

Cavapoo Exercise Needs

The Cavapoo breed is moderately active (blog – active dogs vs relaxed dogs part 1). These amazing dogs enjoy canine games and cuddles and are generally relaxed. A 30 minute walk each day coupled with some playtime indoors is enough to keep the Cavapoo healthy and happy.   

Cavapoo Health

As a crossbreed or doodle (blog – 7 reasons why you should get a doodle) dog, the Cavapoo benefits from hybrid vigor which, in simple terms, means that the Cavapoo full grown is healthier and less prone to certain health conditions that the Cavalier and the Poodle purebreds are. Although not completely immune to certain ailments, the Cavapoo breed does have a few common conditions like hip dysplasia, cataracts, allergies, luxating patella, and in some cases epilepsy.  

Cavapoo Life Span

The Cavapoo lifespan is between 12 and 15 years. As with all dogs, regardless of their size, a proper diet with just the right amount of exercise and regular vet check-ups will increase their lifespan.  

Cavapooo Training

Cavapoos are generally easy to train. They very much enjoy the attention they receive during training but can sometimes get bored if not properly motivated. Combining delicious treats with toys, praise, and play will work wonders when training a Cavapoo puppy. Housebreaking and leash training can sometimes be a tricky task, but with proper motivation, the Cavapoo puppy will become an eager and obedient student.  

Socializing a Cavapoo puppy should go smoothly as they are naturally friendly and outgoing dogs. They are also independent and can be left alone at home for longer periods of time as they are not generally prone to separation anxiety.   

Cavapoo History

The Cavapoo (Cavadoodle or Cavoodle) is a designer breed that is thought to have originated in Australia during the 19th century when the Australian breeders began mixing the Cavalier Spaniel and the Poodle in an effort to create a dog with the intelligence and agility of the Poodle and the kind temperament and sweet disposition of the Cavalier Spaniel. As they succeeded in their journey to create a new type of dog, the new doodle dog Cavapoo quickly became a favorite in both Australia and the United States. Soon after the Cavapoo puppies' popularity skyrocketed, Cavapoo breeders took on to creating yet another hybrid – Cavapoochon – a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a Mini Poodle, and a Bichon Frise. Because the Cavapoo turned out to be a most remarkable dog, Cavapoo breeders began working on more size variations of the doodle dog, among which the most popular are:  

  • Mini Cavapoo  
  • Toy Cavapoo  
  • Teacup Cavapoo  
  • F1 (F1 vs F1B vs F2 article) Cavapoo  
  • F1B Cavapoo    

Although the exact origins of the Cavoodle are yet unknown, we can take a look back at the history of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle breeds to gain a better understanding of the doodle dog.  

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a favorite of noble and royal families for centuries, has been long associated with a life of luxury. King Charles I was so fascinated by the small breed that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was eventually named after him. Being of a sweet and calm nature, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has often been referred to as the “Spaniel Gentle”.    

The Poodle, a beautiful and versatile dog, is one of the most ancient breeds in the world. Raised as a duck hunter in Germany, the Poodle moved on to become the most adored contestant in the dog show ring and a champion of dog sports. Their proud demeanor, elegance, and affectionate nature have won the Poodles a life of luxury among kings and queens. Brilliant, loyal, and adoring, the Poodle is ranked as the second most intelligent breed in the world and is now one of the most popular breeds in the world.  

Other similar breeds that are often compared to the lovely Cavapoo breed are:  

  • Cavapoo vs Cavachon
  • Cavapoo vs Maltipoo
  • Cavapoo vs Havapoo
  • Cavapoo vs Goldendoodle
  • Havapoo vs Cockapoo  

Frequently Asked Questions

How big do Cavapoo’s get? The average weight of an adult Cavapoo is between 15 to 20 pounds with a height of between 18 to 14 inches.

Are Cavapoo’s hypoallergenic? It depends on which parent breed they take after more. If your Cavapoo has more Poodle in their genes then there is a good chance that it will be more hypoallergenic then if they had more Cavalier in their genes. It is important to note, that no dog is truly 100% hypoallergenic.

Do Cavapoo’s bark a lot? They are not known for their barking, but all dogs are different. If you notice your Cavapoo beginning such habit, it must be nipped in the bud. These dogs are easily trainable so it won’t be difficult.

What is the life expectancy of a Cavapoo? Cavapoo’s have an average life expectancy of 11 to 15 years.

Are Cavapoo’s good with children? Yes! Cavapoo’s have a friendly and playful temperament which makes them an excellent companion for children. However, just like any small dog, young children should always be supervised when they are around any dog, no matter the breed.

Do Cavapoo’s need a lot of exercise? The Cavapoo is energetic in its nature and therefore requires regular exercise and daily walks to remain healthy. Playing a game of tug or fetch with them along with a walk will ensure that your puppy’s needs are met.

What type of coat will my Cavapoo have? Cavapoos may be curly like the Poodle or straight and wavy like the Cavalier. Once a puppy reaches the age of 6 weeks old you can see what type of coat they will have. You can get both coat types in the same litter.

What is the difference between a Cavapoo and a Cavadoodle? There is no difference. The Cavapoo and Cavoodle are both names for the Poodle and Cavalier mix. They are also known as Cavipoo, Cavadoodle, Cavapoodle, and a Cavadoo.

What coat colors do Cavapoo’s have? They can be solid or multi colored. The most common colors are black, white and brown.

How much food will a Cavapoo eat each day? Because of their small stature, they don’t require a lot of food. Generally, 1 cup of food per day is plenty. This should be broken up into two parts - half in the morning and half at dinner time.

What are F1 Cavapoos? F1 Cavapoos are the result of breeding a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. When 2 Cavapoos are bred together, they are referred to as an F2. When an F2 Cavapoo is bred to another F2 Cavapoo, they are known as an F3. However, if an F1 Cavapoo is bred to either a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or a Poodle, they are referred as being F1B.

Are Cavapoo puppies easy to potty train? Smaller breeds can be a challenge to housebreak, compared to the bigger breeds. However, these little ones are intelligent so with consistency and praise, it will surely be successful.

Do Cavapoos make for good watch dogs? Cavapoos are brave so you can count on them to alert you when something is amiss, but don’t rely on them much for protection.

Do Cavapoos need to be groomed regularly? The Cavapoo can have different coats depending on their genes, so it us up to you to decide if you want your Cavapoo to have shorter or longer hair. It is optimal to take your little one to the groomer every 2 to 3 months to keep them clean and trim.

Is it difficult to train a Cavapoo? Not at all! Due to their smart and curious nature, these crossbreeds are easy to train. This is especially true for Cavoodles who take after their Poodle parent.

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