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Cavapoo dog breed

Cavapoos are an adorable breed. They come in different sizes – perfect for any family. Learn more with our guide. Pet insurance provided by Pinnacle Insurance plc.

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Cavapoo dog breed information and advice

Cavapoos are sweet-natured, with curly fur and infectious personalities. They’re a cross breed of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle that originally started to become popular in the late 1990s. 

Cuteness in bundles , this breed of dog makes a great addition to any household thanks to their easy-going Cavapoo temperament.

If you’re thinking about getting a Cavapoo, this guide covers a host of useful tips and information, including Cavapoo grooming, exercise needs and training tips.

Cavapoo facts

Lifespan 10 - 15 years
How much £1,000 - £2,500
Size 23 - 40 cm
Weight 3 - 11 kg
Colours black, brown, red, cream, fawn, white, gold
Grooming daily brush for long coats
Temperament outgoing, affectionate, playful
Exercise One hour a day

Cavapoo insurance

We all know that dogs are mischievous, and Cavapoos are no exception. Pet insurance for your Cavapoo can help take some of the pressure away if you’re faced with unexpected vet costs and bills. Cavapoos are prone to certain health conditions which may be inherited from the Poodle or the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeds:

•    Luxating patella
•    Progressive retinal atrophy
•    Mitral valve disease

You can enjoy spending time with your pup, knowing that if they get ill or injured, the insurance can help with the cost of their treatment. So that’s one less thing for you to worry about.

Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance

With Sainsbury's Bank Dog Insurance we can insure your Cavapoo from as young as eight weeks of age. Once your dog is insured, we can cover it up to any age – as long as you keep renewing the policy without a break. We also cover older dogs, if you take the policy out before their eighth birthday.

How to care for a Cavapoo

How you care for your Cavapoo will have a big impact on their health and quality of life. From Cavapoo grooming needs to exercise requirements and more, make sure you’re up to speed with all things Cavapoo before welcoming one into your home.

Here are some tips to help keep them in tip top condition:

Feeding and nutrition

Feeding your dog a good diet will keep them at a healthy weight, making heart disease less likely. Cavapoos are prone to weight gain, so you’ll need to be strict and measure their food accordingly. Set times for them to eat and stick to them – don’t leave their food down all day. Cavapoo puppies should be fed three to four times a day and Cavapoo dogs twice a day.

As your dog ages, adjust their diet to make sure they're getting the nutrition that their body needs. For advice about any changes in your Cavapoos diet, speak to your vet.


Keeping your dog’s coat clean by grooming them regularly will help prevent skin issues. Cavapoo grooming requirements vary based on their coat. Cavapoos have short, soft, wavy or curly hair that’s less prone to shedding than most dog breeds, but they’ll still need at least a weekly brush to remove tangles and keep their coat healthy. Cavapoo dogs with long fur would benefit from daily  brushing to prevent mats.

A Cavapoos coat varies due to the mix of parent breeds; they can be a solid colour, mixed with white or even tri-coloured. Black, red and brown coats are popular choices with Cavapoo owners. Both parent breeds need regular haircuts to keep their coat at a manageable length, and the same goes for the Cavapoo. Professional grooming every four to six weeks will help keep their skin and coat healthy. It’ll also make it easier for you to brush.

Cavapoos are a hypoallergenic breed, meaning dog allergy sufferers might not react to them. Bear in mind that no dog is 100% hypoallergenic though. If you’re allergic to dogs, it’s best to spend some time with a Cavapoo before buying one, just in case you do have a reaction.


Cavapoos are playful and energetic dogs that need lots of regular exercise – ideally an hour each day . A good exercise routine would involve walking your dog for about 30 minutes, plus either two shorter walks or a few active play sessions. Some playtimes at home can be a good substitute for an extended walk.


Training is usually quite easy as the Cavapoos tend to be eager to please. They’re also intelligent and athletic, which makes them an ideal breed for agility and obedience competitions. When training your dog, use toys to encourage and reward them. You can also use treats, but make sure you limit them as they’re often high in fat.

House training a Cavapoo is easy if they’re given lots of chances to go to the toilet. Reward your dog after every success and never discipline your dog if it has an accident. Most breeders will have started the puppy toilet training process before you collect your puppy. This will make it easier for you to continue the training at home.

Cavapoo temperament and behaviour

Cavapoo’s have a playful nature and are best suited to a family with children. They’re an outgoing breed that loves to play games and need lots of exercise. They don’t like to be left alone and will experience separation anxiety if they’re not properly socialised. You can prepare them for this at home by leaving them alone for a few minutes at a time and build up from there.

Their loving temperament means that they demand affection. This might seem cute at first, but if you don’t train them properly, they’ll begin to bark and whine to get attention.

Common health problems

Most Cavapoos are generally healthy, but as a breed they’re predisposed to some of the same health problems as Poodles and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. They could inherit a condition from their parents, but they’re less likely to have problems if the condition is common in only one of the parent breeds. The health issues that you should be aware of, and look out for, are eye, kneecap, and heart related.

Luxating patella

Progressive retinal atrophy

Mitral valve disease

So, is a Cavapoo right for you?

This outgoing, playful and affectionate breed is best suited to a lively household, particularly families with children. They don’t like to be left alone, so a full family home is perfect for them.

What is a Cavapoo?

The Cavapoo is a crossbreed of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. In some parts of the world, they’re called Cavoodles. It’s an intentional mix of breeds first started in Australia in the late 1990s, to achieve the outgoing and calm nature of Cavalier King Charles combined with the intelligence of the Poodle.

Do Cavapoos shed?

The short curly coat means that Cavapoos tend to shed less than most other dog breeds. They’re considered to be hypoallergenic because of this, and can be a good match for people with dog allergies.

How big do Cavapoos get?

A fully grown Cavapoo is between 23 to 40cm and weighs three to 11kg. Their weight will depend on diet, exercise and size. A Cavapoo is fully grown by the time it gets to a year old.

Cavapoo costs

Owning a dog can be expensive as there are many costs to consider. Aside from pet insurance and vet bills, there are also other expenses that need to be accounted for, like grooming, food, treats and toys.

Frequently asked questions

How big do Cavapoos get?

You can get different Cavapoo sizes, that range from 23cm to 40cm. But this depends on their parents. Toy Cavapoos are the smallest and Standard Cavapoos are the largest. When full grown the Cavapoo size should not exceed 40cm.

Is a Cavapoo high maintenance?

Cavapoos are moderately high maintenance. They need around 60 minutes of exercise a day and regular grooming. They are fairly easy to train and are very social animals so fit easily into family life.

Do Cavapoos bark a lot?

Some dogs are more vocal than others, but the breed as a whole doesn’t bark an awful lot. But , Cavapoos can sometimes suffer from separation anxiety so may bark if left alone.

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