Cavapoo breed information and advice

Cavapoos are a crossbreed of the Cavalier King Charles and the Poodle that originally started to become popular in the late 1990s. And its stock has been on the rise ever since. Cuteness in bundles, this breed of dog makes a great addition to any household thanks to their sweet-natured and low-maintenance temperament.

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

Cavapoo facts

Lifespan 13 - 15 years
How much £1000 - £1500
Size 23 - 36 cm
Weight 5.5 - 11 kg
Grooming once a week
Temperament outgoing, affectionate, playful
Colour cblack, brown, red, cream, fawn, white, gold
Exercise 30 - 60 minutes daily

Cavapoo insurance

When you take out pet insurance for your Cavapoo, you’re investing in peace of mind. 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 Pet Insurance we can insure your Cavapoo from as young as 8 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 8th 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, so it’s important that you make sure they get the correct diet, exercise and grooming. Here’s some tips to help keep them tip top.

Feeding your dog the right amounts of 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 3-4 times a day and adults 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. Cavapoos have short, soft, wavy or curly hair that’s less prone to shedding than most dog breeds, but they’ll still need a weekly brush to remove tangles and keep their coat healthy.

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. A trim every 4 weeks will help keep their skin and coat healthy. It’ll also make it easier for you to brush.

Cavapoos are considered 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 30-60 minutes of exercise daily. An ideal exercise routine would involve walking your dog for about 30 minutes, plus either two shorter walks or a few active play sessions. Some home playtime can be a good substitute for an extended walk.

Training a Cavapoo is usually quite easy as they 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.

Temperament and behaviour

The Cavapoo’s playful behaviour is 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 breeds. The health issues that you should be aware of and look out for are eye, kneecap, and heart related.

Sufferers of this condition often hop on one of their back legs, while raising the one that’s affected. They do this because their kneecap is unstable and isn’t sitting in the right place. Luxating patella is when the kneecap jumps out of the groove and slides to one side. Sometimes it jumps in and out of place, causing on-off lameness, but in most cases, it’s permanently out of the groove. In most cases, surgery to stabilise the kneecap is needed, but sometimes medication and rest can resolve the issue.

This condition affects the dog’s eyesight, causing it to gradually deteriorate. Sadly, it can’t be treated, and the dog will eventually go blind. This can take months or years. On the plus side, most dogs can adapt well to being blind with help from their owner. If you notice that your dog seems to get nervous when in dimly lit areas, or has dilated pupils and increased eyeshine, take them to the vet for a check-up.

This disease is the most common cause of heart murmurs in dogs. The heart muscle’s mitral valve prevents blood from flowing towards the lung. If the mitral valve is damaged, blood can leak, causing the heart to beat faster and harder. This could eventually lead to heart failure. Many dogs with this condition show no signs of heart disease and can live long and happy lives without any specific treatment. But if heart failure does develop, there are drugs that can help.

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.

Frequently asked questions

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 23-36 cm and weighs 5.5-11 kg. Their weight will depend on diet, exercise and size. A Cavapoo is fully grown by the time it gets to a year old.

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