The Cavapoo, also known as the Cavadoodle or the Cavoodle, is a cross breed between two pure breeds, the Poodle and the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.
The Cavapoo is one of the most popular breeds in the world due to their sweet appearance and kind temperament. The Cavapoo is a charming companion for families with older children, seniors, and singles. If you are going to adopt a Cavapoo, there are several things you should know about this amazing breed.
What are the pros and cons of Cavapoo dogs
Pros of Cavapoo dogs:
- Cavapoo is one of the first designer dogs that was bred in America during the 1950’s to get a low-shedding dog, perfect for allergy sufferers. Generally, Cavapoo is the result of the cross between the Cavalier Spaniel and the Miniature Poodles, from which he inherited the best traits. Cavapoos are less likely to descend from Toy Poodles because of their hereditary health issues.
- Cavapoos have a high life expectancy, between 13 and 15 years. Due to their small size, they can easily adapt to apartment living conditions.
- Cavapoos come in various sizes, colors and coat textures, depending on their parents’ features. Coat colors vary from black, white, chestnut, gold, chestnut and white and tricolor – black, white and tan.
- Generally, a Cavapoo has a height of 9-14 inches and a weight between 12 to 25 pounds.
- Cavapoos have round faces, floppy ears and endearing large eyes, which make their appearance very sweet. Some of them look more like Poodles, while others inherit many physical features from Cavalier Spaniel.
- Cavapoos are well-known for their kind, affectionate, sensitive and placid temperament that makes them perfect for therapy. They are devoted, curious, loving and sociable.
- Socialization should start once a puppy is fully vaccinated. This ensures a confident and outgoing personality.
- Cavapoos have a high intelligence and a high energy level. They need physical and mental exercise to be well-rounded, healthy and obedient.
- Due to their kind and sociable nature, Cavapoos get along well with people and other pets.
- Cavapoos are highly intelligent and trainable dogs. Training requires positive reinforcement methods as they have a gentle nature. Cavapoos like to be guided and are obedient if they know their place in the pack. They are fast learners, love to perform tricks and get praise and rewards. Training sessions should be short, consistent, enjoyable, fun and not too intensive. It is recommended to start the training since puppyhood to gets quick results.
- The breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR).
Cons of Cavapoo dogs:
- Cavapoos are not suited for busy owners. Due to their energetic and inquisitive nature, they need daily exercise and mental stimulation, which can be time-consuming for their owners. One walk per day is mandatory to keep them healthy and happy. Playtime sessions indoors are also needed to keep them fit. Cavapoos love games like fetching, chasing a ball, as well as agility activities and are happier to consume their energy in a back garden.
- Cavapoos don’t like to be left alone for long periods and may develop behavioral issues such as excessive barking, destructive behavior or separation anxiety.
- Housetraining needs patience and consistency as well as positive reinforcement methods.
- Grooming needs attention and time to keep their coat clean and soft. Regular bathing and daily brushing help to prevent tangles. Regular clipping and professional grooming every 4 to 6 weeks are recommended. Cavapoos need to have their teeth cleaned daily to avoid periodontal disease. Also, their ears must be regularly cleaned to prevent ear infections.
- Cavapoos are not recommended for families with very young children. Children are too noisy and lively for this breed and Cavapoos can be easily scared if things get out of control or if children approach them a little too quickly.
- Although well-socialized and trained, Cavapoos have the tendency to chase smaller animals, especially if they are not accustomed to them.
- Cavapoos may develop certain hereditary health issues that are present in their parents. They are prone to diseases like syringomyelia, mitral valve disease, cataracts, hip dysplasia, luxating patella, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), skin issues and epilepsy. However, it is possible that they don’t develop any disease during their lifetime.
- Cavapoos are very sensitive to heat and if they become overheated, they can die.
- Cavapoos should not be over exercised during childhood because they have sensitive joints and bones. They should not be allowed to jump up or off the furniture, run up and down the stairs or make any other exercises like these.
- Like the Poodles, Cavapoos can become hyper and clingy, following their owner around the house.
- The Cavapoo is not recognized by the American Kennel Club because it is considered a hybrid breed.
If you’re keen on this gorgeous breed and your lifestyle is not overcrowded with a huge list of activities or with little kids, go ahead and accomplish your dream. Pay attention! A Cavapoo is a perfect companion and it is very likely to increase your happiness level!
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