When you think of a Cavapoo an adorable picture of a playful dog comes to your mind. Cavapoo is a hybrid breed that was bred in the early 1950s. It is more popular in Australia and Uk nowadays. Breeders develop them in a variety of ways but their first generation was bred by crossing Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Breeders wanted to mix the outgoing and calmer nature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the intelligence of a Poodle and hence, they crossbred these breeds to get the hybrid Cavapoo. This breed inherits some of the best features from their parent breeds. This breed is also known as Cavoodle, Cavadoodle or Cavvy.
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Cavapoos have round faces, large eyes, and floppy ears. Some of the dogs from this breed look like Poodles whereas some have features of Cavalier Spaniel. Their coat is a mix of both their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle parents.
The coat color varies from dog to dog and usually includes colors like cream, fawn, chocolate, gold, chestnut, and white. They can even be tricoloured. Their coat can be curly like a Poodle or long, straight, wavier like a Cavalier Spaniel or a combination of both. They have a small muzzle and their eyes are usually dark. They are often referred to as fuzzy faced bears.
This breed does grow no longer than an average Cavalier Spaniel. The average weight of this breed varies from 9 to 25 pounds [4 to 11 kg]. Male Cavapoos have a height between 11 to 14 inches [28 to 36 cm] whereas female cavapoos have a height ranging from 9 to 12 inches [23 to 30 cm]. Normally it depends on the size of their parents.
Cavapoos have an average life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. Smaller Cavvy’s live longer than longer Cavvy’s. The oldest known dog from this breed lived up to 20 years. These dogs usually live a healthy and happy life.
Cavvy’s are considered usually as a low shedding breed however, it might vary from dog to dog. Shedding depends on DNA, coat type and breeding, etc. If the Poodle genes dominate then the shedding will be fairly low whereas if Cavalier genes dominate then the pup will shed a little more. If the Cavapoo is old, it will have old-age related shedding.
Some age-related diseases can also cause excessive shedding. Hormonal changes also affect shedding. Females Cavvy’s shed more when lactating or having puppies. Hypothyroidism and stress also result in more shedding. Wrong bathing products also cause shedding.
Regular brushing is important to keep a dog’s coat tangle-free. A simple two-sided bristle brush is the best way to groom Cavapoos. Their nail should be trimmed regularly and breeders usually use a tool called Dremel.
Ear cleaning is also required to prevent any ear infections. Great care must be taken to do it properly or you can cause injury to the dog’s ear. Brushing and scaling their teeth regularly is important to maintain dental hygiene. Their hair should be trimmed after every 4 to 6 weeks to prevent matting and dirt build-up.
Cavapoos are sociable, friendly, and affectionate. They are gentle and loving towards babies. Cavvy’s don’t make enemies and always want to please everyone. Due to their sociable nature, they don’t like being left alone for long. These dogs are happy to interact with other dogs. Early socialization of the pup should be ensured to build a confident personality.
Cavapoos are highly intelligent dogs. An average Cavapoo could be expected to obey commands that they’re given the first time they’re asked without the need for repetition 70% of the time or better. This breed is comparatively more obedient than other breeds.
This breed has great tracking instincts and agility. They need to play enough every day to keep them happy and healthy. These dogs can be athletic too, which makes them great when it comes to agility and obedience competitions.
Cavvy’s need moderate exercise. They are a small crossbreed and thus do not require high physical activity. They need at least one long walk per day to keep them healthy. Most pups would need 30-45 minutes of exercise each day. This can be a combination of indoor or backyard play or walks outside.
Cavvy’s can also have multiple shorter periods of activity. In fact, experts often suggest using the rule-of-thumb of 5 minutes for every month of age up to two times per day. So for a 4-month-old puppy, 20 minutes of exercise twice each day would be sufficient. If the dog is young, it is better to avoid running or jumping exercises.
Failure to exercise them can lead to negative behavior such as excessive barking, hyperactivity, or general disobedience. This breed loves to dig holes in the ground and run around playfully.
This breed needs positive reinforcement techniques to train them is a good manner. They like to be guided and are obedient. This breed is intelligent and learns quickly. They need consistency and repetition. Daily training sessions should be around 10 to 15 minutes with a gentle technique. Cavapoos do not respond well to harsh treatment. House-training may require a little bit more patience, as they may be slower to learn.
GOOD WITH FAMILY
This breed is affectionate and gets along with humans and other animals including non-canine pets. They thrive for human companionship and become an inseparable part of the family very quickly. These dogs love to be a part of everything the family is doing. They adapt to their owner’s lifestyle very well and aim to please humans. They love to play with kids however, just like other breeds kids should be under supervision around dogs.
Cavapoos adapt well to apartment living. They are not highly energetic and do not need a yard. They just need their daily dose of exercise and they are fit for apartment living. They are a great choice for seniors, retirees or singles living in small spaces.
This breed loves human companionship and leaving them alone for a long time can lead to behavioral issues. However, with proper training separation anxiety can be prevented. Cavapoos show different symptoms when suffering from separation anxiety like Excessive barking, howling, crying, growling, Obsessive chewing on things other than food and toys, Pacing back and forth, etc.
There are different ways to prevent separation anxiety in Cavapoos like giving them a few treats or chew toys to occupy their time and mind. If the dog seems to adjust well, increase the time when it is left alone. Other ways include giving them interactive games or puzzles to keep their mind busy.
Every dog breed faces some health issues but it varies from one breed to another. The health issues in Cavapoos are minimized through hybrid breeding. Cavapoos can suffer from various health issues associated with Poodles or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Some of the health issues include cataracts, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and ear problems.
However, most of the dogs live a healthy life The floppy ears of these dogs are vulnerable to ear infections so it is necessary to clean them regularly. They can also have heredity health issues. They might also suffer from skin conditions such as atopy; skeletal problems such as syringomyelia; neurological diseases such as cerebellar abiotrophy; and joint conditions such as medial patellar luxation and hip dysplasia. However, with proper care, your Cavvy can live a healthy life.