The Cavapoo is a hybrid cross between a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a purebred Toy or Mini Poodle. It has a lot of the temperament of its parent breeds – sweet-natured, friendly, affectionate, inquisitive and alert. It is also a sociable animal that thrives on human companionship. As a descendant of two breeds that are both sociable, affectionate, and good-natured, it is impossible for the Cavapoo not to be charming. This outgoing temperament does not make the breed a good watchdog. A hybrid’s appearance can vary from dog to dog depending on the parent breeds but in general, a Cavapoo has a compact face with large eyebrows and long ears. An adult Cavapoo typically weighs 10 kilograms and stands between 28 – 38 cm from withers. It can inherit the silky textured coat of the Cavalier King Charles or the wavier coat of the Poodle and comes in a multitude of solid colours or particolours, but the most common colours are black, white, chestnut and tri-colour.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Cavapoo is one of the first hybrid dogs developed for a specific purpose. It was developed in the United States during the 1950s to produce a small companion dog that sheds very little to none, has lower health issues that is highly adaptable to live in any home setting. The demand for crossbreds, especially companion dogs peaked during the 1980s which made the Cavapoo one of the highly sought-after dogs in the United Kingdom and Australia.
The Cavapoo is a companion dog that will do well inside the house but will suffer if left outside, especially during hot weather conditions, where it can suffer from heat stroke. Its sweet and gentle attitude makes it a wonderful therapy dog for people suffering from anxiety and depression. Overall, the general temperament of a hybrid dog will depend on the temperament of the parent breeds. Ideally, a hybrid dog should inherit all the desirable behaviour from both parents but it is nearly impossible to know in advance which of these characteristics it will receive from its parents. Some Cavapoos will tend to be more Poodle-like in character while others will behave more like a Cavalier King Charles. Because of this physical and behavioural variations, a potential owner of a Cavapoo should be familiar with the parent breeds before getting a puppy.
The Cavapoo is intelligent, thanks to its parent breeds but it has the potential to become independent at times and will just gladly be snoozing on the couch or on his owner’s lap as opposed to following what the owner wants it to do. It is smart and inquisitive enough to learn quickly so training and socialisation must begin early in the life of the Cavapoo. Firm, gentle training will benefit this breed the most, coupled with positive reinforcements such as praise or treat.
The Cavapoo is fairly easy to groom and does not require too much time to care for. Quick daily brushing will do in order to keep the coat clean and tangle free. The coat may need to be clipped a few times a year to keep the dog in a healthy shape. Check and trim the toenails when necessary. Inspect the ears for any sign of infection and clean using a mild ear cleaning solution when necessary. Clean only the areas that are visible and never go beyond what you can’t see.
Some of the health issues known to have affected the Cavapoo include Syringomyelia, a disorder in which a cyst or cavity forms within the spinal cord which cause neurological damage. Another health concern is mitral insufficiency or mitral valve disease, a heart condition where the mitral valve does not close properly when the heart pumps out blood resulting in heart murmurs. Dry eye syndrome, curly coat and episodic fall, all inherited from the Cavalier King Charles are also known health issues. The long-lived Cavapoo has an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
The Cavapoo’s exercise requirement is very minimal as a small breed. It needs daily short walks or a simple game of fetch or any other similar physical and/or mental stimulation. With that being said, it is a perfect companion pet for someone who lives in an apartment, condominium or in a small house. It is also one of the best choices for a fairly inactive owner who wants to own a dog.
This fun-loving breed loves to play and can be a very good companion with older children who are mature enough to handle a delicate small breed. Small children need to be supervised when around the Cavapoo because an accidental fall on the Cavapoo may hurt the dog. It will do well with other dogs in the house. Early socialisation with different animals will also make the Cavapoo get along well with other dogs outside its home.