Cavapoo Owner’s Guide

By Julie •  Updated: 07/08/20 •  6 min read
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Are you looking for a small and happy dog to add to your family? There are a lot of breeds out there that are going to bring you a lot of joy. One of them is the Cavapoo. This popular canine has captured the heart of the nation and makes a great furry friend for families.

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Before adopting any dog, it is best to know more about the breed. This way, you can make sure they are the right fit for your lifestyle. Let’s take a look at the adorable Cavapoo!

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What is a Cavapoo?

The Cavapoo or Cavoodle is a combination of the Cavalier Kings Charles Spaniel and the Poodle. The breed began in Australia in the 1990s. Indeed, this canine has become very popular, with families looking for a cute and fluffy dog to add to their family. This breed can live an average of 10 to 15 years when they are happy and healthy.

There are advantages of choosing a hybrid breed, this can mean that your pooch enjoys the best traits from both of the breeds. Of course, due to being a crossbreed, the Cavapoo is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. But you will find this breed on the books at the American Hybrid Club and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club.

Do Cavapoo Have a Good Temperament?

The Cavapoo is definitely a family dog that you can welcome into your household if you have kids. In addition, they can be good with other animals too. This is a breed that is not very independent. They love to spend time with their pack and they need a lot of affection and attention during the day. They can be quite clingy just like Poodles.

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This does mean that a Cavapoo can suffer from separation anxiety. They do not like to be left alone for a long time during the day and it is best to only consider this breed is somebody is going to be at home a lot. Otherwise, some unwanted behaviors may develop. This can include barking and chewing. With some training, they may be able to get over their separation anxiety. But this is going to take a lot of work and patience. It will not be something that is achieved immediately.

Do Cavapoo Need A lot of Exercise?

Due to their size, the Cavapoo does not need extensive exercise for hours a day. But they still enjoy and benefit from daily exercise and playtime. This is going to be fun for them, particularly playing fetch. They also like to explore new places and find new scents and sights. Of course, this is also going to burn some energy and make sure they are calm and happy in the home.

The Cavapoo is an intelligent breed. This means that they will benefit from mental stimulation during the day. This can be provided by toys and puzzle games that require them to think. They are also eager to please and will love to learn new tricks and training with their human. Again, this is also going to help with excess energy and ensure they do not become destructive in the home. When your Cavapoo is bored, they will look for other ways to entertain themselves. Often, this is going to mean getting into trouble, including chewing on furniture. Therefore, make sure that you satisfy your Cavapoo’s needed when it comes to exercise and mental stimulation. This is going to make sure they are calm and relaxed when they are at home, even if you are out somewhere else.

Do Cavapoo Need to be Groomed Often?

You can expect the coat of the Cavapoo to be soft and wavy. It can also be curly in appearance and it will depend on whether they inherit the genes of the Poodle or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This does mean that there is the possibility that your Cavapoo will be hypoallergenic. But you will have to ask your breeder about this.

There will be some grooming maintenance required if you have a Cavapoo. In particular, it is best to brush them on a regular basis. This is going to prevent tangles and matting from ruining their coat and become uncomfortable for them. In addition, regular baths are recommended too. They can get tear stains underneath their eyes, which means that you should wipe them every day. Just make sure that you do this carefully to avoid eye infections from occurring.

Trips to a professional groomer will also be necessary for the Cavapoo. Their fur does grow quite quickly and depending on the style you want; the groomer could be every four to six weeks. This is going to keep your furry friend looking adorable. In particular, it will keep the hair out of their eyes.

What is Cavapoo’s favorite Diet?

When it comes to the diet of the Cavapoo, there are a few choices. They are an active pooch and so they will benefit from a high-quality protein kibble, with some healthy carbohydrates and good fats. A small breed dog food will do the trick, as well as choosing one that suits their activity levels and age.

Some people do like a raw diet and this is also an option for the Cavapoo. Just make sure that you do your research so that you get the right combination of nutrients in their diet so they can be happy and healthy. Dogs love a raw diet and it can make their coat extra shiny.

One thing to remember is that as a small dog, the Cavapoo can be at risk of obesity. This means that you will have to monitor their weight and ensure they get enough exercise during the day. In addition, plaque build-up can happen with this breed. To ensure good oral health, you can use dental treats and brush your pup’s teeth every day. This is going to stop plaque from building and rotting away the teeth. Signs of this happening include bad breath and yellowing of the teeth.

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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