The Cavapoo is an adorable hybrid between the Poodle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Learn everything you need to know.
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The Cavapoo is adorable and has a hypoallergenic coat. It’s an excellent choice for a low-allergen pet. The following is an overview of the Cavapoo breed.
- Group: Hybrid.
- Life expectancy: 10 to 15 years.
- Height: 9 to 14 inches.
- Weight: 8 to 25 pounds.
- Colors: Chestnut, chocolate, cream, fawn, gold, and white.
- Temperament: Affectionate, athletic, playful, sociable, friendly, and loyal.
- Good with: Families, kids, cats, and other dogs.
Characteristics and traits
When people think about intelligent dogs, they often assume that they’re not as affectionate.
Fortunately, the Cavapoo possesses all the traits you’d want in a dog. It has sociability, friendliness, reliability, trainability, intelligence, and loyalty.
The best part is, Cavapoo’s are gentle and affectionate, especially towards children.
If you think they don’t make good guard dogs, you’re wrong. Cavapoos can protect their loved ones, especially when they sense dangerous people.
They can also be trained to do tasks, as they can assist you in various chores.
While Cavapoo’s are sociable and friendly, they can get irritated when they’re provoked by other animals.
If you’re adding a Cavapoo to your family, supervision is necessary, especially during the first few weeks or months. It gives the Cavapoo time to adjust to the temperaments and attitudes of its fellow animals.
Once they get along, you’ll see how loving the Cavapoo is to its friends and family.
While they’re not aggressive, they can be stubborn. Some days all they want to do is play. Other times, all they want to do is be on the couch and sleep.
While letting them rest is vital for their survival, it’s a different story when they get too lazy.
They won’t live up to their full potential, and they might develop obesity leading to other diseases.
It’s why you need to train your Cavapoo, not the other way around. It’ll help them repress their stubbornness and develop more proactive behaviors.
Care and grooming
Grooming is an important part of caring for a Cavapoo. It takes time, but it’s crucial to remove tangles, dirt, and matting on their coat.
Also, don’t forget to bathe them regularly, so they remain fresh and clean to prevent ticks and fleas.
The Cavapoo doesn’t require special foods. As long as they get the proper nutrition and have enough daily exercise, it’s enough for them to maintain their health. A good diet of age-appropriate food and good portion control is perfect.
Cavapoo’s are prone to weight gain. Give them the exercise and nutrition they need. If they get too heavy, they’re prone to various illnesses such as hip dysplasia.
They’re naturally active dogs. They want to play and stay involved with family activities.
Don’t be their hindrance in living their lives to the fullest. Instead, be a conduit to their happiness.
Cavapoo’s are intelligent and highly trainable. So, you can teach them chores and tasks.
There’s no reason for you to leave them behind, especially when you go on hikes, jogs, or swims. You can enjoy these activities together like best buds.
Training a Cavapoo is generally easier than other dogs because they’re intelligent and have an excellent temperament.
However, they have short attention spans. Therefore, consistency and patience are required.
For potty training, expect it to take two to four weeks for your Cavapoo to learn. It’ll be easier if you train your Cavapoo before it becomes an adult.
As a part of their training, consider babysitting. Many parents prefer the Cavapoo for babysitting because of their affectionate and gentle nature.
Plus, they’re patient, especially towards children. They can handle tantrums and rough play.
They’re also more athletic than other poodle hybrids. So, they can handle playing with your kids.
However, before leaving them alone, let your kids get to know the dog and vice versa.
If you have older kids, you can tell them how to handle the dog properly to avoid hurting it. It’ll help your dog and children build up a long-lasting bond.
In the 1990s, people wanted to combine the intelligence of the poodle and the athleticism of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
They wanted to have a hypoallergenic companion that could go on various adventures, such as swimming, hiking, and jogging.
Thankfully, the breeding of the Cavapoo was successful. The breeders found that the hybrid possessed the traits they wanted from the Poodle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Since then, the Cavapoo has captivated the hearts and minds of people worldwide.
They’ve become outstanding companions and intelligent babysitters. No wonder parents love having them around.
The Cavapoo name is a combination of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and poodle, but it’s not the only name. Some cultures played with the name of their parents and came up with a Cavadoodle or Cavoodle.
The Cavapoo is one of the most talented and intelligent poodle hybrids on the planet.
Aside from that, they’re sweet, cuddly, and active, which is ideal for people who want a companion in their daily adventures.
If you have an opportunity to have a Cavapo, go for it, you won’t regret having this hybrid as your fur baby and life companion.
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About the author: David Em is the founder of Nola & Luna Pets, the leading resource for everything you need to know about pets and adorable pet accessories.