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Cavoodle (Cavapoo)

Cavoodle (Cavapoo)

The Cavoodle, or if you prefer, the “Cavapoo” is a crossbreed between a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and either a miniature or toy poodle. The resultant offspring have gone on to be fun, friendly and very popular little companions. 

Energetic and intelligent, it’s not hard to see why the Cavoodle has become a popular pet in recent years. 

Given the Cavoodle’s status as a crossbreed, there can be some variation in appearance from dog to dog. Colours include tan, brown, black and cream. They range from about 20 to 30 cm high and weight from around 4 to 12kg. The size of the Cavoodle is largely dependent on the size of the Cavoodle’s Poodle parent, with toy Poodles producing smaller offspring than miniatures. Their life expectancy is around 10 to 14 years.

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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

USA/Australia – A cross between Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle
(may be toy or miniature)

Bred for

Companions 

Size 

Small 4 to 12kgs and 20 to 38cm depending on the breed of the parents

Weight Range

4kgs to 12 kgs

Colours

Cream, black, brown, tan

Life expectancy

10 to 14 years 

Coat

Long, wavy, curly, low shedding 

Temperament 

Affectionate, active, intelligent 

Exercise requirements

High, enjoy playing

Best suited for 

Active households with time to give them attention

Apartment Friendly

Yes

Grooming

Typically, Cavoodle’s have a have a long wavy coat. The coat may or may not shed, and either way will need regular brushing at home and frequent trips to the groomers for clipping. They generally have floppy ears with hairy ear canals, so regular ear cleaning is a necessary part of caring for a Cavoodle to help prevent ear problems.

Prevent parasites by ensuring your Cavoodle is on flea and tick control all year round.

Personality 

They tend to be friendly, energetic and intelligent, making them well suited to an active household. Their small size makes them appealing to people in apartments or without backyards but bear in mind that they still require frequent exercise, walks and activity to keep them happy and healthy. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Cavoodle, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Cavoodles may benefit from a sensitivity diet that helps with sensitive tummies and skin. Help your Cavoodle avoid becoming overweight by ensuring that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. A calorie restricted diet could be a good choice if your Cavoodle is overweight. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available. 

Common Health Concerns 

Cavoodle’s are prone to skin and ear problems including allergies and infection. The first thing noticed often is an itchy dog. Learn more about ear infections and atopic (allergic) dermatitis by clicking the links. 

According to PetSure data from 2019, the five most common reasons for Cavoodle’s to require a vet visit (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations) were: 

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment
(highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Gastrointestinal (tummy) problems

$290

$4,424

2

Skin Conditions (allergies, infections)

$167

$1,983

3

Ear Conditions (allergies, infections)

$149

$2,500

4

Anal Sac problems

$144

$4,485

5

Ingestion of foreign item including toxin

$466

$10,980

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Cavoodle names

According to PetSure data (from 2019) the most popular Cavoodle names are:

  1. Luna
  2. Archie
  3. Charlie
  4. Frankie
  5. Coco
  6. Bella
  7. Daisy
  8. Ruby
  9. Milo
  10. Buddy

Most popular female names

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Coco
  4. Daisy 
  5. Ruby
  6. Nala
  7. Molly
  8. Frankie
  9. Lola

Most popular male names

  1. Archie
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Max
  5. Milo
  6. Teddy
  7. Ollie
  8. Alfie
  9. Leo
  10. Bailey

Did you know?

Several celebrities share their lives with Cavoodles. One of the most famous Cavoodle parents is also a Wolverine! Hugh Jackman’s Cavoodle Allegra features prominently on his social media accounts.

Cavoodle FAQs

Where can I get a Cavoodle?

Be sure to visit your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 

How much does a Cavoodle Cost?

As the Cavoodle is consider a designer breed and the cost can range between $2500 - $10,000 depending on the pedigree and breeder.

Are Cavoodles high maintenance?

Cavoodles require a medium to high level of maintenance. The coat requires grooming several times a week. Combine this with consistent bathing and trimming to keep their coat in good condition. Due to the long curly nature of their coat it can collect dirt and become matted. 

How much do cavoodles shed?

Cavoodles have limited sheding. Given that their coat is made up from hair instead of fur they are ideal for people with allegies. 

Can Cavoodles be left alone during the day?

Cavoodles can experience separation anxiety. It's adivsed that they don't be left for long preiods on their own. They're best suited for people who are home a lot or the companionship of other dogs.

How many puppies are in a Cavoodle’s litter?

On average Cavoodles have 5 - 6 puppies per litter. However this can vary from 2 - 10 dependings on factors during the pregnancy. 

What do Cavoodles eat?

Cavoodles love their food. Like all pets they should be eating a complete and well balanced diet. Dry and wet dog foods that give them protein, fat, and nutrients that they need to keep healthy.

References

  1. Dog Wiki, Cavapoo, Accessed on 14/10/20
  2. Advantage Petcare Breed profile: Cavoodle, Accessed on 14/10/20
  3. The Cavoodle, Famous Cavoodle Owners, 2018, Accessed on 14/10/20

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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