|Recommended for||Families with kids|
|Breed Classification||Hybrid / designer breed|
|Size||Small to Medium|
|Temperament||Affectionate, playful, eager to please|
|Tendency to bark||High|
|Health Risk||This breed is in the lower risk category for developing health issues, hence it is one of the most affordable breeds to insure.|
The Cavoodle was first bred in Australia in the late 1990’s and has since made its way to the UK and USA, where it is more commonly known as the “Cavapoo”.
The original breeders of the Cavoodle wanted to mix the outgoing and calmer nature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the intelligence of the Poodle. Because Poodles have a hypoallergenic coat and tend to shed less, they were also selected in an effort to create a mix that could be tolerated by allergy sufferers.
Today the Cavoodle is one of the most popular breeds in Australia; however, it is not recognised by any of the major international kennel clubs, which only recognise ‘pure’ breeds, not so-called designer and hybrid breeds.
The Cavoodle comes in a range of sizes but is typically a small to medium-sized dog with soft, Poodle-like coats, floppy ears and soft brown eyes.
As it is not an officially recognised breed, there is no clearly established standard for the Cavoodle’s appearance and there can be a great deal of variation between individual dogs.
Cavoodles come in a variety of colours, including black, white, chestnut/white, black/white/tan, gold, red, ruby and apricot – no two Cavoodle puppies look exactly the same.
|Weight range||5 to 12 kg|
|Height range||35 to 38 cm|
|Colours||Gold, tan, cream, black, brown, with or without markings in these colours|
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Cavoodles are typically lively, fun-loving dogs that love to play and are eager to please. The Cavoodle temperament combines the best traits from the Cavalier and the Poodle, making it an affectionate, laid-back and calm family companion.
Highly intelligent, if they do not get enough stimulation, Cavoodles will find themselves something to do, which might not be something their owners will be happy with!
Cavoodles should not be left alone for long periods of time as they require almost round-the-clock company.
Cavoodles were developed to be companion dogs and thrive on the company of their family and other household pets.
In general, they are very loyal and affectionate towards all family members and are great with children.
Younger children do need to be taught to be gentle with their Cavoodle and not to treat the dog like a toy.
Cavoodles are lively and energetic dogs; they are not simply lap dogs and definitely not couch potatoes!
They should be taken for one or two daily walks and/or outdoor play sessions.
They often enjoy socialising with other dogs and can be trained to retrieve a ball.
Cavoodles are smart, enthusiastic, eager-to-please and obedient – traits that make them highly trainable.
|Exercise requirements||High - daily walks and regular visits to the dog park|
The Cavoodle should do well on a high-quality, balanced diet, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval.
Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior).
It is recommended to feed the Cavoodle dry food as this breed is prone to tartar build up on their teeth.
Grooming the Cavoodle varies depending on what kind of coat it has:
In general, Cavoodles are healthy, yet there are a few genetic conditions that can occur in the breed. The best way to avoid genetic issues is to find a responsible breeder who thoroughly screens their breeding dogs for potential hereditary conditions.
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