Recommended for: Families
Maintenance Level: Medium
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Intelligent, affectionate
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.
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Breed Overview

The Cavoodle (a.k.a Cavapoo), a cross breed of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle, is the most popular small to medium designer breed in Australia.

Cavoodles have soft, Poodle-like coats which tend to shed a small amount since Poodles do not shed but Cavaliers do. Cavoodle puppies come in a variety of colours, including black, white, chestnut/white, black/white/tan, gold, red, ruby and apricot – no cavoodle puppy looks the same.

Grooming the Cavoodle varies depending on what kind of coat it has. Poodle-coated cavoodles require brushing every couple of days but shed very little. Cavalier-coated cavoodles require less brushing but tend to shed more than their Poodle-coated counterparts.

Cavalier cross Poodle can vary in size and height depending on the size of the poodle it was bred from. Generally they stand at 30 – 35 cm tall and weigh between 5 and 12 kg. Their lifespan is around 10 – 14 years.

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Personality and Temperament

The Cavoodle temperament combines the best traits from the Cavalier and the Poodle to create a smart, affectionate, playful and eager to please eager-to-please family companion.

They are highly trainable, obedient and are very easy to teach. They thrive on the company of their family and other household pets. While they are great with children, it is important to teach any young children who come into contact with the Cavoodle to be gentle and that the dog is not a toy.

The Cavalier side of the Cavalier Poodle tends to balance out the neuroses of the Poodle side, making it a laid-back and calm companion. Despite this, Cavoodles should not be left alone for long periods of time as they require almost round-the-clock company. Like many breeds, Cavoodles who are left alone and not given enough physical or mental stimulation can develop behavioural problems.

Common Cavoodle Diseases & Conditions

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

In general, Cavoodles are healthy and enjoy the benefits of genes from Poodles and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. At the same time, there are a few genetic issues that can occur. The best way to avoid genetic issues is to find a responsible breeder – as with any breed as popular as the Cavoodle, it’s important to avoid working with breeders who cut corners.

  • Syringomyelia is a condition where the formation of the skull is too small for the brain. This can cause the dog mild discomfort or a great deal of pain depending on the severity of the condition. If your Cavoodle shows tenderness around the neck, head or shoulders, often whimpers when touched or scratches at its head, visit the vet as soon as possible for assessment.
  • Mitral Valve Disease. Very common in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, MVD begins with a heart murmur that becomes increasingly problematic until the animal suffers heart failure and dies. This form of heart disease generally occurs at a much younger age in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel than in other breeds, therefore Cavoodle owners should be aware. The condition is thought to be genetic.
  • Cataracts. Like in humans, canine cataracts occur when a cloudy membrane forms over the lens of the eye, causing vision loss. They can be removed surgically.
  • Hip dysplasia is a condition where the thighbone and hip do not fit together properly at the hip joint, causing pain and lameness. Less severe cases can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, but surgery may be required for serious cases.
  • Patellar luxation occurs when the bones of the patella (kneecap) are not aligned properly and as a result slip in and out of place, causing pain and an abnormal gait. Mild cases generally do not require treatment and do not impact too much on the dog’s life, but severe cases may require surgery.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy refers to a family of eye diseases which gradually result in the deterioration of the retina, causing first night blindness then progressing to total blindness. There is no cure, but most dogs adapt very easily to the vision loss, provided their familiar environment does not change too much.
  • Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterised by seizures that have no known cause. A seizure is a sudden surge in the electrical activity of the brain causing signs such as twitching, spasms, shaking, tremors and/or convulsions. Fairly common in certain breeds, a genetic basis is suspected. Anti-seizure medications can be prescribed for affected dogs.

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    The Cavoodle was first bred by mixing the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle breeds in the 1950s in Australia in the late 1990s, before making its way to the UK and USA.

    Its original breeders wanted to mix the outgoing and calmer nature of the Cavalier with the intelligence of the Poodle. Since 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 one of the most popular breeds in Australia, the Cavoodle is not recognised by any of the major international kennel clubs, which only recognise ‘pure’ breeds, not “designer” and hybrid breeds.

    However, Cavoodles and other hybrids can be registered in the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry and the Designer Breed Registry.

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    Cavoodle Facts!

    • While “Cavoodle” is the most used name for the breed in Australia, internationally it is also known as the Cavapoo, Cavadoo, Cavapoodle and Cavadoodle.
    • Former Julia Gillard was given a Cavoodle named Reuben by her partner Tim for her 50th birthday.

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