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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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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.
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.
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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.