Cavoodles, also known as Cavapoos, are cute, smart and energetic small to medium size dogs that are very popular with families. A hybrid of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle breeds, Cavoodles are highly trainable, love people and make great companions.
Recommended forFamilies with kids
Breed ClassificationHybrid / designer breed
Other namesCavapoo
Lifespan10-14 years
SizeSmall to Medium
TemperamentAffectionate, playful, eager to please
Tendency to barkHigh
Maintenance LevelMedium
Health RiskThis 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 history of Cavoodles

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.

Physical description of Cavoodles

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 range5 to 12 kg
Height range35 to 38 cm
ColoursGold, tan, cream, black, brown, with or without markings in these colours
Coat lengthLong

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Cavoodle personality and temperament

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 with kids and other pets

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.

Cavoodle training and exercise

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.

Energy levelHigh
Exercise requirementsHigh - daily walks and regular visits to the dog park

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Cavoodle feeding and nutrition

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.

Cavoodle care and grooming

Grooming the Cavoodle varies depending on what kind of coat it has:

  • Those with Poodle-type coats require brushing every couple of days but shed very little.
  • Those with Cavalier-type coats require less brushing but tend to shed more than their Poodle-coated counterparts.

Health issues for Cavoodles

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.

  • Syringomyelia is a condition in which 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 is 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 occur in dogs as they do in humans, when a cloudy membrane forms over the lens of the eye, causing vision loss. Cataracts 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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What do Cavoodle owners claim for the most?

  • Otitis Externa
  • Dermatitis
  • Faecal Appearance - Abnormal
  • Skin Allergy
  • Pain - Presenting Complaint

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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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