Cavapoo Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Cavapoo so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginAustralia flagAustralia
Other Names
What other names does the Cavapoo have?
Cavoodle
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed A cross between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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Cavapoo Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Cavapoo puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Cavapoo in the United States? How much money is a Cavapoo?

Where to buy a Cavapoo with a good pedigree?

$1200-$1800
If you choose to purchase the Cavapoo, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Cavapoo for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Cavapoo gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Cavapoo? How many Cavapoo are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Cavapoo Size

Size
Is a Cavapoo small, medium or large dog?

How big do Cavapoo get?

What is the average size of a Cavapoo?

Small Medium
Weight
How much does the Cavapoo weigh? How much should a Cavapoo weight? What is the normal weight of a Cavapoo? How much does a full-grown Cavapoo weight?
12-24 pounds (5.4-11 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Cavapoo?
18 pounds (5.7.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Cavapoo? Cavapoo height:
11-18 inches (28-45 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Cavapoo?
14.5 inches (36.5 cm)

Cavapoo Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Cavapoo have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
CurlyWavyStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Cavapoo's coat?
BlackWhiteChestnutTricolorApricotCreamSableRed sablePhantom
Grooming
How to groom the Cavapoo and how often? How often should I take my Cavapoo to the groomer?
Advanced: The Cavapoo requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Cavapoo a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Cavapoo, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Cavapoo dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cavoodle? Do Cavapoo dogs shed a lot?
Cavapoos shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Cavapoo need a bath? How often should you give a Cavapoo a bath? Can I bathe my Cavapoo every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Cavapoo Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Cavapoo have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
GentleLovingIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Cavapoo? Is the Cavapoo breed dumb or smart?
Very smart: Cavapoo is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.

The Cavapoo is one of the top breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Cavapoo dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Cavapoo?
Cavapoos are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Cavapoos, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Cavapoo sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Cavapoos don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Cavapoo a good family dog?
High: Cavapoos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cavoodle need? Cavapoo social needs:
Cavapoos need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Cavapoo dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Cavoodle bark?
Average: The Cavapoo barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Cavapoo good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Cavapoos are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Cavapoo dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Cavapoo dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Cavapoos are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Cavapoo bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cavoodle? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Cavapoo? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Cavapoo has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Cavapoo has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Cavapoo? How much bite force does a Cavapoo have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Cavapoo bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Cavapoo do?
Cavapoos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Cavapoos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Cavapoo to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Cavapoo roam?
Cavapoos tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Cavapoo have high prey drive?
Cavapoos have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Cavapoo good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Cavapoo in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Cavapoo breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Cavapoos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Cavapoo be left alone? How long can you leave a Cavapoo alone?
Cavapoos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Cavapoo Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Cavapoo temperament with other people:
Cavapoos are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Cavapoo dogs get along with other pets? Are Cavapoo dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Cavapoos are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Cavapoo dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Cavapoo temperament with children:
Cavapoos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Cavapoo dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Cavapoo breed live with a cat?
Cavapoos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Cavapoo good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Cavapoo dogs get along with other dogs?
Cavapoos are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Cavapoo can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Cavapoo breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Cavapoo breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Cavapoos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Cavapoos good office dogs? Do Cavapoos make good office friendly dogs? Can Cavapoos be office dogs?
No
Cavapoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Cavapoo dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cavoodle temperament with senior people? Are Cavapoo dogs good for elderly owners?
Cavapoos are commonly okay with elderly people.

Cavapoo Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Cavapoo dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Cavapoo rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Cavapoo breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Cavapoo breed? Most common health risks of Cavapoo:
Hip DysplasiaPatellar Luxation
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Cavapoo breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Cavapoo see the vet?
Rare
The Cavapoo should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Cavapoo dogs live? How old can a Cavapoo be? What is the age limit of the Cavapoo? How many years can the oldest Cavapoo live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Cavapoo?

How long is the lifespan of a Cavapoo?

9-15 years
The average lifespan of Cavapoo: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Cavapoo breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Cavapoos do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Cavapoo have? What is the activity level of the Cavapoo?
Cavapoos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Cavapoo need? How much exercise do Cavapoo dogs require per day?

Do Cavapoo dogs need a lot of exercises?

Cavapoos have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Cavapoo breed need?
Cavapoos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Cavapoo need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Cavapoo breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Cavapoo? How much food should I feed my Cavapoo?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Cavapoo risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Cavapoo's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Cavapoo's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Cavapoo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Cavapoo has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Cavapoo drool?
The Cavapoo is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Cavapoo could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Cavapoo.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Cavapoo As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Cavapoo be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Cavapoo breed is a good choice for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Cavapoo be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Cavapoo be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Cavapoo breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Cavapoo be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Cavapoo is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Cavapoo be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Cavapoo is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Cavapoo be a boat dog?

Yes

Cavapoo breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Cavapoo be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Cavapoo is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Cavapoo dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Cavapoo Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Cavapoo pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Cavapoo breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Cavapoo: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Cavapoo have in a litter? How many puppies can the Cavapoo breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Cavapoo have? How many puppies can a Cavapoo give birth to?
2-8 puppies

Cavapoo Recognition

AKC Group
Is Cavapoo recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Cavapoo recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Cavapoo breed?
American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.International Designer Canine Registry

Cavapoo Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Cavapoo is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Cavapoos are very easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Hypoallergenic: Cavapoos do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Cavapoo breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Cavapoo is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Cavapoos are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Cavapoos tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Cavapoos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: Cavapoos are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Cavapoos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Cavapoo breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Cavapoo requires a lot of grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Cavapoo's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Cavapoos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Cavapoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Cavapoo History

History of designed cross-breeds

Designed crossed-breed have only rea dogs really become more popular in the last two decades, and their names usually sound strange and cute like Chiweenie, Cavapoo, or Yorkipoo. Although these names may sound silly they actually make sense, usually, they allude to the breeds they are designed from.

History of Cavapoo dog breed

Cavapoo is a mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodles. It has may naturally exist before, but they have been first bred in the 1950s but became popular and become intensively bred by designer breeders in the last two decades. Now it is more popular in Australia and the UK. Breeders wanted to mix the outgoing and calmer nature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the intelligence and the non-shedding hypoallergenic coat of a Poodle.

Poodles were originally bred to hunt waterfowl, they are outstandingly intelligent. Its history is probably going back to ancient times, Roman and Egyptian statues and drawings are showing figures, similar to modern time Poodles. In the 1400s breeders in France started to produce smaller versions of the Poodle, first the Miniature, then the Toy Poodle. The Standard Poodle for duck hunting, the Miniature Poodle for sniffing out truffles in the woods, and the Toy Poodle was a companion to the nobility and wealthy families. Due to their ability to quick trick learning they were even used in circuses. They help the position of the most popular breed of America from the 1950s to the 1990s. (The American Kennel Club registered their first Poodle in 1886).

The Cavalier is a descendant of King Charles Spaniel. The Cavalier has definite royalty in its blood, having been loved and adored by both King Charles 1 and King Charles ll. It comes as no surprise that the Cavapoo has a royal slightly superior air to their character from their distinctive history. The appearance of the  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that we know today is the result of the hard work of Roswell Eldridge and breeders who continued his work. In the late 1600s, King Charles Spaniels were interbred with Pug dogs that resulted in a smaller dog with flatter noses, upturned faces, and bulging eyes. But Roswell Eldridge during a Crufts Dog Show in London offered any money for someone who had a King Charles Spaniel with the long nose and decided to clear the bloodline and create the breed an appearance similar to those in the paintings of Van Dyck of King Charles ll and his Spaniels. The recent form of the breed is the achievement of these breeders.

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Cavapoo Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Anonymous

    Oct 19, 2021, 11:20:08 PM:

  • Julian

    May 25, 2021, 8:42:49 AM:

    Cavapoo is the best breed ever

  • Someone

    Nov 13, 2020, 9:44:30 PM:

    The best breed ever

  • Neil

    Jul 18, 2020, 3:55:43 PM:

    Love is a cavoodle