Cavapoo – The Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix

The Cavapoo is one of the cutest crossbreed dogs to meet. Sometimes called a Cavoodle, the pup is the result of breeding a Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. To keep the size down, a Miniature Poodle is typically selected. His coat may be long and straight like the Cavalier or curly like the Poodle. The gentle, friendly expression on his face has resulted in wide acceptance of this dog around the world.

The Cavapoo Origin

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The dam or sire may be the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, whose average lifespan ranges from 10 to 14 years. This small dog typically weights between 10 and 18 pounds with a height of 12 to 13 inches. Originating in the United Kingdom, the Cavalier has a friendly disposition and loves to play. He gets along with seniors, families, and just about any lifestyle, from small apartments to suburban houses with yards. Its four recognized colors are:

  • Black and tan
  • Ruby
  • Tricolor with tan, black, and white
  • Chestnut and white (Blenheim)

Lack of food and other WWII wartime hardships resulted in the loss of UK breeding stock. The few quality dogs left at the end of the war are responsible for carrying on the breed, such as the first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel brought to the US in 1956.


The other parent is a Poodle. The Miniature Poodle is usually selected to keep offspring smaller. As with Standard and Toy, the Miniature Poodle has the intelligence and skills associated with the breed. Poodles get along with people of all ages, as well as other pets. They tend to be protective of their family and enjoy spending time with them either singly or as a group.


Australia’s most popular designer dog breed is the Cavapoo. The small hound’s outgoing personality and gentle disposition makes him an ideal companion for people of all ages. With three sizes of Poodles to choose from, the Cavapoo’s size can be adjusted to fit the desire of any prospective owner. They are quite sociable and often used as a therapy dog.

The Cavapoo Appearance

The outgoing, playful Cavapoo has an adorable appearance and is a comfortable size for almost every household. Adult height ranges from 9 to 14 inches, while weight varies from 7 to 25 pounds. It depends on whether the Poodle parent is a Miniature or Standard. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle mix features a wide variety of colors, both solids and a primary coat of one color with additional white markings. Shedding is minimal, but it should be noted that any dog can cause an allergic reaction in his human family. That’s because it’s the dander, not the fur, that triggers itchy eyes and sneezing.

A short muzzle identifies the dog as very heat sensitive. Keep him inside during the summer months and take care that he doesn’t overheat because of too much activity. Enjoy the freedom of taking the dog with you to family events, pet stores and other areas that welcome dogs. He is a sociable dog and enjoys being a part of your daily activities. Show older children how to care for him and avoid leaving small children with the small Cavapoo, as it’s very easy to hurt him. His strong body is shorter than many other types of designer dogs.

Other identifying features that add charm to the Cavapoo are dark facial features, usually brown, and ears set above the eyes before hanging below the chin. The long tail typically hangs free past his hocks.

Temperament of The Cavapoo

Cavapoos are intelligent, loving, and playful. Like their parents, they are smart and learn quickly. Schedule short training schedules that add fun to your pet’s day. It’s a good way to work socialization training into the mix. Extra playtime, praise, and treats are meaningful rewards. One of the most rewarding features of this dog is a moderate activity level that fits your lifestyle. Exercise can be as easy as a walk or indoor playtime, or as enthusiastic as agility and other dog sports. Check with your veterinarian before enrolling your pup in that type of exertion. You can always participate in a game of fetch, or encourage older children to throw the ball. The dog is quite trainable, even if it’s just showing off the newfound ability to sit. He loves to play with other dogs as well as family pets, friends, and children. He’s officially part of the pack and needs to be included in activities. Undesirable traits like barking, separation anxiety and hyperactivity often result if he’s left alone or ignored for too long. Invest in a few safe doggie toys to keep him entertained for the short periods of time he’s on his own.

Grooming Your Cavapoo

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Poodle mix has a wonderful coat regardless of which parent he takes after. The Cavapoo may display a soft, curly or wavy coat, all of which need bathed and brushed on a regular basis to keep it clean and avoid tangles. This designer dog also experiences reddish-brown tear stains. Wash the face daily to avoid them, particularly under the eyes. Schedule an appointment with the groomer every four to six weeks to care for the coat and trim the nails, if needed. Small dogs tend to be less resistant to dental problems. Train the dog early to let you brush his teeth daily. A side benefit of this activity is refreshingly clean doggie breath.

Health Concerns for Cavapoos

Lifespan between 10 – 14 years. Some typical health issues include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hereditary cataracts

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