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The sweet personality of the Cavalier King Charles spaniel mixed with one of the smartest dog breeds, the poodle, brings the Cavapoo. By genetics, the Cavapoo is not a pure breed but a designer dog. A cross between two purebred dogs is recognised as a ‘designer dog.’
As a Cavalier King Charles spaniel-poodle mix, this pooch is also dubbed with other names such as Cavoodle, Cavadoo, Cavapoodle, or Cavapoo. Coming from two of the best breeds, Cavapoo is unsurprisingly charming. It is believed that the goal of the breed’s creation is to produce a small-size pooch that does not shed much. These qualities make it an ideal choice for families. Apart from that, the Cavapoo is also known to make an excellent therapy dog.
Cavapoo is a cross between the poodle and the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Although it is called with a lot of names, it is commonly referred to as Cavapoo in the UK. It is one of the first ‘designer dogs’ bred in America, which made it known in as early as the 1950s.
As with the other hybrid canines, there is never a guarantee on specific characteristics and traits that will be passed on to the Cavapoo pups. Enthusiasts and breeders now only use the miniature poodle to be interbred with the Cavalier due to the toy poodle’s susceptibility to various hereditary health conditions. The breeders wanted to produce a low-shedding pooch to cater to pet lovers suffering from allergies. It was not long when its popularity surged not only in the United States but across the world as well, including here in the UK.
Unfortunately, this mix is not yet recognised by the Kennel Club or in any other international dog clubs. With time and careful breeding, the consistency of its traits and size may be achieved soon. This is one of the steps for a canine to be recognised and registered as an official breed. Regardless of its complex traits, the Cavapoo managed to be one of the most popular new breeds in the world.
The size of a Cavapoo generally depends on its parents. With that said, the average height can range from 33 to 45 cm, whilst weight can run from 5 to 10 kg.
Inheriting qualities from its parents, every Cavapoo can come out with a different size, colour, shape, and coat texture. The poodle’s trait of being a low shedder can be inherited by some Cavapoo pups, but not all.
Generally, this pooch appears charming with its round face and floppy ears. Overall, its face gives away a lot of expressions, which makes it even more adorable. However, there are some pups that predominantly take their physical traits from the poodle, whilst others can be from the Cavalier.
The Cavapoo’s coat comes in a wide array of colours as well as the length and texture. It can either have a poodle or Cavalier type of coat. Silky coats are genetically passed by the Cavalier, whilst those with the curlier coat are from the poodle.
Its usual coat colours are the following:
Grooming requirement varies depending on the inherited coat type. Longer coat entails more frequent grooming than the shorter coat. Generally, it is best to maintain professional grooming every four to six weeks.
Considering its parents, it is hard for the Cavapoo not to be sweet-natured and charming with everyone. It gets easily attached and stay devoted to its humans as well as the children in the family. It is important to socialise this pooch early on its learning phase. When puppy socialisation is achieved, this dog can do well with other dogs and pets.
Cavapoo is too sweet that it thrives on human interaction and cannot be left alone for greater lengths of time. In fact, when left alone, it is likely to manifest undesirable behaviours, including separation anxiety and inappropriate barking.
When it comes to dog training, the Cavapoo is known to excel and is capable to comprehend basic commands. Just keep in mind that as a sensitive canine, it cannot handle heavy-handed training well. This charming canine responds best through positive reinforcement training methods, not to mention that it is eager to please its owners.
It also excels in different sets of activities such as interactive games and competition. This furry companion is a bag of energy. It also enjoys the attention it gets.
The Cavapoo needs food that contains lots of animal proteins and carbohydrates for energy, vitamins and minerals for digestive and immune health, and omega fatty acids for coat and skin wellness. The most logical food that contains these ingredients is an excellent-quality dry dog food specifically formulated for small breeds.
Another reason to choose an excellent-quality dry dog food is because Cavapoo, like its Cavalier and poodle parent breeds, is prone to dental issues like cavities, gingivitis, and tooth loss. Feeding it with dry dog food will help scrape its teeth clean due to the chewing action whilst eating. Providing chew toys will also be helpful to avoid dental diseases.
Be sure to follow a consistent feeding schedule and provide the same food that your Cavapoo is used to in order to avoid stomach upsets. However, if you need to shift to another type of high-quality food, do so gradually. This will help your canine adjust accordingly without complications. A Cavapoo puppy must be fed three to four times a day, whilst the adult Cavapoo can be fed twice a day.
For a Cavapoo puppy that is two to six months old, feed 96–159 g of food daily, depending also on its size and activity level. For one that is seven to ten months old, feed 96–114 g of food daily. When it turns eleven months and beyond, it can be provided with adult food.
The adult Cavapoo weighing an average of 5–8 kg should be fed about 69–144 g of food daily, also taking into consideration its activity level. For those 10 kg and above, the daily recommended portion is 138–181 g.
The average Cavapoo lifespan is thirteen to fifteen years. Although a sturdy canine, this breed is known to be affected by the following health conditions possibly inherited from both lineages:
As a very energetic pooch, the Cavapoo should be provided with the right amount of daily exercise. Remember that the more tired this pooch is, the happier it will be.
The average rate for a well-bred Cavapoo pup is anything between £500 and £1000. Insurance may cost about £18 (basic) to £40 (lifetime) monthly. The actual price for an insurance policy may differ depending on where you live and age of your dog. Since you need to buy high-quality dog food, this could cost you an estimated £20–£30 monthly. For vaccinations, boosters, annual checks, and other veterinary costs, pet care expenses may add up to more than £800 annually.
On average, a Cavapoo owner will spend about £50–£80 per month. The insurance costs can also affect these cost estimates. For its lifetime (13–15 years), the costs can range from £7,800 to £14,400 overall. This estimate does not include the expenditures incurred in buying a puppy yet.
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