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Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Cavapoo puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Cavapoo please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Cavapoo puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Cavapoo puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Cavapoo breed is also commonly known by the names Poodle x King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Caboodle, Cavoo.

Lifespan: 13 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Not Pedigree – Hybrid Dog Breed

Height
Males 33 – 45 cm
Females 33 – 45 cm

Weight
Males 5 – 10 kg
Females 5 – 10 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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Small (4/10)

Exercise

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medium (6/10)

Training

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easy (8/10)

Shedding

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Average (6/10)

Grooming

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medium (6/10)

Children

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average (6/10)

Health

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good (7/10)

Cost to Keep

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low (4/10)

Being Alone

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short periods (4/10)

Intelligence

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Average (5/10)

Introduction

The Cavapoo is a cross between two pure breeds, namely a Poodle and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. They are sometimes called Cavoodles in a few parts of the world which includes Australia, but are more commonly referred to as Cavapoos here in the UK. Cavapoos are now an extremely popular choice whether as a companion or family pet thanks to their loyal, kind and placid natures with the added bonus being they are considered “low shedding” dogs.

History

Cavapoos were first bred in American during the 1950’s by breeders who wanted to create a low-shedding dog that would be an ideal choice for people who suffer from allergies. Poodles were used to create Cavapoos for this reason. It was not very long before these charming little dogs found their way into the hearts and homes of many people not only in the United States, but over here in the UK and elsewhere in the world thanks to the fact they inherited many of their parent breed traits.

However, as with many cross breeds or “designer dogs”, there is never any guarantee as to which traits and characteristics a Cavapoo might inherit from their parents, but this has not affected their popularity. 

Cavapoos are known to have kind, affectionate, loyal natures. They are not as yet recognised by The Kennel Club here in the UK (June 2016), nor is the Cavapoo recognised by other international dog clubs. 

Today, the Cavapoo is still one of the most popular new breeds even though it is a bit of a gamble as to how puppies turn out when it comes to size, looks and temperament. Every dog is unique and this applies to these little dogs that over time have proved themselves to be kind, loving and charming companions and family pets to have in a home.

Appearance

Every Cavapoo is slightly different when it comes to colour, size, shape and coat texture because it all depends on their parent dogs and whether or not they are first generation Cavapoos. They are thought to be hypoallergenic. Although they have inherited this from their Poodle lineage, it is the dander a dog sheds that is partly responsible for triggering allergies in people. With this said, the Cavapoo is still considered to a low-shedding little dog and one that is become a popular choice with people who suffer from allergies.

A lot of Cavapoos have cute round faces with floppy ears which are soft to the touch. They have very endearing large eyes, full of expression which adds to their adorable looks. However, some puppies inherit a more Poodle like appearance while others will lean towards the Cavalier when it comes to physical traits.

When it comes to coat colours, the texture and length of a Cavapoos hair can be quite different from dog to dog with some leaning towards the Poodle and others having more of a Cavalier type coat. With this said, the most commonly seen coat colours include the following: Black, White, Chestnut, Gold, Blenheim – Chestnut and White, Tricolour – Black, White and Tan.

Temperament

The Cavapoo can inherit many of the characteristics of their parent breeds and they are renowned for being affectionate, friendly and loyal companions and family pets which is why they have consistently been among the most popular cross breeds.

Being good natured and sociable, Cavapoos get on with everyone and become totally devoted to their families, loving nothing more than to be part of a household and involved in everything that goes on in the home. They are also known to get on well with children and when well socialised from an early age, they like being around other dogs and pets too. In short, a Cavapoo is an all-round, highly adaptable small dog and one that fits in with most lifestyles with no trouble at all.

They are clever dogs having inherited their intelligence from both parent breeds and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well-rounded and obedient dogs. When a Cavapoo is well socialised from an early age and correctly trained using positive reinforcement methods, they are a real pleasure to have around and many of these charming dogs do a wonderful job as therapy dogs.

Intelligence / Trainability

The fact that Cavapoos are a cross between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel means these charming dogs are intelligent. Therefore, they are very trainable and teaching them to do things is an enjoyable experience all round. However, a Cavapoo’s training has to start the moment they arrive in a new home because they younger a dog is, the easier it is for them to learn new things. It would be a mistake to wait too long before starting their education. The first stages of their education which is when they are being taught the “ground rules” should never be too intensive, but rather an enjoyable, fun experience for all concerned.

Cavapoos can be a little naughty when it comes to house training but with patience, perseverance and understanding, they can be taught to do their “business” outside, it might just take a little longer than with other dogs. They respond well to positive reinforcement training and enjoy the one-to-one attention they are given when they are being taught new things.

Children and Other Pets

Cavapoos have earned themselves the reputation for being both wonderful companions and family pets because they get on well with older children who know how to behave around small dogs. Younger children can be a little too boisterous and noisy for a Cavapoo to cope with and as such, care has to be taken when they are around toddlers and very young children. The problem is that Cavapoos are so cute that children of all ages cannot help approaching them a little too quickly which tends to frighten these little dogs.

Cavapoos are friendly dogs by nature and if well socialised from a young age they generally get on well with other dogs. If they grow up with other pets in the house, they usually tolerate being around them and this includes a family cat. However, care has to be taken when they are around smaller pets, bearing in mind that a Cavapoo would think nothing of chasing a neighbour’s cat even if they get on with the family cat.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Cavapoo is between 13 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages. Cavapoos have short muzzles and as such they are extremely sensitive to heat so during the hotter summer months, care has to be taken to ensure a dog does not overheat.

Caring for a Cavapoo

As with any other breed, Cavapoos need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Grooming

A Cavapoo’s coat can be quite different from dog to dog. As such it depends on their coat type as to how much grooming is needed to keep things tidy. If they boast having a longer coat, then more frequent grooming would be necessary with some owners having their Cavapoos regularly clipped which makes managing things that much easier in between visits to a grooming parlour. Their coats generally need to be brushed every day or so to prevent any knots and tangles from forming and a daily groom helps reinforce the bond between dog and owner with Cavapoos loving the one-to-one attention they get during a grooming session.

Cavapoos tend to get unsightly tear stains under their eyes which need to be gently cleaned with a damp cloth on a regular basis. It is also important to check around a dog’s backside and their belly because both these areas tend to get a bit dirty if not regularly washed. The same applies to a dog’s backside because if their hair is too long, poop can get caught in it which needs to be washed off as soon as possible before carefully trimming around the offending area.

It is essential to keep a close watch on a Cavapoo’s teeth to make sure there is no excessive plaque building up on them because these little dogs are prone to suffering from dental issues.

It is also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. 

Exercise

Cavapoos are lively, energetic and inquisitive little dogs.  They are also very smart which in short, means they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well-rounded and obedient dogs.

These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden as often as possible so they can really let off steam.

With this said, Cavapoo puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing and too much pressure on them could result in causing a dog a few problems later on in their lives.  They should not be allowed to jump up or off furniture nor should they be allowed to run up and down the stairs for this very reason.

Feeding

If you get a Cavapoo puppy from Little Rascals we will give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. 

Older dogs are not known to be fussy or finicky eaters. It’s best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it’s good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. It’s also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight.

Average cost to keep/care for a Cavapoo

If you are looking to buy a Cavapoo, you would need to pay anything from £500 to over £1000 for a well-bred puppy. The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Cavapoo in England would be £18 a month for basic cover or a lifetime policy, this would set you back £42 a month (quote as of March 2016). When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK and a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry, to feed your dog throughout their lives making sure it suits the different stages of their lives. This would set you back between £30 – £50 a month. On top of all of this don’t forget this includes their second vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying your dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Cavapoo would be between £50 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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