Whether you are looking for a loyal watchdog or a charming companion pup, we have lots of options to choose from here at Infinity Pups.
But it can be a little overwhelming to have all those options, can’t it?
Today, to help you cut through the confusion, we want to introduce you to one of the sweetest crossbreeds ever created: the Cavapoo.
If you want to learn more about this adorable doggo, read on! We’ll cover personality, appearance, history, and more.
Let’s get started!
Things To Know About Cavapoos
Before we dive into details, here are a few of the essential things you ought to know about Cavapoos before you bring one home:
- The Cavapoo is a crossbreed between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle. Crossbreeds are like beautifully wrapped Christmas presents–you never know what you might find when you open the package! Your pup may take more strongly after either parent breed.
- Cavapoos are companion dogs and thrive best when they get to be around their families. They will want to follow you wherever you go and don’t like to be left alone.
- Cavapoos are major extroverts who like everyone they meet. They hit it off with kids, adults, and strangers alike. They love to romp around with kids, but you should teach your kids how to play gently, as Cavapoo puppies are small and fragile.
- This breed has the potential to be highly trainable. They are smart, eager to please, and love the attention they get during training sessions.
- Your Cavapoo will likely adapt to your lifestyle. They need a moderate amount of exercise per day but won’t wear you out with constant exercise needs.
- Because they have short muzzles, Cavapoos are prone to overheating.
Mixed breeds are often presented as combining the best of both breeds.
However, in reality, genetics aren’t always that cooperative. You never know what you will get with a mixed breed, and the puppies could resemble one parent more closely than the other.
Let’s take a look at the Cavapoo’s parent breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier Spaniels were the favorite toy dogs of King Charles I and II. They were bred to be a combination lap/sporting dog. They made charming lap dogs but also loved the thrill of the chase and wouldn’t easily turn back when prey was ahead!
Today Cavaliers are loved for their sweet, gentle personalities, melting expressions, and spunky side that still loves to frolic and chase.
Poodles originated as duck hunters in Germany. They were excellent water retrievers, and the eye-catching haircuts they still sport today protected their vital body parts while allowing for minimal drag as they moved through the water.
Poodles are “wicked smart” and quickly learn almost anything you want to teach them. Today they are one of the most popular dog breeds because of their intelligence, well-balanced temperament, and hypoallergenic traits.
Breeders crossed the Cavalier and the Poodle in hopes of combining the Cavalier’s sweet, gentle personality with the Poodle’s intelligence and hypoallergenic traits. You may not get all this in every single Cavapoo, but you are bound to end up with a charming and winsome package!
Although you may not know exactly what you’ll get with every Cavapoo, you can rest assured that your Cavapoo puppy will have an absolutely delightful personality. Their winning personalities have earned them immense popularity.
Here are a few traits that most Cavapoos tend to exhibit:
Cavapoos are popular therapy dogs because they are extremely loving and affectionate towards their owners. Your Cavapoo will be an adoring, devoted companion and will want to be with you wherever you go.
Cavapoos are on the extreme extroverted side of the spectrum. They love everyone they meet: kids, dogs, cats, adults, strangers…everyone they meet is a new best friend!
They thrive best when they are allowed to be wherever the people are. They aren’t a breed you can keep outside in a kennel or leave alone for long periods of time.
Eager to please
Because they love their masters so much, Cavapoos are ready to do whatever you tell them. They live for validation and affirmation from their masters. This means that with time, patience, and positive reinforcement, training your Cavapoo should go smoothly.
Cavapoos love to frolic and play. They especially love playtime with their masters and take all they can get! Life won’t be dull with a Cavapoo around.
Since they are so intelligent and eager to please, Cavapoos are highly trainable. They typically enjoy the attention they get during training sessions and respond best to kind, gentle treatment.
The Cavapoo may resemble the Poodle or the Cavalier Spaniel more closely. Their size varies depending on which size of Poodle is in their parentage, standard, mini, or toy.
They usually have short, soft coats somewhere on the spectrum of wavy to curly. They don’t shed much, but without regular grooming, they can become fluffballs! They come in various colors, including white, fawn, chocolate, chestnut, cream, or tricolor.
With their soft, floppy ears and melting black-button eyes, these little dogs are irresistible!
Taking care of your Cavapoo is basic as far as dog care goes. Here are a few of the basics.
Cavapoos need a moderate amount of exercise per day, so be sure to give them a good walk or some vigorous playtime regularly. They enjoy fetch, active training sessions, short hikes, and whatever else you can come up with!
However, they aren’t a breed that runs you ragged with their endless energy. They are often content to lie around the house with you as well.
Cavapoos tend to gain weight easily, so exercise and a good diet are necessary. Feed your dog good quality food, and don’t give him unlimited access to food. Remember, keeping your dog a healthy weight is one of the best ways you can give him a long, healthy life.
Grooming your Cavapoo’s fluffy coat takes a little work. Cavapoos look best if they are brushed regularly and have a trip to the groomer occasionally. Otherwise, they may start looking like giant, wooly fluffballs.
Cavapoos are prone to getting tear stains under their eyes, so daily face washings are recommended.
The rest is routine: trim their nails, brush their teeth for fresh breath, and provide lots of love and attention!
The Cavapoo’s high intelligence and people-pleasing nature make them very trainable. With consistency and patience, training your Cavapoo should be a breeze! Cavapoos are a “soft” breed, and these dogs respond best to very kind, gentle training methods with lots of positive reinforcement.
Overall, Cavapoos are easy to care for and manageable even for a completely inexperienced first-time dog owner.
Is A Cavapoo Right For You?
So is a Cavapoo the dog for you?
If you want an incredibly sweet, affectionate, intelligent little dog to keep you company and make life enjoyable, the Cavapoo is your dog! With a Cavapoo, you will get your daily dose of hero worship and a friend for life.
If you want a fierce, protective guard dog, or a low-maintenance dog you can leave alone for long periods, then maybe the Cavapoo isn’t for you.
If you bring a Cavapoo home, we can guarantee your life will become more interesting!
If you are interested in getting a Cavapoo, try to find a reputable breeder. Cavapoos are wildly popular because of their sweet natures, making them an easy target for puppy scams, puppy mills, and disreputable breeders who are just out to make a dollar.