1) Designer dog breed
Cavapoo is a crossbreed between two purebred dogs – the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle – most ofthen the Miniature Poodle. These crossbreeds are often times also called as Desginer dogs.
As all designer dogs, even the Cavapoo does not have a long history. Of course, there were always some mixed breeds but people started intentionally producing them only recently. The first Cavapoo puppies were born in the 1990s in Australia.
If there is one thing Cavapoo excells at, it is how good companions they make. They are very social,friendly and calm and even though they are pretty active, they are best suited for apartment living. They like to be around people and it does not matter if it is a older kid or senior.
Cavapoos are easy to train. It is because they have high intelligence from the Poodle side and they are also eager to please. Thanks to this they are quick learners and highly trainable dogs. But as with all dogs, it is important to start the training and socialization as soon as possible.
Cavapoo needs quite a lot of grooming. Their coats need more than a regular weekly brushing to keep them at their best. It is important to check their long floppy ears regularly, because they are prone to ear infections. Great thing about Cavapoo is, that they have only a little bit of the typical doggy odor.
The Cavapoo is an active breed, but thanks to their small size, it is not hard to exhaust them every day. The best is a few daily longer walks, but even if its rainy outside, you can exhaust them by some vigorous inside play.
Cavapoos tend to have a curly, soft or wavy coat – it really depends on the genes they inherit from their parents. It can be a Poodle like or Cavalier King Charles like coat. This also means, that there is a chance, that the Cavapoo coat will be hypoallergenic. The most common coat colors are chestnut, gold, black, white.
As with all crossbreeds, its pretty hard to predict size of the Cavapoo. But normally their height is between 9-14 inches which is 22-35 cm and weight between 7-18 pounds which is 3-8 kg.
Cavapoo is generally very healthy dogs, but as all dogs, even cavapoos suffer from some health issues. The most common are cataracts, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and ear problems.
Cavalier King Charles is a dog with pretty short lifespan between 10-12 years. On the other hand, the Poodle lifespan is around 15 years, and especially the Toy and miniature poodles have very long life expectancy. Your Cavapoo’s lifespan is likely to be anywhere from ten years to the advanced teens.