About Our Cavapoos
A Cavapoo (also known as Cavadoodle or Cavoodle) is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the toy sized Poodle. Our Cavapoos are quite small weighing 5 to 14 pounds as adults, and 8 – 14 inches tall. The breed average from most other breeders are usually 12 - 30 pounds.
Cavapoos are very intelligent and have the desire to please which makes them very easy to train. They are friendly with everyone, have a very laid-back personality, and are very gentle in nature. Cavapoos make excellent therapy dogs. With their small compact bodies, round faces and long, floppy ears they appear puppy-like even into their adult years. They are well suited for homes with little or no yard as they do not possess an overabundance of energy where they will need a ton of exercise or space to run. However, as with all dogs, they still need the benefit of some exercise such as a short walk or play session to keep them healthy and fit. This dog is suited for just about anyone and will do well with either a single person or a family. Possessing a very laid-back personality and gentle nature makes them excellent with children. They love and crave affection from just about everyone. They have a lifespan of approximately 12 – 16 years.
When considering the nature of the Cavapoo you must consider the characteristics of both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle separately in order to determine the characteristics the Cavapoo may exhibit.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is bred as a companion dog and as such are extremely gentle which makes them a great dog to be around children. Aggressiveness is not a trait that runs in this breed and they tend to view everyone they meet as a friend. With this in mind, they also do not make good watch dogs. They get along very well with other dogs and are not timid of dogs well beyond their own size. They have a wonderful temperament and can be described as being happy, affectionate, playful, and curious. They are very eager to please and not considered stubborn which makes them an easy breed to train. They are cuddly and lovable and are quite content to cuddle up next to their owner or snuggle on a lap. They are chasers of moving objects so it is to an owners advantage to have a fenced yard or have their Cavalier leashed.
The Poodle comes in three different sizes, toy (10” and under 9 lbs.), miniature (10-15”, 15-17 1bs.), and standard (over 15”, 45-70 1bs.). The Poodle has been cited as being the 2nd most intelligent breed of dog. Their exceptional intelligence, paired with the fact that they are generally very eager to please, empowers them to excel in obedience training. They learn quickly and will delight in showing off their new tricks. Poodles are generally very easy to housebreak. They are loyal and devoted companions, extremely people-oriented, and crave lots of love and attention. They are typically calm, good natured, with a sweet temperament, and the ability to bond with all members of their human family. Poodles have an extremely low-shedding, dense coat which is either curly or corded and should be groomed every 6 – 8 weeks to prevent mats and tangles. If you should so decide, their coat can also be kept short for low-maintenance. Poodles come in a variety of colors such as silver, cream, gray, blue, black, white, apricot, red, caf-au-lait, brown, and parti-colored. The Poodle is oftentimes referred to as the hypo-allergenic dog. But, while there truly is no such thing as a completely hypo-allergenic dog, they are unquestionably more compatible with allergic persons than other breeds. Being classified as energetic, the poodle, like most dogs, will appreciate daily exercise, such as a walk, play session, or a run at the dog park. We only breed tiny Toy Poodles to our Cavaliers.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a beautiful small dog that undoubtedly is a contender for the title of "top tail-wagger." In fact, among the characteristics that Cavalier breeders strive to attain is a tail in constant motion when this breed is moving.
If the characteristic wagging of the Cavalier's plumy tail doesn't melt your heart, surely his large, dark round eyes will. Warm and lustrous, with a sweet expression, they hold the power to extract constant petting and unlimited supplies of food from people under their spell. Not surprisingly, this breed can easily become fat, which spoils its lovely lines, so be strong and offer a walk or playtime instead of the potato chips and pizza your Cavalier is angling for.
Cavaliers pad through the house on slippered paws, always following in the footsteps of their people. With a Cavalier in residence, you'll never be alone — not even in the bathroom. Because they're so attached to their people, they do best when someone is at home during the day to keep them company. They are a housedog and will never thrive in an environment where they're relegated to the backyard or otherwise ignored.
When it comes to training, Cavaliers are generally intelligent and willing to try whatever it is you'd like them to do. Food rewards and positive reinforcement help ensure that training goes smoothly. Cavaliers have a soft personality, so yelling at them is counterproductive and likely to send these sweeties into the sulks or into hiding. Instead, reward them every time you see them doing something you like, whether it's chewing on a toy instead of your Prada pumps or not barking in response when the dog next door barks. They'll fall all over themselves to find more things that you like.
Cavaliers can be great playmates for kids who will enjoy throwing a ball for them, teaching them tricks, participating in dog sports, or simply having them on a lap while they read or watch television. Because of their small size, however, they should be supervised when playing with small children who might injure them accidentally.
As with every breed, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he's eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog's food away.
They get along well with other dogs and can learn to play nice with cats and other pets if introduced to them at an early age. It helps if the cat is willing to stand up for herself because a Cavalier enjoys a good game of chase. They even enjoy it if the cat chases back. Always supervise your Cavalier's interactions with birds and other small animals; they can have a strong hunting instinct if not properly socialized.
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