Cavapoo

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain <> France -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Cavadoodle
Cavoodle

A brief presentation of the Cavapoo

The Cavapoo is a cross between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Cavapoos were originally conceived as hypoallergenic dogs, making them ideal companions for allergy sufferers. However, their gentle disposition and kindness quickly made them popular with all dog lovers. Because the Cavapoo is a crossbreed, each dog is unique, although they have become increasingly consistent in temperament and appearance. Cavapoos are extremely social and easy-going, getting on well with humans and animals alike.

History of the Cavapoo

Cavapoos, also known as Cavoodles or Cavoos, were among the first specific crossbreeds created by mixing two breeds of dog. For this cross, breeders began experimenting by mixing a Poodle with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, creating a new type of dog combining the characteristics of both breeds. The main aim was to create a hypoallergenic dog for allergy sufferers, as both the Poodle and Cavalier are dog breeds with a lower propensity to trigger allergies in sensitive individuals. Breeders began this crossbreeding in the 1950s in America. Soon, the Cavapoo became increasingly popular due to its affectionate temperament and docility. Although both toy and miniature poodles can be bred to create a Cavapoo, responsible breeders use the miniature, rather than the toy, as they are less prone to hereditary health problems. Over the years, as Cavapoos are increasingly selected, their appearance, temperament and size tend to become more consistent. Although this will probably take several generations, this consistency will hopefully lead to their recognition as a breed. Today, however, each dog may still prove different in appearance and character, but one common trait will remain: Cavapoo's gentle, friendly nature towards people and other animals.
        

A little of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

        
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a charming and adorable little companion dog. The breed's big eyes and constantly wagging tail are sure to delight everyone, and they are patient and affectionate towards other pets and children. Although its name suggests its origins in the court of Charles II, the Cavalier King Charles, or Cavie, is actually a recently developed breed, modeled on the toy spaniels seen in many early paintings of European royalty.
Standard of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A little of the Poodle

The Poodle is an often underestimated breed of dog. It is intelligent, athletic, obedient and cheerful. The Poodle has an unusual coat, which tends to make the breed appear less than serious. The Poodle's curly coat is constantly growing and, without maintenance, can become a long, corded coat. Over the centuries, Poodle owners have experimented with grooming styles, resulting in the sophisticated decorative clips for which the Poodle is renowned.
Standard of the Poodle

Appearance of the Cavapoo

With its big, adorable eyes, the Cavapoo is a small dog with physical characteristics that may resemble the Poodle or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Depending on the size of its Poodle, miniature or toy parent, the Cavapoo's size varies accordingly. The Cavapoo can have a wavy or silky coat that can come in different colors: chestnut, white, black, gold, chestnut and white (Blenheim), black white and tan (tricolor). Cavapoos have long, floppy ears and a round face. Although originally designed to have a discreet, hypoallergenic coat, not all Cavapoos are. Some actually shed more than their parents. Their size generally varies between 28 and 35 centimetres for the toy Cavapoo and between 30 and 40 centimetres for the miniature Cavapoo. Their weight varies from 5 to 10 kilos.

Temperament of the Cavapoo

The Cavapoo is known for its exceptional temperament, making it an ideal family pet. Cavapoos are extremely friendly and gentle, and get on well with children and pets. With virtually no hunting dispositions, they are ideal dogs for sharing a home with other furry animals. Intelligent and people-oriented, Cavapoos are an excellent choice for new dog owners, as they are adaptable and easy to handle. Because they love people so much, they can develop separation anxiety when left alone, which should be addressed at an early age to avoid such episodes. Training, with positive reinforcement and gentle treatment, will help raise a healthy, well-balanced dog. Despite their short attention span, Cavapoos are generally easy to train, provided consistency is maintained. Home training can be more difficult, generally requiring more time than other dogs. Patience and understanding are essential, as they will eventually learn. Loyal, very social and gentle, the Cavapoo also makes a good therapy dog. Cavapoos are also good watchdogs, making sure their owner is warned of any visitors arriving. Apart from this task, the Cavapoo doesn't bark too much.

Needs and activities of the Cavapoo

The Cavapoo is an active little dog, and while its needs can be met by indoor play, it will love to go for walks, be invited to play games in the fenced yard or exercise outdoors in the dog park to interact with other dogs and people. Although active, these dogs are ideal for apartments. They adapt well to their owners' lifestyle and are eager to please. If you have a yard, make sure it's well fenced to protect your small dog when they're out alone, which is unusual, as they'll normally be wherever you are. While you're walking your dog, it's a good idea to keep him on a leash unless he's in a fenced-in area, as he might smell something and forget to come back to you when he checks the trail. But more than anything, these dogs want to be with the owner all the time, they're not a dog to be ignored or left outside. They're perfect for someone who wants a dog to be part of the family. The Cavapoo will reward you with love, affection, loyalty and eternal devotion.

Maintenance of the Cavapoo

The Cavapoo is renowned for its high maintenance when groomed. Their coats require more than a regular weekly brushing to stay in tip-top shape. They have a low odor. If yours is odorous, it may be that the hair is too long and dirt is clinging to it. A bath and regular trimming can remedy this. Check the ears too, as Cavapoo is prone to ear infections and this condition can produce an unpleasant odor. It's advisable to ask qualified groomers to groom your dog, unless you're already experienced. Nails should be inspected regularly to avoid any snags in the fur. Keep your young Cavapoo used to brushing teeth, wiping ears and handling feet, to trim their nails, start with short sessions and build up slowly. Praise them extravagantly when they're doing well, and you'll have a dog who enjoys his weekly program of medical monitoring and maintenance.

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