Cavoodles...the Best Breed for Oodles of Fun
What’s in a name–Cavadoodle, Cadoodle or Cavoodle? No matter what you call them, they are some of the cutest dogs on the planet. This wonderful breed, which originated in Australia, will make a wonderful addition to your home and quickly become your forever friend! There are many reasons why you should consider a Cavoodle puppy for your next dog.
A Cavoodle is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. As a cross between two breeds, they may inherit different characteristics from their parents, so there is a bit of variety in their appearance. But members of this breed stay full of that puppy cuteness all their lives.
A Great Looking Pup
When you see a litter of Cavoodle pups, you will see variations from pup to pup. So it is highly likely that you will see a special one that steals your heart.
Colours and Coat
Cavoodle pups take on the characteristics of their parents, So the colours will vary: apricot, beige, black, brown, cream, ruby, tan, or silver. They could also be a mix, such as chestnut and white or black and tan.
Most will have long, wavy hair, which will require care. Plenty of grooming and brushing will keep their coat looking pristine and luxurious.
Cavoodles are smaller dogs, and range from 20-35 cm in height. They normally weigh between 4 kg and 12 kg. You can gauge their adult height by the height of their poodle parent–the puppies usually are similar in size. So, your fur-ever friend will feel at home in any abode, from a small apartment to a large house.
What to Know Before Adopting a Cavoodle
You are going to find that there are a lot of reasons to add a Cavoodle to your life. They are great around people and other dogs, and especially good with children. But there are some possible drawbacks, like health and grooming. Let’s address some common concerns:
Great for People with Dog Allergies
Cavoodles, like their poodle parents, are great for people with allergies. If you are allergic to dogs, you still might have a reaction, but cavoodles don’t shed much so you will have fewer allergic issues.
Easy to Train
Cavoodles are very bright dogs. They are easy to train and learn tricks quickly. They do have a bit of an independent streak, so remember to use praise and treats as a reward. They also need mental stimulation, so make sure that you spend plenty of time with your energetic and friendly fur baby.
Good with Kids
Cavoodles are great with the wee ones. They are calm, playful, and affectionate. Since they are small, children aren’t as intimidated by them as large breeds. It is important to socialize them with other people and pets when they are young, but once they are adjusted to their new home, they simply love spending time with their new family.
Regular Grooming Required
Cavoodles have a gorgeous coat, but it comes with some upkeep. Their coat can get matted, so regular brushing is a must. Their coat also has an uncanny ability to attract twigs and leaves, so a monthly bath can help to keep their coat free of debris. Cavoodles also need some help with their hygiene when it comes to their ears, which are long and hairy, making them prone to infections, and around their eyes, which can become tear stained.
Your Cavoodle will need attention and exercise. Like other breeds that crave lots of mental stimulation, they are susceptible to separation anxiety. Thankfully, there are plenty of strategies for treating separation anxiety. If you notice symptoms of separation anxiety in your Cavoodle pup, be sure to give them plenty of attention and exercise. Help them relax with plenty of toys, chew treats, and games.
Since they are a cross between two breeds, they benefit from “Hybrid Vigour”-- so they have fewer problems than either of the parent breeds. However, they can still have a few problems like:
- Hip dysplasia
- Heart problems
- Other genetic defects
Luckily, few Cavoodles suffer from any of these. Still, it’s a good idea to have your vet take a close look at any new furry family member.
Best Diet for Cavoodles
You will want to give your Cavoodle quality food that is appropriate for their age. Cavoodles can safely eat a raw diet, fresh food, or kibbles. You should be sure to feed them a reputable dog food that is prepared and shipped safely, preferably without added fillers or preservatives.
What to Not Feed Your Cavoodle
Like all dogs, they are happy to share human food, but certain foods can be dangerous for dogs and should never be given to your Cavoodle, like:
- Grapes and Raisins
- Anything containing Xylitol
They will love sharing your food, but don’t give them too much–this small breed can quickly consume far too many calories. And excess weight can lead to a host of health problems for our canine companions.
Look for a Responsible and Ethical Breeder
Whether you are adding a full-size or toy Cavoodle to your family, you’ll want to find a responsible breeder. The breeder should ensure that the parents do not have any genetic problems and provide a nurturing environment for the first few months of your Cavoodle’s puppyhood. If you can, visit the breeder to see how they are caring for their dogs and ask them any questions that you have.
Is a Cavoodle Right for You?
Once you bring that little bundle of puppy love home, you will have a furry friend for years to come. They will quickly bond with you and that bond will remain strong all their life. You can count on many years of fun and companionship, and you will never tire of that cute Cavoodle face!