Sweet Cavapoos is a hybrid dog breed which is designed by performing cross between a Miniature or toy poodle and the Cavalier King – Charles Spaniel. They were first bred in America in the year 1953 and soon they spread their popularity across United Kingdom, Australia and many other countries. Cavapoo is a registered dog breed in America and is a great family pet. It is recognized by the name “Cavapoo” by many societies such as the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, International Designer Canine Registry and Designer Breed Registry. Cavapoo are also popularly known as Cavoodle. They are playful; love to cuddle up in human arms and great with kids. These dogs are also popularly known as Cavadoodles or Cavoos.
The following are general characteristics and facts regarding Cavapoos:-
• This is a recognized mix breed and is a cross between “Cavalier King Charles Spaniel” X “Toy or miniature Poodle”.
• Cavapoos are small to medium sized dogs. They have a shoulder height of 10 to 15 inches.
• They have an average weight of about 8 to 18 pounds.
• They have long and drooped ears.
• Cavapoo are available in various colors – gold, brown, white, beige, Blenheim (which is a mixture of white and black), and tricolor (with a mixture of white, black and tan).
• They have a round skull and their face show various expressions.
• They have very soft coat – just like toy poodles and the hair is silky and wavy in nature.
• These dogs have an average life expectancy of 11 to 15 years. However, some dogs have even alive for a span of 20 years as well.
• They have a short muzzle.
Cavapoos will love to get human attention and are very friendly, unmatched to probably any other mix breeds. He is an affectionate and a very loyal dog. He is one of the rarest mix breed who can get along with kids and family very easily. Your kids and their grandparents with your Cavapoo can be a great combination altogether.
However, it’s not that you can leave your children totally unsupervised with these dogs. Like other mix breeds, these dogs may get agitated when they are not respected well, although they are much harmless than any other dog.
These are family oriented dogs and are suitable for apartment dwellers or for ranch style home. Their popularity has increased ever since they came in this world and are in demand throughout the year.
Cavapoos are quiet intelligent and can be easily trained. You should go for a gentle training with these dogs and reward them accordingly when they complete a task. They can even learn variety of tricks – like walking on hind legs and playing with balls. They have also been used for agility competitions.
You not require a huge space to train these dogs. They can be easily trained in your house, when they are under the right guidance. They love playing indoors and make sure you play with them every day; they feel bad if they are kept isolated. They have loving eyes and you will know when they are happy, sad or angry from the expressions they give to you (just like humans). They will love to be in the arms of their masters. In winters, they will love to share same blanket with their masters.
Feed your Cavapoo with premium quality dog foods. Do not feed them with raw or hand cooked food products. Taste of the wild along with Call of the Wild supplements shall keep your dog healthy and improve their life expectancy. The following chart shall be the right quantity for your Cavanpoo:-
• Protein (17%) – sources can be chicken, chicken liver, turkey, lamb and tuna fish or salmon.
• Fat (9%) – shall also include Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
• Fruits and Vegetables – pear, peach, apple, carrot, potatoes, soybean, chickpea, blueberries, raspberries and antioxidants like marigold shall prove beneficiary to them.
• Vitamins and Minerals – Their food shall at least contain Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Folic acid, Niacin, Riboflavin and minerals like Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Selenium and Copper.
Make sure your packed dry dog food does not contain any sources or grain, gluten or apple core, resins, cashews, cheese, chocolate and human food.
Health and Immunization
Make sure that your dog has been bred out of healthy parents. Genetic defects are certain to get transferred from parents to the offspring. You should make sure that the Cavanpoo you adopt should be a second generation dog, which would remove any chances of Heterosis.
Common health problems in Cavanpoo includes Cataracts, hip and elbow dysplasia, luxating patella, syringomyelia, mitral valve disease, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, skin problems and allergies.
They can show hypersensitive reactions when exposed to dust, dirt, animal dander and various chemicals and are sensitive to extreme heat and cold. They are meant to be kept at home as they are not very tough.
Cavapoos should be immunized at regular intervals so that they are protected from various diseases caused by dangerous viruses. Some mandatory vaccines for this purpose includes: – Parvovirus, Rabies, Distemper, Coronavirus, Hepatitis A and B, Influenza and Parainfluenza vaccines. Inject annual booster shots from an experienced vet.
Regularly brush your Cavapoo to avoid tangling of hairs (especially with those who have long hairs) at least once a day. Make their coat soft and silky by using a mild shampoo over their coat. Bathe them at least once a week as they can easily hold dust and dirt in their coats.
Cut their nails once a month and check for any ear infections. Use an ear cleanser solution (pH balanced and mild) to keep their ears safe from ear infections and clean their ears with a small ball of cotton. Do this very carefully. Be patient when you groom them. Do not hurt them. Take your dog for health checkups once a month.
You can rescue or adopt this registered breed according to guidelines set by various organizations like American Canine Hybrid Club (AKHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry.