Cavapoo dogs love people and animals alike. They even get along with some cats, although it’s not guaranteed. Cavapoos are very loving and make great family pets, they love to cuddle and are very playful. They are wonderful with kids and often the first choice for families.

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8 - 20


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10 to 15




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What is it? 

Heart disease typically affects older dogs or breeds prone to obesity. The most common form of heart disease in dogs is a heart valve issue.

Clinical signs: 

The symptoms of heart disease in dogs include: Difficulty breathing, fatigue, abdominal swelling, skin discoloration.


Several medication options, including: Furosemide, pimobendan, ACE inhibitors, spironolactone.

Other risks: 

Risk of heart disease is significantly higher in obese dogs. Cavapoos are genetically prone to some heart problems.

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This designer dog loves people and animals alike. They often get along with some cats!


Cavapoos are very loving and make great family pets.


Cavapoos enjoy their human’s company and don’t do well alone. This pup is perfect for a work-from-home mom or dad.


These little dogs have serious energy and playtime is a highlight of the day.


Pups thrive in social environments where they are given lots of attention from human, kitty, and doggy friends.

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Cavapoos have relatively short, curly coats, thanks to their poodle ancestors.


A blend of red, brown, and chestnut, sometimes blonde and sometimes tricolor.


Yes, they are considered among the breeds that are allergy-friendly, or hypoallergenic.


These pups need to be brushed weekly to avoid tangles, as well as washed.


Obedience training is excellent for a cavapoo to start with, and then you can teach them other tricks.

Cavapoo: Dog Breed Information Guide

If you’ve ever seen a cavapoo, you know they’re adorable little dogs known for their fluffy fur and floppy ears. Perhaps you’re looking to adopt a small dog and are wondering if this is the dog for you. We’ve got everything you need to know about the cavapoo.

Cavapoos: An introduction to the breed

Cavapoos are a mixed breed first bred in Australia. Cavapoo puppies come from these parent breeds: Cavalier King Charles spaniel and miniature poodle. That’s why they're called cavapoos, although they are also known as Cavadoodles and Cavoodles. Breeders wanted to obtain a dog with the intelligence and hypoallergenic nature of the poodle and the laid-back, friendly nature of the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Cavapoos are designer breeds since they are crossbreeds from two different purebred dogs.

What are the origins of the cavapoo?

Since cavapoo breeders wanted to obtain specific traits, multiple generations of cavapoos each will have slightly different characteristics. For example, for a more hypoallergenic pup, a cavapoo would be bred with another miniature or toy poodle parent to make this trait more likely in a litter.

What are the health risks for cavapoos?

Cavapoos generally have a lifespan of between 10 to 15 years. They are also considered one of the healthier mixed breeds. However, there are still things you need to look out for with the help of a vet.  Other potential health problems for cavapoos:

  • Epilepsy, which causes seizures.

  • Heart disease

  • Patellar Luxation, a knee problem.

  • Degenerative Myelopathy, a disease of the spinal cord.

  • Cataracts

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a genetic disease.

  • Hip dysplasia

Will cavapoos get along with other pets?

Maybe you don’t have human children, but you have other furry family members in your home. How would a cavapoo react? This designer dog loves people and animals alike. They even get along with some cats, although it’s not guaranteed.

Are cavapoos good family dogs?

Will the cavapoo do well in a family? Can they tolerate young children pestering them? The short answer is yes. Cavapoos are very loving and make great family pets. They are wonderful with kids. That said, you should watch as your pup and your children play. A cavapoo’s small size makes them more vulnerable to injuries. Any child should be taught to be gentle with a pet, and, although they love animals, they sometimes have difficulties understanding what might hurt your pet when they’re very little. Cavapoos will be forgiving of any children that might be a part of their family, but you’ll want to prevent anyone from getting hurt.

How to care for cavapoos

Here’s everything you need to know about caring for this poodle mix. Cavapoos need quite a bit of attention, both because they love being around people and because they require a lot of care, primarily due to their beautiful coats.

What is the cavapoo’s coat like?

Cavapoos have relatively short, curly coats, thanks to their poodle ancestors. The cavapoo’s coat is typically a blend of red, brown, and chestnut. However, some cavapoos have blonde coats as well. You can also find some tricolor cavapoos.

Are cavapoos hypoallergenic?

Yes! Keep in mind though that there are no totally hypoallergenic dogs. Pets that shed less dander, which is dead skin cells similar to dandruff that falls out as the coat replenishes, can cause fewer allergic reactions for people with allergy sensitivities. Dog saliva, urine, and sweat attached to fur can also affect allergy sufferers.  Not only do cavapoos produce very little dander, but they also drool very little compared to dog breeds that drool a lot such as a Saint Bernard or an English bulldog. You or your friends with allergies can be safe as long as you keep your pup’s coat clean. Some cavapoos might be more or less hypoallergenic than others, depending on whether they take more after the poodle side or the Cavalier King Charles spaniel side.

Grooming a cavapoo

Although cavapoos don’t shed very much, they still need to be brushed weekly to avoid tangles, as well as washed. They need some help removing the dead hair and keeping their coats clean. For example, they are prone to tear stains around the eyes. It's recommended that Cavapoos go to a professional groomer about every month or so.

Basic training and behavior etiquette for your cavapoo

Cavapoos also need to be trained. They have a high level of intelligence, so it’s best to get them started as soon as possible. Follow these tips to make the most of your training sessions.

  • Obedience training is excellent for a cavapoo to start with, and then you can teach them other tricks.

  • They listen better to firm and repeated commands with rewards and positive reinforcement.

  • They need regular mental stimulation to be happy.

  • If you’re training a fully grown adult cavapoo, you will need to be more patient and help guide them gently towards the behavior you want them to learn. Remember to always reward your cavapoo with lots of encouragement and scratches for being a good boy or good girl.

What foods should a cavapoo never eat?

It’s always best to avoid giving your cavapoo any of the following foods:

  1. Chocolate

  2. Onions or garlic

  3. Grapes and raisins

  4. Caffeinated drinks

  5. Macadamia nuts

  6. Dairy

  7. Excessive salt

  8. Raw dough

  9. Avocados

Exercising tips to keep your cavapoo fit and healthy

Cavapoos need daily exercise, just like any other pup. Cavapoos have a moderate activity level, so they definitely need to be gently walked on a leash.  The best way to exercise with your cavapoo is to go for a moderate walk. If it’s too long, they might get tired before you make it home.  They also love playtime.

Cavapoo life stages

Cavapoos typically live for between 10 and 15 years. The best way to extend your cavapoo’s lifespan is to care for, and nurture, them each day. That means regular exercise, paying attention to health issues, a nutritious diet, and regular vet visits.

Puppy: 0-12 months | Adult: 1-7 years | Senior: 7-12 years