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Cavapoo
Other names Cavoodle
Country of origin Various
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The Cavapoo (Cavoodle), is a type of dog that is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle, most often a Miniature Poodle. Similarly to other poodle hybrids, the interest in this type of dog stems from the desire to create a non-shedding dog (with a poodle-type coat) that makes a great all-round family pet. Cavapoos have become very popular over recent years, particularly in the US and Australia.[1]

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Temperament

The Cavapoo is a friendly, affectionate tail-wagger. They are clever little dogs, who are eager to please. They are usually easy to train, and often do well in competitive obedience and other dog activities. They thrive on human companionship, and are happy to be with both children and adults. They are quite energetic dogs, but also enjoy a quiet cuddle. They generally get along well with other dogs and pets.

Characteristics

Blenheim (chestnut and white) Cavapoo

Cavapoos have become popular because they generally combine the outgoing, loving personality of the Cavalier Kings Charles Spaniel with the low-shedding, low-dander qualities of the Poodle, resulting in a loving, intelligent, energetic and agile dog that sheds very little. The poodle parent also contributes intelligence and a tendency to be very active. Cavapoos may jump on furniture or balance on the arms of chairs. They thrive when they can exercise regularly, either by having a yard to run around in or by having a human who will walk them and play with them.

Cavapoos are very people oriented and affectionate, with a clown like personality. Most Cavapoos are easy to train and they work well as a children's dog. They have dark facial features that are typically brown in color. The ears are usually set well above the eyes and hang low past its chin. The neck is elongated and transitions to its straight back. Its tail is long and usually hangs freely past the hocks. Cavapoos have dark round expressive eyes, usually large but not prominent.[2]

Cavapoos come in wide range of colours due to their mixed heritage. From the Poodle side; white, cream, apricot, red, brown, cafe lait, silver beige, black, blue and silver.[3] From the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel side; Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolour (black,tan and white), Ruby and black and tan.[4]

Cavapoos are known for their soft, flowing hair, and regular brushing and grooming is recommended. Like other long, soft-eared breeds, they can be prone to ear infections, so it's important to keep their ears clean and dry.

Health

Cavapoos are susceptible to any health condition affecting either of the parent breeds including , cataracts and other eye problems. The Cavapoo basically inherits health problems associated with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle. These conditions include Mitral regurgitation, Syringomyelia, Episodic Falling(EF), Hip Dysplasia, Addison's disease, Gastric dilatation volvulus, Thyroid issues, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and ear and eye problems.

Registration

Cavapoos cannot be registered as such with many of the major purebred kennel clubs, even if both parents are registered purebreds. However, some major kennel clubs do accept registration of crossbred puppies for performance events such as agility and obedience. There are also several hybrid specific registries that register hybrid / designer cross puppies such as the Cavapoo. These registries offer hybrid dogs the same registration benefits that purebred dogs enjoy such as certified registration and recording of the hybrids known pedigree information.

References

  1. ^ Cavapoo Dog Breed Information
  2. ^ Cavapoo Information and Resources
  3. ^ Poodle Colours and Types
  4. ^ American Kennel Club - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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