The Cavapoo- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle
History Of The Cavapoo
The Cavapoo is a designer breed that blends the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the toy or miniature Poodle. All dog breeds were originally “designer breeds.” Certain characteristics were taken from other breeds and cross bred to produce what people want. There is no doubt that Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodles are incredible breeds. We breed Cavaliers and love them. We have many Poodles and love them. But when you mix them, you get characteristics that can make them as desired or more desired than the “pure breeds.” The Cavapoo became popular in Australia in the 1990’s. It is currently one of the most popular breeds in the country. They are very popular because of their incredibly loving temperaments, low shedding coats, hypoallergenic features and health. Unfortunately with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, they have many health issues and live around 10 years of age. Mixing the incredibly beautiful, intelligent and loving Cavalier with the incredibly healthy, intelligent and loving poodle was an easy decision. Miniature Poodles are the healthiest breed alive living on average of above 17 years of age. Cavapoos also do not shed nearly as much making them a very popular choice for families. `
Personality Of The Cavapoo
As noted on the Cavalier page, Cavalier’s are known for being loving, gentle and loyal. They are very social and are well known to be lap dogs. Miniature Poodles are more energetic and outgoing. They are also loving and make great watchdogs. Miniature Poodles are ranked one the healthiest breed in the world living many times over 16 years of age. Poodles are also ranked as one of the healthiest breeds alive and also ranked as the 2nd most intelligent dog breed in the world. With this combination, the Cavapoos have incredible personalities. They are loving, trusting, intelligent and dependent. They want to be with you and are not a breed that’s known for aggression. They are extremely good with children and are very patient.
Maintenance Of The Cavapoo
Maintenance for a Cavapoo will depend on the exact type of coat that the dog has. The Cavalier tends to shed more than Poodles, so a Cavapoo will be either low to non-shedding depending on whether it inherited its coat from the Cavalier side or the Poodle side. For the most part, the Cavapoo will require grooming on a weekly basis in order to ensure the coat remains free from knots and snags. Their coats do tend to tangle rater easily. A Cavapoo with a Poodle coat may need to be brushed on a more frequent basis. In addition, the toenails of the Cavapoo will need to be filed or clipped on a regular basis. Several times per year, the coat of the Cavapoo will need to be trimmed.
Cavapoos can handle almost any home setting. They do not need a lot of exercise so they do not need a family that’s active or regularly exercises them. They can live in an apartment, condo or a large home. What they want and what they need more than anything is love. Cavapoos are a dependent breed. They want to be with you. They desire to be with people. They do great with other dogs but more than anything they want someone to worship. The ideal family is one that can spend a lot of time with their Cavapoo. Someone that will take their Cavapoo everywhere possible. Someone that can handle be “worshipped!”
Health is the biggest reason why Recherche Cavs decided to breed designer breeds. We LOVE Cavaliers. They are the most beautiful and sweet dogs we have ever come across. Unfortunately, all Cavaliers come from only 6 Cavaliers that survived WWII. As a result 100% of Cavaliers will have mitral valve disease by age 10. Other issues like syringomyelia, dysplasia and eye issues riddle the breed. The average age of a Cavalier is just over 10 years which isn’t good enough for us. Poodles are quite the opposite in regards to health. Like every breed, they do have health concerns but they live for much longer and have much less serious health concerns. Recherche Cavs only breeds high quality health-tested AKC Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with high quality health-tested AKC miniature Poodles. The result is a much healthier breed than the Cavalier. They live much longer and some have even been known to get 20 years of age. The average age of a Cavapoo ranges between 13-15 years.