If you’re searching for a doodle that is great for first time down owners, for a family with children, or for a senior who wants a loving companion, then a cavapoo might be the perfect dog for you. Cavapoos are becoming more and more popular, and it’s no surprise. But you may be wondering what is a cavapoo? Here are some of the top questions and answers about cavapoos.
What are the parent breeds: Poodle + Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Do cavapoos shed? Yes, but not much.
How big do cavapoos get? Depends on the size, but generally between 20-60 pounds
How much is a cavapoo? Usually $1200-3000.
How long do cavapoos live? 10-15 years
What’s a cavapoo’s temperament? Social, gentle
Do cavapoos shed?
Because a cavapoo is a mix between a poodle and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel (a breed that sheds a lot), cavapoos do shed. However, they don’t shed nearly as much as purebred Cavalier King Charles spaniels, and compared to other dog breeds, they don’t shed as much.
Because there are different types of cavapoos (f1 cavapoos, f1b cavapoos, f2 cavapoos, etc.), your dog will shed according to the type of doodle you own. More specifically, it depends on the percentage of poodle vs. Cavalier King Charles spaniel in your dog. If your dog is more poodle, it won’t shed as much as if it was a higher percentage of a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
Cavapoos come in 3 different coat types: straight, wavy, and curly. A straight coat cavapoo has very straight hair that looks like the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. A wavy coat occurs when a dog gets one curl gene from one parent and one non-curl gene from the other. Lastly, when each parent contributes a curl gene, cavapoo puppies will end up with a curly coat. Although this type of coat can be harder to brush, dogs with this coat are the least likely to shed.
Are cavapoos hypoallergenic?
Truth be told, no dog breed is ever truly 100% hypoallergenic. All dogs have fur that can shed, making it a potential issue for people who have allergies. Despite being completely hypoallergenic, cavapoos are an allergy-friendly dog breed.
This is due to the incorporation of poodles into the breed mix. Pet dander, saliva, and urine are the three elements that produce allergic reactions. Luckily, poodles have only a single coat with low dander, and their fur is non-shedding. Therefore, if your cavapoo is more poodle than cavapoo, your pet will be more allergy-friendly. In other words, a F1b cavapoo will be more allergy friendly than a f1 cavapoo.
How big do cavapoos get?
When it comes to cavapoo size, there are generally three classes: toy cavapoos, mini cavapoos, and standard cavapoos.
Toy cavapoos are between 13-19 pounds when they’re a cavapoo adult. They’ll stand around 12-13 inches tall. This is a great choice if you don’t have as much space for a large dog, or if you just prefer smaller dogs.
Miniature cavapoos are a bit bigger, and will generally weigh between 13-25 pounds when they’re full grown mini cavapoos. These dogs will usually stand at 12-16 inches tall.
Standard cavapoos are the most popular size of cavapoo, and they’re great for people who prefer the security of a bigger dog. Standard cavapoos will generally reach about 40-70 pounds when fully grown adults. They’ll usually stand over 15 inches tall. Because this is the biggest type of cavapoo, these dogs require more space to run around and play.
How much does a cavapoo cost?
Pricing for cavapoos depends on a number of factors, although a general price tag will fall between $1200-3000.
Due to their hypoallergenic nature and their cute and fluffy looks, these breeds are more expensive than other dog breeds. There are also a number of factors that affect their price, such as:
Color: There are a number of different cavapoo colors. In addition to the typical black cavapoo or apricot cavapoo colors, you can find cavapoo breeders who specialize in breeding red cavapoos, black and white cavapoos, or white cavapoos, among others. The more “exotic” the color, the higher the price tag.
Coat: Breeders charge different prices based on the coat. Essentially, the more “poodle” within the dog’s genetics, the more allergy-friendly the dog is. This can sometimes result in a higher price tag.
Size: Because the most common size of cavapoos is the standard size, you can expect to pay more money for a smaller version of a cavapoo.
Location & Demand: Prices can fluctuate based on where you live along with how high the demand is for a cavapoo. Bigger metropolitan cities will often have higher price tags, both because of the higher general cost of living, but also because these cities usually have a higher demand for allergy-friendly dogs.
Reputation of the Breeder: When it comes to purchasing a cavapoo from a breeder, you certainly want to do your research so that you purchase from a reputable, established breeder. While it may be cheaper to buy your doodle from an at-home breeder or from Craigslist, a good breeder can mean a world of difference. If you want a healthy, long-living dog, then it can certainly be worth spending the extra money on a reliable breeder who has done their due diligence in producing healthy pups. Keep in mind that you can also find cavapoos in shelters and other rescue centers!
How long do cavapoos live?
In general, cavapoos will live between 10-15 years. There are a few factors that can result in outliers, however. Smaller dogs, for example, usually live longer than larger dogs. Because of this, a mini cavapoo or a medium cavapoo will be expected to live longer than standard cavapoos. An increased lifespan can also be attributed to crossbreeding (crossbred dogs usually outlive their purebred counterparts) along with purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder.
What’s a cavapoo’s temperament?
Because of their gentle yet sociable personalities, cavapoos are perfect family dogs and are especially good around children. Cavapoos are very affectionate and love to be around humans. They also love to be active, and standard size cavapoos definitely like to run around and play.
When you think about the perfect dog, you probably think about an incredibly cute dog that’s also a social butterfly, yet gentle around kids or seniors. If that sounds like your kind of dog, then a cavapoo might be in your future. No matter if you’re an individual or you’re looking to bring a dog into a large family, you’re sure to enjoy the addition of your loyal, friendly new family member!