Cavapoo

8-17 lbs
9-11"
United States
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Poodle
Cavadoodle, Cavoodle

The Cavapoo is a cross between two popular breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and the Poodle. Playful and fun, this hybrid breed is a small dog with a big personality, and has become hugely popular as a family pet.

Their sunny nature and off-the-charts cuteness makes Cavapoos a great choice for a first-time dog owner, whether you’re looking to adopt and rehome a pup from a rescue center, or buy one from a reputable breeder.

In our instant expert guide to the Cavapoo, you’ll discover:

  • A high level of intelligence means the Cavapoo easy to train
  • The Cavapoo is a low shedder, making it allergy-friendly
  • It might be a small dog, but it loves exercise
  • Potential health issues include heart disease and eyesight problems

Cavapoo breed overview

The loveable Cavapoo is a small to medium-sized dog that combines the physical and personality traits of the two breeds it originates from — the King Charles Spaniel, and the Poodle. It’s also known as the Cavadoodle, so don’t be confused; it’s essentially the same designer breed.

The Cavapoo typically has high intelligence (both the Poodle and King Charles Spaniel are smart breeds), and a real playful side, with plenty of energy without being overwhelming. Cavapoos are affectionate and loving, and usually calm around the home environment.

These qualities make it a firm favorite with families and is especially comfortable around younger children.


purpose Purpose
Companion dogs, agility
history Date of Origin
Unknown
ancestry Ancestry
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle

Cavapoo Health

Average Size
Male Cavapoo size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Female Cavapoo size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 8-17 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cavalier Episodic Falling Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Optical Exam
  • Endocardiogram
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination

Cavapoo Breed History

What is a Cavapoo, and where did it come from? Well, while the Poodle originated from Germany and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel heralded from England, the hybrid these two breeds have created was first bred in Australia, during the 1950s.

The intention was to combine the Poodle’s low-shedding, almost hypoallergenic coat, and high IQ, with the sweet nature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  

Cavapoos were introduced to the United States in the 1990 and have become increasingly popular over the last few decades.

Cavapoo Breed Appearance

The Cavapoo usually varies in appearance, depending on the genetic influence on its parents.

For example, Cavapoo size depends largely on the size of the Poodle parent (all Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are approximately the same size). There are four sizes of Poodle, with the Standard the largest, followed by the Medium, and then the Miniature Poodle and the smallest, the Toy Poodle. 

Although it’s possible, it’s relatively rare to see a Cavapoo that’s bred from one parent being a Standard Poodle — the most common types are the Toy Cavapoo, and the Mini Cavapoo. The Toy Cavapoo, full grown, is typically up to 12 inches tall, while the slightly taller Mini Cavapoo can reach 14 inches.

Their faces are undeniably adorable; usually compact with long, fringed, floppy ears, and set either side of large, expressive and innocent-looking brown eyes. The muzzle is short, with a cute black button nose. The Cavapoo’s body is small but well proportioned, with short and strong legs that sometimes have the Cavalier’s fringing. The coat is smooth and wavy, with an almost silky quality to it — Cavapoos are irresistible to fuss.

Cavapoo colors vary, including an apricot-like shade, red, white, black, tan, brown and white. Some Cavapoo dogs have a tri-color coat, a combination of three different colors.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cavapoo eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cavapoo nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Cavapoo coat
Black
white Cavapoo coat
White
brown Cavapoo coat
Brown
Coat Length
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Cavapoo wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cavapoo Breed Maintenance

Many first-time Cavapoo owners ask two key questions when it comes to maintenance and looking after their dog. Do Cavapoos shed? And, are Cavapoos hypoallergenic?

Yes, Cavapoos do shed — but a lot less than many other breeds, which makes them a brilliant choice for pet parents who may suffer from allergies. And, while no breed of dog can ever be considered 100% hypoallergenic, the Cavapoo is one of those far more likely to be allergy-friendly.

Maintenance needs of Cavapoos are moderate. Their coat needs no more than a weekly brushing, to keep them looking their best, and they give off only a low odor. They only need an occasional bath — unless they get dirty during a walk in bad weather, of course.

You should inspect your Cavapoo regularly to check for any ear infections; this breed can be prone to them, and it’s a condition that can get smelly and itchy. Check toenails, too, to ensure there are no snags in the fur, and the coat to avoid any matting.

A Cavapoo needs grooming professionally a few times a year. The coat should be clipped to keep it manageable (and to require less frequent bathing and brushing from you). 

If you have a Cavapoo puppy, it’s a good idea to get him or her used to basic maintenance tasks, such as gently wiping ears, brushing teeth and maybe even clipping nails. Make sure you praise your pup extravagantly when they do well, and you will have a dog that enjoys its weekly health check and maintenance program.



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Cavapoo Health Risks

All breeds of dog can develop health problems, especially as they age, and the Cavapoo is no different. The average Cavapoo lifespan is between 12 to 15 years, so this is a dog capable of living a long, happy and fulfilling life — but there are some particular health issues you should be aware of. Common Cavapoo health risks can include:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip dysplasia

Patellar Luxation

Patellar Luxation — also referred to as a luxating patella — is when the kneecap moves or ‘pops’ out of position. There are four different grades of patellar luxation, with Grade 1 being the least serious, and Grade 4  often requiring surgery to resolve. Patellar luxation can be congenital — which means a dog is born with it and may be noticeable in young Cavapoo puppies — or developmental, with the condition appearing in later life. Cavapoos are just one of many breeds prone to patellar luxation.

Mitral Valve Disease

Mitral Valve Disease — or MVD — is an extremely common type of heart disease that is believed to affect Cavalier King Charles Spaniels more than any other type of breed. Because the King Charles is a parent breed of the Cavapoo, there could be an increased genetic risk, so it’s advisable to ask your vet to assess your dog. This could involve an ultrasound examination, and ECG (electrocardiogram). Mitral Valve Disease is a degenerative condition that can, if left untreated, lead to heart failure.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Known as PRA, Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a condition that affects a dog’s eyesight. It’s a gradual condition that affects both eyes, and usually starts with a loss of night vision before day vision also deteriorates. It eventually leads to total blindness. There isn’t a cure for PRA, though it’s completely painless. Read more about Progressive Retinal Atrophy and how to manage it here.

Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia occurs when the hip joint isn’t formed properly, so it doesn’t function correctly. Movement is painful rather than smooth, and can make it difficult for a dog to get up, jump, climb stairs and so on. There are several causes for this condition — covered in our guide here — including obesity and genetics. Hip dysplasia can affect many dog breeds, among them the Cavapoo.



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What’s the Best Food For a Cavapoo?

As Cavapoo size can vary, it’s important to give your dog the appropriate amount of food for its weight. Like many other brands, if overfed, the Cavapoo can become overweight if portions aren’t correct.

Ideally, a Cavapoo needs a diet that’s high in protein and delivers the energy levels it needs to thrive. A Cavapoo puppy will need more frequent meals, of smaller amounts, but as a Cavapoo becomes full grown that should be adapted to two meals a day.

It can be difficult to know which type of dog food to choose. Our online partner, Dog Food Advisor, has in-depth reviews of many types of dog food. A great place to start, if you have a Cavapoo, is this selection of best small breed dog food brands.


Brushes for Cavapoo
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Dematter
Dematter
Clipper
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Cavapoo requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cavapoo Temperament

The Cavapoo is a great companion dog for anyone, from a senior citizen to a small child. They’re real ‘people’ dogs — they adore being with their family and may pine when left alone, so probably don’t suit a household that’s empty a lot of the time.

The Cavapoo can be somewhat hyperactive at home, racing around the house in excitement when you return to the house to be with them. However, they’re just as eager to cuddle up on your lap and will take as much attention as you can give them without tiring. They’re highly intelligent and learn quickly, but respond best to a kind attitude, patience and loads of praise. 

The friendly Cavapoo temperament means it mixes well with other people, dogs and pets. Very young children should be supervised around this small dog as injury to the dog can occur unintentionally from rough play and over-excitement. These dogs are eager to please and will try hard to do what you ask — just don’t let them think they’re the boss or they may develop bad habits. Again, gentle but firm insistence on ‘good doggie manners’ should start from the day you get these little powerhouses. Cavapoo puppies are really receptive to training.

Although Cavapoos love a cuddle, they’re an active little dog and need a decent amount of exercise a day — around 60 minutes. They adore being taken for a walk, enjoying outdoor exercise and the chance of interacting with other people and dogs.

This is a dog that’s ideal for apartment living, too. They adapt well to the lifestyle of their owners and aim to please. More than anything, Cavapoos want to be with the owner all the time; they’re not a dog to be ignored. Provide a welcoming home and the Cavapoo will reward you with love, affection, loyalty and undying devotion.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Cavapoo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Cavapoo Owner Experiences

Archie
17 Months
3 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Archie is the Best. He gets into hunt mode and goes crazy looking for rabbits. He may catch but NEVER hurts them. They are returned to their burrows. Archie is affectionate and kinda likes people more than dogs! When he greets us after returning home its like we've been gone for days. My only question is.. When will his ears grow? Their still short..
2 years, 3 months ago
Molly
6 Months
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Very lovable, smart dog.
2 years, 4 months ago
Bonnie
1 Year
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Agility training
Laying in the sun
Go to Beach
Adorable dog so friendly and loving. Really enjoys interacting with people and learning new things. Great with children. So excited and happy to see people she knows.
5 years, 7 months ago
Teddy
7 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
fish pole
Running
sitting on couch
He is a well-behaved dog. He eats his poop when he wakes up sometimes. He constantly rings the bell to go outside and go to the bathroom.
5 years, 8 months ago
Bailey
1 Year
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing fetch
Playing in the snow
Bailey is super loyal, and laid back. She loves to snuggle, but also loves to play.
5 years, 8 months ago
Matilda
3 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Long time barker and my 3rd dog approx
5 years, 5 months ago
Callie
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My best decision I have ever made 💜 she is just the greatest dog and just so sweet
5 years, 4 months ago
Bailey
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Trick training
Cuddles
Agility training
Now I don’t know if it’s because they have spaniel in them but these dogs are off the wall sometimes, especially Bailey, he has bounds of energy and does need quite the walk. These dogs are always looking to please but do test the boundaries, however, I can’t say what yours might be like that as they will have different personalities. I have never met such an intelligent dog, Bailey out smarts my border collie as he is very much food motivated so will do most things for a treat, he learnt to roll over and play dead in just 15 minuets. Extremely loving and do love a good cuddle and lick on the sofa at night. Would recommend for a first time owner.
5 years, 3 months ago
ZSA ZSA
2 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Best dog ever. Could have 10 of them
4 years, 3 months ago
Cayenne
4 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Therapy Training
Dog Parks
Fetch
Coat under went a matting spell at 14 months, but she grew out of it. Potty training was quick, but housebreaking took a long time (nearly 2 years). I think it was the physical maturing not so much as mental. Cayenne is extremely affectionate to everyone all with a weird habit of over-kissing. Food motivation has enabled me to teach her a ton of tricks and obedience. Still loves to play at 4 yo and works as a therapy dog in hospitals.
4 years, 3 months ago
Cooper
11 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
oh boy, he is unique. he is VERY stubborn, and is a very picky eater. he will never stop begging for cheese either. we come in from a walk, grooming appt, or vet appt, etc he goes straight to the fridge and sits down. we all love him though, would never want any other breed.
4 years, 2 months ago
Buzz
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Travel companion
Fetch
going for walks
Playing with kids
Trick training
Buzz is a great puppy. He is so full of energy. He’s a quick learner and was potty trained in no time at all. By only a few months old he had learned how to sit, stay, shake, and lay down. He chews on everything and anything that he isn’t supposed to. He is incredible with our two young children, but would rather lay by your feet than next to you or on your lap. Overall a great dog that we love very much and would get another Cavapoo in a heartbeat.
4 years, 1 month ago
Oreo
2 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Barking conversations
Tug of war
Cuddling
He is a little busy body but I love every minute of it. He’s my emotional support baby and I’m so thankful I have this little ball of fur in my life.
3 years, 7 months ago
Molly
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hike
Tug-of-war
Catch treats
Molly is the best dog you could ask for! She is so sweet, and caring. She gets along great with our cat, in the first month she learned how to shake, sit, lay down, and speak. I highly reccomend this dog breed.
3 years, 7 months ago
Bella
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chase
Cuddling
Going on drives
Exploring the yard
We've had Bella almost 3 years now and and now we're pretty sure she thinks she's human. She goes almost everywhere with us and loves to meet new people. In the beginning, she was really easy to train and we've also been able to teach her numerous tricks fairly quickly. Though Cavapoos are prone to becoming overweight, this has never been a problem for us. She usually just tells us when she is hungry (by scratching at her bowl) and burns off the calories running around outside. The one thing that we've noticed the most, though, is how athletic she is. She can jump over four times her height. Being only 9 pounds doesn't stop her from getting up onto any piece of furniture in the house to sit next to us. There is just not enough of her to go around, and we are currently trying to find a breeder to adopt another Cavapoo.
3 years, 6 months ago
Leo
13 Years
5 People
House & Yard
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Leo has been a great family dog for my three children. He has a sweet disposition and always wants to be around the family. Leo never has shown any aggression toward people or other dogs. He never damaged anything in the house by scratching or chewing and he did not dig in the yard. He has been a perfect pet.
3 years, 6 months ago
Archie
4 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Cuddling
Running
swimming
Perfect dog. A little crazy but that’s probably because he’s a puppy. Never met a dog who loved to cuddle as much as he does! Wouldn’t trade him for the world.
3 years, 4 months ago
Rosey
14 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Very affectionate and happy
3 years, 4 months ago
Jazz
4 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Ball play
Jazz is a pretty dog who gets groomed professionally every 8 weeks. He hates anyone touching or brushing his tail so it can become matted. He's very friendly and enjoys meeting all animals and birds, he hasn't got a kill-instinct.
3 years, 1 month ago
Ace
11 Weeks
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Fetching ball
I love him Close.. teaching me patience
3 years ago
Fudge
2 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Frisbee
swimming
He loves to go in the paddling pool and we have to be wary when around the canal and river but understands he shouldn't go in. He is an off lead dog and so lovable its unreal!!
2 years, 8 months ago
Mosi
12 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Going on drives
It is the best breed, he is a very caring dog I will definetly get another cavapoo
2 years, 7 months ago
Billie
9 Months
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Light jogging
Fetch
Dog Parks
He is my buddy, my partner in crime and my companion. He came to me when I needed him most.
2 years, 6 months ago
Bug
5 Months
3 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Run
Learn a new trick
Tug-of-war
Nap
Play
Chase
Hide & Seek
Explore the city
Dog Parks
Very shy around people and dogs at first, but once he opens up, he is a storm of fur and kisses. He loves to leap into the air from joy and dance around our feet. Learned basic commands very quickly. Love our little Bug!
2 years, 6 months ago
Maisie
5 Months
1 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Maisie is such a loving, smart and wonderful companion. I've had other breeds but never a dog that is so connected to her human and who wants to please. She loves children and other dogs, and is already housebroken and knows many tricks. She is the most wonderful companion
2 years, 5 months ago
Lovely Cavapoo
15 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Playing in the snow
What’s bad about <a href="https://lovelycavapoo.com/">cavapoos</a> / Cavoodle More than most other breeds, Cavapoo / Cavoodle need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They are very dependent dogs – often too dependent. When they feel abandoned, they become anxious, which they express by chewing destructively and barking.
2 years, 4 months ago
Cayenne
5 Years
1 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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It took almost 2 years for her to become completely housebroken due to my inexperience. Food driven, it was easy to teach her basic commands and lost of tricks. She likes dogs but is highly affectionate with all humans. She hates being groomed and being crated (as an adult). She doesn't fight winter outfits because it means she is going for a walk. 13lb apricot with white markings from a breeder in Bluffton, IN. Best dog ever!
2 years, 4 months ago
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How often should I wash and brush a Cavapoo and have a cut every 10 weeks? Kind regards Valerie

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