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.
A wellness plan can be a great way of keeping on top of routine vet appointments, with boosters and annual shots included. You can add a series of extra services to your plan, too — including grooming. Build your perfect wellness plan here, with Wag!
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 LuxationPatellar 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 DiseaseMitral 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 dysplasiaHip 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.
Any dog can fall ill or suffer a medical condition, and Cavapoos are no different. The best way of looking after your Cavapoo is to have a comprehensive pet insurance policy in place. Compare best plans in seconds using our online search tool and make sure your pup is covered.
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.