Also known as Cavapoos and Cavadoodles, Cavoodle puppies are the result of mixing the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle. They are small dogs that can live to be anywhere from 10 to 14 years old when properly cared for. On average, they are around 30 centimetres in height and 10 kilograms in weight.
Generally, the Cavoodle has a round face, large eyes, a medium-length muzzle, and floppy ears. Its coat is soft and thick and can either be straight or wavy. Coat colours include black, cream, brown, gold, tan, red, and many shades in between.
The exact origin of the Cavoodle is very much contested. According to American breeders, this hybrid was first bred in the United States in the 1950s. However, Aussies argue that the first ever recorded Cavoodle litter was born in Australia. What is certain, though, is that the aim of the crossbreeding was to create a dog that sheds very little and is hypoallergenic. Today, the Cavoodle is one of the most popular breeds in Australia.
But what is it about this crossbreed that makes it a sought-after dog? Below are five reasons why many people can’t get enough of the Cavoodle.
#1 It is good-natured
The Cavoodle is affectionate, lively, and loving, making it an excellent companion for first-time dog owners, single people, families, and the elderly. It enjoys being a part of a household and loves being around people. It gets along well with children and other pets, and is friendly with almost everyone it meets. It likes to be included in its human’s day-to-day activities, whether a walk in the park or a nap on the couch.
#2 It makes a wonderful watchdog
With the genes of a hunting dog, the Cavoodle is vigilant and aware of its surroundings. It can be quite vocal, barking at strangers who come to your home. But do not worry – this adorable crossbreed is not aggressive and can quickly tell if a stranger is not a threat to you or your family.
#3 It adjusts easily to many environments
The Cavoodle is very adaptable, making it suitable for just about any living situation. It will do well in both a tiny apartment or large house with a backyard, whether in the city or suburb. Because of its small size, it does not need a lot of space to move around. However, it does need to receive adequate exercise daily.
While the Cavoodle is able to adjust to new conditions, it does not do well living alone, especially in a doghouse or the backyard. This is because this crossbreed is social and thrives on attention. Being alone for long periods can make it unhappy. The good thing is, the Cavoodle is intelligent and can easily be trained to be okay without having its pet parent or family around for several hours.
#4 It has moderate exercise requirements
For a high-energy dog like the Cavoodle, one walk a day, or at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, is enough to keep it mentally and physically stimulated. Pet owners can divide the 30 minutes into two or three walks a day, depending on what works for both them and their dog. The Cavoodle enjoys just about any activity, whether running or playing fetch, as long as it gets to be active with its human.
#5 It sheds a very small amount
Poodles don’t shed but Cavaliers do, so you can expect the Cavoodle to shed very little, if at all. This crossbreed is also hypoallergenic, making it an ideal pet for those who love dogs but suffer from allergies.
But while the Cavoodle is low-shedding, its hair still needs some care to keep it looking its best. Luckily, this dog’s grooming requirements are moderate, so trips to a professional groomer are only limited to clips once every six weeks. You can even learn to groom them yourself. Brushing can be done once a week at home.