About Cavapoos

Cavapoos are a hybrid of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a poodle. Cavapoo breeders determine size predominately by the Poodle, however, most tend to be under 25lbs. Cavapoo puppies for sale can also be mini cavapoos aka miniature cavapoos.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small spaniels in the toy group in the American Kennel Club. This breed originated in the United Kingdom. They have a shared history with the King Charles Spaniel (also knows as the English Toy Spaniel). Breeders attempted to recreate the original configuration, a dog that resembles Charles II’s King Charles Spaniel of the Restoration (after King Charles returned from exile.)
Historically, the dog is a lap dog, but was used for hunting in the 18th century and was notated that  they could keep up with the horses on a hunt.
Cavapoo sizes
As mentioned above, the size is determined by the poodle that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was bred. The CKCS stands 13 inches high, while poodles can vary. In the U.S., the American Kennel Club recognizes three poodle sizes: Standard Poodles, Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles.  However, in European kennel clubs, outside of the U.S., the “moyen” or “klien” poodle is a size. Moyen means “medium.” These dogs are larger than a miniature and smaller than a standard.
AKC standards for poodles can be found here
Cavapoo Breed & Trait Characteristics
Affectionate with Family       5 Lovey Dovey
Good with Children               5 Good with Children
Good with other Dogs           5 Good with Other Dogs
Shedding Level                     2 Low shedder
Coat Grooming Frequency    2 Needs to be brushed a few times per month
Drooling Level                       2 Less likely to drrol
Coat Type                              Wavy and Silky
Openness to Strangers          4 Almost everyone is their best friend
Playfulness Level                   3  Likes to play but likes to nap
Watchdog/Protective Nature  3 Will react to a potential threat
Adaptability Level                  3
Trainability Level                   4 Eager to please
Energy Level                         3
Barking Level                        3
Mental Stimulation Needs     3
Poodle Breed & Trait Characteristics
Poodles are highly intelligent and social dogs. According to the AKC Breed Traits and Characteristics
Affectionate with family        5 Lovey Dovey
Good with youg children       5 Good with chldren
Good with other dogs           3 Average
Shedding level                     1 No shedding
Coat Grooming Frequency  4 Several times per week
Drooling Level                      1 Less likely to drool
Coat Type                             Curly
Coat Length                          Long
Openness to Strangers        5 Everyone is my best friend
Playfulness                          5 Non-Stop
Watchdog/Protective Nature 5 Vigilant
Adaptability Level               4 Very Adaptable
Trainability Level                 5 Eager to please
Energy Level                       4 Energetic
Barking Level                       4 Vocal
Mental Stimulation Needs    5 Needs a Job or activity
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Cavapoo Colors
Poodles come in their own range of colors and coat patterns. AKC recognized colors include Black, Blue, Gray , Silver, Cream, Silver Beige, Red,  Apricot, Brown, Café Au Lait and White.
The AKC recognizes these colors in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels: Black & Tan, Black & White, Blenheim (Red & White) and Ruby.
Coat Patterns
In the AKC show ring, conformation dogs are solid in color. However, there are all kinds of great coat patterns that can occur.
Parti Poodles
Parti coats can have any poodle color and the other 50% is white. If it is less than 50% it is called an abstract.
Tuxedo   These coats are controlled by the same genes as a Parti poodle but has less white. Tuxedos usually have white chest, bellies and often white socks. Sometimes it will look like their tails is dipped in white paint.
Ticking  Flecks of color all over the dog is ticking. The ticking will appear to have tiny white holes in the dogs base color.
Phantom Phantom is a recessive gene, both parents need to carry the gene for it to be expressed in a pup. It is a combination of Black and Tan or Brown and Tan. The “tan” portion can vary in color to a pale cream, warm brown,  or a reddish brown.
Brindle  Brindle coats are striped. The size and intensity can vary.
Sable comes in a variety of colors. A sable coat will have black tipped ends to each strand of hair.
Abstract This can be any color of coat with a splash of white. Often times it appears as a chest blaze or “socks” on the feet.
Merle The patterning is a beautiful, mottled coat which can be accompanied by blue or odd colored eyes. If both parents carry the Merle gene, the pup could be deaf, blind or have ocular defects.
Roaning This is a pattern that will produce heavily mottled white areas. This is to be confused with ticking, ticking is spots of color on white.
Some of these coat pattens can occur together. Such as a Brindle Parti or a Sable Parti.
Cavapoo Health and Cavapoo Lifespan
Most cavapoos will live a long and healthy life. Standard poodles, miniature poodles and toy poodles, have life spans ranging from 10-18 years of life. It is important that your breeder tests for hereditary genetic conditions. Some frequent cavapoo health issues are:
* Hip Dysplasia
* Eye Disorders
* Idiopathic epilepsy
* Sebaceous adenitis (Standard)
* von Willebrand’s Disease
* Legg-Calve-Perthes  (Toy & Miniatures)
* Luxating Patellas  (Toy & Miniatures)
* Gastric dilation with volvulus (bloat)
* Mitral valve heart disease
* Middle ear infections
* syringomyelia
Cavapoo Exercise
Cavapoo are active dogs who need daily exercise. Whether that is going for a walk or a marathon session of catch in your backyard, the need a venue to unleash that energy in a positively. They also love to swim, since they were bred to hunt waterfowl.
Cavapoos Training
Poodles are highly intelligent and eager to please. This make training a poodle a bit easier than other breeds. They enjoy canine sports such as agility training, obedience or tracking and dock diving.
Cavapoo Potty Training
Cavapoo puppies are easy to potty train.  Puppies at Show Me Doodles will arrive Potty Pad & Crate Conditioned. We use both washable and disposable potty pads. By 8 weeks and 4 days, when they are ready to come home, they will be using potty pads only. We confine the pups in a puppy play pen. We will open the pen and let them walk to the door to go outside and potty (only after their 1st vaccination and only in our backyards.) They can then come inside and play. Potty pads are available to them in designated areas, however, by this time they really only need the pad that is in their pen for overnight.