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The Cavoodle has become more and more popular over the past decade.
This is because they are very ideal pets. They’re not only very cute but they’re also pretty easy to care for.
Here are some facts you may not know about the Cavoodle.
1) They are classified as mutts
Cavoodles are a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. Though this is a preferred parentage, in today’s age, there are already second-generation Cavoodle puppies. Second-generation simply means that the puppies may not have mixed parents, instead being bred between two Cavoodles! However, even these puppies are still considered crossbreeds, as it is in their heritage.
Being mutts, this means they have a greater gene pool to pick from. While this doesn’t mean they are immune to diseases, it means that they are less likely to be afflicted with disorders that would affect a purebred dog.
2) The Cavoodle is actually an American creation
Despite being the most popular puppy in Australia, the Cavoodle was actually first bred in the United States of America. Sometime in the 1950’s, breeders wanted to develop a hypoallergenic breed, and experimented by breeding different dogs with a Poodle. The result between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle became the Cavoodle we know and love today!
Since the Cavoodle conception, it has become Australia’s most popular dog; they’re small, they’re cute, and they make for the perfect hypoallergenic dog. This makes Cavoodles great for people who usually suffer allergies.
3) They don’t shed very much (if at all!)
A Cavoodle biggest selling point is their easy to maintain coat, which sheds very little or not at all. This is primarily due to their Poodle parentage, as Poodles are well known for being low shed dogs. Of course, the amount that your Cavoodle sheds depends on which gene is more prominent; King Charles Spaniels tend to shed a little more than poodles, so watch out for which coat your Cavoodle has.
Regardless of whether your Cavoodle takes after the Poodle or the Cavalier King Charles side of their parentage, it’s a good idea to keep them brushed and bathed. This minimizes dander and keeps their coat looking silky smooth!
4) A Cavoodle come in two main coat types
Cavoodles can take after either parent when it comes to their coat length. A shorter, curly coat means that the Cavoodle’s Poodle parentage is more dominant. Likewise, if your Cavoodle’s coat is longer and silkier, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is more dominant. Both coat types require similar levels of care, and the differences between them are more or less cosmetic (though Poodle coats will shed less than Cavalier coats)
Regardless of which coat your Cavoodle has, it is important to brush and bathe regularly. This will bring out the very best in whatever fur your Cavoodle has.
5) Their fur can be many different colours
Cavoodles come in a variety of colours, and among those colours, they come in several different patterns. Cavoodle colours range from chestnut, apricot, black, white, and occasionally rust or ruby coloured. Solid coloured Cavoodles are common, but it is just as common to see a bi-coloured or a tri-coloured Cavoodle as well!
It is not too uncommon to see Cavoodles with a mix of colours. Bi-coloured Cavoodles have two colors (such as tan and black), and tri-coloured Cavoodles rock three separate colours (the most notable of which is red, black, and white). With so much variety, it’s hard to choose a favourite!
6) The Cavoodle can come in two main sizes
The size of a Cavoodle puppy can be classed into two main categories, depending on what breed of Poodle they come from. Toy Poodles result in Cavoodles that stand 28 – 35cm when fully grown, while Miniature Poodles breed Cavoodles that stand slightly higher (33 – 45cm). This height difference isn’t super significant (between 10 and 20cm), but it helps when classing your Cavoodle.
Because of their small stature, Cavoodles are generally considered small dogs. They don’t grow very big, and their small stature means they make great pets in any home environment. Additionally, their size makes it easier to cuddle with at night!
7) They are incredibly smart
A Cavoodle’s intelligence can be greatly attributed to their Poodle parents. Poodles are considered the second most intelligent dog breed in the world, so it only makes sense that Cavoodles would take after them. Because of their intelligence, Cavoodles can be trained very easily for a variety of tasks, and they are constantly on the hunt for new challenges.
The Cavoodle’s need to be constantly stimulated can be difficult for first time owners; the best thing to do is to focus on toys and training that allows your Cavoodle to work their mental muscles. A Cavoodle can learn many different tricks, ranging from very simple to even complex tasks such as opening doors and fetching the paper. However, you do need patience, as even this smart breed takes time to learn new things.
8) A Cavoodle makes for a perfect family dog
Cavoodles are family dogs through and through, often becoming very protective over their family. They will bond very strongly with their family unit, which makes them ideal for small family groups. Cavoodles are also fantastic with small children, as they aren’t large enough to hurt them during play. Socializing your Cavoodle from puppyhood will also make them more tolerant of other pets both within the family pack and outside of it.
Cavoodles crave affection and validation from their family; they aim to please, and work hard to ensure that their owner is happy. This need to please is also why Cavoodles are so nice to train. They have a learning drive that is powered by their enthusiasm to do right by their owners.
While Cavoodles have had a much shorter history than other dogs, they still make one of the best pets to own.