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Cavoodles have an average life expectancy of 11 to 15 years.
This is similar to its ancestor, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, which live between 12 and 15 years. However, the Poodle, which comprises the other half of their genetic pool, can live up to 18 years.
Get your dog from a reputable breeder. This is the most basic step in making sure you enjoy the best things about Cavoodles for a very long time. Breeders that take their pedigree seriously are those that ensure healthy litters. They also breed out genetic imperfections to continue improving their designer line.
Of course, if you’re adopting, that no longer an option. However, you can still follow the general guidelines for keeping Cavoodles healthy. Doing so would give your dog a chance to live for as long as possible.
Feed your Cavoodle proper food
Whether you decide to feed your dog kibble or fresh food is completely up to you. Just make sure that your pup gets the right amount of nutrients per day. Make sure that whatever you’re feeding them has a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
Stay away from cheap dog food that contains a lot of fillers. Buying those will be more expensive in the long run. With cheap food, you’ll have to feed your dog larger quantities to keep them at the right weight. Even then, your dog still might be deprived of essential nutrients.
Pay attention to your Cavoodle’s weight
The optimum weight for Cavoodles varies. It really depends on whether the pup comes from a Toy Poodle or a Miniature Poodle. In general, those from a Toy Poodle line can weigh as little as 5 kilos. Those from a Miniature Poodle line can weigh as much as 10 kilos.
Ask your vet about developmental milestones for your pup, don’t worry if your dog falls short of your vet’s weight guidelines. Most of the time weight issues can be addressed by simple adjustments in feeding.
Keep your Cavoodle’s hygiene in check
Keeping your dog’s hygiene in top condition is more than keeping its coat clean and groomed. You need to pay special attention to their teeth and ears as well.
Brush your pup’s teeth regularly. Dogs their size are prone to dental diseases. Furthermore, carefully dry their ears after every bath. This is important because dogs with floppy ears like there are prone to ear infections.
Cavoodles can be very energetic. However, it really doesn’t take much to make sure they get their daily exercise requirements. A short daily walk would be enough to encourage muscle development and good heart health. Furthermore, it helps keep their energy levels stable.
Have your Cavoodle checked regularly
No matter how well you take care of your precious pup, it’s still important to get regular vet check-ups. Vets are able to make thorough examinations and know what signs to look out for.
By taking your dog to the vet often, you can get validation about the care you provide. You’ll also be able to catch symptoms before illnesses are able to advance.
Keeping Cavoodles healthy doesn’t take much more than genuine care.