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A cross between the delightful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the intelligent, non-shedding miniature Poodle, Cavoodles are one of Australia’s most popular breeds. And rightly so.
Cavoodles tick a lot of boxes for people who want the benefits of a doggy companion, but are unable to commit the time and energy required to stay on top of other popular breeds. They are family-friendly dogs that are unlikely to end up in the too-hard basket.
Cavoodles are low-shedding and their appearance is cuteness personified - huge eyes, big ears and a round face. They grow to around 30 centimetres high and come in a range of colours: black, white, gold, Blenheim (chestnut and white), and tricolour (black, white, and gold).
Their lifespan is 10 to 14 years on average.
Though low maintenance by dog standards, Cavoodles aren’t entirely without work.
Typically friendly, kind and fun, Cavoodles are smart dogs that love to hang out with you. They’ll romp around with you outside, but be equally happy relaxing in front of the TV. They are likely to be great with everyone, young or old.
One of the most challenging things about Cavoodles is their desire to be with you constantly – although in reality this “problem” is a matter of perspective.
As a cross-breed, there is no guarantee exactly what attributes your Cavoodle will inherit from each parent. This fact is important to bear in mind if you are seeking a hypoallergenic dog as Cavoodles can have poodle or cavalier coats.
Regular short walks of less than 30 minutes are good and will bring welcome mental stimulation. Physically however, hanging out with the family will go a reasonable way towards meeting Cavoodles’ exercise requirements.
Like all dogs, they may become destructive if their needs aren’t met.
As they form such a strong attachment to their owners, experts advise addressing separation issues early with firm, gentle training. Friendly Cavoodles don’t respond to heavy-handed training methods.
They can live quite happily in an apartment.
Your Cavoodle’s coat will need regular attention. This could be regular brushing or frequent clipping by a dog groomer if you want to keep the coat short to reduce the brushing required.
Cavoodles are physically robust but there is potential risk of ailments associated with the Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeds. These are: progressive retinal atrophy, congenital heart problems and slipping kneecaps.
The risk of these problems is lessened by the fact Cavoodles are a cross-breed. However, be sure to check the parentage of your puppy to minimise the risk of health issues in its genes.
Cavoodles’ ears need a good dry after a wash as they can be prone to infection.
Feed twice a day for the first year, then once a day thereafter.