Black Mini Cavapoo Puppies Breeders
Cavapoos have become increasingly popular in the U.S. over the past few decades, and they adapt well to most settings. The playful, easygoing personalities of these dogs make them a great fit for most families with children.
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GROUP: Not recognized by the AKC
HEIGHT: 11 to 14 inches (males); 9 to 11 inches (females)
WEIGHT: 10 to 20 pounds (males); 9 to 15 pounds (females)
COAT: Medium length, wavy or curly coat
COAT COLOR: Cream, fawn, chocolate, gold, chestnut, tri-color; Can be solid or have white markings
LIFE SPAN: 12 to 15 years
TEMPERAMENT: Friendly, affectionate, gentle, playful, loyal, even-tempered
Characteristics of the Cavapoo
Cavapoos are a great fit for a variety of lifestyles. They prefer being in the company of their owners rather than in a kennel, so prepare for them to be filled with excitement when you come home from being out. It's best to adopt this breed if you're planning to spend plenty of time with them. Cavapoos are especially affectionate with their families and tend to have a quiet, calm temperament when they're not exercising. They can also be quite energetic thanks to their playful personalities.
Affection Level High
Exercise Needs Medium
Energy Level Medium
Tendency to Bark Low
Amount of Shedding Low
History of the Cavapoo
Poodle mixes, including the cavapoo, have become increasingly popular in the United States in recent decades. These mixes blend the personality traits of one breed—in this case, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's good-naturedness—with the low shedding and hypoallergenic traits of poodles. Although the sudden popularity of cavapoos may make them seem to be a newer breed, it is believed that they were first bred in the 1950s in Australia.
Like other designer dogs, cavapoos require a bit more grooming than some popular short-haired breeds because of their curly coats. However, the cavapoo is also highly trainable, eager to please, and it only requires a medium amount of exercise to stay happy and healthy.
Despite the cavapoo's high energy, this breed actually has moderate exercise requirements, only needing daily walks. This, combined with their small stature, makes them suitable for apartments and urban life. They certainly have the energy to keep up with children, but as with all pets, make sure that your children have adult supervision when playing with your cavapoo. Keep in mind that these dogs are on the smaller side, so there is a higher risk of injury with a playful child that gets a little carried away with their roughhousing.
Cavapoos have soft, medium-length fur that can range from wavy to curly and requires regular grooming. They are known for shedding very little, making them an ideal breed for those with allergies to pet dander. Their lack of shedding doesn't mean they don't need routine brushing, however. If your cavapoo isn't brushed at least once to twice a week, its wavy curls may start to mat. Aside from being uncomfortable and sometimes even painful, mats can make the skin underneath prone to infections. Some owners may opt to have their dog's fur cut short into a 'puppy cut' to help prevent matting.
In addition to brushing, your cavapoo should get his or her nails trimmed routinely to prevent them from snagging or breaking. They also need their ears cleaned to prevent infection, and it's important to clean or trim the fur inside the ears.
As a smaller breed, cavapoos are prone to dental disease. Brushing your cavapoo's teeth daily, or as often as you can manage, with dog-friendly toothpaste can help keep its teeth clean and healthy. Dental disease is not merely a cosmetic issue. Gingival tissue is vascular, and it is the number one area where bacteria can enter the bloodstream. This can lead to painful tooth abscesses, but it can also cause a heart condition known as endocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle). Proper dental hygiene is especially important for breeds that are susceptible to dental problems.
Cavapoos are intelligent, highly trainable, and eager to please their owners. This breed can easily be trained (starting as early as 12 weeks of age) in basic obedience with positive reinforcement-based training. Marking the desired behavior with a treat or praise can help reinforce good behavior.
Because they are so closely bonded to their owners, cavapoos are also prone to suffering from separation anxiety. If you have to leave the house often, it's best to seek a trainer with behavioral experience—avoid those that use 'aversives' or 'corrections,' as these methods might further stress an anxious pet. Work with a certified trainer who has positive feedback from other dog owners.