The Cavoodle is a hybrid of two complementary breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Toy Poodle.
Cavoodles were deliberately bred as a small family companion dog in the 1990’s and have since become Australia’s most popular small breed designer dog. It is an adorable cross-breed dog that doesn’t require much space and thrives on human companionship. If you’re looking for an intelligent and kid-friendly dog with a long lifespan and few health issues, the Cavoodle could be right for you and your family. Always eager to please, they love company, including children and other household pets.
The baby-faced Cavoodle is incredibly cute and puppy-like in appearance, even as they age. They can come in a wide rainbow of colours, from cream to black, brown, tan and all shades between. Their coat colouring will depend on the coat colour of each parent dog.
Adult Cavoodles are small dogs, and generally grow to 30 to 35 cm tall and weigh between 5kg to 12kg.
Cavoodle personality, characteristics and temperament
The Cavoodle inherits a love for people from the laid-back Cavalier, which was bred to be a companion dog. Cavoodles have inherited the Toy Poodle’s intelligence and sense of loyalty. The combination makes the gentle Cavoodle great with kids and fit for small living quarters.
Born with long, soft, floppy ears, large brows and a compact, round face, many Cavoodles will remain cute and puppy-like, even as adults.
Health and care of Cavoodles
Thanks to the benefits of crossbreeding, the Cavoodle is blessed with a more diverse genetic makeup than purebreds, making them less susceptible to the issues that may afflict their parent breeds. This genetic diversity adds up to an average lifespan of 10–14 years.
Cavoodles do well in apartments and small homes with small yards. Make sure to give your Cavoodle plenty of attention and daily exercise. While they don’t require much exercise, they will still benefit from regular walks and runs.
The Cavoodle is not generally as hyperactive as some other breeds, but still adores human companionship. In all, this is an intelligent dog, suitable for all age groups and most lifestyles.