Do Cavapoos Change Color?

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Most photos of Cavapoos show them as a ruby red color with white markings on the chest and feet.

This is the image that future owner’s fall in love with.

Because of this, owners have the expectation that the ruby red puppy they buy will always be this color.

Color is one of the aspects to consider when choosing your puppy and for some owners it is a big deal as they have their hearts set on buying a puppy of a specific color.

There is nothing wrong with that as Cavapoos come in an array of colors to choose from.

But do Cavapoos change color?

Yes, a large number of Cavapoos do change color much to the surprise of their owners. The coat becomes lighter as the puppy gets older and they can end up looking like a completely different dog.

But why does this happen?

Read on to find out why.

Why do Cavapoos change color?

As they get older, most Cavapoo coats change color and some can change quite dramatically.

This is due to the fading gene passed down from the Poodle.

A Cavapoo inherits both its appearance and temperament from its parents the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle.

Poodles are unique in that they can be born as one color and change as they age. As an example, a chocolate puppy might mature into a silver beige adult.

Black poodles’ coats can lighten to seem silver or blue, whereas dark brown poodles can change to a lighter caramel color, and so on.

This is a hereditary condition (caused by the Poodle fading gene) that your Cavapoo may inherit.

Do All Poodles Fade?

The vast majority of Poodles will experience fading, as every color in the Poodle spectrum, with the exception of ink Black, is vulnerable to it.

White dogs don’t seem to fade since there is no color lighter than white.

If they have patches of cream or apricot then these areas could fade and even vanish by the time the dog is 2 years of age.

Do All Cavapoo Coat Colors Fade?

As Cavapoos inherit some of their genes from the Poodle side of their parentage, they are also susceptible to fading and most Cavapoos do change color to some degree.

There will be some that stay the same color they were born with but by far the majority of Cavapoos don’t.

How Much Lighter Can A Cavapoo Coat Become?

A lot depends on what color your puppy started out with and what genes it inherited.

If your puppy started off with quite a light color then it will lighten even more and could end up being very light beige or white.

Very dark puppies generally only lighten a little or in some cases remain the same color.

This is the main reason why most new owners want a ruby red pup as this color has the greatest chance of not changing.

Breeders know that they are in greater demand and sometimes charge more for a puppy of this color.

What Age Does Cavapoo Coat Change?

You will start to see their coat become lighter when your cavapoo is around 6 months old.

This process isn’t instantaneous, it will take time for their final color to settle.

Expect to see the final color anywhere between two and three years old.

Can A Cavapoo Coat Become Darker?

No, cavapoos do not get darker.

Their coat may stay the same but the only other option is for them to get lighter.

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Does Cavapoo Coat Color Impact Health And Behavior?

There is no scientific proof to support the claims made by some that a particular Cavapoo color is preferable because it affects a dog’s behavior.

The color of your dog doesn’t affect their temperament or behavior. Dogs all have distinctive personalities of their own.

The only exception is the merle coat.

The merle gene can cause blindness and deafness so if you want to buy a merle colored puppy then it is extremely important that you only buy from a reputable breeder that has done the necessary health and genetic testing to avoid these health risks.

A merle Cavapoo should never be bred to a merle poodle or Cavapoo.

What To Keep In Mind When Choosing The Color Of Your Cavapoo Puppy.

If you are set on a particular color then choose a puppy that is slightly darker than the color you actually want.

Hopefully the puppy will only lighten a little bit and end up being the color you actually desire.

In the end remember that color is not everything and you will enjoy and love your puppy no matter what it looks like.

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Will my apricot cavapoo turn white?

It might not turn totally white but it can fade into a lighter beige color.

How do I know if my cavapoo will fade?

There is no way of knowing until the coat starts to fade at around 6 months of age.

Do black cavapoos change color?

If they have inherited the fading gene from the poodle parent then yes, they can fade to a silver or blue color.

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Irma Bense is an experienced dog owner with over 43 years of experience with dog showing, dog breeding, dog training and general dog ownership. Her love for spaniels also includes the Cavapoo, a wonderful mix breed between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Presently she is the proud parent of two Cocker Spaniels, Charli and Bailey and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Tucker.

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  1. I want a Cavapoo about 12 months old. I live in Retirement Community apartment. Yes, small dogs are allowed.

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