What is a Cavapoo?

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What is a Cavapoo

A Cavapoo is a popular cross breed or designer dog and is the result of breeding a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to either a Toy Poodle or a Miniature Poodle.

It is also known as the Cavadoodle or Cavoodle but what is a Cavapoo?


You are probably wondering why the two puppies on the right hand side look so different?

The reason is because the puppy at the bottom inherited more traits from the Cavalier whereas the puppy on the top inherited more traits from the Poodle.

Puppies in the same litter can look totally different from each other.

If the puppy looks more like the Poodle then it should be more suitable for hypoallergenic owners and be less likely to shed.

Likewise, if the puppy looks more like the Cavalier then it will probably shed and not be suitable for someone who is hypoallergenic.

Puppies from this initial mating are called F1.


The Cavapoo puppy can reach any size from small to medium.

Height – 9 to 14 inches and sometimes more

Weight – 7 to 26 lbs

There coats can also vary from very curly to almost straight and flowing.

Generally they have more of a compact head with long floppy ears. The muzzle is long and ends with a cute button nose.

The body shape is small but well proportioned.

The eye color is typically brown.

There coats can come in a wide range of colors – red, red and white, cream, black, apricot, tri-color (black, white and tan), sable, black and white.

Poodle Mix Breed


During the 1950’s, breeders in America were looking to develop a cross breed that was low to non-shedding and had few health problems.

They were also looking for a friendly dog that would make great companions.

They decided that they would cross the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel known for it’s friendliness with the Poodle known for it’s non-shedding coat.

The result is the Cavapoo that we know today.

This cross breed has become much more popular recently due to people not wanting dogs that shed.

Cavapoo’s are also referred to as designer dogs or hybrids. Hybrids are the result of the deliberate breeding of two different purebred dog breeds.

The term ‘designer dog’ was coined by the media when they discovered that a lot of celebrities were fond of hybrid dogs.

This also made hybrid dogs very popular.

Every hybrid dog variety has been named with a combination of there original breeds eg Labradoodle (Labrador and Poodle)

black and tan Cavapoo

Some people regard hybrids as mutts but this is not correct.

A hybrid has two purebred parents which have deliberately been bred together whereas the mutt can be made up of multiple breeds and is usually the result of an accidental mating.

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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. Presently she is the proud parent of two Cocker Spaniels, Charli and Bailey and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Tucker.