Cavapoo Dog Breed Information, Facts & Reputable UK Breeders

The Cavapoo is one of the most popular hybrid dogs and is bred from a miniature or toy poodle with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Below Dogsbarn looks at the characteristics of this playful, affectionate little dog, why it has become so popular and if this is the right breed for you?


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Cavadoodle Or Cavoodle?

The Cavapoo, Cavadoodle or Cavoodle as it is known in Australia is one of the oldest hybrid or so-called "designer dogs." However, unlike so many of the crossbreeds we are familiar with today, they weren't bred for appearance, although they could have been because they're mega cute!

As well as producing a fun-loving, loyal, affectionate companion, crossbreeding with the poodle which is a hypoallergenic non-shedding breed made it suitable for people suffering from allergies, along with people who love dogs but dislike the hairs and distinctive doggy smell they bring to the party.

The potential benefits of hybrid vigour (which are hotly disputed) mean Cavapoos rarely suffer from the inherent health problems of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Poodle.

"The highest level of hybrid vigor is obtained from F1's,

the first cross of unrelated populations."

From a United States Department of Agriculture, University of Arkansas, and County 

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The result was a small, friendly placid dog with lower energy levels than the Cockapoo and some of the other Poodle mixes. The perfect dog for everyone, from families to older people and first-time owners. Calm, affectionate and loyal.

The 1980s saw an increase in the popularity of hybrid dogs and the Cavapoo became much sought after in the UK and Australia. as did many of the other Poodle mixes. Loyal, easy to train and loving these playful little characters are the perfect addition to any family. They are not recognised by the Kennel Club at the moment, but that doesn't detract from their popularity and many breeders are watching with interest to see if this will change in the coming years. After all most established breeds are, like the Cavapoo, hybrids.

​As when choosing any crossbreed dog, the traits and characteristics puppies inherit from their parents vary, so to truly understand the Cavapoo we must look at both parent breeds.

What is a Cavapoo?

The Poodle

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Result

Here are Some of the Things You Need to Know 

Cavapoo V Cockapoo

Cavapoo Puppies For Sale

Are Cavapoos Easy to Train

Need Much Grooming

Need Much Exercise



Temperament - Cavapoo Good With Kids

Male V Female

Cavapoo Cost?

Ar These Dogs the Right Breed for You?


  • Intelligent
  • Easy to train
  • Extremely loving
  • Needs little exercise
  • Adaptable
  • Great with children
  • Coat needs regular attention
  • Doesn't like to be left alone
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Relatively Healthy


How Far Can They Walk?

What is Mini or Toy?

How Big Do They Get?

Do Cavoodles Bark?

Hard or Easy To Groom?

Where Do I Buy?

Easy to Train?

Travelling / Long Journeys?


What are the Best Options Regarding a Suitable Mate for Breeding?

Any Possible Problems with Mating with Another?

How to be Sure You Buy Correctly?

How to Take Care of Puppies After Buying?

Fitting of a Collar?

Do You Allow on the Sofa?

Why Does Mine Smell?

How Realistic is it to Groom at Home? Is Better to Take to Groomers?

Can a They Live in a Kennel?

Can I feed a Raw Diet?

 Behaviour Problems?

Why is My Adult Overweight?

Fussy Eaters?

Best Grooming Styles?


If you are looking for a small, placid family dog that adapts well to your lifestyle and will wake up every morning with a smile and wagging tail a these dogs are a perfect choice. They don't need much exercise but do need lots of attention so are not suitable for people who are out at work all day.

Great with children and other pets they are easy to train and relatively healthy with a long lifespan of up to 16 years. They are real characters and need mental stimulation to prevent boredom. These highly social little dogs are keen to please and are a great dog for first-time owners.

Low or non-shedding, they are perfect for people who suffer from allergies. Though anyone suffering, should spend time with the breed before purchasing, just to make sure.

What's not to love? A Cavapoo really is the perfect family pet.