People DIY groom their Cavapoos all the time. With a quality electric dog clippers it is a skill that can be learned relatively easily.
- Brush (knots)
- Wash with Cavapoo coat friendly shampoo
- Clip (chest, legs, head, paws, hygiene)
- Ears (cleaning to prevent smell)
- Eyes (clearing eye boogers)
Once you have your flow down it does not take long and most Cavapoos will tolerate it. If not? The professional groomer is only a phone call away.
Some people describe Cavapoos as a classic Velcro dog. What does this mean?
Just like velcro expect a Cavapoo to stick closely to you. They rely heavily on their human family for entertainment, reassurance and social interaction.
Adopting a Cavapoo means an active constant presence in your life. These are not “set and forget” dogs. They can develop separation anxiety very easily. They are typically indoor dogs that do not thrive outside alone.
People often wonder if you can get an all-black Goldendoodle or Labradoodle.
- For a Goldendoodle – all black is fairly rare
- All black Labradoodles are more commonly seen
- You can often see a black Cavapoo (or bicolour black and chocolate)
If you adopt or rescue a Cavapoo puppy – expect a partner for a long time! The lifespan depends on the size of Cavapoo (and some luck in the health department) but you would expect 10-15 years lifespan from your dog.
Be prepared for the long haul!
Does anything be a the tongues out smile of an active and happy Cavapoo? Tan Cavapoo dogs are a light brown in color. The curlier the coat (like above) the less likely you are to see shedding.
If your curly Cavapoo loves to play outside you need to be careful to avoid knots or matts in the coat. The best way to manage this is to regularly brush the coat. A simple slicker brush is perfect for Cavapoo coats of any type.
As someone emailed me at my hello@OodleLife address in the other day “Not every Cavapoo loves swimming…” and told me how much their puppy hates water and freaks out when the kids go into the pool (they are working on this).
But many do! Slow and gentle introduction to the beach, pool, or lake can see a happy Cavapoo swimming up a storm.
The generation of Cavapoo has a big influence on the coat type and shedding level of a Cavapoo.
A F1 Cavapoo you would expect to have a chance of shedding. They can be perfectly non-shedding – but it is a higher chance of having some coat hair drop.
A wavy coat F1b Cavapoo (like the photo) has one of the best chances of being hypoallergenic or non-shedding. They are 75% Poodle genetics (but still look like a teddybear Cavapoo!)
People often think that smaller dogs don’t enjoy the outdoors – particular the cold or snowy conditions. Cavapoo dogs are brimming with energy and life and enjoy playing outdoors. You do need to take precautions (as with any sized dog) when the weather is freezing or snowy.
But in general expect a fun loving Cavapoo to embrace an active lifestyle! (with plenty of time for puppy naps and cuddles too)
Apricot and bicolor red and white Cavapoos are amongst the most popular. All coat colors are beautiful of course but the demands for red and apricot Cavapoos is unmatched.
The non-shedding coat types are wavy or curly. You can look at a Cavapoos coat and see if they have these types by looking for curls (obvious) or curly furnishings (facial hair).
Straight coat Cavapoo dogs will shed and have a coat that most closely resembles that of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Whether you describe them as Parti Cavapoo or Bicolor Cavapoo – it really just means a few colors in the coat. Moreso than most Cockapoo or Labradoodle dogs the Cavapoo has splint two or three color coats.
Cavapoo breeders and mega fans have opinions about how to describe these dogs – but at the end of the
There is a coat type that is clearly not white – but too light for tan or golden. This is typically a cream color. Don’t confuse with cafe au lait (tan) coats which are lighter.
Cream coats are no more or less soft than any of the other colors. The generation and extent of how curly they are will effect the softness.
White Cavapoo dogs will rarely keep their true white – expect some coat darkening color change. All adds to the character and joy of the Cavapoo parent experience.
Bicolor Cavapoo dogs have two different coat shades in the one package. You often see black and white Cavapoo dogs – or red and golden Cavapoo coats with a white patch on the chest or nose. The differentiation is reasonably clear with limited blending.
Bicolor (and tricolour Cavapoos) are super cute!
Cavapoo and Goldendoodle dogs are similar in that as much as they can be hyper or very energetic – most enjoy a sleep just as much. Expect lots of cuddling and nap time with any Cavapoo or Goldendoodle.
Cavapoos are small and really nest into a soft dog bed. You don’t need anything crazy – the Cavapoo photo above is simple no nonsense dog bed that meets the mark. You don’t need anything crazy.
Cavapoos and Goldendoodles are both extremely popular family dogs. They differ greatly in size with the vast majority of Goldendoodles being much larger than a Cavapoo. There are Toy and Teacup Goldendoodles that may be similar in size – but in general expect a noticeable difference.
Although Cavapoos do need exercise and their walking endurance may surprise you – the average Goldendoodle will have a much higher exercise requirements.
But in terms of loving the outdoors, as you can see in many of the Cavapoo photos – they enjoy nature, grass, and even some mild hikes.
When comparing the Havapoo and Cavapoo the size won’t be the biggest difference. Temperament and the skeletal shape are going to be the most noticeable differences.
The Cavapoo is a far more popular Poodle Mix breed. This means both a higher availability but also variation in the cost you would expect to pay to adopt or rescue.
Cavapoo puppies are easily trainable and are very treat oriented. They respond very well to positive reinforcement training. This is essentially rewarding or bribing desirable behavior using treats and other food as motivation.