The Cavapoo is a crossbreed. Opening your heart and home to a crossbreed is like opening a beautifully wrapped package on your birthday: you never know what’s going to be inside.
It’s often assumed that a crossbreed will combine the best of two or more breeds, but genetics doesn’t always work that way. The way genes combine and express themselves is not always subject to a breeder’s control, even less so when two different breeds are crossed. That’s something to keep in mind before you lay down lots of money for a dog that you have been assured will be hypoallergenic or healthier than a purebred.
It would be difficult for a Cavapoo not to be charming. Both of his parent breeds are outgoing, loving and playful. Cavapoos generally weigh 12 to 25 pounds, making them a comfortable size for most homes. They are not necessarily the best watchdogs, but they are likely to greet visitors and intruders alike with a smile.
Cavapoos have the potential to be highly trainable, although some may prefer to sit on your lap rather than do a sit/stay. They will be happy to sit for a cookie, though.
Cavapoos are fun-loving and can be good playmates for children who are at least six years old. Younger children should be supervised carefully any time they are with a small dog such as a Cavapoo. Even though he’s pretty sturdy, if they accidentally fall on or hit the dog, they could hurt him.
Cavapoos have a moderate activity level that is adaptable to their owner’s lifestyle. They need a good walk or active indoor playtime each day, and if you’re interested (and the dog’s overall health is good — your veterinarian can help determine that), they are athletic enough to participate in such dog sports as agility, obedience and rally. Cavapoos are good at playing fetch and will chase a ball endlessly.
The Cavapoo, also known in some circles as a Cavoodle, is a crossbreed, the result of a mating between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle, usually a Miniature Poodle. Both of the breeds used to create Cavapoos tend to be smart and learn quickly. If you begin socialization and training early, keep training sessions short and fun, and use positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, play and food rewards, you will be rewarded with a wonderful companion.
Poodles have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, meaning that they can supposedly be tolerated by people who have allergies to dogs. Because they have the Poodle in their heritage, Cavapoos are sometimes promoted as being hypoallergenic. But allergies are caused not by a particular dog coat type but by dander, the dead skin cells that are shed by all dogs (and people, for that matter). There is no scientific evidence that any breed or cross breed is more or less allergenic than any other dog. Some people with allergies may react less severely to particular dogs, but no reputable breeder will guarantee that her dogs are hypoallergenic.
Cavapoo puppies are adorable, and it’s one of the reasons they are so popular. Cute puppies sell, and that makes the Cavapoo a favorite of puppy mills and greedy, irresponsible breeders. But there’s no need to pay big bucks for a Cavapoo. You can often find a wonderful example of this hybrid dog at your local shelter or through adoption organizations.
People have been crossing types of dogs for millennia in the attempt to achieve a certain look, temperament or working ability. That’s how many well-known purebreds, including the Affenpinscher, Australian Shepherd, Black Russian Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Doberman Pinscher, German Wirehaired Pointer, Leonberger and more, originally got their start.
But crossing two breeds over and over does not a breed make. A breed is a group of animals related by descent from common ancestors and visibly similar in most characteristics. To achieve consistency in appearance, size and temperament, breeders must select the puppies with the traits they want and breed them over several generations for the traits to become set.
Crossbreeds such as the Cavapoo have become popular over the past ten or twenty years as people seek out dogs that are different from the everyday Yorkie or Poodle or that they think will have certain appealing characteristics. For instance, it’s often claimed (falsely, by the way) that crossbreeds are hypoallergenic or have fewer health problems or will carry the best traits of each breed.
Unfortunately, genes aren’t quite that malleable. Genetic traits sort out randomly in each dog, so without selecting for certain characteristics over many generations, there’s no guarantee you’ll get the best of each breed. And no matter what his breed or mix, an individual dog may be more or less allergenic or intelligent or healthy.
Whatever his breed, cross or mix, love your dog for what he is: a unique, special and loving companion.
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