King Charles Spaniel and Poodle
History of the Cavapoo
The Cavapoo is a crossbreed between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Toy or Miniature Poodle. This crossbreed has been around in America since the 1950s and is now crossed the pond to the United Kingdom. In America they have several crossbreed or Hybrid societys which these dogs are registered on but in the UK we have no such society of yet. In Australia it is named the Cavoodle and is often referred to as a designer dog but if you think about it all domestic dogs are designer breeds as they have been breed & designed to humans desire for them to do a job or mainly in are modern times to look a certain way. This crossbreed is becoming a very popular family companion all around the world. The interest in breeding this dog stems from the disire to create low/non moulting dog that makes a great all-round family pet that also is ideal for anyone with low allergys which is a very argued point. There is also the very argued point of Hybrid Vigour which I will discuss further in health. There are also people just crossbreeding anything wishing to cash in on the popularity that there is for crossbreeding. At Poundlane we have taken care & great consideration for its implications before crossbreeding. At Poundlane we have weighed up all the arguements and feel that crossbreeding done carefully with healthy and good tempered parents is of benefit to the long term well being of our pups.
Poundlane Barney a Cavapoo puppy at 6 weeks old
Poundlane Roxy around 4 months old, 2011
The Cavapoo has a shoulder height of 9-14 inches(23-35cm) and can weigh anywhere between 7-18lbs depending on whether crossed with the Toy or Miniature Poodle. One of the most distinctive features of the Cavapoo are the long ears.The coat of the Cavapoo is known for its soft, Poodle-like coat, though a few have the longer silkier, wavy coat of the Cavalier. The Cavapoo can be a variety of colours including gold, black white, Blenheim(brown and white), or tricolour(black, white and tan). They are agile and sturdy dogs, small to medium in size. They have round and very expressive faces. Also very friendly and thrive on human attention.