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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle Mix (The Cavapoo): Are They Good Pets?

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle mix dogs are the result of mixing cavaliers with Poodles. This mix has become popular across the world over the last 20 years. They are friendly and well-behaved. Most Cavapoos are hypoallergenic and shed low amounts of hair daily.

Buying a dog is a huge responsibility. So before buying a Cavapoo, you need to consider the following aspects:

  • Origin
  • Appearance
  • Temperament
  • Health issues
  • Food requirements
  • Lifespan
  • Price 
  • Reliable breeders

In this article, you will learn three reasons why you should get Cavapoo and three reasons why they are problematic.

Cavapoo Characteristics Overview 

Cavapoos are a friendly hybrid, bred for companionship. They are loyal and protective of their family. This mix is great with children and friendly to strangers and other dogs. Extremely intelligent, Cavapoos are easy to train and adapt well to different environments. 

Cavapoos come in three size: standard, miniature, or toy-sized. This depends on the Poodle used for breeding. 

This mix also has a wide variety of colors.

Cavapoos are single-coated and can have curly or silky-wavy hair. They have extensive grooming requirements but their shedding is minimal. 

Cavapoos are energetic and need a lot of mental stimulation.

Cavapoo Characteristics Overview

What Is a Cavalier and Poodle Mix Called?

Other names for Cavalier and Poodle Mix dogs are:

  • Cavapoos
  • Cavoodle
  • Cavadoodle
  • Cavdoodle 

This table lists the main characteristics of the Cavalier Poodle Dog.



12 – 24 in (30 – 60 cm)


13 – 71 lbs (8 – 32 kg)


10 – 15 years

Dog Breed Group


Mixed breed


Coat Type


Coat length

Medium, long

Coat color

Apricot, black, blue, brown, cafe au lait, cream, gray, silver, white beige, white, Black & tan, black & white, ruby


Warm or dark, round or oval


Black, brown


Long, wide, banging close to the head


Yes or no


2 stars

Grooming Difficulty

4 stars


Apartment living

4 stars

Good for beginners

3 stars

Can be alone

2 stars

Cold weather tolerance

4 stars

Hot weather tolerance

4 stars

Friendliness & Temper


5 stars


5 stars


5 stars


3 stars

Friendly to Strangers

4 stars


5 stars

Trainability & Needs

Easy to train

4 stars


4 stars

Hunting Instinct

4 stars


4 stars

Energy Level

4 stars

3 Reasons To Get a Cavalier Poodle

1. Cavapoos Can Be Hypoallergenic

Cavapoos Can Be Hypoallergenic

If Cavapoos resemble their Poodle parent, they are hypoallergenic. Breeders often mate second-generation hypoallergenic Cavapoos to get hypoallergenic offspring.

Contrary to popular belief, people are not allergic to Cavapoos hair. Humans are allergic to proteins in dogs’ dander, saliva, urine, and other bodily fluids.[1] 

Dander attaches to the dead hair of a Cavapoos and becomes airborne. This is why people think they are allergic to dogs’ hair.

Cavapoos are not 100% hypoallergenic. No dog breed is. But, they have a lower chance of causing allergic reactions.

Related: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Hypoallergenic

2. Cavapoos Are Intelligent

Cavapoos have above-average intelligence. If they resemble Poodles, they are among the most intelligent breeds on the planet.

In a study[2] ranking the working and obedience intelligence of 130 breeds, Poodles came second. They understand new commands in less than five repetitions and obey the first command more than 95% of the time.

The same study placed Cavaliers in the 44th position. They obey the first command 50% of the time and understand new commands in between 25 and 40 repetitions.

3. Cavapoos Are Minimal Shedders

Cavapoos shed low amounts of hair every day if they resemble their Cavalier parent. On a scale from 1 to 5, they would be a two. If they resemble their Poodle parent, Cavapoos are a one on the shedding scale. They shed a few strands of hair every day.

Cavapoos are not seasonal shedders. They don’t shed more during the spring or autumn, like other dogs. Their shedding is similar to that of humans.

Related: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shedding

3 Reasons Not To Get a King Cavalier Poodle

1. Cavapoos Get Separation Anxiety

Cavapoos Get Separation Anxiety

Cavapoos don’t like to be alone. They have a predisposition to separation anxiety that installs when they are left alone regularly for more than 4 hours.

Cavapoos with separation anxiety experience[3]:

  • Inappropriate elimination
  • Reactive communications, such as barking
  • Sensitivity to noise.
  • Instant frustration
  • Social panic
  • Redirected frustration, such as destructive behavior

2. Cavapoos Need Extensive Grooming

Cavapoos need a lot of grooming if they resemble Poodles. If they are similar to Cavaliers, grooming won’t consume a lot of your time.

Cavapoos require:

  • Monthly hair trimming
  • Daily hair brushing
  • Bathing every 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Regular nail clipping
  • Regular ear cleaning
  • Toothbrushing

Related:Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Grooming

3. Cavapoos Need a Lot of Mental Stimulation

Cavapoos need at least 60 minutes of daily mental stimulation.

As intelligent dogs, this mixed breed needs a lot of mental stimulation.

Mental stimulation can be provided by:

  • Having your Cavalier work for their meal.
  • Engaging them in shape or sniffing games.
  • Letting solve dog puzzles.
  • Taking them for a walk on a new route.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle Mix Origin

The exact origin of Cavapoos is not clear. Some experts state they were first bred in the 1950s in the United States. Others claim Cavapoos were first bred in Australia around the 1990s. 

The first generations of Cavapoos were 50% Poodles and 50% Cavaliers. Now they are mostly bred from later generations of Cavapoos.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Origin

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Origin

Cavalier Spaniels date back to the 17th century in the United Kingdom. They separated from King Charles Spaniels in 1920.

Cavaliers were initially bred for hunting but their purpose later changed to companionship. 

The American Kennel Club recognized the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as a separate breed in 1995. The UK Kennel Club did so back in 1945.

Poodle Origin

Poodle Origin

There is a debate on the real origin of Poodles. Some historians claim it originated from Germany, while others are convinced Poodles were first bred in France.

Poodles are portrayed in engravings that date back to the 17th century.

Poodles were initially bred for hunting, to retrieve prey from the water. 

The American Kennel Club recognized Poodles as a separate breed in 1886. The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom did so 8 years earlier.

Cavalier Poodle Mix Appearance

Cavapoos have compact athletic bodies but are not too muscular. Their size varies depending on what Poodle type is used as a parent. Cavapoos have wide floppy ears and large eyebrows. They have a soft friendly expression and come in a wide variety of colors.

This table lists the main traits of Cavapoos as they inherit them from their parents.

TraitsCavalier Spaniels[4]Poodles (standard)[5]Cavapoos
Height 12 – 13 in (30 – 33 cm)15 – 24 in (38 – 60)12 – 24 in (30 – 60 cm)
Weight 13 – 18 lbs (6 – 8 kg)44 – 71 lbs (20 – 32 kg)13 – 71 lbs (8 – 32 kg)
Coat TypeSingle Single Single
Coat LengthMedium LongMedium or long
Coat TextureWavy, silkyCurly Wavy, curly or silky
Coat ColorBlack & tan, black & white, Blenheim, rubyApricot, black, blue, brown, cafe au lait, cream, gray, silver, white beige, whiteApricot, black, blue, brown, cafe au lait, cream, gray, silver, white beige, white, Black & tan, black & white, ruby
MarkingsYes – tanYes – black points, black mask white maskYes 
TickingYesYes Yes 
Eyes Warm or dark, large, roundDark, ovalWarm or dark, round or oval
EarsSet high, not close, long and wide, fan forward, frame faceLong, wide, banging close to the headLong, wide, banging close to the head

How Big Do Cavapoos Get?

The size of Cavapoos varies according to the type of Poodle used for breeding. Cavapoos with a standard-sized Poodle parent measure between 12 and 24 inches (30 and 60 centimetres) in height. They weigh between 13 and 71 pounds (8 and 32 kilograms). 

Poodles are divided into three sizes:

  • Standard
  • Miniature
  • Toy

Related: Teacup King Charles Cavalier Spaniel

How Big Do Cavapoos Get

This table illustrates the average height of Cavapoos, according to the height of the Poodle parent.

PoodlePoodle Height in InPoodle Height in CmCavapoo Height in InCavapoo Height in Cm
Standard15 – 2438 – 6012 – 2430 – 60
Miniature11 – 1428 – 35 11 – 1428 – 35
Toy9 – 1124 – 289 – 1324 – 33

This table illustrates the average weight of Cavapoos, according to the weight of the Poodle parent.

PoodlePoodle Weight in LbsPoodle Weight in KgCavapoo Weight in LbsCavapoo Weight in Kg
Standard44 – 7120 – 3213 – 718  – 32
Miniature26 – 3112 – 14 13 – 316 – 14
Toy14 – 176.5 – 7.513 – 18 6 – 8

Related: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Size

King Charles Cavalier Poodle Mix Coat Type

Cavapoos are single-coated. They can either resemble Cavaliers or Poodles. As a result, they have either silky coats or curly, coarse, and thick hair. 

While the hair of Cavaliers stops growing when it reaches a medium length, Poodles’ hair is constantly growing. It grows between 1 and 1.5 inches (2.5 – 3.82 centimeters) per month.

King Charles Cavalier Poodle Color

The color of Cavapoos varies from apricot to black and white. They can have one or multiple colors, depending on the parent they get their genes from. 

Related: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colors

King Charles Cavalier Poodle Color

King Charles Cavalier Poodle Mix Temperament

Cavapoos are intelligent and easy to train. They are friendly and make great family dogs. This mix gets along well with other dogs and strangers. They also have a well-developed protective nature and are highly affectionate. 

This table lists the main characteristics of Cavalier Poodle mix dogs:

Easy to train4
Good family dogs5
Good with kids5
Good with other dogs4
Protective nature4
Affectionate 5
Aggressive 3
Barking 4
Stubbornness 3
Energetic 4
Hunting instinct4

The temperament of Cavapoos can be measured using the Temperament Test[6] developed by the American Test Society. 

The Temperament Test measures:

  • If dogs are shy or not.
  • Dogs’ prey drive.
  • How friendly dogs are.
  • The protective nature of dogs.
  • Their stability.
  • If dogs are able to recognize a dangerous situation compared to a non-threatening one.

Cavaliers pass this test more than 85% of the time.[7] 

Standard Poodles pass the temperament test 87.2% of the time, while toy and miniature Poodles pass the test 76–78% of the time.[8]

Are Cavapoos Barkers?

Yes, Cavapoos bark a lot. They communicate their emotions to humans and other dogs through barking.

Cavapoos bark for many reasons:

  • Because of various health conditions, such as pain, cognitive disorders, and brain issues.
  • When they are excited.
  • As an attention-seeking behavior.
  • Because they are anxious or scared.
  • When they are bored.
  • Because they feel lonely.
  • To protect their territory.
  • When they detect an external threat.
Are Cavapoos Barkers

Cavalier King Charles Poodle Mix Health Issues

Cavapoos have a predisposition to health conditions specific to both Cavaliers and Poodles. Health conditions that require both parents to carry the genes are rare. 

Cavapoos are affected by the following common health issues:

  • Luxating patellas
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Entropion

Some of the health conditions need recurring treatments. Others, such as cataracts and luxating patella, are treatable through surgery. 

Pet insurance is available for Cavapoos and is often a good choice for vulnerable Cavapoos.

Here’s how to keep your Cavapoo healthy:

  • Finding a reliable breeder. Many breeders don’t engage in healthy breeding.
  • Adopting an adult Cavapoo. Many health issues are not detectable in puppyhood.
  • Take your Cavapoo to a vet right after adoption.
  • Avoid buying a Cavapoo from a pet store.

Cavapoo Mix Food Requirements

Cavapoos need between 1–11 cups of kibbles, depending on their size. Cavapoos’ age is also a factor that influences their food intake.

Different dog breeds have different food requirements. As for the Cavapoo, they need a mix of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats.

Here are some tips for feeding Cavapoos:

  • Spread their food intake into multiple meals a day to prevent hypoglycemia. 
  • Don’t feed them right before sleep.
  • Avoid food that contains large amounts of preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial flavors.
  • Include proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals into their diet.
  • Observe their feeding patterns, as a lack of appetite indicates health problems. 
Cavapoo Mix Food Requirements

King Charles and Poodle Mix Lifespan

Cavapoos live between 10 and 15 years, depending on what parent they resemble most. Their lifestyle is also an indicator of their lifespan. Obese Cavapoos and dogs that don’t engage in daily physical exercise have a shorter life expectancy.

Help your Cavapoo live longer by:

  • Taking them to the vet at least once a year.
  • Providing at least 60 minutes of physical exercise.
  • Providing a nutrient-dense diet.
  • Preventing obesity.

Poodle and Cavalier Mix Price

The average price of a Cavapoo is between $1000 and $1200. 

The price of a Cavapoo depends on several factors:

  • The breeder’s reputation.
  • The age of the adopted Cavapoo
  • Prior medical interventions
  • The Cavapoos bloodline
  • Prior training

Cavapoo Breeders

It’s important to find a reputable breeder if you’re looking to buy a Cavapoo.

Reliable Cavapoo breeders generally fulfill the following requirements:

  • Keep the dogs in a clean environment.
  • Have an exercise area.
  • Have curious happy puppies.
  • Have friendly adult Cavapoos.
  • Have good reviews on the internet.

Best Cavapoo breeders in the United States:

Best Cavapoo breeders in the United Kingdom


Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodle mix dogs are the result of mixing Poodles and Cavaliers. Poodles can be toys, miniature, or standard-sized. Cavapoos have great temperaments and are intelligent. They make great family dogs because they are affectionate and great with children.

About Ioana Moldovan

Ioana is a Misfit Animals staff writer and psychology student interested in animal behavior. She likes to dive deep into the newest scientific studies to find out the latest discoveries in the field.

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