The Cavapoo is not a purebred dog, but is the result of breeding two purebred dogs (of different breeds) together. Some call them hybrids or designer dogs. The Cavapoo is the result of breeding a Poodle with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. (There are different crosses within that realm also; Cavapoo to Cavapoo, Cavapoo to Poodle, etc.) We raise only the first generation Cavapoo with a purebred Poodle and a purebred Cavalier.
Poodles have always been popular as a purebred and also for crossing with other breeds. They are intelligent and playful dogs with a non-shedding coat which comes in a variety of colors and in three recognized sizes. (The toy or miniature sizes are used in producing the Cavapoo).
The Cavalier is a gentle, affectionate, happy dog. The breed comes in four colors; ruby, black and tan, blenheim (white with ruby spots) and lastly, black and white with tan points (tri-color). The Cavalier does not normally carry a super heavy coat, but it is long along the belly, tail, leg feathering and around the ears.
The Cavapoo is a wonderful combination of both breeds! They come in a variety of colors and sizes (Our average size is 15-20 lbs. Although we have had 12 pounders on up to 20-23 lbs.) in a low to non-shedding coat. They are mostly intelligent, easy-to-train (there are those exceptions of course), happy, and playful. Our Cavapoos live with families, retirees, singles and couples. They are small enough for apartment/condo living, and also hardy enough to be country dogs! They are people dogs and love to be with their pack!
A Cavapoo is also something that might be considered as having something called “hybrid vigor” (or heterosis) where supposedly when breeding two different animals with different gene pools it is possible to strengthen the genetic makeup of the resulting offspring and making the usual problems for each particular breed not as prominent. Here’s something about it from Wikipedia “Heterosis is a term used in genetics and selective breeding. heterosis, or hybrid vigor or outbreeding enhancement, is the increased function of any biological quality in a hybrid offspring. It is the occurrence of a genetically superior offspring from mixing the genes of its parents.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/heterosis). Most purebred dog breeds have certain health issues that may affect them. So we hope that by crossing the two breeds (and doing health testing) we will produce a healthier dog, without the prevalent health issues that a purebred is prone to.
We hope that you decide that the Cavapoo is just the right dog for you!