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9 Cavapoo Traits Owners Should Know

By Mawoo Pets · 23 Oct · 6 mins read
9 Cavapoo Traits Owners Should Know

Cavapoos are adorable pets that many owners love to cuddle. They are a mixed breed with traits of the Poodle, also called Doodle breeds, and are small dogs with adorable vari-colored, curly coats. 

Caring for a Cavapoo is relatively easy, but there are some important things all owners show know when bringing home a Cavapoo puppy

About Cavapoo

Cavapoos are a mixed breed between the Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They go by many names, including Cavoodle, Cava-Doodle, and Cavipoodle.

They are an intelligent, gentle, and playful dog breed that serve as excellent pets for families of all kind. 

Most kennel clubs do not formally recognize Cavapoos, since they are a mixed breed. 

9 Cavapoo Traits

1. They Are Highly Social

Cavapoos adore people, kids, dogs, and other pets. They are a very loving and loyal breed and serve as excellent home pets. They stay devoted and dedicated to their families.

Cavapoos get along well with strangers, which is why they are the perfect pets if you often have guests coming over. They are also great with kids, making them a great dog for families. 

2. They Love Their Family 

Cavapoos are very family-friendly and extremely good-natured. You would hardly see one that is angry. Not only with family but even with strangers, they barely show anger.

Usually when a Cavapoo misbehaves, it'll be with a smile given its happy-go-lucky nature. 

These traits in Cavapoos make them some of the best pets in houses with children and other pets. Cavapoos get along well with children and other pets.

3. They Are Low-Shedding

As a doodle breed, most Cavapoos don’t shed at all or are at least low-shedding. This varies depending on the doodle generation and breeding parents. Cavapoos  are ideal if you are not the type of person who wants to be vacuuming your couch regularly.

Some Cavapoo owners report that their pets are hypoallergenic, mostly because poodles are known for their curly, low-shedding dominant genes.

cavapoo dog with tongue out

4. They Are Easy to Train 

Cavapoos are easy to train because they are highly sociable and intelligent. Training will be a breeze if you’ve had a dog before your Cavapoo.

Even if it’s your first pet, there’s no need to worry, as your Cavapoo will quickly pick up various forms of obedience training.

Just keep in mind to use positive reinforcement heavily! Not sure where to start? There are plenty of effective dog training tools that you can use to train your Cavapoo. 

5. They Have A Long Lifespan

Doodles typically live long lives because of the hybrid vigor they inherit. 

Cavapoos can live for 10-14 years or more, as long as they are given the proper care. Beyond that lifespan, if properly cared for, healthy, and by avoiding certain diseases, they can even live up to 20 years.

If you want a pet to be with you for a long time, Cavapoos are a great option.

6. They Are Energetic

cavapoo sitting on a couch with a basketball

Cavapoos are highly energetic dogs similar to their parent breeds. They need a minimum of one hour of outdoor playtime daily. But it’s best to give them two to three hours of playtime, especially in their younger years. 

While indoors, Cavapoos are a helpful breed. It’s best to get them interactive puzzles and dog toys and play with them regularly. 

7. They Are A Great Indoor Breed

Cavapoo coats, health, and mental health are all designed to suit indoor living conditions. They need to be at home together with their loving families, and can adapt great to apartment living.

Although Cavapoos love to play outside, they are not an outdoor breed. It means you shouldn’t leave your Cavapoo outside in a dog house to sleep alone in the backyard for too long.

8. They Adapt Well To Different Living Styles

Cavapoos can adapt to several different living conditions. The primary reason for this is their quiet demeanor and small size.

However, they need a lot of attention and engagement in physical activities to avoid barking loudly and disturbing the neighbors. That means that you should provide them the right toys, and make sure to go for frequent walks and play. 

9. They Are Sensitive To Your Mood

Cavapoos are sensitive to and react to the moods of their humans, as they come from parent-oriented breeds like Poodles.

They react to harsh training methods, strict voices, and disharmony. Using soft voices and being nice to them will garner the best response, and also make them respond better to training methods.

Other Cavapoo Attributes


Cavapoos have large, round eyes that are soft, warm, and inviting. They have silky, long, flopped ears inherited from their parents, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle.

Cavapoos have a wavy and smooth coat that is soft and nice. It comes in multiple colors, like black, brown, gray, red, beige, tan, and white.

Puppies can be born with fur in one color, but it can change as they grow. Usually by 6 months of age, the real colors have set in. 


Cavapoos are a cross-breed between the medium-sized Cavalier and small-sized Poodle. Therefore, this dog breed ranges between 9 and 14 inches in height and 7 and 18 pounds in weight.

Cavapoos come in two sizes: one is a mini, and the other is a toy. This depends on whether the Poodle parent was a Toy Poodle or Miniature Poodle. 


Cavapoos are a fun-loving breed that gets along well with humans and other pets. They are loyal to their owners and families and are very sensitive to their owners' moods.

Cavapoos love to get attention, and their strong bond with their owners may cause them to develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

They need consistent positive reinforcement to make training a breeze. This positive behavior also helps shape their behavior in a healthy way. 

Living Needs

Cavapoos easily settle into any environment, whether in an apartment or a large property. They only need adequate time to exercise and play to release their energy.

They are great with kids and will enjoy playing treasure hunt and other games, such as hide-and-seek, with them. Cavapoos need special winter outfits to stay in the cold -- that includes boots and warm sweaters to keep them comfortable. 

The summer calls for reasons to allow for better cooling: you should care to especially trim their coat at this time. 

Care Requirements

With their luxurious coats, Cavapoos require a lot of grooming and care. It helps prevent infection of their eyes, ears, and skin. 

You should brush its coat with a slicker brush at least thrice weekly. A de-matter is also essential to maintain a healthy coat and go for a professional grooming session every six weeks.

lady patting cavapoo dog outdoors


Cavapoos are generally healthy dogs. However, they inherit a few health-related issues from their parent breeds, including heart conditions and certain neurological disorders.

Cavapoos are also prone to endocrine diseases, including diabetes and Cushing’s. They can be susceptible to allergies, which you must check with the vet if you see your pup sneezing. Regular tick and flea prevention is also essential to prevent flea allergy dermatitis in your dog.

In Conclusion

Cavapoos are some of the best dogs to own. They make excellent pets as they love their owners, are good with strangers, and love kids. 

Cavapoos are also intelligent and so training them is straightforward. They are also a highly energetic dog breed that requires meaningful play and exercise.

They require to be groomed regularly and are also prone to certain diseases like diabetes and heart conditions, which is why you need to make an appointment with the vet to keep a check on their health status.

Are you still unsure if Cavapoos are the right doodle breed for you? If not, here's our in-depth guide on the different doodle breeds

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Personality Of A Cavapoo?

Cavapoos are intelligent, lovable, and friendly dogs that are easy to train. They make excellent pets and great companion dogs, especially given their positive temperament towards families and kids. 

Do Cavapoos Bark A Lot?

Cavapoos bark a lot, taking after their parents. However, each dog differs, and one Cavapoo may be more vocal than the other, depending on its personality traits.

What Do Cavapooss Love the Most?

Cavapoos love to interact with people and other dogs. They are an attention-seeking breed that loves to interact with everyone. They love playtime and require at least an hour of physical activity daily.


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