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What are the negatives of Cavapoos?

What are the negatives of Cavapoos?

What are the negatives of Cavapoos?

Cavapoos, a crossbreed between Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodles, are generally known for their friendly and affectionate nature. However, like any breed or mixed breed, there can be potential drawbacks or challenges associated with Cavapoos. It’s important to note that individual dogs may vary, and not all Cavapoos exhibit the same traits. 

Here are some potential negatives or considerations associated with Cavapoos:

  1. Health Issues: Cavapoos, like many mixed breeds, can inherit health issues from their parent breeds. Cavaliers and Poodles can be prone to certain genetic conditions, such as hip dysplasia, heart problems, and eye issues. It’s essential to choose a reputable breeder who screens for these conditions.
  2. Grooming Needs: Depending on the coat type inherited from the Poodle parent, Cavapoos may require regular grooming to prevent matting and to keep their coat in good condition. Regular brushing and occasional professional grooming may be necessary.
  3. Separation Anxiety: Cavapoos are known for forming strong bonds with their owners, and they may be prone to separation anxiety if left alone for extended periods. This could lead to undesirable behaviors such as excessive barking or destructive chewing.
  4. Training Challenges: While generally intelligent, Cavapoos may exhibit some stubbornness, mainly if they inherit more of the independent nature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Consistent and positive reinforcement training is essential to address any behavioral issues.
  5. Potential for Excessive Barking: Both parent breeds can be prone to barking, and this trait may be passed on to Cavapoos. Early training and socialization can help manage and control this behavior.
  6. Exercise Requirements: While they are less high-energy than other breeds, Cavapoos still need regular exercise to stimulate them physically and mentally. Failing to provide enough exercise may lead to boredom and potentially undesirable behaviors.

It’s crucial to understand that individual dogs can vary, and early socialization, proper training, and regular veterinary care play significant roles in shaping a Cavapoo’s behavior and well-being. Additionally, adopting responsible breeders who prioritize the health and temperament of the dogs they breed can mitigate some potential negatives.

A cavapoo is a mix of a cavalier and a poodle. The first thing that comes to mind is that King Charles Cavalier is a pretty unhealthy breed. Most of them have a skull that is too small for the brain. Why not go for just the poodle instead of this mixed breed? When you mix two quite different breeds, you often need help to predict which traits of both breeds will come out in the mix.

What do you think about cavapoos/cavoodles?

Meet Chance. He is my adorable protective cavapoo. I got a chance because I had a cavalier King Charles before him, Cody. Cody has multiple problems due to his breed. After he died from those issues, I decided to do research. 

I found the cavapoo in 2013. They are the perfect breed for me. Poodles are very hardy dogs and have fewer problems when both are mixed. So here I am with this cute boy who has the energy of a poodle, whose personality doesn’t shed like a poodle but has the face of a cavalier King Charles. He is a one-family dog, which may be his downfall. 

I found out that if he senses I am in trouble, he will be a considerable protector. He is also my ESA dog. I got him after my first deployment. He is my Best friend and reminds me of Cody in some ways. Just A LOT more active and loves to run with me.

Cavapoos may develop specific hereditary health issues that are present in their parents. They are prone to diseases like syringomyelia, mitral valve disease, cataracts, hip dysplasia, luxating patella, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), skin issues, and epilepsy. 

Cavapoos love people; they particularly love their family members and want to be with them as much as possible. When left alone, they tend to have separation anxiety and often bark excessively.


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What are the pros and cons of a Cavapoo dog?

I don’t know much about designer dogs but beware of shady breeders. You need to research and talk to people – it can be online, but you need to meet them and their dogs. If they are F1 first-generation crossbred, you have no idea what traits they’ve inherited. 

They aren’t all allergenic, amazing, noshed dogs just because someone stuck a poodle there. You’re not obligated to go with whatever just because someone will sell you their dog(pup). Search around and educate yourself. Some guy sticking two dogs together and calling it a ‘special’ name is just……

That would be a significant con if you’re unwilling to do some digging. Unless you’re looking at an established, stable bloodline (which is how breeds are made (with health testing)), Mark Blanchard is 100% right. And if you don’t care about searching around, you should go to your local pound or shelter; plenty of ‘cavapoos’ will be there.

Cavapoos, a crossbreed between Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodles, are known for their friendly and affectionate nature. However, like any dog breed or mix, they have positive and negative aspects. Here are some general pros and cons of Cavapoos:


  1. Friendly and Affectionate: Cavapoos are known for their warm and loving nature. They often form strong bonds with their owners and can be excellent companions.
  2. Good with Children: Cavapoos are often good with children due to their gentle temperament. They can be patient and tolerant, making them suitable family pets.
  3. Low to Moderate Shedding: Depending on the coat type inherited from the Poodle parent, Cavapoos may shed less than some other breeds. This can be advantageous for individuals with allergies.
  4. Intelligence: Both parent breeds, Cavaliers and Poodles, are known for their intelligence. Cavapoos are usually quick learners and can excel in training with positive reinforcement.
  5. Adaptable to Living Spaces: Cavapoos can adapt well to various living environments, including apartments, as long as they receive enough exercise and mental stimulation.
  6. Suitable for First-Time Dog Owners: Their friendly and sociable nature and moderate exercise needs can make Cavapoos a good choice for first-time dog owners.


  1. Potential Health Issues: Cavapoos, like many mixed breeds, can inherit health issues from their parent breeds. It’s crucial to choose a reputable breeder who conducts health screenings.
  2. Grooming Needs: Depending on the coat type, Cavapoos may require regular grooming to prevent matting and maintain coat health.
  3. Separation Anxiety: Cavapoos can be prone to separation anxiety due to their strong bonds with their owners. They may not do well if left alone for extended periods.
  4. Training Challenges: Some Cavapoos may exhibit stubbornness, mainly if they inherit more of the independent nature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Consistent and positive reinforcement training is essential.
  5. Exercise Requirements: While not highly high-energy, Cavapoos still need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. Insufficient exercise may lead to behavioral issues.
  6. Barking Tendencies: Both parent breeds can be prone to barking, and Cavapoos may inherit this trait. Early training and socialization can help manage barking behavior.

It’s important to note that individual dogs may vary, and proper training, socialization, and healthcare are essential for any dog breed or mix. When considering a Cavapoo, it’s crucial to choose a responsible breeder, meet the specific needs of the individual dog, and be prepared to care for a pet.

Should I get a Cavapoo or not?

If you have to poll a forum about whether you should get a pet of any kind, the answer is always NO! It seems like you are getting this dog for status or to increase your popularity, and that’s a BAD reason to get any living creature!

If it isn’t your heart’s desire to share your life with an animal, you will get tired of it or treat it like just a possession, or God forbid, you will get bored or inconvenienced by it, and the animal will suffer. 

A true animal lover never poll the public to see if they should get an animal, but rather what is involved in keeping an animal to provide the best living conditions.

So do the dog a favor, or any animal for that matter, a favor, and DO NOT GET ONE! Buy a trinket or some other inanimate object. When you get bored with nothing left, you can suffer.

Deciding whether to get a Cavapoo or any other dog breed involves considering various factors and assessing whether the breed’s characteristics align with your lifestyle, preferences, and ability to meet the dog’s needs. Here are some key considerations to help you make an informed decision:

Considerations for Getting a Cavapoo:

  1. Lifestyle: Cavapoos are adaptable to different living environments, including apartments, but they still need regular exercise and mental stimulation. Assess your daily routine and ensure you can give a dog the necessary time and attention.
  2. Allergies: While Cavapoos may shed less than some other breeds, there is no guarantee of complete hypoallergenicity. Spend time with the breed to see if you or anyone in your household has allergies.
  3. Grooming: Depending on the coat type, Cavapoos may require regular grooming to prevent matting and maintain coat health. Consider whether you have the time and resources for grooming or are willing to enlist professional grooming services.
  4. Training Commitment: Cavapoos are generally intelligent and trainable, but consistent and positive reinforcement training is essential. Consider your willingness and ability to invest time in training and socialization.
  5. Health Considerations: Identify potential health issues associated with both parent breeds. Choose a reputable breeder who conducts health screenings to minimize the risk of genetic conditions.
  6. Commitment: Dogs, including Cavapoos, require a long-term commitment. Consider your ability to provide love, care, and attention throughout the dog’s lifespan, which can be 10-15 years or more.
  7. Financial Responsibility: Dogs have financial responsibilities, including food, veterinary care, grooming, and other supplies. Ensure that you are financially prepared for the costs associated with dog ownership.
  8. Socialization: Cavapoos tend to be sociable, and early socialization is crucial for their well-being. Assess your ability to expose the dog to different people, environments, and experiences to help prevent behavioral issues.

Final Thoughts:

Before deciding to get a Cavapoo or any dog, it’s recommended to spend time researching the breed, meeting individual dogs, and assessing your lifestyle and capabilities. Additionally, consider adopting from a rescue or shelter, where you can find dogs of various breeds and mixed breeds needing loving homes. 

If you go through a breeder, ensure they are reputable and prioritize the health and well-being of the dogs they breed.

Ultimately, the decision to get a Cavapoo or any other dog should be based on a thorough understanding of the breed, your ability to meet the dog’s needs, and your commitment to responsible pet ownership.

What should you know before buying a Cavapoo?

Thanks for the A2A. You should know that buying a dog, especially a mixed breed, is a dicey proposition. A reputable breeder is focused on furthering the good qualities of a breed and minimizing inherited defects while ensuring a mentally balanced animal. Even in the case of a well-bred dog, sometimes the disposition is not a good fit for you. 

After realizing her drive was incompatible with his life, a friend recently returned a gorgeous purebred Labrador puppy to the breeder. Fortunately, he had purchased the pup from a reputable breeder, who immediately found a great home for her — with her sister! He has videos of the two romping together in the new owner’s backyard. 

He is grateful he’d chosen the breeder well, even if the puppy didn’t fit him well. He has also learned that it’s best to interact with a new puppy and observe behavior before deciding to purchase.

A breeder offering a mixed breed is generally focused on making money and will likely need to be more educated on the ins and outs of breeding, including temperament and other heritable qualities. If the goal is primarily to make money rather than continuing a proud lineage of a particular breed, the results may be less than desirable.

All the dogs I’ve owned have been rescued. All but one have turned out to be purebred, not that I was seeking a particular breed (in the case of my black German Shepherd and my Chinese Crested, the shelter listed them as mixed, and I was okay with that. 

Later, both my trainer and veterinarian identified them as purebred). All my dogs have been wonderful companions. If you are seeking a mixed breed, I recommend visiting shelters to see their available dogs. 

Remember that shelter dogs are stressed, but you can still see much about their personalities when interacting. Rescue groups are another way to go; many go to shelters to “pull” a particular breed and foster them, give them veterinary care, assess their behavior, and offer them when they’re ready to be adopted. 

Generally, the adoption fees are higher, but you can observe the dogs with less time pressure and under less stress than a visit to a shelter.

I know this doesn’t strictly answer your question about the “designer” mix, Cavipoo. Without Googling it, I’m guessing this is a combination of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle, and I think that the combination would give you an intelligent and cuddly dog, possibly with a curly coat, possibly less allergenic due to the Poodle’s genetic input. 

I’m sure you can find a Poodle mix at a shelter, save a life, and have a new companion to love. Good luck!

Is Cavapoo hypoallergenic?

A “cavapoo” is a mutt. It is some cross between a Cavalier spaniel and probably a miniature poodle. The results can be mixed Unless the breeder is consciously breeding for traits.

Poodles (and curly-haired terriers) don’t shed. That doesn’t make them “hypoallergenic.” But, it does cut down on many things that irritate allergic people. A poodle can still have dander, but they have much less, and of course, they don’t shed. They are also intelligent, active, responsive dogs.

The poodle crosses don’t always breed true to the nonshedding qualities of the poodle. If you want a nonshedding smaller dog, a miniature (not toy) poodle or a wire-haired terrier would make an excellent choice.

Cavapoos are often considered hypoallergenic to some extent, but it’s important to note that individual reactions to allergens can vary. The term “hypoallergenic” describes breeds that are less likely to cause allergies in people, mainly because they shed less dander and hair. However, no dog breed is entirely hypoallergenic.

Cavapoos inherit their coat characteristics from their parent breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle. Poodles are known for their curly or wavy, low-shedding coat, while Cavaliers have a longer, silky coat that sheds more. Cavapoos can have various coat types depending on the genes inherited from their parents.

If a Cavapoo inherits more Poodle-like characteristics, such as a curly or wavy coat, it may shed less dander and hair, making it more suitable for individuals with allergies. However, if a Cavalier inherits more characteristics from the Cavalier, it may shed more.

To determine if a Cavapoo is suitable for individuals with allergies, it’s advisable to spend time with the specific dog you are considering and observe any allergic reactions. Additionally, grooming practices, such as regular brushing and keeping the dog’s living environment clean, can help reduce allergens.

If you have allergies, it’s crucial to consult with breeders, spend time with the dog, and consider getting an allergy test before bringing a Cavapoo or any other dog into your home. Remember that individual reactions to allergens can vary, and what works for one person may not work for another.

What is the difference in behavior between a puppy Cavapoo and an adult cavapoo?

It depends on how you train them; if you ignore them and do no training, they will behave like puppies, pulling on the lead, ignoring when you call them, etc., but if you do the work, they will be an absolute delight. 

My little girl walks nicely, sits on command, shakes hands when introduced, and leaves things (including food) alone when told, but I do a few minutes of training every day.

The behavior of a Cavapoo can evolve and change as it transitions from being a puppy to an adult. However, specific characteristics remain consistent, while others may be more pronounced or diminished. Here are some general differences in behavior between a puppy Cavapoo and an adult Cavapoo:

Puppy Cavapoo (Up to 1-2 Years):

  1. Playfulness: Puppies, including Cavapoos, are typically very playful and energetic. They have a lot of curiosity and may engage in exploratory behaviors.
  2. Learning and Training: Puppies are in the early stages of education and training. They are often more impressionable and may require consistent positive reinforcement training to establish good behaviors and manners.
  3. Socialization: Puppies benefit greatly from socialization during their early months. They may be more open to new experiences, people, and environments. Proper socialization helps in shaping a well-adjusted adult dog.
  4. Teething and Chewing: Like all puppies, Cavapoos will go through the teething phase. During this time, they may chew on objects to relieve discomfort. Providing appropriate chew toys is essential.
  5. Energy Levels: Puppies are generally high-energy and may have bursts of activity followed by rest periods. Regular play and exercise are crucial to help burn off excess energy.

Adult Cavapoo (2 Years and Older):

  1. Steadier Energy Levels: As Cavapoos mature into adults, their energy levels often become more consistent. While they still enjoy playtime and exercise, they may not be as hyperactive as when they were puppies.
  2. Established Behavior Patterns: Adult Cavapoos will likely have established behavior patterns and habits. Training during their puppyhood will play a significant role in shaping their adult behavior.
  3. Social Behavior: Adult Cavapoos tend to maintain their friendly nature. They may still enjoy interacting with people and other animals, especially if they were well-socialized during their puppyhood.
  4. Training Continues: Training is an ongoing process throughout a dog’s life. While adult Cavapoos may have a solid foundation, reinforcing good behavior and addressing challenges is essential.
  5. Potential Maturity Changes: Some individual personality traits may become more apparent as the Cavapoo matures. This could include a preference for certain activities, a specific level of independence, or changes in behavior based on life experiences.

It’s important to note that individual variations exist, and not all Cavapoos will follow the same behavioral trajectory. Consistent training, socialization, and attention to their evolving needs contribute to a well-behaved and happy adult Cavapoo.

Is a cavapoo hard or easy to groom?

Cavapoo would head north on the index of grooming mam; a well-known fact is that it’s a crossbreed, which reflects on its coat of everything. An unwritten rule among its owners is to start brushing it right from puppyhood. 

This gets it used to the frequent grooming its coat will require; due to the inherent DNA of the poodle, its coat not only needs regular brushing but also untangling any knots in the hair until they become messy later on. There is also hair growth inside the ears, which will also require the owner to cut them. If that’s an uphill task, then the services of a trained pet groomer can be availed. 

Cutting nails depends on whether the home’s surface is cemented; if the coat feels hard and knots are there, the brushing method needs a change or better left or learned from a professional groomer. 

It’s a very adorable and big thing come in a small package sort of dog, and the amount of love and grooming it requires will quickly put to shame all those giant breeds strutting around with all that bulky weight and still missing out on being groomed like a cavapoo. 

The grooming requirements for a Cavapoo can vary based on the specific characteristics of its coat, which can be influenced by the genetic contributions from its Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle parent breeds. 

Overall, Cavapoos are generally considered moderate to easy to groom, but the level of maintenance required depends on factors such as coat type, length, and texture.

Here are some critical points regarding grooming a Cavapoo:

  1. Coat Types:
  • Wavy or Curly Coats: If a Cavapoo inherits a coat with more Poodle-like characteristics (wavy or curly), it is likely to shed less and be more hypoallergenic. However, these coats often require regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.
  • Straight or Slightly Wavy Coats: If a Cavapoo inherits a coat with more Cavalier-like characteristics, it may shed more. Regular brushing helps manage shedding and keeps the coat healthy.
  1. Regular Brushing:
  • Regular brushing is essential to prevent matting, reduce shedding, and maintain a healthy coat regardless of coat type. Brushing a few times a week is generally recommended.
  • If the coat is curly or prone to matting, more frequent brushing may be necessary to prevent tangles.
  1. Professional Grooming:
  • Professional grooming may be required every 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the specific needs of your Cavapoo’s coat.
  • Groomers can provide services such as trimming, shaping, and maintaining the cleanliness of the ears and eyes.
  1. Bathing:
  • Cavapoos typically do not require frequent baths unless they get dirty or develop an odor. Over-bathing can strip the coat of natural oils.
  1. Ear Cleaning:
  • Due to their floppy ears, Cavapoos may be prone to ear infections. Regular cleaning, especially if the ears are long and cover the ear canal, can help prevent issues.
  1. Dental Care:
  • Like all dogs, Cavapoos benefit from regular dental care. Brushing their teeth or providing dental treats can help maintain good oral health.
  1. Eye Care:
  • Regular eye cleaning may be needed, mainly if tear staining occurs.

While grooming a Cavapoo is generally manageable, starting grooming routines early in puppyhood is essential to get them accustomed to the process. 

Regular attention to grooming needs helps prevent more significant issues, such as matting or skin problems. The specific grooming requirements may also vary based on individual coat types and genetic variations.

Hope this helps


I adore them. I have a beautiful girl, and life is never dull with her around. She is intelligent, funny, sweet, and loyal. She used to bark a lot when left alone, but we are using the flitting method and can head out for 30 minutes without her destroying the house.

Five people are in my home, so she rarely spends time alone. There are plenty of good doggy daycares and dog walkers for me to use when I’m at work and no one is home. Cavapoos, like any breed or mixed breed, have potential negatives.

Before buying a “Cavapoo,” recognize it is not a breed! It is a mixed breed! It’s dogs of two breeds that were mated. There will be no consistency in what you get in the puppies. Each one will have inherited something different.

People breed these so-called “hybrids” to make money selling the puppies. I’m not saying that they won’t be sweet and cute. I have a “Fuche” Terrier, a mix of Westie and Yorkie. She’s adorable and a great dog, but a mixed breed. And I didn’t pay for her! You’ll probably be pleased with your puppy, but know the truth upfront!

Some potential negatives of Cavapoos include:

  1. Health issues: Cavapoos, like many small dog breeds, can be prone to specific health problems such as heart conditions, hip dysplasia, and eye issues.
  2. Grooming needs: Their curly or wavy coat requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.
  3. Separation anxiety: Cavapoos can be prone to separation anxiety, which may lead to behavioral issues if not adequately addressed.
  4. Exercise requirements: They have moderate exercise needs and may become destructive without enough physical and mental stimulation.
  5. Training challenges: Some Cavapoos can be stubborn or independent, making training more challenging.

It’s important to note that while these are potential negatives, individual dogs can vary widely in temperament and health. Proper training, socialization, and regular veterinary care can help mitigate some of these potential issues.

What are the negatives of Cavapoos?

The worst dog breeds if you are under 65 years of age. Popping out for 2 mins… no, you’re not. Guess again, cavapoo will cry, shake, and vomit from separation anxiety. Leaving to work… LOL, you now have to clean a dirty protest when you get home.

Taking the trash out, the cavapoo will sit there and cry until you pet her. Have other dogs/children in your house, and you show them attention, no more. The cavapoo is all over you, trying to take your gaze away from your other pet or child. We took her to classes. The trainer laughed and said good luck. Says it all.

A Cavapoo isn’t a breed; it’s a mutt. They can have characteristics of both parents and hidden genetic problems. Cavaliers are known for their heart problems; I have known many who just dropped dead from them. Poodles are neurotic and have other issues. Mini Poodles tend to be little Napoleon’s and frequently are not young person friendly.

If you do go ahead and buy one, please ensure you get insurance on the dog and maintain a savings account for vet fees. You’re going to need them. I could go more in-depth in-depth, but I’m tired and have the ‘rona.

What are the negatives of Cavapoos?

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