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Is a Cavoodle the right choice for my family?

By Sam Weeks | July 29, 2021

One of the most popular dog breeds in Australia, a Cavoodle is a small, lovable ball of fluff that is perfect for both families and individuals. A cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle, a Cavoodle is gentle, affectionate and playful. Thinking of getting a new pet and wondering if a Cavoodle would be the right choice? Read on to find out more about the breed and whether it’d be the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

If you live in Richmond and have successfully adopted a Cavoodle, it is essential to set up a general health plan with a vet in Richmond to keep your new pet healthy and active. Or better yet, get in touch with Vets on Call and have one of our vets in Richmond visit your pet in the comfort of their own home!

Quick Takeaways:

Height: Depending upon the type of the Poodle parent (miniature or toy), a Cavoodle may be 20 to 35 cm in height.

Weight: Also depending upon the type of the Poodle parent (miniature or toy), Cavoodles typically weigh between 4 to 10 kgs.

Breed: Hybrid between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle

Fur: Depending upon the traits of the parents, a Cavoodle may have a shiny, silky coat like a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, or a curly coat like a Poodle.

Colour: Red, chestnut, brown, black, white or tricolour

Life expectancy: 10-15 years

Demeanour: Gentle, affectionate, agreeable, intelligent and playful

Perfect for: First-time dog owners, single owners, families with children and other pets

Origin: Australia or USA (contested)

Cavoodle Personality Traits:

  • Perfect for families

Because Cavoodles are so agreeable in nature and generally have a gentle disposition, they do well in households with small children and other pets. Their small size, loving personality and sociable nature makes them a perfect addition to almost all kinds of families.

  • Hypoallergenic

Much like their Poodle parent, the coat of the Cavoodle rarely sheds, if at all. Their hair is short, is low-dander and is perfect for allergy sufferers. The original Cavoodles were bred primarily as hypoallergenic dogs!

  • Intelligent

Both Poodles and Spaniels were originally bred as hunting dogs, who were later bred to be lapdogs. As such, a Cavoodle takes its traits from the origins of both parent breeds, and is known to be one of the smartest yet most agreeable dogs around. But Poodles generally have certain neurotic traits, which are often balanced out by the calmer disposition of Cavelier King Charles Spaniels. Depending upon the parent it takes after, a Cavoodle may have a bit of an independent streak or may be more laid-back and less energetic.

  • Social

Cavoodles generally like people more than other animals. Most take after their Poodle parent and love cuddling, attention and may follow you around wherever you go. Perfect for larger households, a Cavoodle thrives in attention and may suffer from loneliness, boredom or separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.

  • Curious

A Cavoodle remembers the hunting dog instincts of its predecessors and so can be fiercely protective of its humans. It may bark at approaching strangers and sniff around to eliminate threats. But once it has successfully identified a person or thing as a non-threat, it lets its guard down and gets along well with new people and pets.

  • Vocal

Cavoodles are very vocal dogs, and may not be suitable for apartments or in households with complaining neighbours. However, they can be trained to bark less.

Grooming and Exercise

Depending upon the parent your Cavoodle takes after, its grooming needs will differ. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels typically have silky, feather-like hair, whereas Poodles have thick curly hair. If your Cavoodle takes after the spaniel parent, you will need to frequently brush out the coat and bathe the pup regularly to avoid tangling. On the other hand, for a Cavoodle with a curlier coat, brush regularly to avoid matting and cut off any mats that do form. Matted hair can attract twigs, sticks and insects, which may injure your dog.

Cavoodles have hair, not fur. This means that their coat does not shed, but it needs to be trimmed or clipped every few months because it is constantly growing like human hair. Hair is also typically finer than fur.

Because of the Poodle gene in their DNA, Cavoodles have boundless energy and need more exercise than other dog breeds of the same size. However, because of their small size, they do not need a lot of space to run and play. On the other hand, their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gene makes them just as willing to spend a quiet day curled up in your lap in front of a television. 

A small yard where they can run around but then come inside and spend quality time with their humans is the perfect living situation for a Cavoodle.


Most Cavoodles generally enjoy the good health genes of their parent breeds. However, there might be a few genetic issues to be on the lookout for, including:

  • Epilepsy
  • Hip dysplasia and Luxating patellas
  • Cataracts and Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Syringomyelia, and
  • Mitral Valve Disease.

As your Cavoodle ages, you may also need to make certain adjustments to your house, such as installing ramps or stairs, to make it easier for your dog to reach higher places.

Final thoughts

A Cavoodle is a great dog breed for many different kinds of households and lifestyles. They’re generally low-maintenance, are easy to train, mild-mannered and get along well with people and children. 
Whether you have a Cavoodle or a Poodle, a Cocker Spaniel or a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, ensuring your dog lives a long happy life requires regular vet visits. While a Cavoodle may be a social dog, vet clinics can sometimes make it too excitable, affecting the quality of treatment it receives. Get your Cavoodle checked and treated in your own home by our local mobile vets in Richmond, Bundoora, Brunswick, Fitzroy or any other suburb in Melbourne or Brisbane through Vets on Call. All our vets are licensed, accredited and have all the tools necessary to ensure your Cavoodle gets high-quality care at the day and time of your choice!

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