Cavapoos have seen their popularity soar over the past decades.
If you’ve got your heart set on bringing home a Cavapoo, it’s important you do proper research about Cavapoo breeders before taking the plunge.
Like Cockapoos, Cavapoos are often dubbed a “designer dog” or “designer breed”.
In spite of the supposedly fancy title, they can often be found in puppy farms or mills.
Therefore it’s vital that you take precautions when looking for the right Cavapoo breeder for you.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at Cavapoo price, where to find ethical and responsible breeders and costs of owning a dog.
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What is a Cavapoo?
A Cavapoo is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. This mix can also be called a Cavoodle or Cavapoodle. Alternatively, it can simply – but not succinctly – called a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle mix.
Cavapoos will usually be around nine to 14 inches tall and can weigh between eight and 20 pounds. Having said that, this all depend on the size of the Poodle bred with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It can be different depending on each particular dog and whether their physical characteristics reflect their Cavalier or Poodle parent.
Cavapoo can come in a wide range of colors. Generally, most Cavapoo will be some variation of black, white and brown. They can also be chestnut, tri-color, apricot, cream, phantom, red sable and sable.
There are several variations of Cavapoo that you will encounter online or social media. You’ll often spot F1, F2, F3 or F1b beside a Cavapoo’s name. This isn’t a reference to motorsport.
F1 denotes the first cross between any Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a toy or miniature Poodles.
F2 symbolizes the cross breeding of two F1 Cavapoos. F3 would recognise breeding between two F2 Cavapoos.
Sometimes you’ll spot the letter ‘b’ in a Cavapoo’s title. This occurs when a F1 Cavapoo is bred back to a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Poodle to create F1b Cavapoo.
Cavapoo can have a wide price range depending on different breeders you speak to. Although color shouldn’t determine the price, a lot of breeders will charge more for puppies with a rare coat color. Other factors could include size and lineage.
A rough price range is $1600 (£1200) to $2000 (£1600) but you could see Cavapoo puppies advertised for more or less than this.
Cavapoo breeders and puppies
It can be an overwhelming experience trying to find an ethical, experienced and reputable Cavapoo breeder. As these hybrid dogs are a relatively new mix, you’ll see a lot of opportunists looking to capitalise on their soaring popularity.
Cavapool aren’t a recognised breed by the American Kennel Club, Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club. So there isn’t a breed standard or code of ethics that official breeders have to adhere to.
Our best advice is to do thorough research and cast your net wide. You should try to speak to as many breeders as possible. You can ask to meet parents, puppies, see documentation of the parents, proof of health screening and visits to the vet.
Here’s what Cavapoo World has to say on the topic of breeders:
A good breeder will always health-test the puppy’s parents to eliminate any potential genetic issues in the puppies. A good breeder will always let you know such health-testing has been done and that the puppies are free from genetic diseases. They may even provide you with a certificate.
If you’ve settled on a breeder, you can always ask to speak to other owners to learn about their experience and how the puppies have developed after moving to their forever homes.
A lot of breeders will ask you to fill out a questionnaire so they can get a good idea if you’re going to be the right fit for a Cavapoo pup. There should be lots of questions asked by both parties.
We recommend visiting the breeder to see the parents and their puppies. You can also get an idea of the conditions that the puppies are being raised in.
Cavapoo World offer some more advice on this:
Have a look at puppies themselves. Do they look healthy, happy and energetic? That is a good sign. If the puppies have signs of disease, such as bad coats or discharge from eyes or ears, that’s a sign of potential current or future health issues.
You could be looking for an older dog to avoid the responsibilities that come with raising a pup, such as potty training. Alternatively, maybe you like the idea of rescuing a dog that desperately needs a home.
We recommend start by visiting your local rescue shelter to see if they’ve got a Cavapoo that needs to be rehomed. Alternatively, you could research a dedicated Cavapoo rescue organisation.
Cavapoo puppy costs
So you’ve been saving to cover the initial price of purchasing your Cavapoo puppy. While buying a Cavapoo costs a significant amount of money, the costs won’t stop once you bring your new arrival home.
You’ll need to budget for any vaccination boosters required or general health checks at the vet. Some breeders will microchip your puppy, if not, you’ll have to do so yourself.
There’s also the small matter of spaying or neutering your dog.
Some Cavapoo breeders will enclose a clause in your contract that you must insure your new pup. Even if they don’t, it’s a good idea to be responsible and protect against unforeseen accidents or emergencies.
Insuring your Cavapoo could cost anywhere between $30 and $70 depending on the insurance company and the type of insurance you elect for.
Here’s our ultimate guide to pet insurance if you need help deciding.
Cavapoos, just like any breed or mix breed, will need a balanced and healthy diet. You’ll need to factor feeding your Cavapoo into your budget.
There are a lot of different options to choose from. Whether you decide to go for dry food, wet food or a raw diet.
We recommend considering a dog food delivery company based upon the impact they’ve had on our dogs and their quality of life.
They create fresh dog meals with help from veterinary experts and customised to your Cavapoo’s specific needs.
You can check out our complete guide to dog food delivery companies here.
Although Cavapoos are considered hypoallergenic and low-shedding dogs, they’ll still require a lot of grooming.
You’ll have to brush your Cavapoo at least two or three times a week.
They’ll need a haircut or trim every couple of months. You may prefer to use a professional groomer for this job. That’s another cost to consider!
Cavapoo life expectancy
Cavapoos have an average lifespan of around 12 to 16 years so they’ll be a responsibility for a large portion of your life!
Anything else to consider?
We never recommend buying a Cavapoo pup or any dog from a pet store, online website or third party dealer.
You should contact and visit as many Cavapoo breeders as possible to do thorough research.
If you follow a Cavapoo owner on Instagram, you could also reach out to see where they got their dog.
If you need to hire a dog walker to exercise your Cavapoo while you’re at work, that’s another consideration to think about. Cavapoo are active dogs that need at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.
So that brings us to the end of our article on Cavapoo price.
We recommend doing as much research as possible and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions.
You want to avoid a potential scam, so it’s key to take your time before deciding on a Cavapoo breeder.