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  • What is a Cavoodle?
    A Cavoodle is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Toy or Miniature Poodle.
  • What is a Cavoodle (or Cavapoo)?
    A Cavoodle is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. Cross breeding dogs is nothing new and if you research most dog breeds, you will find that their origin is 2 or more breeds being crossed to get a desired outcome (temperament or looks/size) Did you know German Shepherds originated by breeding various typed of Sheep Herding dogs with wolves to get a desired look and temperament in the late 1800's? And did you know that the Labrador's exact origin unknown but some speculate the Greater Newfoundland dog or the French St. Hubert's dog is part of the cross that made the St. John's dog. The history of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ​ The history of the Poodle Why Are Cavoodles such a popular dog? Cavoodles, also known as Cavapoos, are a popular crossbreed dog that combines the traits of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodles. They are known to be excellent family pets for several reasons: Temperament: Cavoodles are typically friendly, affectionate, and sociable dogs, making them great companions for families. They are known for their gentle nature and are generally good with children and other pets, making them a good fit for families with kids or multiple pets. Low-Shedding Coat: Cavoodles typically inherit the Poodle's hypoallergenic coat, which means they shed less compared to other breeds. This makes them a good option for families with allergies or those who prefer a dog with minimal shedding, as it can help reduce the risk of allergies and keep the home cleaner. Intelligence: Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle are intelligent breeds, and Cavoodles tend to inherit this trait as well. They are quick learners and respond well to training, which makes them a good fit for families who want a dog that can learn commands and tricks easily. Size: Cavoodles are typically small to medium-sized dogs, with an average weight ranging from 5-12 kg. This makes them suitable for families living in smaller homes or apartments where space may be limited. They are also generally adaptable to different living situations, including urban or rural environments. Exercise Needs: Cavoodles have moderate exercise requirements, which means they can adapt to different activity levels. They enjoy daily walks, playtime, and mental stimulation, but they are not overly demanding when it comes to exercise. This makes them suitable for families with varying levels of physical activity or busy schedules. Companionship: Cavoodles are known to be loving and devoted to their families. They thrive on human interaction and enjoy being part of the family activities. They are often referred to as "velcro dogs" because they tend to form strong bonds with their human family members and are always eager to be by their side, providing companionship and emotional support. Longevity: Cavoodles are generally healthy dogs and have a relatively long lifespan, ranging from 12 to 15 years or even more with proper care. This means that they can be a part of your family for a long time, providing years of joy and companionship. Overall, Cavoodles are considered great family pets due to their friendly nature, low-shedding coat, intelligence, adaptability, moderate exercise needs, companionship, and longevity. However, it's important to remember that every dog is an individual, and their temperament and behaviour can vary based on genetics, upbringing, and training. Proper care, socialization, and training are important factors in ensuring that any dog, including a Cavoodle, becomes a well-rounded and happy family member.
  • How is Rockley Valley Park different to a puppy farm?
    The RSPCA’s definition of a puppy farm is “the intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs behavioural, social and/ or psychological needs”. A puppy farm houses dogs in filthy, squalid conditions; hidden from authorities and the public. None of this applies at Rockley Valley Park. Our best-practice breeding facility has grassed exercise yards, insulated kennels with under-slab heating and socialisation yards. There are on-site grooming facilities and a vet clinic, as well as a purpose-built temperature-controlled whelping facility with overnight monitoring. Rockley Valley Park exceeds the NSW Code of Practice for breeding dogs and cat and Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) Standards and Guidelines for breeding dogs. All breeding activity is based on veterinary advice and our vet is on site once a week. Each of our breeding mums & dads are assessed and approved by a vet before any breeding can occur. Our breeding mums are de-sexed and rehomed between 4.5 and 5 years of age and only be allowed to whelp no more than 3-5 times with guardian dogs having a maximum of 3 litters, and only then based on vet approval. All breeding males are de-sexed and rehomed by the age of 7 years. In terms of standards, these exceed all legislative requirements and those set by animal welfare groups. It is important to note that our dogs are treated as someone’s future pet and will are trained and socialised accordingly. Our days consist of daily socialisation, training and grooming and there is significant environmental enrichment available for all our breeding dogs.
  • Why don’t you promote adoption instead?
    We do. We have rehomed hundreds of cats and dogs through Kellyville Pets, but in many cases, the types of dogs people want, or can have given the size of their yards and their lifestyles, are sometimes not found in pounds or shelters. In some cases, guilting someone into rehoming if it’s not the right fit can have severe animal welfare issues as most shelter breeds are not purpose-bred dogs. We believe the best way forward is a combination of rehoming and breeding. The demand isn’t going away, but by raising the standards we can help force rogue operators who have no regard for animal welfare out of the industry.
  • Won’t breeding dogs make the situation at animal shelters even worse?
    We only breed breeds that are not available in shelters. All of our dogs – the breeding mums and dads and the puppies – have a lifetime rehoming guarantee. They will not end up in shelters, nor be competing for homes with shelter dogs as we know the people seeking these puppies are unlikely to ever adopt the breeds shelters can offer.
  • The history of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
    The Cavaliler King Charles Spaniels of today today are direct descendants of the toy spaniels that were found in Italy, France and Holland in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. ​ Historically the breeds that were merged into the King Charles Spaniel were used for hunting mainly small birds. They have kept their hunting instincts, but do not exhibit high energy and are better suited to being lapdogs. The modern breed can be prone to several health problems, including cardiac conditions and a range of eye problems. ​ The King Charles Spaniel and the other types of toy spaniels were then crossed with Pugs in the early 19th century to reduce the size of the nose, as was the style of the day. The 20th century saw attempts to restore lines of King Charles Spaniels to the breed of Charles II's time. These included the unsuccessful Toy Trawler Spaniel and the now popular Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Cavalier is slightly larger, with a flat head and a longer nose, while the King Charles is smaller, with a domed head and a flat face. In 1946, the Kennel Club finally granted separate registration from the flat-faced King Charles Spaniel. Prior to this time, early Cavalier breeders added "Cavalier Type" to their registration forms to denote a dog with a longer muzzle.
  • The history of the Poodle
    Poodles are a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. The origin of the breed is still discussed, with a prominent dispute over whether the poodle descends from Germany as a type of water dog, or from the French Barbet. Ranked second most intelligent dog breed just behind the Border Collie,[6] the poodle is skillful in many dog sports and activities, including agility, obedience, tracking to herding, circus performers and assistance dogs. France and Germany's main kennel clubs, claim the breed descends from the French Barbet. When the breed was officially recognized by the FCI, in order to avoid any possible dispute between two founding members, Germany recognized the Poodle as a dog originating from France. The progenitor of the breed might have also been crossed with the Hungarian Puli. The British Kennel Club states that the breed originates in Germany, as do the American Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club, stating: "Despite the Poodle’s association with France, the breed originated as a duck hunter in Germany..."The Oxford English Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary both trace the etymology of Poodle to the German Pudel, which itself comes from Pudelhund. The word Pudel in turn comes from Low German pud(d)eln meaning "[to] splash in water" The poodle has contributed to many other dog breeds, such as the Miniature Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer, and dogs of the Bichon type in order to either save those breeds from extinction, reduce size, or by dog fanciers to improve their appearance.
  • Cavoodle colours and coat types
    Cavoodles come in may coat types and colours. Being a crossbreed there is always variety and colour. There are 3 distinct coat types in the Cavoodle, Straight (shedding), Wavy (sometimes shedding) and Curly (non-shedding) Common colours that are available are Ruby, Apricot, Blenheim, Black & Tan and Black. There are also a variety of colours that are not as common like Chocolate, Chocolate and Tan (also called Phantom markings), Cream, Black and White, Chocolate & White
  • How much are your puppies?
    The price of pur puppies depends on the colour but as a rough guide the cost of our cavoodles will be between $2950 and $4500 depending on various factors. All our puppies are health checked, DNA clear by parentage (meaning that they will not suffer from common hereditary diseases found in Cavaliers or Poodles), they are up to date with their vaccinations and parasite control, they come with a genetic guarantee and also a 7 day cooling off period. We also offer lifetime rehoming in case your circumstances ever change.
  • Where do you sell your puppies?
    Our puppies are exclusively sold though Kellyville Pets. Kellyville Pets provides a far more transparent and accountable avenue to sell pets than the most commonly used channel, via the internet. Kellyville Pets is able to be inspected at any time and are bound by strict codes of conduct, whereas there is no way to enforce standards for online sales. Kellyville Pets is a family owned business that has been owned and operated by the same owner for more than 30 years and we chose to branch out into dog breeding 4 years ago. At Rockely Valley Park, we concentrate on breeding and looking after the dogs on site and spend all our time socialising and training dogs & puppies. w also DNA test all breeding dogs, provide both a health guarantee and lifetime rehoming for all of our puppies. We also offer a 7-day cooling off period in which people can return a puppy to reduce the risks of impulse buying. We choose to sell our puppies through Kellyville Pets as the staff there is highly trained to place the right pet in the right home and also offer lifetime follow up service.
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