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

So why breed a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a Poodle?

Over the years, the Cavalier has ended up with some problems including:

  • Congenital Macrothrombocytopenia

  • Curly Coat Dry Eye Syndrome

  • Degenerative Myelopathy

  • Episodic Falling Syndrome


The Poodle is another popular small breed and is known for its intelligence and loyalty. Miniature Poodles are also known to have ‘neurotic’ tendencies, especially if over spoilt by their owners. 


Careful breeding and DNA testing of parents ensures health issues and personality issues are diminished with the contribution of the Cavalier’s laid back temperament. 


Poodles have wool and fur so don't shed and are therefore considered low allergenic. Most long hair cavoodles end up with a non shedding wool type coat.


Read more about cavoodle colours and coat types.