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Mini Cavoodle


With its friendly disposition, the Mini Cavoodle makes a wonderful pet and companion. Gentle and affectionate, this easygoing dog is suitable for families, seniors, and singles. It loves to spend time with its owner and enjoys engaging in different activities.


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The Ultimate Guide to Mini Cavoodles

The Mini Cavoodle also goes by the names Cavadoo and Cavapoo. It is one of the most popular dogs in Australia because of its excellent temperament. If you are looking for a pet that is suitable for all age groups and a variety of lifestyles, this hybrid is a great choice.

Mini Cavoodle Origins

Some believe that the Cavoodle was first developed in the 1950s in the United States by crossing a Miniature Poodle with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The objective of the breeding was to produce a hybrid that sheds very little and is safe for allergy sufferers.

Four decades later, the Cavoodle was established in Australia by crossbreeding programmes. However, even with its popularity until today, it remains unrecognised by major international kennel clubs because it is a hybrid.


Key Characteristics of Mini Cavoodles

Are Mini Cavoodles family-friendly? Yes, they are. Mini Cavoodles are pack animals, which is why it is natural for them to enjoy human companionship. Their loyal and affectionate nature makes them suitable for families with children. However, due to their small size, these dogs should be treated by younger kids gently and with care.
Daily exercise needs? The Mini Cavoodle is energetic, making one walk daily essential. At least 30 minutes of exercise is sufficient to keep it healthy.
Common health issues & considerations In general, the Mini Cavoodle is healthy like its parents. However, a few genetic issues can still occur:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation
  • Syringomyelia
  • Cataracts
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
Lifespan 12 to 15 years
Nature / Temperament Friendly, loyal, affectionate, smart, and gentle
Size As an offspring of two small purebreds, it is expected for the Mini Cavoodle to also be small in size. It will usually reach its full weight and height at 12 months old.


Five to 12 kg


25 to 40 cm

Suitable Environment  The Mini Cavoodle can easily adapt to any environment, whether in the city or the country. Because of its size, it is suitable for both tiny apartments and small houses that may or may not have a backyard.

While it is happy cuddling with its owner or lying on the couch, it still needs daily exercise or playtime outdoors to avoid getting bored.

Grooming The Miniature Cavoodle has moderate maintenance needs. Daily brushing is required to prevent tangles, and regular bathing is needed to keep its coat clean and soft. Clipping should be done every six weeks.

Other Considerations:

  • This dog tends to bark at strangers. But because it is friendly, it will soon be playing with the unfamiliar person once it deems the individual as a non-threat.
  • Because of its social nature, the Miniature Cavoodle will befriend almost any animal, including cats and rabbits.
  • On average, this hybrid can have five to six puppies per litter.

Average cost of a Mini Cavoodle

Mini Cavoodles typicaly range between $1500 and $3500AUD.

How can I take care of my Mini Cavoodle?


It is advised to feed your Mini Cavoodle a complete and well-balanced meal. Select a premium dry food that provides a good amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Consult with your veterinarian to know which foods are suitable for your dog’s age and size.

Prevent your hybrid from becoming overweight by following the recommended feeding guide on its food package. If your dog is obese, it is suggested to put it on a calorie-restricted diet and measure its food intake. Always supply your Mini Cavoodle with fresh, clean water.


Despite shedding very little, this dog needs regular grooming. This is because its long, wavy coat is prone to becoming matted and collecting dirt. A Mini Cavoodle with a Poodle-like coat will need daily brushing, while a hybrid with a Cavalier-like coat will require weekly combing.

To keep your dog’s coat in good condition, bathe and trim it regularly. It is also recommended to take your canine to a professional groomer every four to six weeks.

Recommended Grooming Tips

  • The Mini Cavoodle has hairy ear canals, so it is advised to have your dog’s ears checked and cleaned regularly for infections.
  • This dog is prone to tear staining just like its parents. It is suggested to wipe your hybrid’s eyes regularly and keep the hair around its eyes short at all times.
  • Prevent tartar buildup and gingivitis by brushing your dog’s teeth at least twice a week. To avoid periodontal disease, daily brushing is recommended.


The Mini Cavoodle needs physical and mental stimulation to satisfy its energy levels. Generally, 30-minutes of daily exercise is enough. You can take your dog out for a walk, jog, or game of fetch in the park. Allow it to also socialise with other dogs.


Because it is bred from a Mini Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Miniature Cavoodle is a very intelligent dog. It loves to please and is quick to learn commands and tricks, making it wonderful to train.

While easy to teach, this hybrid can sometimes display independence. It is recommended to use positive reinforcement and reward this dog with treats for good behaviour. Finally, patience and consistency are advised.

This is basic information, and it should not be used to make adoption or purchasing decisions. Be sure to consult an expert if you’d like to learn about the breed’s care and requirements.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Mini Cavoodle Questions

What does a Mini Cavoodle look like?

While the appearance of the Mini Cavoodle varies from dog to dog, there are some characteristics that remain common. This crossbreed has a round face, large eyes, a medium-length muzzle, long ears, and an elongated neck.

This dog has a luxurious coat that is either feathered or curly. Coat colours are wide-ranging, including gold, red, apricot, tan, brown, and black. Some have white markings, while others do not.

Does a Mini Cavoodle shed a lot?

The Mini Cavoodle sheds little to no hair. Its coat is made up of hair instead of fur, making it hypoallergenic.

What’s the price of a Mini Cavoodle?

Because of its positive traits, the Mini Cavoodle is quite an expensive dog. It typically costs between AUD $4,000 to 7,000 from a reputable breeder.

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