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Toy Cavoodle

Temperament

If you are looking for a little companion that is fun, friendly, and intelligent, you can’t go wrong with a Toy Cavoodle. This energetic crossbreed is both playful and gentle, making it a wonderful choice for active households.

It is sensitive to human emotions and knows immediately when you need affection. It’s the type of dog that will accompany you on daily walks as well as cuddle with you on the couch during lazy afternoons. The Toy Cavoodle is not only a great family pet but also a therapy canine.

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The Ultimate Guide to Toy Cavoodles

This dog is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Toy Poodle. Also known as the Cavapoo, it has become one of the most popular pets in Australia for many years now due to its excellent temperament and hypoallergenic properties.

Toy Cavoodle Origins

It is believed that the Toy Cavoodle was bred as early as the 1950s to mix the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s good-naturedness with the Toy Poodle’s low-shedding trait.

It was only in the 1990s that this designer breed was intentionally mixed in Australia because of its excellent characteristics. Today, it is an incredibly popular dog not only in Australia but also in the United Kingdom and United States.

 

Key Characteristics of Toy Cavoodles

Are Toy Cavoodles family-friendly? Yes, they are. Toy Cavoodles make wonderful pets. They are perfect for first-time dog owners, families with children, and seniors who long for a loving companion.

These dogs are gentle and friendly around kids. But because of their tiny frame and fragile body, it is recommended that parents advise their children to handle these canines with care.

Daily exercise needs? As a small dog, the Toy Cavoodle needs only a moderate amount of exercise. One 30-minute walk per day is sufficient.
Common health issues & considerations While the Toy Cavoodle is a generally healthy dog, it is still prone to some genetic defects such as the following:

  • Congenital heart attacks
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Slipping kneecaps
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation
  • Epilepsy
Lifespan 10 to 14 years
Nature / Temperament Affectionate, active, intelligent, outgoing, gentle, and playful
Size Weight
Five to eight kilograms
Height
30 to 38 cm
Suitable Environment  The Toy Cavoodle’s size makes it very adaptable to different environments. It will do well in a tiny apartment or a large home with or without a backyard as long as it gets adequate exercise and mental stimulation daily.

Bear in mind, however, that it is not comfortable in extreme temperatures. It is recommended that you trim its coat during the summer season and provide it with warm clothes in the winter months.

Grooming While the Toy Cavoodle does not shed much, its coat grows continuously. This is why it needs to be brushed weekly to remove tangles. Visits to a professional groomer are suggested every four to six weeks.

Other Considerations:

  • Because this dog tends to experience sadness when left alone for long hours, it is best suited for owners who are home a lot. The good thing is, this dog can be trained at an early age to be left on its own without feeling sad.
  • On average, it can have five to six puppies per litter.
  • It tends to bark when it is lonely or stressed. Luckily, training can put this under control.

Average cost of a Toy Cavoodle

Toy Cavoodles typicaly range between $2500 and $7000AUD.

How can I take care of my Toy Cavoodle?

Nutrition

It is recommended that you feed your Toy Cavoodle ½ to 11/2 cups of dry food daily, divided into two meals. It is best to ask your vet what the right food and portions are for your dog’s age, size, and metabolism.

If you have yet to speak with your vet, it is suggested to select premium dog food. Make sure your canine’s diet is complete and well-balanced. A good diet should have the right amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

To avoid your dog from getting overweight, it is advised to follow the recommended feeding guide on its food label. If there is no guide, opt for a 300-to-400-calorie intake per day until you get to speak with your vet.

Grooming

Toy Cavoodles are medium-to-high-maintenance dogs. While low-shedders, they require regular grooming several times a week to remove knots and dirt from their long and curly coat. Frequent clippings from a professional groomer are also recommended as their hair tends to grow quickly.

Recommended Grooming Tips

  • Because of their floppy ears and hairy ear canals, these dogs need regular ear cleaning. Do check your dog’s ears daily to prevent infections, and clean them as needed.
  • Make sure your dog is on flea and tick control throughout the year to prevent allergies.
  • Like most dogs, Toy Cavoodles are prone to tear stains. Prevention can be done by gently rubbing the stain using a cotton ball moistened with an appropriate cleaning solution.

Exercise

Even for a small dog, the Toy Cavoodle enjoys a quick stroll in the park. While it does not have a high prey drive, it still possesses the tracking genes of its Cavalier parent. This means, keeping it on a leash is advised.

Playing with your canine at home is also recommended, whether it’s a game of fetch, chase, or tug. This dog loves to play with toys, so moderate indoor exercise is not a bad idea.

Should you take your Toy Cavoodle out for a walk, bear in mind that it does not handle heat well. Because of its short muzzle, it is prone to heat stress. When you do take it out for a stroll outdoors on a hot day, make sure to bring plenty of cool water.

Training

Most Toy Cavoodles are taught basic skills as early as eight weeks old. Some owners even take them to puppy kindergarten and behavioural classes. However, if you feel you can take on the work as a personal trainer, go ahead. These dogs are intelligent and responsive.

They love the attention and may sometimes surprise you with the things they can do. Just always remember that positive reinforcement is the best way to treat them as they can be quite sensitive.

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 Toy Cavoodle Questions

What does a Toy Cavoodle look like?

Given that it is a crossbreed, the Toy Cavoodle’s appearance varies. Generally, however, it has round eyes, a tiny snout, and floppy ears. Its coat is often wavy and smooth, and it comes in a range of colours including cream, black, grey, red, brown, and white.

Does a Toy Cavoodle shed a lot?

No. A Toy Cavoodle’s coat is made of hair instead of fur which is why it sheds very little.

What’s the price of a Toy Cavoodle?

To ensure you get a happy and healthy dog, it is recommended that you adopt from a responsible breeder. A Toy Cavoodle typically costs between AUD $5,000 and $8,000.

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