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The Cavoodle

Cavoodles and Health


Cavoodles have diverse genetics due to being a mixed breed.

This makes them less likely to develop genetic disease when bred by a responsible breeder who genetically tests the parents.


The main genetic diseases that can appear in Cavoodles are: 

  • PRA – Progressive Rod Cone degeneration of the eyes, this comes from the genes of the Poodle. 

  • Episodic Falling Syndrome – During periods of excitement the dog’s muscles stiffens and the dog collapses, this comes from the genes of the CKC Spaniel. 

  • Degenerative Myelopathy – This disease causes a progressive degeneration of the spinal cord in older dogs, this occurs in both poodles and CKC Spaniels. 


Puppies Downunder conduct full breed profile genetic testing on all our sires and dams. We carefully select which dogs we breed together and only breed from Clear to Carrier or from Clear to Clear. 



What size do Cavoodles grow to? 

Cavoodles are a mixed breed so they don’t have a set breed standard of size; the size can vary due to the generation and the parents of the dog. If you’re unsure what size your puppy will grow to ask to see the parents to get an idea of the size.


Our Cavoodle puppies at Puppies Downunder have a size range of:

Height: 28-40cm 

Weight: 8-15kg 

What is the Best Coat for Allergy Sufferers?  


Dogs with a wool (curly) single coat are more suitable for those suffering with allergies. These coats have the lowest allergens due to curls that catch dander and are low shedding. Dogs with wool single coats shed slowly and their curls help trap hairs as they fall out.  


These coats are high maintenance requiring daily brushing. This should be done with a high-quality slicker brush which helps detangle surface hair and remove dander, dirt and debris.   


Low Maintenance Coats  


If allergies are not an issue and a low maintenance coat, is preferred, a fleece or hair coat would be most suitable.  


This type of coat is average to low shedding due to undercoat hairs falling out and new ones coming in.   

What is a Cavoodle? 

A Cavoodle also known as a Cavadoodle or Cavapoo, is a mixed breed consisting of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. 

These two breeds together create an ideal family pet that is affectionate and has an eager to please temperament of a Cavalier as well as the intelligence, trainability and low shedding coat of a Poodle. 

The Cavoodle's Temperament

Cavoodles are affectionate, non-aggressive, eager to please, playful, friendly and  loyal.

They are very sociable and friendly which when combined with proper socalisation and training, get along with all age groups of people, other dogs and cats.


Cavoodles have long ears and can sometimes have fur growth inside making them more prone to dirty ears and ear infections.
Always check your Cavoodle’s ears for any foul smells or build up of debris.  Regularly clean their ears and pluck any fur that is growing inside when required.
If you suspect your Cavoodle has an ear infection take your Cavoodle to the Veterinarian for advice on treatment. 



Cavoodles can develop dry eyed syndrome or cataracts,. Check your Cavoodle’s eyes on a regular basis and if you notice anything of concern, take your Cavoodle to your Veterinarian. 


Hips and Knees 

Cavoodles can develop Hip Dysplasia although this is uncommon, this is most likely to happen due to improper nutrition, not enough exercise or too much exercise.


Luxating Patella (Slipping Kneecaps) is more common in toy Cavoodles; this causes your Cavoodle’s knee to slip out of the joint and has a grading system on the severity of it. Seek veterinarian advice if you suspect your Cavoodle has either of these conditions. 

Do Cavoodles Shed? 

This varies depending on which breed/parent they take  after as well as the individual puppy’s coat.


There are 3 coat variations as well as single and double coats. 



A single coat of densely packed curls 


A single or double coat with waves


A double coat with a wiry top coat on top of a fuzzy undercoat. 


Single Coat 

No undercoat 

Double Coat 

Top coat and Undercoat 


All dogs shed their old fur so new fur can grow in, and all dogs produce dander (dead skin cells). Depending on the kind of the coat the dog has deems it less or more likely to trigger allergies.   

How Active are Cavoodles? 

Cavoodles have a moderate activity level. They require daily 30 to 60 minute walks per day as well as playtime and mental enrichment. 

Please note:  Exercise should be kept to a minimum for Cavoodle puppies as over-exercise can cause skeletal damage and long-term health issues. 

Cavoodle Puppies For Sale

Why Are Cavoodle Puppies Having Their Moment In The Spotlight? 

A Cavoodle also known as a Cavadoodle or Cavapoo, is a mixed breed consisting of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. 

These two breeds together create an ideal family pet that is affectionate and has an eager to please temperament of a Cavalier as well as the intelligence, trainability and low shedding coat of a Poodle.

There are quite a few dog breeds that have had their time in the sun over the last few years. Pugs, french bulldogs, and corgis are just a few of the breeds we see in filling urban dog parks throughout the east coast of Australia. While we love dogs of all shapes and sizes, there’s one breed currently enjoying its moment in the spotlight; the cavoodle. These cute, cuddly, teddy bear-looking puppies are definitely in high demand, but why are so many people searching for cavoodle puppies for sale? At Puppies Downunder, we’re a leading ethical cavoodle breeder, and we can think of a few reasons why families are going out of their way to find the perfect cavoodle puppy to join their family. 

What Is A Cavoodle?

A cavoodle, also known as a cavadoodle or cavapoo, is a mixed breed consisting of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a poodle. The result is the ideal family pet, with the affectionate, eager to please temperament of a Cavalier and the intelligence, trainability, and low shedding coat of a poodle. 

  • Health. Problem areas for cavoodles are typically in the ears, eyes, hips, and knees. Their ears are long and fluffy, so they can be prone to ear infections, and they can develop dry eye syndrome or cataracts, so their eyes need to be checked regularly. While it is uncommon, cavoodles can develop hip dysplasia, and toy cavoodles can suffer from luxating patella (slipping kneecaps). Cavoodles are a mixed breed with diverse genetics. When bred by an ethical breeder who genetically tests the parents, cavoodles are far less likely to develop genetic diseases. At Puppies Downunder, we conduct full breed profile genetic testing on all our sires and dams. We carefully select which dogs breed together, and we only breed from ‘clear’ to ‘carrier’ or ‘clear’ to ‘clear’. The main genetic diseases cavoodles can be predisposed to are; 

    • Progressive Rod Cone degeneration 

    • Episodic Falling Syndrome 

    • Degenerative Myelopathy 

  • Size. As cavoodles are a mixed breed, they don’t have a set size standard. Their full size will depend greatly on the generation and their parents. The cavoodle puppies at Puppies Downunder typically grow to 28-40cm in height and weigh 8-15kg. 

  • Activity. Cavoodles have a moderate activity level, requiring 30-60 minute walks every day plus playtime and mental enrichment. However, the exercise of cavoodle puppies should be kept to a minimum, as over-exercise can create long-term health issues and skeletal damage. 

Why Are Cavoodles So Popular All Of A Sudden?

At Puppies Downunder, we have countless clients looking for a cavoodle to join their family. But why are people searching for cavoodle puppies for sale suddenly? We can think of a few reasons. 


  • They’re very affectionate. Cavoodles are non-aggressive, playful, friendly, and loyal. They’re very sociable and eager to please, so with the right training, these gorgeous dogs will get along with other dogs, cats, and people of all ages. 

  • They’re great for allergy sufferers. Cavoodles with a wool single coat are the best choice for those with allergies, as the curls are low shedding and catch dander (dead skin cells). However, these coats are rather high maintenance,  and they require daily brushing to remove surface hair, dander, dirt, and debris.

  • There are low maintenance coat types. If allergies aren’t an issue, you can get a cavoodle puppy with a low-maintenance fleece or hair coat. These coat types are also low shedding but may shed when undercoat hairs fall out. 

  • They’re highly intelligent. Cavoodles are very smart, and they love to learn, making them one of the easiest breeds to train. 

  • They’re definitely lap dogs. If there’s one thing a cavoodle loves, it’s cuddle time. They’ll take any opportunity to sit in your lap, curl up in bed, or cuddle up to you. 

  • They look like little teddy bears. That’s right, cavoodles look like teddy bears, and they’re just as cuddly as teddies too! 

  • They’re fantastic apartment dogs. Cavoodles are the ideal inner-city dogs, as they flourish in apartments. As long as someone is around to play and give them attention, they’re more than happy in smaller spaces. 

How To Find An Ethical Cavoodle Breeder

At Puppies Downunder, we value ethical breeding practices, and the needs and wellbeing of our dogs are our top priority. We believe people should be 100% informed when choosing a cavoodle breeder in Australia, and if ethical breeding standards are important, buyers should know how to find an ethical breeder. 

  • Do they provide accurate health records for the puppies? A high-quality, ethical breeder aims to provide comprehensive health records, complete with genetic medical testing. They’ll also ensure the puppy is microchipped, has had a health check, at least two vaccinations (C6 and C7), and worming and flea prevention.

  • Are they endorsed by any governing or respected parties? At Puppies Downunder, we’re proud to say our facility has been approved by the Minister for Agriculture, the Chief Veterinary Office of Victoria, and the RSPCA. We strive to maintain ongoing compliance with the Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Business 2018. 

  • Do they provide after-sale support? If a breeder sells you a puppy without offering after-sale contact or support, there’s a good chance they aren’t an ethical breeder. At Puppies Downunder, we offer lifetime support for the families of our puppies, so you’ll never feel alone while raising your new best friend. 

  • Do they allow you to visit the facility? A high-quality, ethical breeder will encourage you to come out and see the facility in which the puppy was bred. You should be able to tour the facility and meet the parent dogs. At Puppies Downunder, we welcome you to come in and say hi before bringing your puppy home. However, we understand that some people can’t make the trip out, so we maintain transparency online, posting plenty of information and photos of our facility and our dogs. 

  • Do they have extensive breeding experience? Only breeders with experience can properly cater to the puppies’ needs, ensuring their wellbeing is the first priority. At Puppies Downunder, we have 45 years of experience in breeding, raising, and training dogs of all breeds, so you can rest assured that we know exactly how to give your puppy the best possible start to life. 

  • Do they choose families selectively? An ethical breeder won’t just hand the puppy to the family with the most money who found a ‘cavoodle for sale’ ad online. Instead, they will choose the family and environment that best suits the puppy’s temperament. 

  • Do they answer all your questions? A huge red flag of an unethical breeder is a reluctance to answer specific questions or providing false information to secure a sale. Instead, you should be able to ask questions about the puppy’s temperament, health, lineage, and training and expect a clear, informative response. 

  • Do they ask you plenty of questions? As we mentioned, an ethical breeder will be selective in their choice of family for the puppies, so they’ll likely ask you all kinds of questions about your home and lifestyle to assess whether the puppy is the right fit for you. Try to be as honest as you can because that’ll help us pair you with the perfect puppy for your family. 

  • When do they allow the puppies to leave with their new families? A puppy shouldn’t be separated from the mother until at least eight weeks of age at the very minimum. Not only is the puppy not ready to leave its mother before eight weeks, but it’ll also miss valuable socialisation time with its siblings. Puppies Downunder waits until the puppy is ten weeks old before we allow them to join their new family. 

  • Do they provide the tools you’ll need to give your puppy a great start? Ethical breeders will typically provide families with a few essentials to help their puppy settle into its new home. Puppies Downunder provides the puppy starter pack containing biscuits, a collar, a lead, a bowl, and a toy. We also provide six weeks of free pet insurance, so you’ve got everything you need. 


If You’re Looking For Cavoodle Puppies For Sale In Australia, Choose The Ethical Breeders At Puppies Downunder 

At Puppies Downunder, the health and wellbeing of our animals is our highest priority. Dogs are our passion, and we dedicate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to their care. We’re the experts in our field, and with over 45 years of experience in breeding, raising, and training dogs, you can rest assured that your puppy is coming from a place dedicated to its enrichment and care.

We’re proud to say that Puppies Downunder is one of the only commercial dog breeders approved by the Minister for Agriculture due to our immensely high professionalism and ethical behaviour standards. In fact, we have the highest ethical standards of any dog breeder globally. We offer lifetime support for families adopting puppies from our facility, so you can always feel confident knowing we’re here for you. If you’re looking for an ethical cavoodle breeder, get in touch with the team at Puppies Downunder today. 

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