What Dog To Get?

You’ve taken the quizzes, met your friend’s dogs, chatted with owners out with their pup, and you still have no idea what breed is for you?  I get it! Welcoming a furry companion into your life is an exciting decision, but it’s essential to choose a dog breed that suits your lifestyle, personality, and needs.

I want to tell you a little bit about what brought me to Cavapoos, and what keeps me believing that this dog is a great choice for many owners.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

They are one of the most sweet and gentle dog breeds in existence. They adapt to any lifestyle, and they are truly people oriented dogs. Unfortunately, poor breeding has caused many health problems to arise in this breed, with some countries even banning them entirely.

Poodles (In Miniature)

So the first time I was every bit by a dog, it was a half blind poodle I reach out to pet when I was in second grade. Yikes. Thankfully, I have since had many amazing encounters with these eager dogs, and boy are they a bundle of fun. They are bouncy until they are still. They are excited until they are calm, and there isn’t much in between!

Combining The Two (and why I love them!)

Sometimes, combining breeds can get the worst, instead of the best, of the parent breeds. Thankfully, there isn’t much to dislike about the parent breeds. With careful selection and health testing, we can bypass the big scaries of the Cavalier health issues. Selecting those less excitable poodles helps us dampen that poodle energy, without losing that eager playfulness. Still just as cuddly as the Cavalier, and easy to train as the Poodle, these dogs are super adaptable, super fun, and just love being around their families.

I think they make great companions for nearly everyone. As long as they have a person who loves them, they are content.

Health Considerations

While we do our best to eliminate big scary things, there is still a lot we can’t test for, so we really depend on looking at the health of parents and grandparents and so on, as well as always looking at previous litters and their health and testing.

In Sleeping Bear Kennels Cavapoos, we have only seen mild considerations, all of which are very common in small dogs. Floppy ears can be prone to ear infections. Smaller dogs are more prone to dental abnormalities such as base narrow canines or overbite due to their smaller jaws. Luxating patella can also happen in small breeds.

When looking at parent dogs, knowing that Cavaliers are very prone to eye issues, we make sure that they have well aligned eyes, and our parents dogs have yearly eye exams.

Training

Cavapoos are incredibly easy to train, thanks to our amazing Poodle genes! Housebreaking is usually a breeze, and you’ll get back your time investment with quick results. Many of our dogs are emotional support animals, therapy dogs, or play similar support roles for their families.