Is a Cavapoo a good family dog?

As a child, from the ages of 5 to 15, I would periodically ask my mother if we could get a dog. The answer was as consistent as it was emphatic: “No!”. Unfortunately, my parents just weren’t dog people and, in the end, I had to settle for a cat.

25 years then passed until I was in a position to get a dog of my own. I’m not yet a parent, however, my cavapoo, Alfie, has been around lots of children and babies. He has been nothing but calm and loving with all of them. I can therefore confirm, based on my own first-hand experience and research, that cavapoos make fantastic family pets. This affirmation is based largely on the cavapoo’s temperament; they are loving, patient, and lively.

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Do cavapoos bark?

Dogs’ barking, yapping or howling are typically all noises that can induce stress in people. As such, a prospective dog owner may place “doesn’t bark” high on their priority list when choosing a breed. Undoubtedly, certain breeds are more prone to barking than others. In fact, for some dogs, such as guard dog breeds, barking is in their DNA and part of what they’ve been historically bred and trained to do. That said, there are very few breeds for which one can categorically say they never bark. Is the cavapoo amongst this list or is it in fact a rather vocal breed?

Cavapoo

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How to train your cavapoo

Is your cavapoo displaying certain behaviours that you’d like to discourage or perhaps is generally disobedient? Even owners who invest lots of time and money (training classes aren’t cheap) training their cavapoo can sometimes feel Fido needs work in certain areas. Training your dog is a marathon not a sprint, and should be seen as a continuous process that will require upkeep throughout your pooch’s life.

Cavapoo puppy sitting

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How big do cavapoos get?

When researching which breed of dog is right for you, size is an important factor to consider. A dog’s size typically correlates with things like; how much space and exercise a dog needs, how much food it will eat, etc. Therefore, it’s vital to choose a dog of a size that suits your home, lifestyle and budget.

The cavapoo is a small to medium-sized dog. When fully grown, the cavapoo’s height (measured from paw to shoulder) ranges from 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38cm), and weight can range from 11 to 24lbs (5 to 11kg). 

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