Potential dog owners, especially those with young families, should ask questions about the track record of any breed of dog that is going to be a household pet. The cavapoo has an excellent reputation for gentleness as it enjoys the company of children as well as adults. Both the Cavalier King Charles spaniel and the miniature poodle, the types of dog used in the breeding of the cavapoo, are likewise normally friendly and companionable. “Normally” is, however, the operative word.
Any breed of dog may display social anxiety, and although the cavapoo is not generally a nervous dog, he may be showing signs of stress. Unfortunately, these may manifest as behaviour that seems to stem from the mischievousness of a puppy or the wilfulness of an adult, and so it is vital to recognise the signs.
Cavapoos are an incredibly friendly breed. Typically, they love humans and other dogs and love to play with doggy friends they meet in the park. However, just like any other breed, cavapoos that have had a bad experience with another dog can become fearful and must be socialised cautiously.
Small dogs like cavapoos are far better suited to harnesses over collars. Small dogs have small, delicate throats and so being pulled by the collar could damage your cavapoo’s windpipe, whereas a harness distributes pressure evenly across the chest.