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?


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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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Cavapoo biting – when is it normal versus dangerous?

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.

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