Looking to get a cavapoo puppy but struggling to find a good breeder? As the cavapoo has grown in popularity in recent years, a select few UK-based breeders have chosen to specialise in this relatively new crossbreed. The majority of cavapoo puppies available for sale are from amateur breeders who have bred their family pet as a one-off event.
Since the cavapoo is not an established “pure” breed, there are very few reputable cavapoo breeders out there, and those that do exist can be hard to find.
A good cavapoo breeder is focused on producing healthy litters of pups with good temperaments, over attempting to achieve a certain aesthetic (all cavapoos are adorable). Below, I have attempted to compile a comprehensive and up to date list of the UK’s top cavapoo breeders. These are breeders who are still actively breeding F1 cavapoos, and have a good reputation for their experience in producing healthy litters of puppies.
What makes a good cavapoo breeder?
When attempting to confirm whether you’re dealing with a reputable cavapoo breeder or not, focus on the provenance, temperament and health of the puppies’ parents.
- Provenance. Can the breeder present to you both parents, or at least the mother, to prove to you the puppy has not come from a puppy farm and genuinely has been bred from the parent dogs they claim it has?
- Temperament. How is the temperament of the pup’s parents? Again, you need to be offered to meet the pup’s mother to verify this for sure because temperament is largely inherited by the puppy.
- Health tests. Can the breeder provide the relevant certification for health tests carried out on both parents to prove the puppies haven’t inherited any of the common health issues associated with cavaliers and poodles?
What health test results should you be asking for?
Both parent dogs should have certificates to prove they are clear of the genetic diseases listed below for each respective breed. “Clear” being the key word, meaning these dogs do not have any copies of the abnormal gene associated with the condition that has been tested for, and therefore there is very little chance of their puppies having these health issues.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent should have the certification that their DNA is clear of the following diseases;
The Minature Poodle should have certification to show their DNA is clear from;
- Progressive rod cone degeneration – Progressive retinal atrophy (prcd-PRA)
- BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Screening Scheme
F2 cavapoos, that is 2nd generation cavapoos i.e. with two F1 cavapoo parents, should ideally have been tested for all of the above also.
Risks when buying from a breeder who hasn’t health tested the parents
Procuring a cavapoo puppy from a breeder who can’t prove they’ve health tested its parents runs the risk that your pup will have a genetic disease. There are all sorts of ethical and practical questions to ask yourself in concluding whether this is a risk you want to take or not.
Broadly speaking, a crossbreed such as an F1 cavapoo should have a lower risk of genetic disease versus purebreeds thanks to having a broader gene pool (potentially less chance of homozygous genes). That said, the Cavalier breed (from which a cavapoo takes half its DNA) is notorious for having health issues.
Above all else, you want to ensure you are not indirectly supported the cruel and illegal puppy farm industry by using common sense and asking the right questions.
List of reputable cavapoo breeders in the UK
- Henley Poos, Oxfordshire
“We health test all of our dogs in line with the recommendations from the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme”
2.Kettreana, Peak District
My Cavaliers are all health tested before breeding, the tests are done at a specialist vets. These tests include BVA EYE TEST, CARDIOLOGIST HEART TEST, and DNA. Health testing is very important to me as I only want to produce healthy puppies.
3. Kelly’s Kennels, Cheshire
Our standards are among the highest you will find anywhere and we give our guarantee of quality and health with every puppy when it goes to its new home.
3. Humphrie’s Poos, Cheshire
All our Mums and Dads are fully health tested.
4. Prestige Cavapoo, County Durham
We carefully selected our poo’s for health and type and will strive to continue along those lines.
5. Blackberry Pups, Norfolk,
We are both perfectionists by nature and we strive to breed the near perfect healthy pup
6. Rosedale Doodles, Lancashire
We believe in breeding happy, healthy puppies. This starts with the best beginnings in 5* rated facilities.
7. Shadell Dogs, Yorkshire
We breed for soundness, temperament and type, and ensure that all the dogs we breed are as healthy as they possibly can be.