Here are some FAQs that we have answered that will hopefully be able to clear up any queries you may have about Cavoodles. If you need any more assistance you can email or ring us.
What should I be looking at when trying to choose a puppy that will be suitable for my family?
The most important thing you need to consider when choosing a type of dog is if you have the time, motivation and commitment to care for a dog for its lifetime.
The next most important thing is to look at what breed you would like. this requires lotsof research on your part, decisind what dog is best for you. some things to consider are how much time you have to invest, you and your families activity level, if you are happy to have hair all over your house, or if you would like a low shedding dog.
Next you need to choose a breeder you are comfortable with, and that breeds ethically, DNA testing all dogs they breed from.
What does F1, F2 and F1B mean?
An F1 is the offspring of two different purebred dogs, resulting in a first generation cross. An F2 is the cross between two first generation crossbreeds, and . An F1B is the offspring of 1 purebred and 1 first generation cross. This is discussed more fully in our blog article what-is-the-difference-between-first-generation-second-generation-f1b-etc/
Do our puppies shed hair?
All our pups mated with a poodle have a low- shedding coat. All dogs coats shed to some degree, even those considered non sheddinlg like the poodle. Read more here at our blog article Cavoodles coats
Are Cavoodles suitable as pets for children of any age?
Yes, cavoodle are a non-aggressive natured dog and can get along with all age groups. Our parents are selected for their temperament and health. As with all breeds, no matter how big or small, supervision is very important for both children and dogs safety to avoid any accidents. Children can squeeze dogs too hard, drop them, and injure them very easily,and a bite could be the result Although this may be done done in defence could change the dogs attitude towards children and bring on a fear aggression towards them making them unsuitable to be near children so understand it’s a two way street… children need to be taught to be gentle and respect the puppy and the animal will respect the child.
Teach the children to assist in all the management aspects of the dog so the dog learns that the child is to be respected and obeyed just the same as the adult. Helping with the feeding and grooming, bathing and exercising of the dog will build good strong bonds and respect mutually between them and they will have a lot of good times together.
What temperament do Cavoodles have and can they get along with other dogs and animals?
The temperament of cavoodles is generally active, intelligent, and interactive with people and easily trained. They can be relaxed and attentive but are not generally barkers, diggers, aggressive or destructive.
Taking them to the dog park to interact with other dogs that are also friendly and social is good for the dogs mental wellbeing so if you have a single dog, make sure that it has the opportunity to ” make friends” with other like minded dogs in the area and allow it to be a dog with other dogs it meets.
Their greetings to each other may not be so attractive to us, but it’s how they communicate with each other and recognise friend from foe. Being home all day can get lonely so balance the dogs needs and give it the opportunity to have some fun with other dogs as well as you.
What sort of medical needs do Cavoodles need to stay healthy?
Cavoodles don’t require or acquire too many health issues, but as their ears are floppy, they need some attention to prevent infections, mite infestation, or some types of fungal problems associated with this characteristic.
Your vet can be of help with some treatment to prevent these from getting out of hand. On the whole, other types of problems are not common but may or do occur from time to time in some dogs. A good yearly check-up is best to keep on top of your dog’s general health and wellbeing. Regular worming and flea/tick treatment is essential as is a good balanced diet. .
What is the difference between male and female puppies?
The difference between a male and a female puppy is a frequent question we are asked. Which would make a better family pet? This information is really our personal opinion from the dogs we have owned, speaking to other breeders and buyers of our puppies. If we could only own one dog it would be a desexed male. We find them to be more devoted, affectionate and besotted with their owners. If desexed around 6 months we don’t find any problems with them cocking their leg and marking their territory. This seems to be the main concern with people considering a male puppy. Desexing will prevent him from trying to mark his territory to male competitors, and to let females know he is nearby. Most, when desexed young, between 4 and 7 months, don’t learn to lift their leg and generally squat like a girl. They tend to be more emotionally stable, and less prone to mood swings.
Some of the larger breeds there is often a physical difference between males and females. The males tend to be a little larger, with broader heads and deeper chests, and heavier coats. In the smaller breeds the differences are often not as noticeable however. Many of our boys are smaller than the girls. There is a persistent myth that females are more affectionate. While our girls are very loving and affectionate, they tend to be a little more selective on who they show affection to, whereas the males generally love everyone. Often the difference in nature will have more to do the individual traits then gender. The more time you and your family spend with your puppy, the greater the bond you will have.
How often do Cavoodles need grooming and clipping?
As their coats are low-shedding and have low odour and allergy factor, they will grow a coat that is soft, wavy and full bodied. They can be brushed as often as is required and normally at the age of six months, a professional trim is given. Depending on the owner’s desire, the coat can be left to grow long and trimmed minimally or stay trimmed as often as the conditions suit.
Bathing can be done no more or require no more than once a week and at this time any hair can be trimmed away that is causing knots or irritation. Make sure your brushes don’t scratch the skin of the dog and are kept clean after each grooming.
How much exercise do cavoodles require?
Cavoodles are active especially when they are young and enjoy walks and runs out from the home environment. General obedience is a good thing for all dogs, so make sure that your cavoodle learns to come, sit and leave it early on.
They do very well in obedience so it is recommended that you undertake some formal education with your puppy. They can and do learn tricks as well and enjoy the inter-activeness of these as they are eager to please. A good walk each day for about half an hour, will be sufficient for your cavoodle and they often do enjoy water so trips to the beach will be enjoyed or any other water environments you take them to.
How much do Cavoodles eat and how often do we feed?
Puppies need to be fed three times a day. At 6 months reduce to 2 meals a day. Good fresh water at all times should be available and if fed a dry food diet, should be complete.
Can the puppy be left home alone all day and should it be keep inside or outside?
When the puppy is very young it should not be left alone for long periods of time as it will display anxiety and stress related behaviour and get ill. You should make time for the pup to be with you as much as possible for the first two to three weeks. They are not used to being alone at all so keep that in mind when considering buying an cavoodle puppy. They can go outside but when young supervision and brief periods on their own for a while. Exploring the back yard can be scary alone, so give them confidence and encouragement if you want them to be more outside than inside. Never leave a young cavoodle puppy outside alone for any more than an hour at a time.
Can the puppy play with other dogs when we get it home and when can it go to puppy school?
Keep the pup away from unknown dogs for the first two to three weeks as their immune systems are still undeveloped and they can pick up a bug or virus still. Puppy playtime with other vaccinated puppies in safe environments, ie your home or theres is a good idea.
Puppy schools vary depending on the school it’s mainly to get the pup to stay social with other dogs, but can also include more intensive training sessions and they are usually run by animal trainers or Vets. These are popular and we recommend all puppies attend puppy preschool at least. Contact your vet or qualified animal trainer in your area. We recommend starting puppy preschool about a week after their 2nd vaccination
How do the puppies cope flying on a plane to their new families?
We trust Jetpets with our puppies, as they have over two decades experience and treat our babies with utmost care.
We also supply the crate the puppies fly in and get them used to the vcrate before they fly, and put their blakey smelling of home, their favourite toy and some treats in with them to help make the flight as pleasant as possible. Our puppies arrive happy and eager to see a friendly face and get out of their crate but cope well with the experience