If you ever decide to purchase a Cavapoo, choosing a puppy is the best way to familiarize your new dog to its family and to get the most time with your new Cavapoo. Cavapoo puppies require many of the same levels of care that other puppies need in terms of diet, exercise, and training.
At the puppy stage, a Cavapoo craves for attention and is full of energy, therefore, spending enough time with your new Cavapoo puppy will be crucial to its early development.
In this guide, we will discuss everything you need to know about a Cavapoo puppy. How much they cost, what you should look for when buying a puppy, and what you can expect during the first year with your new Cavapoo.
How Much Does a Cavapoo Puppy Cost?
We purchased our Cavapoo for £1,500 in April 2020 (about $2,060) but the unfortunate thing for many buyers is that the price range is always climbing for designer dogs. During Covid we are seeing them cost over £3,000 ($4,115) upwards which is very expensive.
Finding Cavapoo puppies for sale will require some searching on your part, and it may be a good idea to always check or ask if a breeder is registered with a kennel club just to ensure that the puppies for sale by the breeder are 100% Cavapoo. Always remember that it takes a full-blooded Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a miniature poodle to create a Cavapoo, so always ask to see documentation about the parents as well.
Why are Cavapoos So Expensive?
As mentioned, Cavapoos are a designer brand, therefore, the costs associated with the selective breeding between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a miniature poodle to create the Cavapoo breed will have a cost that reflects this specialization. The market is also consistently fluctuating due to things like popular demand, rarity or scarcity of breeders, and the increasing popularity of designer dog breeds in general.
Any designer breed is likely going to be expensive, so be sure that you are prepared for this if you ever consider purchasing a designer breed. It is crucial to only buy from reputable breeders with Cavapoo puppies for sale to avoid the possibility of not receiving what can be classified as a purebred Cavapoo.
Another reason that this breed is so expensive is the variations and special features of the breed that appeal to buyers for different reasons. Cavapoos come in many different colors, with black, white, and tri-colored Cavapoos being the highest-priced Cavapoo colors in terms of sales. Location and availability are also big factors affecting expense; locations with many breeders may be a bit cheaper compared to areas with very few breeders.
Also, the generation of Cavapoo will also play a factor in expense in most situations. If you are looking to purchase an F1, F1b, or F1bb breed, the expense can be higher due to the higher concentration of poodle over the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
What Should I Look for When Buying a Cavapoo Puppy?
Things to keep in mind when shopping for a puppy always come back to the reputation of the breeder first and foremost. Whether they have just been certified and have started breeding or they have been breeding Cavapoo’s for years, you need to feel confident that your breeder knows exactly how to look after a litter of puppies and the health risks associated with it.
Some may be members of a breeding or kennel club, in which case you should seek out a recommendation. Another way to check out their breeding history is to contact previous puppy buyers and ask them for references. There are numerous ways to do some investigating to make sure a breeder has a good reputation and to ensure you are receiving a Cavapoo.
Matters related to authenticity and owner reputation are important, but you should also inquire about the puppy’s health to make sure all is well. Most breeders with Cavapoo puppies for sale will supply you with the essential information regarding the puppy’s diet and what the dog responds to best (Cavapoos tend to be incredibly picky with food), as well as information about the dog’s overall health and well being.
Newborn puppies are incredibly fragile when they first enter the world and it is not unusual for them to become unwell with urinary and ear infections being the most common. These are easily treated but your breeder should inform you of any problems and any medication they received.
Common Cavapoo conditions like mitral valve disease and hip dysplasia are also a common health concern for this breed, so be sure to ask about these conditions and any diagnosis made by a veterinarian.
Apart from these concerns, you will want to look for a puppy with enough love and energy level to fit in with your family.
How Big Do Cavapoo Puppies Get?
Both a poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are small dogs, but the size of a Cavapoo will typically fall somewhere in the middle of the height of both parents. Cavapoos see the most fluctuations in height and weight from the poodle since this is the larger of the two parents.
A Cavapoo can reach a weight of 25 pounds (11.3kg) when fully grown, therefore, you can expect a Cavapoo’s weight to start out at roughly two pounds at the 8-week stage, and continue on until the 15-pound (7kg) mark is reached at one year of age.
Since Cavapoos live roughly 15 years, their size in terms of height will also grow slowly until about 14 inches in length are recorded. At the puppy stage, a Cavapoo will be much smaller in height and gradually increase in inches until they are fully grown.
How Often Do Cavapoo Puppies Bark?
Cavapoos bark quite a bit and this is just a common trait with this breed due to their loving and close nature. Cavapoos get along well with their owners, and will frequently become upset when separated from their family for long periods of time. This can cause the Cavapoo puppy to develop an incessant bark that can be contained at some level by training or even ignoring the barking to teach the puppy not to resort to this behavior. A puppy will begin to bark more as they age and before they reach adulthood around the one year mark.
Are Cavapoos Good for First Time Dog Owners?
As long as you are prepared to purchase an affectionate and energetic dog, a Cavapoo is great for a first time dog owner. This breed is perfect for families and Cavapoos get along with children very well as we have experienced.
As you can see, caring for a Cavapoo puppy is not any more difficult than caring for a regular puppy. Just be sure to give your Cavapoo lots of affection and exercise, and feed your puppy an appropriate diet for this specific breed.
Purchasing a puppy is going to be expensive if you are looking for a more affordable breed, so just be prepared with this info before you begin your search. You do not want to miss the puppy stage with this adorable breed and I highly recommend buying a Cavapoo puppy!
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