What Is A Toy Cavapoo? | A Guide to this Popular Doodle

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    The choice of a dog breed varies depending on your preferences as a dog owner. If you are looking for a cute, gentle tempered, loving, family friendly four legged pooch, then a Toy Cavapoo puppy could be the perfect breed for you.

    A Toy Cavapoo is a crossbreed between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Toy Poodle. This Cavapoo breed is small in size with a fluffy, soft coat that comes in a range of different colours. A Toy Cavapoo is slightly smaller than a Miniature Cavapoo but slightly bigger than Teacup Cavapoos.

    A Cavapoo size is determined by the size of the parents, although Poodles and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small dogs. They may have a Miniature Poodle or a Toy Poodle as their parent.

    This article explains what is a Toy Cavapoo, its size and characteristics, and how to select the best breeder.

    Is a Cavapoo a Toy dog?

    Yes. Cavapoos are relatively small compared to other dogs such as Goldendoodles. They have an average height ranging from 9 to 14 inches and weigh between 8 to 25 pounds. However, a Cavapoo size differs depending on whether it was bred from a Toy or Mini Poodle.

    Since they are small in stature, they can live anywhere, whether in a large house, a condo, or a small apartment.

    What makes a Toy Cavapoo?

    A Cavapoo is a relatively new breed that is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Toy or Miniature Poodles. We chose our Cavapoo Rosie, as her dad was a red Toy Poodle and in the words of Goldilocks herself, we wanted a dog that wasn’t too big or too small, but just right.

    Teacup sized Cavapoos are a cross between a smaller Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Toy Poodles, so tend to be extremely small. Whereas a Toy Cavapoo is a cross between a standard size Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Toy Poodles, so tend to be slightly bigger.

    A Miniature Cavapoo is a cross between a Cavalier Spaniel and a Mini Poodle. A Standard Size Cavapoo is the largest of all the sizes and are generally just referred to as Cavapoos by breeders. That said, you’ll be able to decipher what size Cavapoo you are likely to get asking the breeder what size Poodle was bred with these dogs.

    Since a Cavapoo is already a cross bred designer dog breed, there are multiple numbers and categories that are used to distinguish the breeding attributes of a Cavapoo. These can be defined as First Generation (F1), F2, F3, and First Generation Backcross (b).

    To make better sense of what the differences are between the variations and how each generation is produced, take a look at our blog ‘what is an F1, F1b and F1bb Cavapoo’.

    Difference between a Mini Cavapoo and a Toy Cavapoo?

    These mixed-breed dogs share common characteristics such as exercise needs, gentle temperament, and having what is classed as a hypoallergenic coat. However, there is a huge difference between a fully grown Teacup Cavapoo, a Miniature Cavapoo and a Toy Cavapoo size.

    A Teacup Cavapoo has an average weight of between 8 to 15 pounds and is about 8 to 10 inches tall. A Toy Cavapoo full-grown body weighs between 10 to 15 pounds and measures 12 inches tall. On the other hand, Mini Cavapoos weigh about 13 to 25 pounds and have an average height of 12 to 16 inches.

    How big does a Toy Cavapoo get?

    A Toy Cavapoo is bigger that a Teacup Cavapoo. However, since they are originally bred from a Toy Poodle and a normal-sized Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Toy Cavapoos are still relatively small.

    A full grown Cavapoo has an average weight of between 10 to 15 pounds and a height of 12 inches tall. These smaller sized puppies are a great option if you live in compact environments such as an apartment or condo. A fully grown male Cavapoo are slightly bigger than a female Cavapoo.

    If you are interested in exploring the various differences between the two sexes of a Cavapoo in order to determine which would suit your lifestyle better, read our guide on ‘Male vs Female Cavapoos’.

    Factors influencing the size of a Cavapoo

    The average size of a Cavapoo is affected by various factors such as health issues, characteristics of the parents, gender of the Cavapoo puppy, diet, and exercise.


    Cavapoos are healthy dogs with a long lifespan of between 12 to 15 years. Health problems might affect the growth of the dog breed and influence the size of adult size.

    Feeding and Exercise

    Cavapoos require a balanced diet and plenty of water. Treats and snacks are rich in calories, and overfeeding your pup can result in excessive weight gain and health issues. The good news is that Cavapoos are energetic dogs so love to walk and play. Regular exercise a couple of times a day can help maintain the optimum adult Cavapoo weight.

    What breeds make a Toy Cavoodle?

    A Toy Cavoodle, is essentially another name for a Toy Cavapoo. Over the years, crossbreeding has increased to minimize hereditary health issues in purebred dogs, so Cavoodles/Cavapoos have become much more popular.

    When do Toy Cavapoos stop growing?

    Smaller breeds mature faster and stop growing earlier than larger dogs. Most Toy Cavapoos stop growing when they reach a height of 12 inches. This happens between the ages of 7.5 to 11 months.

    Although they stop growing within their first year, the weight of the designer breed may change depending on how you care for them. A Mini Cavapoo, on the other hand, stops growing at the age of between 11 to 13 months.


    Choosing the right Cavapoo breeder

    You will come across breeders advertising Teacup, Toy, Mini, or Standard Cavapoo sizes. With many Cavapoo breeders around, it can be challenging to find one that is trustworthy.

    An experienced breeder tests the parent breed’s health, keeps your Cavapoo puppies safe from genetic illnesses and helps you understand potential health complications in dogs. Besides all this, they will also ensure proper vaccination, deworming, and help you maintain your Cavapoo puppy’s health, regardless of your Cavapoo size.

    Whether you are based in America or overseas in the UK, we have produced guides to the best Cavapoos breeders all over the world.

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    Should I look at the size when purchasing a Cavapoo?

    If you are thinking of owning a Cavapoo, then you should first understand the size of their Poodle parent and how big your puppy is likely to get when fully grown. This will enable you to make an informed decisions to decide if it will fit into your lifestyle and environment and vice versa.

    If you love smaller, cute pets, then a Toy or Teacup Cavapoo could be ideal for you. If you want a bigger dog, then a Mini Cavapoo size can be an excellent choice for you. Regardless of the Cavapoo size, you need to ensure that you can meet the needs of your fluffy friend especially when it comes to providing a balanced diet and enough exercise.


    A Cavapoo pup makes a lovely family dog and an excellent exercise partner. Cavapoos get along well with children and other pets and are easy to train and adapt well to your lifestyle. However, you should first understand the size of the puppy you are looking for before investing in one.

    We are so pleased that Rosie joined our family, and whilst she was the cutest little puppy, she is now the funniest small dog you could ever have the pleasure to meet.

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