Meet My Cavapoo Odie (Q&A)
As most of you know, I am obsessed with my puppy Otis aka Odie. I absolutely love everything about this little dude. He’s my running partner, living-breathing teddy bear, favorite greeter, vacuum when food gets on the floor, and my best fur friend. You have probably seen me Instagram a photo or two (or 100) of him and I always get questions about him and specifically his breed. If you are debating getting a cavapoo or just have general puppy questions, read my Q&A below to get all the answers:
Q: How old was Odie when you got him? And how old is he now?
A: He was 8 weeks old when we got him. You are legally not allowed to take home a puppy before 8 weeks old. Apparently separating a puppy from its mother before weaning can make the puppy more prone to illness and long-term health problems. Odie is currently 11 months old and turns one year old on December 12th!
Q: Does he shed? Is he hypoallergenic?
A: No he doesn’t shed but he does get mats! He has the SOFTEST hair of any dog because of the Cavalier Spaniel and Poodle in him. He is also hypoallergenic so that is a definite plus.
Q: Where did you get him from?
A: We found him from a breeder in Ohio. His name is Dwaine and he is honestly so helpful! The website is apuppysalenow.com and you can find all the information on reviews, puppy products, and healthcare. Like a new mom, I asked a million questions before we got Odie just to make sure we had everything in order. Dwaine was great at communicating all the answers! Also, it helped that Roberto’s sister and brother in law lived close to Dwaine and were able to check out Odie before he took his trip over to California.
Q: What breed is Odie?? Is that a rare breed? What is a cavapoo?
A: Odie is a cavapoo/cavoodle which is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and Poodle Mix. I believe cavapoo was a rare breed but it has since been gaining a lot of popularity.
Q: How long did it take for you to train him?
A: Cavapoo’s are intelligent breeds so they should train easily. It took him about 2 months to be fully potty trained without accidents. There were moments where he would get mad at me for punishing him and he would pee in vengeance (yes that IS a thing lol).
Q: How long do they live till typically?
A: The Cavapoo has a typical lifespan of around 13–15 years. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a life expectancy of 10-12 years, while Miniature Poodles can live as long as 15 years.
Q: How big will Odie get? How big do cavapoos get?
A: Odie is 11 months right now and is 20 pounds and 12 – 14 inches tall. Dwaine (the breeder) said that 20 pounds is the max size Odie will get so we will see! But typically cavapoos get to 20 pounds (small/medium sized dog).
Q: How much was Odie? How much are cavapoos?
A: Cavapoos are typically $1200.00 - $1800.00. Odie was $2,400 and more on the expensive side because his red color and markings were very unique.
Q: What is his temperament like? Is he a good family dog? Is he good with other dogs at the park?
A: Odie is super sweet and playful. He loves to play with any and every dog. The terms affectionate, loyal and friendly are thrown about a lot with sweet little companion dogs. However, this couldn’t be more true of these hybrids, with a puppy or an adult Cavapoo. There is a little drawback though.. Since we have spoiled Odie so much with attention, he can be too needy and get anxiety when we do not give him attention. Cavapoos do not do so well in homes where owners need to leave the dog for long periods. Crate training isn’t for them. Separation anxiety training could help for some with this Cavapoo personality trait.
Q: How often do you groom him?
A: We groom Odie every other month and sometimes every month. A Cavapoo coat looks its best with professional grooming every four to six weeks, and it requires brushing or combing every two to three days to prevent mats or tangles as well as regular bathing every two to four weeks in between appointments with the groomer.
Q: Did Odie sleep well at night as a puppy? How difficult was he to train?
A: So I am not going to lie, the first night was not what I expected at all haha. Just like a newborn baby, you don’t get that much sleep so make sure to prepare for that. He cried a lot the first night but the second night was a lot better as he adjusted to his crate. We crate trained him at first to establish rules and boundaries but it didn’t last very long. As soon as we knew he was somewhat potty trained we had him sleeping in bed with us. Cavapoos can get separation anxiety depending on how you raise them.
Shoot me a DM or email if you guys have any other questions! I’d love to add some :) I might be a little biased, but cavapoos are the best.