cavapoo breed information


common health issues

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Atopy refers to skin allergies caused by inhaled or contact allergens. Just like us, our dogs can be allergic to pollen, dander, grasses and trees. Their allergies result in itchiness that can be seasonal or year-round. Affected dogs are prone to ear and skin infections. The condition varies in severity but is usually lifelong and often requires constant medical management.

The cerebellum is the part of the brain that is responsible for regulating and coordinating the body's movement. Affected dogs are normal at birth, but the cerebellar cells deteriorate prematurely. Symptoms include poor coordination, lack of balance and a high-stepping gait. At this time, there is no treatment for this progressive disease.

In Mitral Valve Disease, a defect in the mitral valve causes an insufficient seal in the heart. The leaky valve allows the blood to back flow into the heart rather than flow out to the body, in turn causing the heart to work harder. Over time, mitral valve disease can lead to congestive heart failure.

The Cavapoo is the result of crossing a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a Miniature Poodle. As with any mixed breed, the offspring may inherit qualities from either of its parents, making it difficult to predict the Cavapoo’s exact appearance or temperament.

There’s one thing that’s for sure, though – he’s adorable! Both of the parent breeds have soft, luxurious coats, and this results in puppies that you just want to pet all day. Both parent breeds are also known for their gentle kindness, and this quality seems to be passed on two-fold in the Cavapoo. Cavapoos make wonderful house pets for any family – young or old, singles, couples or large families, anywhere from loft apartments to sprawling mansions.

Cavapoos are adaptable, charming, and (usually) well behaved. The breed has moderate exercise and grooming requirements, and are generally easy keepers. Cavapoos as a whole are not prone to any specific medical conditions, though they are more likely to inherit conditions known to affect their parent breeds.

Despite their strength and guarding nature, Cavapoos are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Cavapoos are prone to include heart conditions including mitral valve disease; skin conditions such as atopy; skeletal problems such as syringomyelia; neurological diseases such as cerebellar abiotrophy; and joint conditions such as medial patellar luxation and hip dysplasia.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Cavapoo inherits anything more than a super-soft coat, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
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