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    My friends have a cavoodle with two kids a similar age to yours and although he is a gorgeous boy, he is a lot of work! They take him for a 5km run most mornings. They need to be very firm with him as he doesn't like to be told what to do, and he still jumps on the kids at 2 years old. And he chews anything that's within reach, including kids' toys

    Cavaliers do shed a fair bit but IMO they are a very good choice for a family dog.

    Keep in mind that any dog that doesn't shed will need to be taken to the groomer around every 6 weeks. I have friends with purebred poodles who let them get shaggy and you couldn't tell them apart from a cavoodle sometimes.

    No matter where you get your dog from I would find a breeder who will allocate pups based on their personality and their potential family's individual situation. Temperaments can vary within a litter and for a family with kids you don't want the most timid pup OR the most energetic pup.

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    You can't guarantee a cavalier x poodle won't shed.. it does have a shedding breed in the mix

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    Thanks wuffles..... and at a quick glance I have noticed that people are charging more for Cavoodles then Cavaliars - how can that be?

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    I guess it's like any fad or latest thing or something a bit different, though these days there are lots of "oodles".

    Some TV personalities got behind these Xbreeds and also promoted them and the general pet buying public has been sucked into believing all sorts of things from non shedding to calm etc. People buy them from pet shops and don't really realise that a well bred dog from a good breeder can be a lot less.

    I read an article not that long ago that the person behind the original mixing of Labs and Poodles for the Guidedog Association regrets he ever started the craze.

    Bear in mind that lots of pounds and shelters are full of poodle Xs and you may find a suitable dog from there, though again they will shed to a certain degree and require dedicated grooming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulimouse View Post
    Thanks wuffles..... and at a quick glance I have noticed that people are charging more for Cavoodles then Cavaliars - how can that be?
    Not sure paulimouse...


    Perhaps because they are a designer dog in high demand?


    Honestly, have you thought of holding off for a bit and think more about a pure Cav or Poodle from a reputable breeder?

    To me, the type of coat is minor concern when considering a dogs overall potential with what it can offer you and your family.

    There are stacks of designer (cross breeds if you like) and pups/ dogs waiting for forever homes in shelters and pounds.

    Often these dog/pups are from byb's or rejects from people not appreciating the commitment in having a dog.

    Hope I did not offend.


    ETA: Mac posted while I was typing....good food for thought Mac...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
    I guess it's like any fad or latest thing or something a bit different, though these days there are lots of "oodles".

    Some TV personalities got behind these Xbreeds and also promoted them and the general pet buying public has been sucked into believing all sorts of things from non shedding to calm etc. People buy them from pet shops and don't really realise that a well bred dog from a good breeder can be a lot less.

    I read an article not that long ago that the person behind the original mixing of Labs and Poodles for the Guidedog Association regrets he ever started the craze.

    Bear in mind that lots of pounds and shelters are full of poodle Xs and you may find a suitable dog from there, though again they will shed to a certain degree and require dedicated grooming.
    To be honest, I haven't seen many poodle crosses advertised on the shelter or rescue sites?

    I know someone who is very happy with her Groodle. We call her 'the dumb blonde'. I also knew someone who did rehome her two spoodles or some other small oodle, but she had no trouble finding another owner for them.

    I just think that the non-shed argument is a pretty poor criteria to have near the top of your priority list when choosing a dog. Yes, pet hair is annoying. But it's one of the things that you deal with when you have a pet.

    But that's just me. For me appearance - apart form maximum size - was also at the bottom of my priority list when I picked a dog. It was all about temperament and whether the dog would fit in with my lifestyle eg. the hours I am away from home each week etc.

    ETA: And I typed as you were posting, Chipps.
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    My neighbours got an oodle cross against my advice. They regret it big time.

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    The "roomba" is fantastic for hair- once you have one it does not matter how much the dog sheds! (we dont let our dog on bed or couch...)

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    paulimouse

    You might want to have a read of this too.
    Pantone Poodles - Poodle Info - Whats in a Doodle?

    Other low shedding breeds to consider -
    lagotto, portuguese water dog (aka the obama dog), bichon frieze

    No dog is automatically good with children without some training from the owner. But some are more tolerant than others. Cavs are great. Poodles can be more assertive than you might want. And poodles need to have their brains engaged or they will find their own amusement that you might not enjoy. My uncle used to own what I called a "houdini poodle". It would escape and take itself for long walks because my uncle did not.

    And yes - the pedigree dogs are often cheaper than the "designer breeds" because the pedigree dog breeders are mostly breeding to improve their breed not for profit. If they're registered with ANKC - there are a set of ethics that outline the aims of breeding and profit is specifically excluded. They're allowed to make back costs but they shouldn't be looking to build a retirement fund by dog breeding.

    However many designer breed puppies come from repulsive puppy farms with a very strong profit motive and no interest at all in improving the breed or heathy puppies.

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    It seems that lots of people owning poodles here own two. And inevitably there's one that's bold as anything and will come charging at you and jump up to say hello (I love poodles jumping up on me just to feel how feather light they are!) and have a play with my dog and the other one always seems to be very timid and sometimes snappy. Probably coincidence, but I always found it interesting.

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