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Cavapoo Lifespan: Secrets to Longevity

Cavapoo Lifespan Secrets: How to Nurture a Longer, Happier Life
Published Friday, December 8, 2023 by Elena R.

Cavapoos, one of the world’s favorite designer dogs, are a beautiful mix of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Mini or Toy Poodle. Though they haven’t been around for as long as their purebred parents, they have amassed quite the fanbase. Apart from their lovey-dovey nature, and ever-so-gorgeous looks, Cavapoos are loved for their longevity. Typically, the Cavapoo lifespan ranges from 12 to 15 years, with exceptional cases like the oldest Cavapoo reaching 20 years.  

Now, a dog’s lifespan is influenced by several things like gender, size, care, the breed’s parents, and in the case of Cavapoos, even generations.  

Drawing from our extensive expertise on raising Cavapoos, and from consulting with our team of veterinarians, we’ve put together this article to provide you with all the tools you need to ensure a long and happy life for your Cavapoo. 

Common Lifespan of Cavapoos 

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Premier Pups Customer Photo of a Cavapoo celebrating its birthday

As previously stated, the average Cavapoo lifespan spans 12 to 15 years, with some thriving up to 20 years. Their parents, the Poodle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, have differing lifespans, and this is a factor that influences the Cavapoo’s life expectancy as well. 

Understanding the Poodle's Lifespan Influence on Cavapoos 

Poodles come in three sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. Surprisingly, each of these sizes has a different lifespan. For Standard Poodles, the average life expectancy is between 12 and 15 years. For Miniature Poodles, it’s between 14 and 16 years, and for Toy Poodles, it’s a whooping 10 to 18 years! Now what this means for Cavapoos, given that they are usually a mix between a Cavalier and a Miniature or Toy Poodle, is that they will inherit the small Poodle’s longevity! 

Fun Fact: The oldest Poodle to have ever lived reached the age of 28. As records say, the oldest Poodle on record was born in 1908 and lived until 1937! Her name was Lady. 

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s Lifespan 

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a toy breed that has lived on the laps of kings and queens for centuries, also enjoys a long lifespan, though not as long as the small Poodle. Typically, for these toy dogs, the average life expectancy is between 9 and 14 years, with the oldest Cavalier King Charles Spaniel having reached 19 years and 4 months. Her name was Tuppence. 

Fun Fact: Tuppence, the oldest Cavalier to live, also had a sister named Penny, who lived to the age of 17. 

RELATED: 10 Reasons why the Cavapoo is a Top Dog 

Factors that Influence a Cavapoo’s Lifespan 

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Premier Pups Customer Photo of a tiny, beautiful Cavapoo puppy

Cavapoo Lifespan Based on Size 

Cavapoos can come in 4 sizes: Standard, Miniature, Toy, and Teacup, but out of the four, only two are common, the miniature and the toy varieties. Teacups and standards are quite rare, with the teacup being the rarest. 

Much like the standard Poodle, the standard Cavapoo will typically have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. The Miniature Cavapoo will live on average between 12 and 15 years, with the Toy Cavapoo’s lifespan ranging from 13 to 15 years

Teacup Cavapoos are a different story entirely. Although it has be proven that smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, it is not always the case, especially when it comes to poorly bred teacups. Responsible breeders will typically steer away from breeding such a small Cavapoo due to the possibility of precarious health. Because of their very tiny frames, teacup Cavapoos can suffer from several health issues, and their lifespan can be quite short compared to their larger counterparts. A teacup Cavapoo’s lifespan usually tips the scales at 10 years.  

RELATED: Cavapoo Size Guide: How Big Do Cavapoos Get? 

Cavapoo Lifespan Based on Generations 

As a mixed breed, Cavapoos can be bred through multiple generations like F1, F1b, F1bb, F2,  and so on. Each of these generations tells a little story about the Cavapoo’s parents and the lifespan it inherits. The F1 is the result of breeding a Cavalier with a Poodle, and this generation will inherit the average lifespan of both its parents, averaging between 12 and 16 years. The f1b is a backcross – an F1 Cavapoo mixed with a Poodle. The F1b, being more Poodle, will take after the lifespan of its Poodle parent, typically averaging between 13 and 16. For f1bbs, which are F1bs crossed with a Poodle, the lifespan inherited is again that of the Poodle. F2s are a bit trickier to decipher since they are a mix of two F1s. They will likely have a similar lifespan to the F1s. 

Cavapoo Lifespan Based on Gender 

Gender also plays a role in determining what a Cavapoo’s lifespan will be. Though the difference is not significant, it is generally believed that female Cavapoos outlive male Cavapoos by one year

Cavapoo Lifespan Based on Neutered vs Intact Dogs 

When neutering or spaying come in to play, the difference in lifespan becomes a tad more visible. According to a study conducted on over 70,000 animals by the University of Georgia, neutered male dogs proved to live 13.8% longer than intact male dogs. For spayed female dogs, the life expectancy is over 26.3% higher compared to un-spayed females. Other studies show that a spayed or neutered dog will live, on average, one year and a half longer than an intact dog. 

Key Health Considerations Affecting Cavapoo Lifespan and Well-being 

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Premier Pups Customer Photo of a very young Cavapoo puppy

Designer dogs, or doodle dogs like the Cavapoo have risen to fame not only for their breathtaking looks or hypoallergenic coat qualities, but also for their generally good health. It is a general belief that mixed breeds who are the result of crossing two purebred parents, are healthier than their purebred counterparts. They inherit what is called ‘hybrid vigor’, a term that translates into better health thanks to a mixed gene pool.  

This term is used mostly for F1 Cavapoos, who are a 50-50 mix of Cavaliers and Poodles. Because a new gene pool is added to the mix, certain health issues are crossed off.  

Responsible breeders take several steps to ensure the health of their Cavapoo puppies. From carefully health-testing and selecting the breeding pair to ensure optimal health, to taking all the necessary steps in ensuring that the pups are free from any genetic issues, a reputable breeder will prioritize the dog’s health over anything else.  

Cavapoos, like all dogs, can come with a few health issues, some more serious than others, and being aware of these can make all the difference in the world. Though responsible breeding plays an important role for a Cavapoo’s health, and ultimately its lifespan, knowing, identifying, and treating any issues early on, will be key to providing your Cavapoo with the best care. 

Here are a few health issues that Cavapoos may have: 

  • Skin Conditions: Cavapoos are susceptible to skin irritations and allergies caused by environmental factors like dust mites, fleas, pollen, and grasses. Regular vet checkups are essential for early diagnosis and treatment of any skin problems. 
  • Cardiac Issues: This breed can suffer from heart-related problems such as congestive heart failure or mitral valve disease, especially later in life. These conditions can significantly affect their lifespan if not managed properly with medication and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian. 
  • Orthopedic Problems: As Cavapoos age, they are more prone to developing orthopedic issues like hip dysplasia or arthritis. Monitoring their movement and starting treatment early if symptoms are detected can help manage these conditions. 
  • Patellar Luxation: This condition involves the dislocation of the kneecap, causing discomfort and difficulty in walking. It's common in small breeds and should be monitored closely. 
  • Ear Infections: Due to their floppy ears, Cavapoos are more likely to develop ear infections. Regular cleaning and proper grooming are key preventive measures. 
  • Eye Problems: Conditions such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and cataracts are not uncommon in Cavapoos, especially in senior dogs. Regular eye exams are important for early detection and treatment. 

Being proactive about these health concerns by maintaining regular vet visits, a balanced diet, and a good exercise routine can significantly contribute to the health and longevity of your precious Cavapoo. 

Ensuring a Long Lifespan for Your Cavapoo 

adorable tan cavapoo

Premier Pups Customer Photo of a Cavapoo in its prime

Cavapoos may not be the most high-energy breed nor have the biggest appetites, but they still benefit greatly from a diet and exercise routine that’s tailored to their unique needs. 

Diet for Cavapoo Health and Longevity 

Providing your sweet Cavapoo with a high-quality diet is essential for its longevity. The diet should be appropriate for their age, size, and energy level. Puppies, for instance, require more protein for growth and to sustain their zoomies, whereas older dogs might need food that's easier to digest and lower in calories to prevent obesity. A balanced diet helps in maintaining a healthy weight and supports overall health, which is crucial for a longer lifespan. Avoid foods that are toxic to dogs, like chocolate or other human sweets, and keep treats to a minimal, nutritious level. Regular consultations with your vet can help determine the best diet plan for your Cavapoo at each stage of their life. 

RELATED: Your Cavapoo Will Adore These 6 Hydrating, Immune Boosting, Frozen Dog Treats For Hot Summer Days 

Exercise to Increase Your Cavapoo’s Life Expectancy 

Regular exercise is vital for maintaining your Cavapoo's health and ensuring a long life. These bundles of joy require at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. This can include walks, play sessions, or interactive games indoors with their favorite human. Exercise not only keeps them physically fit but also helps in preventing behavioral issues that can arise from them getting bored or having excess energy. However, it's important to balance their exercise routine and not overdo it, especially for smaller Cavapoos, to avoid joint problems. 

Grooming is Essential for a Cavapoo’s Well-being 

Cavapoos require regular grooming to maintain their beautiful coat and overall health. This includes regular brushing to prevent matting, as well as bathing with a gentle dog shampoo. Ear care is important due to their propensity for ear infections, so regular cleaning and check-ups are recommended. Keeping their nails trimmed and dental hygiene maintained also contributes to their overall well-being. Regular grooming sessions not only keep your Cavapoo looking their gorgeous selves but also provide an opportunity for you to check for any skin issues, lumps, or other health concerns, and address them before they become serious. 

RELATED: Grooming Your Dog at Home Guide 

Loving Home Environment Equals Long Cavapoo Lifespan 

Creating a safe and comfortable home environment is crucial for the well-being of a Cavapoo. These affectionate dogs thrive in a stable, loving environment where they can feel secure. They need to have a quiet place to cuddle up and nap, away from excessive noise or chaos; they require mental stimulation with toys, games, and puzzles to keep their minds engaged and active and prevent stress or anxiety; and they need attention, love, and plenty of cuddles to thrive. 

Regularly cleaning your home to reduce allergens can also benefit Cavapoos prone to allergies. And lastly, consistent routines in feeding, exercise, and rest help in creating a balanced lifestyle for your Cavapoo, contributing significantly to their lifespan and quality of life

RELATED: Cavapoo Training Guide

Final Thoughts  

a happy cavapoo dog

Premier Pups Customer Photo of a happy Cavapoo

A Cavapoo’s lifespan is influenced by several factors, most of which, we have no say in. For the rest, they rely on us to provide them with all the tools they need for a long and happy life. Happy dogs that are loved and cared for properly (with attention to their diet, exercise routine, and environment) live longer! Give your Cavapoo the best life, and they will reward you with sweet companionship for many, many years. 

Scroll down to see FAQs about the Cavapoo lifespan!

Elena R.

About The Author

Elena is a leading expert in the field of dog behavior, care, and training, with over a decade of experience in writing about dogs. As a published writer and lifelong dog enthusiast, Elena currently shares her home with three beloved canine companions. She is dedicated to staying up to date on the latest advancements in dog care and training, ensuring that her articles provide readers with accurate and valuable insights. With her extensive knowledge and passion for all things canine, Elena's contributions to the Premier Pups community offer both expertise and authority on a wide range of dog-related topics.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average lifespan of a Cavapoo? The average lifespan of a Cavapoo is typically between 12 and 15 years. However, with proper care, some Cavapoos can live up to 20 years.

Does the size of a Cavapoo affect its lifespan? Yes, size can impact lifespan. Smaller Cavapoos, like the Miniature and Toy varieties, often live longer than larger ones, with the Teacup being an exception due to potential health issues.

Can the diet of a Cavapoo extend its lifespan? Absolutely. A balanced, nutritious diet tailored to their age and size is essential for their health and can help extend their lifespan.

How does exercise contribute to a Cavapoo's lifespan? Regular exercise is crucial for maintaining good health, preventing obesity, and can positively impact a Cavapoo's lifespan. However, it's important to balance their exercise to avoid joint strain, especially in smaller sizes.

What common health issues should Cavapoo owners be aware of? Cavapoos may face health issues like skin conditions, cardiac problems, orthopedic issues, patellar luxation, ear infections, and eye problems. Early detection and treatment are key to managing these conditions.

Does the gender of a Cavapoo influence its lifespan? There's a general belief that female Cavapoos may live slightly longer than males, but the difference is not significant.

How does neutering or spaying affect a Cavapoo's lifespan? Neutering or spaying can have a positive impact on lifespan. Studies indicate that neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs can have a longer life expectancy than their intact counterparts.

What role does genetics play in a Cavapoo's lifespan? Genetics play a significant role. Cavapoos inherit traits from both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodles, which can influence their overall health and lifespan.

How can regular grooming benefit a Cavapoo's health and longevity? Regular grooming helps in maintaining skin health, reducing the risk of infections, and can aid in early detection of any health issues, thereby potentially extending a Cavapoo's lifespan.

How long will my Cavapoo live? While it varies, a well-cared-for Cavapoo typically lives between 12 to 15 years, and with exceptional care, some can reach up to 20 years.

Do Cavapoos have a lot of health problems? Cavapoos can be prone to certain health issues, but with responsible breeding, regular health check-ups, and proper care, many of these problems can be managed or prevented.

What's the oldest Cavapoo? The oldest recorded Cavapoo lived up to 20 years. This is exceptional and highlights the potential longevity of the breed with proper care.

How can I make my Cavapoo live longer? To extend your Cavapoo's life, ensure a balanced diet, regular exercise, routine veterinary check-ups, and proper grooming. Additionally, maintaining a stress-free and loving home environment is key.