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Toy Cavapoo Guide

Toy Cavapoo 101: A Guide You'll Love | Premier Pups
Published Friday, November 24, 2023 by Elena R.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to have an adorable fluffy pet that not only fits perfectly into your lap but also fills your home with joy and love? Meet the Toy Cavapoo, a delightful crossbreed that melts hearts with its lovable personality and adorable looks. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll venture into the beautiful world of Toy Cavapoos, exploring everything from their charming characteristics to their care needs. 

The Toy Cavapoo, a smaller version of the already beloved Cavapoo, is a crossbreed between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Toy Poodle. Known for their intelligent, affectionate nature, these dogs are not just pets but become integral members of their families. Whether you're considering bringing one into your home or simply curious about this captivating designer breed, our guide will provide you with all the information you need to understand and appreciate the unique world of Toy Cavapoos. 

Join us as we explore the origins, temperament, health, and care of the Toy Cavapoo, providing insights and tips for both prospective and current owners. From understanding their playful personality to learning about their grooming needs, this article is your one-stop resource for all things Toy Cavapoo. 

What is a Toy Cavapoo?

cute toy cavapoo

Premier Pups Customer Photo of a cute Toy Cavapoo puppy

Breed Overview 

The Toy Cavapoo is a captivating mix of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Toy Poodle, inheriting the best qualities from both breeds. Typically, Toy Cavapoos stand at about 9 to 12 inches in height and weigh between 7 to 13 pounds, making them ideal companions for those living in smaller spaces or seeking a portable pet. 

When it comes to appearance, these delightful dogs boast a variety of stunning coat colors, including cream, fawn, chocolate, and gold, often mixed or with charming markings. Their fur can range from the curly poodle-like coat to the silkier spaniel-type, offering variety even within the breed. The defining feature of a Toy Cavapoo is their expressive, soulful eyes that seem to radiate warmth and intelligence. 

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Origin and History 

The Toy Cavapoo emerged as a breed in the late 20th century, born from a desire to combine the gentle, regal nature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the hypoallergenic coat and sharp intelligence of the Toy Poodle. This crossbreeding aimed to create a small, family-friendly dog with a reduced shedding coat, suitable for allergy sufferers. 

While their exact origin is unknown, it is widely accepted that the breed started gaining popularity in Australia before making its way to the UK and the United States. The Toy Cavapoo quickly became sought-after due to its endearing personality and manageable size. 

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Unique Characteristics 

Toy Cavapoos stand out for their remarkable temperaments – they are affectionate, loyal, and often display a playful yet gentle, cuddly disposition. They are known for their intelligence, which makes them highly trainable and a good fit for families with children or other pets. 

Their hypoallergenic coats make them a preferred choice for those with allergies. Additionally, Toy Cavapoos tend to inherit the robust health of mixed-breed dogs but still require regular health checks due to some inherited conditions from their parent breeds. 

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Parents of the Toy Cavapoo 

  • Toy Poodles are renowned for their intelligence and elegance. They have curly, hypoallergenic coats and are known for their agility and quick learning abilities. This breed's history as a performer in circuses speaks volumes about its trainability and cleverness. Poodles are also recognized worldwide as the second smartest dog breed.  
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are famed for their affectionate nature and beautiful, flowing coats. They were originally bred as lap dogs for British nobility, which is evident in their loving and gentle demeanor. They are also known for their adaptability and can thrive in various living environments. 

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Temperament and Behavior 

toy cavapoo cuddling with a human

Premier Pups Customer Photo of a Toy Cavapoo snuggling next to its human

General Temperament 

Toy Cavapoos are often described as little bundles of joy, radiating warmth and affection. They inherit the friendly and loving nature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the intelligence and vivacity of the Toy Poodle. This combination results in a temperament that is both lovey-dovey and engaging. Toy Cavapoos are known for their sociable and outgoing nature, but they also have a calm and gentle side, making them excellent companions in a variety of settings. 

They typically display a keen intelligence and a willingness to please, which makes them highly responsive to training. Their alertness and curiosity keep them engaged in their surroundings, yet they are rarely overly boisterous or hyperactive. This balanced temperament makes the Toy Cavapoo an adaptable pet, suitable for a wide range of households. 

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Interaction with Family 

Toy Cavapoos thrive in family environments. They form strong bonds with their owners and love to be involved in every family activity that’s going on. Their affectionate nature makes them great cuddle buddies, and they are known to be particularly gentle and patient with children. This makes them an ideal pet for families with kids, provided the interactions are supervised, especially with younger children, to ensure the safety of both the child and the dog. 

These toy dogs also generally get along well with other pets, including cats and other dogs, particularly if they are socialized from a young age. Their friendly disposition and playful nature often make them good companions for other animals. 

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Behavioral Traits 

Toy Cavapoos are generally eager to learn and please, which is reflected in their behavior. They are known for being highly trainable, responding well to positive reinforcement techniques such as treats and praise. This eagerness can also translate into an excellent aptitude for obedience and agility training. 

However, like any breed, they have their specific behavioral traits. Toy Cavapoos can be prone to separation anxiety due to their strong attachment to their owners. It's important for them to learn to be comfortable alone for short periods. Early training and socialization can help mitigate this anxiety

They also have a moderate energy level, requiring regular exercise to keep them healthy and content. A daily walk, along with some playtime, usually suffices to meet their exercise needs. Without proper physical and mental stimulation, they may resort to undesirable behaviors like chewing or digging. 

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Health and Care 

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Premier Pups Customer Photo of a Toy Cavapoo puppy getting a bath

Health Concerns 

While Toy Cavapoos are generally known for their robust health, a result of hybrid vigor, they can inherit some health concerns from their parent breeds. Being aware of these potential issues is key to ensuring the well-being of your Toy Cavapoo. 

Common health concerns include: 

  • Congenital Heart Issues: Like their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ancestors, Toy Cavapoos may be prone to heart conditions such as mitral valve disease. 
  • Eye Conditions: They can inherit eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, common in Poodles. 
  • Luxating Patellas: A condition often found in small breeds, where the kneecap dislocates easily. 
  • Hip Dysplasia: Although more common in larger breeds, Toy Cavapoos can also be susceptible to this joint problem. 
  • Ear Infections: Due to their floppy ears, they can be prone to ear infections, which necessitates regular ear cleaning. 

Regular check-ups with a veterinarian and keeping an eye out for any signs of these conditions can help ensure your Toy Cavapoo stays healthy. 


The Toy Cavapoo is known for its relatively long lifespan, typically ranging from 12 to 15 years. This longevity is a testament to the breed's overall good health and the benefits of responsible breeding practices. Providing a loving home, proper nutrition, regular exercise, and routine veterinary care can help maximize their lifespan, allowing you to enjoy many happy years together. 

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Care Requirements 

Caring for a Toy Cavapoo involves several key aspects: 

  • Grooming: Their coat, varying from wavy to curly, requires regular brushing to prevent matting and tangling. Depending on the coat type, Cavapoos may need professional grooming every six to eight weeks. Regular trimming around the eyes, ears, and paws helps maintain their neat appearance and hygiene. 
  • Dietary Needs A balanced diet is crucial for their health. High-quality dog food appropriate for their age, size, and activity level is recommended. It's also important to monitor their food intake to prevent obesity, a common issue in small breeds. 
  • Exercise: Despite their small size, Toy Cavapoos have a moderate energy level. Daily walks, play sessions, and mental stimulation through training or puzzle toys are necessary to keep them physically and mentally fit. 
  • Training and Socialization: Early training and socialization are essential for any dog, and Toy Cavapoos are no exception. Their intelligence and eagerness to please make them generally easy to train. Socializing them from a young age helps develop a well-rounded, confident adult dog. 

RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to Training Your Cavapoo 

Understanding Toy Cavapoo Generations: F1, F1b, F2, and Multigeneration 

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Premier Pups Customer Photo of a gorgeous cream Toy Cavapoo

When considering a Toy Cavapoo, understanding the different generations – F1, F1b, F2, and multigenerational – is crucial for prospective owners. Each generation has its unique characteristics and may be a better fit for certain families or individuals, especially when considering aspects like coat type and potential allergenicity. 

F1 Toy Cavapoos 

F1 Toy Cavapoos are the first generation, resulting from a direct cross between a purebred Toy Poodle and a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This mix typically results in toy puppies that exhibit a balanced blend of both parents' traits. F1 Toy Cavapoos often have a coat that is a mix of the Poodle's curls and the Spaniel's straighter, silkier hair. They are known for their hybrid vigor, which can mean a lower likelihood of inheriting certain genetic health issues. 

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F1b Toy Cavapoos 

An F1b Toy Cavapoo is the result of breeding an F1 Toy Cavapoo back to a purebred Toy Poodle. This generation typically has a higher percentage of Poodle genetics, usually around 75%. F1b Toy Cavapoos are often sought after for their more hypoallergenic coat, making them a preferred choice for families with allergies. Their coats are usually curlier and require a bit more grooming than the F1 generation. 

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F2 Toy Cavapoos 

F2 Toy Cavapoos are second-generation dogs, created by breeding two F1 Toy Cavapoos together. This generation can have a wide variety of characteristics, as the puppies may inherit different traits from each parent. The coat of an F2 Toy Cavapoo can range significantly in texture and length, and predicting their exact appearance and temperament can be more challenging than with the F1 or F1b generations. 

Multigenerational Toy Cavapoos 

Multigenerational Toy Cavapoos are bred from Toy Cavapoo parents that are beyond the F2 generation. These Toy Cavapoos often have a more consistent quality in terms of coat and temperament, as breeders can select for specific traits over several generations. Multigenerational breeding can result in Toy Cavapoos that have a more uniform appearance and potentially fewer health issues, as breeders can work to eliminate certain genetic problems. 

RELATED: What is the Difference between F1, F1B and F2 Mixed Breed Generations? 

Living with a Toy Cavapoo 

a toy cavapoo and a cat looking out a glass door

Premier Pups Customer Photo of a Toy Cavapoo and its best friend - a cat

Suitable Environments 

Toy Cavapoos are adaptable dogs that can thrive in a variety of living environments, making them ideal for a wide range of households. Whether you reside in a spacious suburban home with a backyard or a cozy city apartment, a Toy Cavapoo can fit comfortably into your lifestyle. Their small size and moderate energy levels make them well-suited for both indoor and outdoor spaces. However, they do need a safe, comfortable space to call their own, whether it's a cozy dog bed or a designated corner. 

Given their social nature, Toy Cavapoos flourish in environments where they can interact regularly with their human family. They are not suited to living outdoors or being left alone for long periods. A home where they can be a central part of daily life is ideal for their emotional well-being. 

Daily Routines 

A day in the life of a Toy Cavapoo should be filled with a mix of play, relaxation, and companionship. A typical routine should include: 

  • Exercise: Daily walks are essential, not just for physical health but also for mental stimulation. Toy Cavapoos enjoy exploring their surroundings, sniffing around, and meeting new people and other dogs. 
  • Playtime: Engage them with interactive toys or play sessions to keep them mentally stimulated and physically active. 
  • Meal Times: Consistency in feeding times helps maintain their digestive health. Feeding them high-quality dog food twice a day is usually recommended. 
  • Relaxation: They also appreciate downtime, which can include cuddles or simply lounging near their family members. 

Incorporating training sessions into their routine is also beneficial, as it helps reinforce good behavior and strengthens the bond between you and your Toy Cavapoo. 

Training and Socialization 

Training a Toy Cavapoo can be a rewarding experience due to their intelligence and eagerness to please. Start training early to instill good habits and social skills. Positive reinforcement methods, like treats and praise, are highly effective with this breed. Basic commands such as 'sit', 'stay', 'come', and 'heel' are essential for their safety and social behavior. 

Socialization is equally important and should begin at a young age. Expose your Toy Cavapoo to different people, pets, environments, and sounds. Proper socialization helps prevent anxiety and fearfulness, ensuring your Toy Cavapoo grows into a well-adjusted adult dog. 

Remember, patience and consistency are key in training and socializing your Toy Cavapoo. Regular, gentle training sessions will ensure that your Toy Cavapoo not only learns obedience but also enjoys the process of learning and bonding with you. 

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Comparing Toy Cavapoos and Mini Cavapoos

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Premier Pups Customer Photo of three beautiful Cavapoos

When considering a Cavapoo, understanding the differences between Toy Cavapoos and Mini Cavapoos is essential. Both breeds share many endearing qualities but differ in size, energy levels, and some aspects of care and suitability for various lifestyles.  

Size and Appearance 

The most notable difference between Toy and Mini Cavapoos lies in their size: 

Toy Cavapoos typically result from the cross between a Toy Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They generally stand about 9 to 12 inches tall and weigh between 7 to 15 pounds. Their smaller size makes them ideal for apartment living or for those with limited space. 

Mini Cavapoos, on the other hand, are a bit larger, as they are bred from a Miniature Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They usually stand between 12 to 16 inches tall and weigh between 13 to 20 pounds, making them suitable for families who may prefer a slightly larger but still manageable dog. 

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Energy Levels and Exercise Needs 

Both Toy and Mini Cavapoos are known for their playful and affectionate nature, but they do have different exercise requirements: 

Toy Cavapoos have moderate energy levels. Their smaller size means they can get a lot of their exercise needs met indoors with regular play. Short daily walks are usually sufficient to keep them healthy and happy. 

Mini Cavapoos tend to have a bit more energy and may require longer walks or more active play sessions. They are well-suited for families who enjoy outdoor activities and can provide a more energetic lifestyle.  

Suitability for Families 

Both types of Cavapoos are excellent family pets, known for their loving and gentle nature. However, their suitability may vary depending on the family’s size and lifestyle: 

Toy Cavapoos are delicate due to their smaller size and might be better suited for families with older children who understand how to handle small dogs gently. 

Mini Cavapoos, being slightly sturdier, can be a great choice for families with younger children, as they can better handle the playful energy of kids. 

RELATED: Mini Cavapoos: A Complete Guide

Final Thoughts 

brown toy cavapoo looking at the camera

Premier Pups Customer Photo of a stunning brown Toy Cavapoo

For those seeking a dog that brings together the best of both worlds – compactness and an affectionate nature – the Toy Cavapoo stands out as a top choice. They encapsulate the joy and love that come with canine companionship, all packed into a delightfully small package.  

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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

How Big Do Toy Cavapoos Get? Toy Cavapoos typically reach an adult size of about 9 to 12 inches in height and weigh between 7 to 15 pounds. This compact size is one of the charming aspects of the toy breed, making them ideal for those who appreciate a smaller canine companion.

What is the Difference Between a Cavapoo and a Toy Cavapoo? The primary difference lies in their size. A standard Cavapoo is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle, leading to a slightly larger dog. In contrast, a Toy Cavapoo is bred from a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Toy Poodle, resulting in a smaller overall size. Both share similar affectionate and intelligent traits but differ in their suitability for certain living spaces due to their size.

Do Toy Cavapoos Bark a Lot? Toy Cavapoos are known for their moderate barking. They may alert you to visitors or unusual occurrences, but they are not typically excessive barkers. Proper training and socialization from a young age can ensure they learn when barking is appropriate, helping them become well-adjusted, quiet companions.

Are Toy Cavapoos Healthy? Toy Cavapoos are generally healthy dogs, especially benefiting from the hybrid vigor associated with crossbreeds. However, like all breeds, they may be predisposed to certain health conditions inherited from their parent breeds. Regular veterinary check-ups and a healthy lifestyle are key to ensuring your Toy Cavapoo stays in good health. Toy Cavapoos are generally healthy dogs, especially benefiting from the hybrid vigor associated with crossbreeds. However, like all breeds, they may be predisposed to certain health conditions inherited from their parent breeds. Regular veterinary check-ups and a healthy lifestyle are key to ensuring your Toy Cavapoo stays in good health.

What Age Do Toy Cavapoos Stop Growing? Toy Cavapoos usually reach their full size by the time they are around 12 to 15 months old. However, some may continue to fill out and gain a bit more weight until they are about 18 months old. It's important to monitor their growth and maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime to ensure they grow at a healthy rate.