Cockapoo vs Cavachon: Which is the Best Breed For You?

Asking a dog lover which is better, a Cockapoo or a Cavachon is like asking an ice cream lover if he prefers his Magnum in a tub or on a stick. Both are equally delicious, and it’s the same with these two popular crossbreeds. Cockapoos and Cavachons are both cute enough to eat, figuratively speaking of course, and they make for awesome pets (and Instagram celebrities).

Cockapoos and Cavachons are hybrids, which means they’re cross-breeds, like the Labradoodle, the Chiweenie, the Yorkipoo and the Cheeks.What! You haven’t heard of Cheeks, a cross between a Chihuahua and a Pekingese? Hybrids are very popular, but the Cavachon and Cockapoo rank up there as two of UK pet owners’ favourites.

Our Top Pick

Cockapoo Owners Book

  • Great breed overview
  • One stop manual
  • Easy to understand

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Top Pick 2

Cavachon Owners Book

  • Practical advice
  • A great gift
  • Proven techniques

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Top Pick 3

Cockapoo Owners Handbook

  • Best seller
  • Puppies and adults
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Let’s first take a look the Cavachon vs Cockapoo debate in more detail.

The Cockapoo

You want to know what’s better than an adorable little poodle or an easy-come-easy-go cocker spaniel? A mixture of the two, of course! By now you might have gathered that a cockapoo is the deliberate crossing of a poodle and a cocker spaniel, along with crossing of the breed with each other. Like so many other hybrid breeds, the cockapoo combines the best characteristics of their breeds to produce what is undoubtedly a unique and irresistible type of dog.

Interesting facts about the cockapoo

Breed type: A mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle

Other Names: in Australia, they’re called a Spoodle or Cockerdoodle

Height: Approximately 40 cms

Weight: Between 2 and 15 kgs

Lifespan: Between 12 to 15 years

Intelligence: High

Trainability: High

Exercise Needs: Moderate to High

Shedding: Moderate

Good with Kids: Yes

Good with Dogs: Yes

Good with Pets: Yes

Rating on the aaaah-o-metre: Off the charts

  • A Cockapoo makes an excellent pet for pretty much anyone, fitting in perfectly in any kind of home, with kids and other pets
  • There are very few dogs that are as adaptable as a Cockapoo. He’ll adjust to his owner’s habits, whether it’s living space or level of exercise

We’re a little obsessed:

The Cavachon

The Cavachon, just like the Cockapoo, is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Cava) and a Bichon Frise (chon). Even though it’s not as popular as the Cockapoo just yet, we guarantee it won’t take long for this toy dog to start featuring on the “top dog” and “most popular breeds” lists in the UK.

It’s always hard to tell which characteristics are going to be dominant when you mix breeds, but the Cavvie is an affectionate pup with loads of energy and a personality to match. They get along with children and other dogs, but you probably wouldn’t want to share his affections with anyone else anyway. Size-wise, he’s the perfect pet for someone who lives in a smaller apartment or where space is limited.

Breed Type: A combination of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise

Other Names: Cavvie

Height: Around 33 to 35 cms

Weight: Between 4 and kgs

Lifespan: 10 to 15 years

Intelligence: Moderate

Trainability: Moderate

Exercise Needs: Moderate

Shedding: Low

Good with Kids: Yes

Good with Dogs: Yes

Good with Pets: Yes

Rating on the aaaah-o-metre: Terrifyingly high

  • He’s not overly-active and is more than happy to spend time on the couch with his human
  • The Cavachon isn’t recognized as an official breed but he is recognized by a number of designer dog and hybrid registries

Here’s a Cavachon doing what they do best:

So, which one would you choose? According to this poll of the most popular dogs in the UK, the Cockapoo is at no.7 while the Cavachon sits at no.30. But don’t let this sway you. Remember, the Cavachon is still fairly new on our fair shores.

Of course, if you really can’t decide between a Cockapoo or a Cavachon, you can always go for a Cavapoo (but that’s another post altogether, isn’t it?)

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