Everything You Need to Know Before Getting a Cavapoo Puppy in Singapore
Looking For A Cavapoo Puppy For Sale in Singapore? Learn how to care for them in Singapore and avoid common mistakes!
Why Get A Cavapoo Puppy?
- Cavapoos are well-known for being affectionate, kind, sensitive and intelligent dogs perfect for families in Singapore!
- Most Cavapoos have compact faces accompanied with floppy ears and topped with large brown puppy eyes that you can’t say no to. Their sweet temperament along with their adorable faces will melt anyone’s heart. Many would say Cavapoos are designed for love!
- Due to their gentle and sociable nature associated with the Charles Spaniel breed, it makes them perfect for families, especially those of you who are first time owners.
- That’s not all! Cavapoos are branded as hypoallergenic dogs, meaning that their have low or non-shedding coats, a trait they inherit from their poodle parent.
- Cavapoos are energetic, they love to perform tricks and are fast learners. When it comes to exercising their requirements aren’t too taxing on their owners. They tend to give themselves a workout at home in addition to a walk or two a day.
- Cavapoos can easily be your next best friend, they simply adore the company of humans. Curling up beside you and welcoming anyone who visits your home. (Find out more below!)
Is It a Good Idea To Bring Up A Cavapoo Puppy In Singapore?
Cavapoos adapt well to different environments, their medium size and sociable temperament makes them very easy to bring up in Singapore.
Their energy and need for exercise makes them perfect to explore different nature spots in Singapore together!
They are smart pups and can be potty trained indoors or outdoors even in a matter of a few days!
Cavapoos are a crossbreed of a Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parents originating from Australia in the early 90s.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels originated from John Churchill and have acted as lap dogs for royal families for centuries. Fun fact they were Charles II’s favourites, which is how they got their name. Poodles on the other hand originated in France or Germany and became a prized breed since the 15th century for their poise, agility and intelligence. They were considered water dogs and were often seen in dog competitions.
The combination of these two exquisite animals created a cuddly, people-loving nature called the Cavapoo or Cavadoodle. They were one of the first designer dogs in the 1950s bred perfectly for allergy sufferers due to their low-shedding coats. They inherit affectionate and loving nature from their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent and their hypoallergenic curly coats along with their agility from their Poodle parent.
It is safe to say that the Cavapoo combined the best traits from each parent to form the cuddly pup we all love!
You may have the most fun training your Cavapoo because of their upbeat demeanour and how eager to please they are! Positive reinforcements and patience are required for training your pup, sessions should be short and consistent. You’ll find their intelligence and ability to absorb information to be staggering in no time! Here are some tips for potty training!
First of all, it’s normal that your Cavapoo might initially pick a piece of carpet to pee on, this is because they are marking their territory. Remember to make sure that you clean the area and use a spray to get rid of previous smells.
Always be in control and observe the signs when your puppy needs to go, we recommend that you set up a small area with only a pee tray and bed. Puppies have the ability to avoid soiling their personal space and go to the toilet on their pee trays instead. Having this setup is crucial and giving them rewards when they do their business in their designated peeing area is important to encourage correct behaviour.
Patience and consistency are key when training your pup. Keep your training sessions short and positive, their gentle nature requires positive reinforcement!
Cavapoos are active dogs and like every healthy puppy, they require a well-balanced diet. Natural diets with as little processed foods are good for your pup in the long run.
A Cavapoo’s nutritional needs are best met through traditional kibbles accompanied by meat-based protein such as chicken breast and healthy carbs like sweet potatoes and micronutrients to give your dog the nutrition they need.
Make sure that you give proportions that suit their size and age. Puppies, adults and older dogs have different dietary needs.
As a relatively small mixed breed dog, obesity and plaque build-up are serious issues. Dry foods and a proper oral routine will promote good oral health but never overfeed your dog, follow the recommended proportions and don’t overfeed.
Be careful of their proportions because health problems can turn ugly quickly if they get too round in their bellies.
How Should I Groom My Cavapoo?
Cavapoo often inherit their gorgeous curls from their Poodle parent which means they barely shed but get tangles. This means….Brush brush brush! Once every day or at least a few times a week to prevent matting of the fur, especially in Singapore’s humid climate
A simple two-sided pin and bristle brush works amazing for this breed. Use the metal side for detangling and the brush for smoothing their fur.
Just like us hoomans, there are different haircuts that a Cavapoo can get! As long as you are brushing your pup regularly there’s no need for fancy cuts but there are options if you want to take a trip to a groomer.
Comfort is key while grooming, remember to pay attention to how your dog behaves or cues they are giving you that could indicate stress. We hope that these grooming tips are useful for fluffing up your pup’s coat. Happy grooming!
Showers & Brushing
Cavapoos should shower once a week or once every two weeks. Cavapoos coats can vary from incredibly curly to wavy to straight depending on which genes are more dominant.
Curlier, longer fur can require more maintenance but too much bathing can be as harmful as not showering enough.
Dogs need certain levels of natural oils in their fur and skin, overbathing can cause dry and itchy skin especially with Singapore’s humid climate.
In addition, your dog’s skin will overcompensate and over produce natural oils, resulting in a greasy dog. Make sure you really get in there to their skin and not just their fur for a thorough bathe
Exposing your pup to the world of showering should be a positive one, just like any first-time experience take the time to build a positive association for your pup and taking a bath
Remember to brush their fur before the bath to prevent matts as well as after. Brush and brush again! It is important to brush their wet fur to further prevent matts and tangles.
Unfortunately nail trimming isn’t the most enjoyable so choose a spot where your dog is relaxed and you can hold him/her in your lap as you trim their nails.
Cut at an angle and take your time, making sure you don’t clip beyond the quick which is the blood supply and nerve that nourishes the nail. Consider taking breaks in between, giving them a treat and comfort before continuing if it’s their first time.
Trim your pup’s nails once a week or take a visit to the groomers.
Brushing Your Cavapoos Teeth
You should brush your Cavapoo’s teeth 2-3 times a week to prevent build-up of tartar and prevent bad breath! Tartar builds up can lead to gingivitis (the early stages of periodontal gum disease). This will cause rotting and the falling out of their teeth if not caught early.
You can either use a toothbrush or finger brush to clean your Cavapoo’s teeth. It is important to get your vet to check their teeth and gums health regularly
Cavapoos Known Health Issues
Unethical breeding practices typically lead to unhealthy puppies, as unscrupulous breeders may knowingly breed dogs with health issues in order to produce more puppies for sales and maximize their profits.
Pet Me Please only works with ethical breeders who screen their dogs for 200+ known health issues before breeding them, ensuring you get a healthy puppy with no genetic disease.
Cavapoos may develop hereditary health issues that their parents are prone to like a range of genetic diseases affecting the brain, heart and eyes. Cavapoos live long lives of 13-15 years and their mixed breed results in a tendency to have lesser health problems than their parents due to “hybrid vigour”.
Luxating Patella: also known as slipping kneecaps, is common in smaller dog breeds that results from a malformation or injury to the kneecap. It can cause pain and lameness. One of the simplest ways is to make sure that your dog maintains their ideal weight and goes for regular walks for exercise as well as monitoring their vitamin intake.
Separation Anxiety: Many dogs suffer from this mental condition when left alone and our family loving Cavapoos are no exception. Proper training from a young age is important to help them adapt to being alone. Some tell-tale signs are doing business in unusual areas, uncontrolled barking, crying, howling or growling, frightened or aggressive behaviour and door scratching. As a pup, try leaving him/her alone in a room and observe their reaction, when re-entering act normal giving him/her the idea that being alone is not a big deal. Hugging your pup when leaving may also give him/her the impression that something big is happening, so take note of that! All in all, separation anxiety is easier to prevent than treat, if you suspect your dog is experiencing that consult a vet and work it out from there!
These outgoing and downright adorable pups are not hard to come by in Singapore due to their increasing popularity, it is important that you source your Cavapoo from a reliable ethical breeder/pet shop. Our breeders spend lots of time socializing and observing their pups, making sure that they are well taken care of and healthy. You’ll thank yourself for making that decision for yourself and your pup in the long run! Here at PMP, we do our best to help our pups find the right families. It is a huge responsibility but it is not at all scary. We’ll equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and community to provide a warm and safe home for your new puppy.