Havapoo VS. Cavapoo (Crossbreed Comparison Guide)

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The Havapoo and Cavapoo both make great family pets, and their shared parentage means that these breeds are remarkably similar. There are a few differences that could help you to decide which of these two breeds is the better choice for your lifestyle, however including –

 

Havapoo VS. Cavapoo

 

Both the Havapoo and the Cavapoo are what we call “designer dogs,” that is, they are mixed breed dogs that are “designed” by combining two specific breeds to get a mix of certain traits.

 

The Havapoo

The Havapoo is the result of breeding the Havanese and the Poodle and is a good breed for novice dog owners. The average Havapoo lives between 10yrs to 15yrs.

 

The Cavapoo

The Cavapoo is the result of breeding the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle and is a good breed for a novice dog owner. The average Cavapoo lives between 10yrs to 15yrs.

 

Appearance

 

The Havapoo

The Havapoo grows to between 8″ and 15″ tall and can weigh anywhere from 10lbs to 45lbs (although toy poodles are the preference for many breeders and these dogs grow to 20lbs or under.)

The Havapoo has a rounded face like the Havanese and maintains some of the Havanese waves in its coat, but more often tends to have a fur coat resembling the Poodle coat.

The Havapoo can have a solid-colored coat, a dual-colored coat, and a tri-colored coat. Common colors include

  • Chocolate
  • Brown
  • Fawn
  • Liver
  • Gray
  • White
  • Black
  • Cream

The Havapoo is relatively easy to groom and less likely to trigger allergies than other popular dog breeds.

 

The Cavapoo

The Cavapoo grows to between nine” and fourteen” tall and can weigh anywhere from 8lbs to 25lbs.

The Cavapoo maintains long King Charles Spaniel ears and has a more poodle-like coat with curls and waves.

The Cavapoo can have a solid-colored coat, a dual-colored coat, and occasionally, a tri-colored coat! Common colors include

  • Fawn
  • Cream
  • Gold
  • Chocolate
  • White
  • Chestnut

The Cavapoo needs a regular and meticulous grooming schedule. When maintained, a grooming schedule helps to keep your dog more allergy-friendly than some more traditional breeds.

 

Allergy-Friendly Status

 

Most Poodle breeds are significantly less triggering for allergy sufferers, and since the Havapoo and Cavapoo are both Poodle mixes, both are easier for allergy sufferers to tolerate.

Although both the Havapoo and Cavapoo are less triggering to allergy sufferers, neither dog is 100% allergen-free since the proteins that cause allergy symptoms are also in saliva and urine.

 

Temperament

 

The Havapoo

The Havapoo is a playful and outgoing dog that is friendly and social by nature. The Havapoo tends to be a little more confident and less prone to anxiety than the Cavapoo.

The Havapoo is easy to train, is extremely loyal to its family, and has a low prey drive – good news for homes with other small pets like guinea pigs, rats, and mice!

 

The Cavapoo

The Cavapoo is a playful and outgoing dog that is friendly and social by nature. It is not uncommon for this mixed breed to experience anxiety, however.

Like the Havapoo, the Cavapoo is easy to train, is extremely loyal, and has a low prey drive.

 

Intelligence and Training

 

The Havapoo

The Havapoo is an intelligent breed that thrives on reward-based training and always aims to please.

 

The Cavapoo

The Cavapoo is a particularly intelligent breed that responds well to positive reinforcement and has a history of excelling in therapy dog work.

 

Health

 

The Havapoo

The Havapoo is at risk for health conditions that affect both the Poodle and the Havanese, these include:

  • Deafness
  • Chondrodysplasia
  • Patella luxation
  • Heart murmurs
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Collapsed trachea
  • Epilepsy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Addison’s Disease

The Cavapoo

The Cavapoo is at risk for health conditions that affect both the Poodle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These include:

  • Heart disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Luxating patella’s
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Cataracts
  • Syringomyelia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Collapsed trachea
  • Epilepsy
  • Addison’s Disease

Havapoo Vs CavaPoo Direct Comparison

 

Appearance:

Both the Havapoo and the Cavapoo are the same height but depending on whether the Havapoo is born to a toy poodle or standard poodle, the Havapoo can be larger than the Cavapoo.

The Cavapoo has a longer coat than the Havapoo and has more demanding grooming requirements.

 

Allergy-Friendly Status:

As poodle mixes, both the Havapoo and the Cavapoo are less likely to trigger allergies than other breeds because they shed less. Keep in mind that this does not mean that they are “hypo-allergenic it simply means that they are less likely to cause allergic reactions in people with mild allergies. Anyone with severe allergies to dogs is still likely to suffer from allergy symptoms with a “hypo-allergenic” dog.

 

Temperament:

Both the Havapoo and Cavapoo are sociable, loyal, and have a low prey drive, but the Havapoo is slightly more confident and less prone to anxiety.

 

Intelligence and Training

Both the Havapoo and the Cavapoo are easily trainable with positive reinforcement and a little treat bribery! But require shorter training sessions to prevent burnout and boredom.

 

Health:

Both the Havapoo and the Cavapoo have heritable conditions that can influence their lifespan (10yrs to 15yrs.) Overall, the Havapoo seems to have a slight edge over the Cavapoo, though, as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high incidence of cardiac problems.

Both the Havapoo and the Cavapoo have an increased likelihood of dental disease simply by virtue of being small breed dogs. Dental complications are avoidable with regular dental cleanings and annual professional cleanings.

 

Conclusion / Summary  

 

Determining whether the Havapoo or Cavapoo is the right choice for you depends on what you are looking for in your dog. 

If you are looking for a dog that is less likely to suffer separation anxiety or for a larger dog, the Havapoo would be a better fit, where if you are looking for a dog to take part in therapy dog work, the Cavapoo might be a better choice for you. Ultimately, though, both designer breeds make for great companions and family dogs!

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