The Cavoodle, also known as the Cavadoodle, is an adorable crossbreed dog with a thick, soft and curly coat. Cavoodles are the result of breeding a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and either a Mini or Toy Poodle, Standard Poodles are never used. But how big does the Cavoodle dog breed get? What can an owner expect in terms of their height, weight and general size? I spent some time researching this Australian breed and will be sharing all the information here today.
So, how big do Cavoodles get? Cavoodles generally grow to between 9-14 inches in height and weigh between 8-25 pounds at their full adult size. Female Cavoodles are typically lighter, on average. Cavoodles do come in smaller and larger sizes; depending on the type of Poodle used during breeding. A Toy Poodle, for instance, will produce a smaller Cavoodle than if a Miniature Poodle is used.
Either way, Cavoodles are small enough that you can take them pretty much everywhere. They are also not too heavy to pick up as and when you need to!
On of the other major benefits of this dog breed is how social they are. They generally get along very well with cats, other dogs and all types of people which makes life a lot easier!
However, it’s human companionship that they really want, and they want a lot of it. These adorable dogs do seek out attention – and they need it a lot of the time.
They can also be quite sensitive, especially as puppies, so they do require a gentle approach.
Let us now take a closer look at the average size of a Cavoodle. We’ll also be covering important questions like at what age they will typically be fully grown.
Additionally, we will be looking at when they should reach mental maturity and those factors that influence their final size.
So, be sure to keep reading until the end to ensure you get all the information that you need!
What Is The Average Size Of A Cavoodle?
The size of a Cavoodle will depend on the parents. For the most part, the average Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent will be approximately 12-13 inches, weighing between 13-18 pounds. This is classified as a small breed.
What really dictates the size of the Cavoodle is the Poodle parent, depending on which version was used. Toy Poodles and Miniature Poodles are both used to breed the Cavoodle, with the Standard Poodle not being one of the parents.
Since Toy and Miniature Poodles are different sizes, this of course, will have a determining factor when it comes to the size of the Cavoodle.
Toy Poodles are the smaller of the two, standing at around 10 inches and weighing between 4-6 pounds.
The Miniature Poodle can range from between 10-15 inches at the shoulder and weigh anywhere between 10-15 pounds. While there are two versions, they both just go by the same name of Cavoodle.
Because of two versions of the Cavoodle, there will be two versions of size average:
- The smaller Cavoodle will average around 9-11 inches, weighing around 8-12 pounds.
- The larger version of the Cavoodle averages around 12-14 inches, weighing 15-20 pounds.
Is A Cavoodle A Small Or Medium Dog?
The Cavoodle can be considered either a small or medium dog. The smaller version of the Cavoodle will fall under the category of small dog as they are all under 20 pounds.
Since Cavoodles can can reach weights of 20 pounds, and some even more, those particular dogs will fall under the category of a medium dog.
Medium dogs can range in weight between 20 pounds and 60 pounds, so it would be considered a small medium.
Overall, the breed itself is generally considered a small breed just like their parents, however, there are particular dogs that can fall into the medium category.
Other breeds that can be considered small to medium include:
- French Bulldog
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- Cardigan Welsh Corgi
- Scottish Terrier
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Shiba Inu
- English Cocker Spaniel
This, of course, is not a complete list, but an idea of other dogs which can be considered small or smaller medium sized dogs.
At What Age Is A Cavoodle Fully Grown?
Cavoodles are a small breed dog, and small breed dogs generally become fully grown earlier in life than larger dogs.
The Cavoodle reaches their full size sometime between 6 and 8 months of age. The same timeline fits whether you have a smaller Cavoodle or a larger version of the breed.
For larger dogs, who have much more growing to do, they can even take up to 3 years to reach their full adult size.
For Cavoodles, they do not have so much growing to do. As such, you may not see a dramatic change between the time you get your Cavoodle at 8 weeks and the time they stop growing at 6 to 8 months.
But, the transition will be entertaining to watch nonetheless!
What Age Does a Cavoodle Mentally Mature?
As with all dogs, smaller dogs mentally mature sooner than larger dogs. Some dogs mature at the same rate they grow while others mentally mature after they finish growing.
Cavoodles are one breed that finishes growing before they mentally mature. While they will reach their full physical size at 6 to 8 months, you can expect your Cavoodle to be fully mentally mature at around 9 months of age.
So, you can expect to have a dog who is physically grown with the mentally acuity of a puppy running around for a few months, before everything catches up with each other.
Training from a young age will also help with your Cavoodle reaching their mental maturity as they will be taught correct and incorrect behaviors, as well as what is expected of them.
Dogs who receive training and socialization early on learn that they are the dog and that you are the one who is in charge, which in turn will have them acting out less. Or at least that is the hope with training and socialization.
How To Ensure Your Cavoodle Reaches Their Size Potential
Knowing the parents, and their sizes, of your Cavoodle will help you get a better understanding of what their size potential should be. Knowing what size Poodle is in the bloodline will help to know if your Cavoodle will be a smaller version or larger version.
Another piece of good information, though not a necessity, would be to find out where your dog was in terms of size within the litter.
For example, my dog was one of 4 in their litter, so right off the bat they are going to be bigger than a puppy from a little of 8 or so.
Since there wasn’t a fight for food, I knew that my dog was going to be a big puppy right off the bat, and I also knew that he wasn’t the largest or the runt, so that he would be about average for that litter.
Once you know what your Cavoodle’s optimized size should be, you can than start implementing ways in which to make sure you help them reach their size potential. The optimized size of your Cavoodle isn’t a science, so it can be a vague guesstimate.
Feeding your Cavoodle the proper food will help them grow in a way that suits them best. This includes having them on a puppy food for small breeds until they are a year and at that point, switch over to an adult food for small breeds.
By ensuring your feeding your Cavoodle small breed food for puppies and adults, you are ensuring that they are receiving all of the proper nutrients they need, and that their small bodies can process it.
Speaking of food, you have to ensure that you don’t over feed your dog. Toy and miniature dogs are cute and tend to get spoiled quite a bit, being carried everywhere and at times not being fed the proper food.
An overweight Cavoodle is not a Cavoodle reaching their size potential. Even though they are small dogs, Cavoodles still need to get their exercise in daily. While it won’t be as much exercise as a larger dog, they still need to keep in shape.
Cavoodles are adorable, small dogs who make fantastic companions. They love human companionship and are generally very affectionate, gentle and friendly.
They do like to please you however, and they will also try to become the boss. This is true of many small breeds, so you need to ensure you let them know their place with appropriate training and a firm but fair leadership.
Ultimately, the size of a Cavoodle will depend on their parents, and more importantly, the Poodle that was used for their bloodline. Cavoodles are a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and either a Toy Poodle or a Miniature Poodle.
Since Toy Poodles and Miniature Poodles are different sizes, this will be the biggest determining factor for what size your Cavoodle will be, including if they will fall under the category of a small or medium dog.
Cavoodles can reach heights of between 9-14 inches and weigh anywhere between 8-20 pounds. However, just as with anything, there are always cases which fit outside the norm so you may come across smaller or larger Cavoodles!
One other thing to consider is that since they are a crossbreed – their appearance can vary significantly from dog to dog. This is true even among dogs of the same litter.
Nevertheless, they should still possess a thick soft coat that can be wavy or straight, coming in a gold, tan, cream, black or brown color.
Food and exercise are the biggest factors for you to consider and control as an owner. These will be your responsibility in ensuring that you help your Cavoodle reach their full and healthy size potential.
Don’t fall into the spell of spoiling them too much, which is easy to do with their size and cuteness, but it won’t help them at all.
Since Cavoodles are smaller dogs they reach their full size and mental maturity much sooner than larger dogs do. You can expect your Cavoodle to be fully grown and at their full mental maturity by 9 months old, however they will still be considered a puppy!
If you’re looking for a small to medium sized dog that is a great companion and will get along great with other animals in the house, than you may want to look into getting a Cavoodle, you won’t be disappointed.
I am a practiced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site I created to share everything I’ve learned about pet ownership over the years and my extensive research along the way.