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We initially bred just Cavalier King Charles Spaniels but after researching extensively about Cavapoos we started to breed these amazing dogs too in 2018.


It's a myth that just crossing two different breeds will produce healthy puppies. Two unhealthy dogs bred together are unlikely to produce healthy offspring!

That is why we extensively health test our girls and own high quality stud dogs who are also health tested.

Our view is that a poodle parent of a Cavapoo puppy should have been tested clear for the minimum of the following health conditions:

1.  Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

2.  Gangliosidosis GM2

3. Neonatal encephalopathy with seizures (NEWS)

4. Osteochondrodysplasia (OCD)

This test is on the official Kennel Club DNA testing scheme for Poodle (Miniature)

5. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (Rod-cone dysplasia 4) (RCD4)


6. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA-PRCD) (PRA-PRCD)

This test is on the official Kennel Club DNA testing scheme for Poodle (Miniature)


7. Von Willebrand Disease I (VWD1)

They should also hold a current KC / BVA eye test certificate.

Most Cavapoos advertised are either from a poodle parent that has no tests, or just has PRCD.

Again, most Cavapoo puppies advertised are from a Cavalier parent who has just had a health check at the vet rather than the DNA testing and cardiologist visits our girls have.

By producing first cross puppies using a cavalier and a poodle, there is of course a zero percent chance of inbreeding and if both parents are thoroughly health tested, the puppies will be guaranteed to be free of the hereditary diseases.

We are able to produce F1B puppies by using our stud dogs and females we bred. This way we know that there is absolutely no chance of any inbreeding and we know that both parents are thoroughly health checked and high enough quality to breed from.

It's a false economy to buy a cheap puppy as you are likely to spend thousands on ill health and also have to deal with the heartache that accompanies it.

We know that the puppies we produce are some of the best in the world and we believe they are worth every penny of their purchase price.

Of course all dogs can be affected by a wide range of illness, disease and of course accidents.

All of our puppies come with 4 weeks free insurance through PetPlan and we strongly recommend that you carry on insuring your puppy with PetPlan. 

They are a reputable company who pay for nearly all claims and it's very convenient as they pay your vet directly so you don't need to find the money or be out of pocket if faced with a large bill.​

 

DNA Health Testing

There are three possible results of DNA tests:  

  • CLEAR - The dog does not have the condition, and will not develop it.  A Clear dog will not pass on any genes for the condition.

  • AFFECTED - The dog has that condition, or will develop it.  The dog may not be showing clinical signs of the condition yet, but they will go on to develop it.  Genetically, they have it.  An Affected dog should never be bred from, because they will (statistically) produce a percentage of Affected puppies, regardless of what dog they are bred with.

  • CARRIER - The dog does not have that condition, and will not develop it.  But, genetically, they are a 'carrier' of it.  If a Carrier is bred to another Carrier (or to an Affected dog), there will be (statistically) some Affected puppies in the litter.  If a dog is a Carrier for a condition, they should only be bred to a Clear dog.  Then there will be no Affected puppies in the litter.

 
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Caring for your puppy

IT'S RECOMMENDED TO:

Take your dog to the vet for an annual or 6 monthly health check. 

Catching illness early can save your dog's life. It's sensible to have them checked regularly for your peace of mind.

To have them vaccinated to protect them against:

  • Canine distemper virus

  • Canine parvovirus

  • Infectious canine hepatitis

  • Leptospirosis (we only use Lepto 2)

All of our puppies will have had their first part of injections for the above diseases. You will need to take them for the second part and then their annual boosters.

To have your dog neutered

  • Neutering stops females coming into season - apart from the mess and unpleasant smell in your home, she may very well attract unwanted male attention, become pregnant or have phantom pregnancies which can be very distressing for her. It is also difficult to walk her for 3 weeks during both of her 6 monthly seasons. We restrict our girls to walks on the lead and play time in the house and garden to avoid unwanted matings.

  • Neutering prevents the risk of uterus infections and cancers in females and testicular cancer in male dogs. Unspayed females not used for breeding are at risk of the fatal pyometra.

  • Neutering can reduce urine marking and roaming in male dogs.

  • Unspayed bitches bleed for up to three weeks twice a year. They leave blood on their bed and furniture and the smell is rather unpleasant.

  • Neutering your dog and adding the sentence "I am neutered" to their ID tag on their collar can reduce the risk of them being stolen for breeding.

  • Vet fees for problems during or after pregnancy and birth can be expensive literally running into thousands of pounds. Bitches giving birth need 24 hour supervision. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when females give birth, putting both the litter of puppies and the bitch at risk of death.  Offspring may well need veterinary attention too. Are you prepared to take time off work and feed puppies every 2 hours day and night for at least 4 weeks if necessary?

To feed a good quality dog food

Your dog is what they eat.

Look out for dog food that states the actual meat and the percentage of that meat. 

AVOID "derivatives" and "meat products".

It's often a trial and error procedure - see what works for your dog and look for signs that you're getting it right.​

We feed our dogs Butternut. You're welcome to use our referral link and receive 50% of your first box. It's human - grade cooked food  - our dogs love it! 

50% off first box of Butternut Box premium dog food

Do not feed too many treats and never feed anything poisonous (please see list at bottom of the page).​

To regularly worm your dog

It is incredibly important to worm your dog on a regular basis. Worms cause illness, pain and even death. Some of the worms dogs can get can be given to humans.

Treat your dog with flea protection if you find a flea on your dog or in your home.

We check our girls with flea combs as part of their daily routine.

  • Make sure that you use a prescription - only flea treatment. The cheaper ones sold in pet shops do not work as well. Remember to treat both your pet and your home.

  • Vacuuming furniture, floors and skirting boards, washing bedding and mopping floors all help to reduce the number of fleas in your home.

Brush your dog as often as possible

Regular brushing of your dog will help to keep your dog's coat in good condition.


Not only does the brushing feel good, it bonds you and your dog and as well as preventing tangles, it spreads the natural oils through the coat.


It's the perfect time to check your dog for any sign of ill health including cancerous lumps, fleas (look out for black specks - they indicate fleas are present) and anything that looks unusual.

Look after their teeth

Vets often recommend regular brushing of your dog's teeth with a toothbrush.

We give our dogs raw carrots and raw meaty bones - both are very good for keeping teeth clean.

Exercise them at least once a day, ideally twice.

Regular exercise is essential to your dog's mental and physical well being.

Our view is that it is unfair to not exercise your dog at least once a day.

They don't get the chance to go to work, pop round to see friends or nip to the pub for a pint (well, ours do but they need us to take them!)

 
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