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Frequently Asked Questions
Becoming the owner of a new dog raises a lot of questions to provide the best and healthiest life for them.. Many things come into play when making choices for your dog including, research, personal opinions, past experiences, testimonials and debates. Therefore, it is important to keep the following points in mind:
- Although the same breed, every dog is different
- What works for one dog, may not work for another (and vice versa)
-There are many ways to do the one thing (eg. diet, training, grooming)
Our advice below is drawn from what we've experienced, seen, heard, read and believe is best for our dogs.
" There is no one way to be a perfect parent, but a million ways to be a good one "
- Jill Churchill
Can I purchase a pup if I live interstate?Yes! We have our puppies transported across the country and Internationally. We use Jetpets and Dogmovers to ensure our pups are safely transported to their new families (at the buyer's expense).
Is there a difference between 1st and 2nd Generation Cavoodles?Cavoodles are any dogs that have a mix of the following 2 breeds: Poodle and Cavlier King Charles Spaniel. 1st Generation: A 1st generation cavoodle comes from a pure bred Poodle and pure bred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 1st generation Cavoodles may or may not have a consistent balance or carry specific characteristics of their parents. F1B Cavoodle: Other first generation cavoodles (known as F1B) is a cavoodle that comes from a 1st generation cavoodle crossed with either a pure bred Poodle or pure bred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The traits of the pure breed in an F1b Cavoodle is likely to be more present, however not guarunteed. 2nd Generation: A 2nd generation cavoodle comes from two 1st generation Cavoodles. A balance between the characteristics of a poodle and cavoodle are found to be more present in this generation. Genes play an important part in the overall development of a pup, and therefore Cavoodles, whether it be a F1, F1b or an F2 Cavoodle, each have their own unique features. Regardless of the characteristics adopted from their parents, the loving and playful qualities are present in any cavoodle.
How often do I need to groom my dog?The coat of Cavoodles and Poodles require a frequent brush. A quick daily brush is ideal, however 2-3 times a week is fine too. Brushing your pup or dog is a good opportunity for you to create as 'bonding time,' and should be started when they are young. This is to make the grooming process easy and comforting for both you and your pet. Taking your Cavoodle or Poodle to the groomers should be done approximately every 3 months, however the growth, length, lifestyle and home grooming routine may also determine whether they are due for a groom before or after this time frame. Your groomer will also advise you on the frequency that they believe is right for your dog. This is a call for you to make as an owner.
What diet should my dog be on?Like humans, there are many trending diets, however we have chosen the raw-food diet and Á La Carte kibble. Once weaned off puppy food, we start them on a raw-food diet where they eat beef or chicken with bones. This allows them to get the nutrients they need, including calcium and phosphorus, and are great for cleaning teeth. A raw-food diet also includes fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, apples cucumbers, etc. Be sure to check what fruits and vegetables dogs should not eat, and how to avoid health hazards.
Do your pups come toilet trained?Pups are introduced to pee-pads, but will not come toilet-trained. Puppies that are less than 8-weeks old still having weak bladders. A new environment and routine will also create a challenging transition for puppies to transfer specific behvaiours, such as toilet-training. Therefore, toilet-training is recommended to begin as soon as puppies are placed in their new forever home.
Toilet Training - What should I use or do?There are many ways to toilet train a dog such as crate training, pee pads, doggy door and grass patches. The choice will depend on household routine (work hours), accessibility to outdoor areas and personal preference. The importnat rule is a consistent routine and treats. Be sure to use vinegar mixed with water to clean away accidental pee-spots to eliminate smells from dog senses.
Why are they so expensive?This special breed are pricey for many reasons. One of the most desired quality is that they are hypoallergenic (low shedding) canines, perfect for people of all ages who suffer from chronic diseases e.g. Asthma, Allergy Sufferers. This breed has a wonderful mix in temperament and personality from the soft and humble character of a Cavalier Kings Charles Spaniel with the bubbliness and inteligence of a Pure Bred Poodle. These breeds have been well sought after from professionals in different industries and sectors e.g. Principals who look to train their puppy to become therapeutic for their school, Social Workers who deal with special-needs children, and in the general workforce (offices) to accelerate desired employment and business objectives. We are well aware of family budgets when seeking a life-long companinon and have noted the market of Cavoodles, Poodles and Labradoodles that are priced well-beyond our range. We aim to sell our pups at a reasoble price without comprimising quality of environment, health and service.
Choosing a Breeder?Asking the right questions will no only prepare you to determine whether a puppy is a good lifestyle decision now, later on into the future, but it will also help expose scammers and unethical breeders (puppy mills/farms). Key Questions: 1. Are you a registered breeder? If so, with who? And how do I know you abide by the policies and procedures of the associations you are registed with? 2. Are the parents DNA tested and cleared from genetic or hereditary diseases? 3. Can I meet the parents? Or do you have pictures/videos? 4. How have you socialised the pups? 5. What vaccination has the pup received? 6. Has the pup been dewormed? 7. What is your guarantee? Do you have a Breeders Agreement? 8. What are you feeding the pups? 9. Does the pup come with a VET Health Check Certificate? 10. Whats your experience with this breed? 11. When can I take the pup home? (legally after 8 weeks of age) 12. When can i desex my puppy? (Early Age Desexing (EAD) is not recommended, Some VETs suggest at 6 months of age and some say 12 months; we believe older is better as they are too small to operate on). Scammers Be wary of websites or breeders who: - are not willing to answer many questions - show you limited number of photos - provide photos that can be found on other websites - don't have photos of previous litters - cannot provide you with their membership number - the price is set quite below the average range - names written on Facebook scam pages
Are they good in apartments?The Cavoodle or Poodle is one of our top dog breeds suitable for an apartment as they can adapt to living in an apartment as long as they receive adequate daily exercise. Most landlords or Strata have widely accepted this breed simply because of the intuition, adaptability, and intelligence. Bred as a companion dog, the Cavoodle has an adorable temperament; genes from the CKCS. This breed is low shedding and often tolerated by allergic people which aleviates the barrier of banning dogs from apartments. These breeds are not built for excessive excercise, they enjoy a jog or small walks around the block or to socialise at the local dog park. Rather than draining their energy through physical activities, you can also develop habits that encourages mental training e.g. tricks, agility, boundaries etc. They are intelligent and given adequate training and home barriers, they will learn to adapt to your lifestyle quicker than you think.
What are the health risks in Cavoodles & Poodles?Before buying a pup, it is important to check the health information of your pup's parents. Cavoodles This breed is in the lower risk category for developing health issues, hence it is one of the most affordable breeds to insure. Syringomyelia - a condition where the skull cavity is too small for the brain. Mitral Valve Disease - MVD begins with a heart murmur that becomes increasingly problematic until the animal suffers heart failure and dies. This form of heart disease can occur in many breeds but will generally occur at a much younger stage for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, therefore Cavoodle owners should be aware. Cataracts and/or Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Like in humans, canine cataracts occur when a cloudy membrane forms over the eye, causing vision loss. They can be removed surgically. Hip dysplasia - is a condition where the thighbone and hip joint do not fit together properly, causing pain and lameness. Less severe cases can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, but surgery may be required for serious cases. Luxating Patellas - occurs when the bones of the patella are not aligned properly and as a result slip in and out of place, causing pain and an abnormal gait. Mild cases generally do not require treatment and do not impact too much on the dog’s life, but severe cases may require surgery. Epilepsy - Cavoodles may be prone to idiopathic epilepsy, which are seizures with no known cause. There is treatment available for cavoodles suffering epilepsy. _______________________________________________________________________________ Poodles This breed is also in the lower risk category for developing health issues. Hip Dysplasia - occurs when a Poodle’s hip joint becomes weak or deteriorates. The condition is thought to be genetic and usually results when the hip socket doesn’t form correctly, causing it to become dislocated. Epilepsy - this is a common condition known to affect Poodles. If a canine has epilepsy, they will exhibit a combination of symptoms which may include drooling, walking in place or pacing, unresponsiveness, confusion, stiff limbs, sudden unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, or other strange movements. Progressive Retinal Atrophy - is a serious eye disease that can lead to blindness. It affects retina of the eyes and always happens to both eyes at the same time. Early symptoms include dilated pupils, night vision problems, glassy eyes, bumping into furniture, or other signs of canine blindness. Addison's Disease - If a Poodle is suffering from Addison’s disease, it means that their adrenal glands aren’t producing enough of the hormone cortisol. This can cause dogs to become lethargic, depressed, anxious, or experience digestive problems. Some Poodles may experience an acute crisis of Addison’s disease in dogs, which would require hospitalization. Hypothyroidism - is a common hormonal problem seen in Poodles, which arises from inadequate levels of thyroid hormones. Symptoms include hair loss, weight gain, weak immune system, excessive hunger, and seeking out warm spaces.
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