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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Amy3542, Jan 23, 2021.


  1. Amy3542

    Amy3542 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi I'm looking for some help/suggestions please.
    I have been looking for a dog for a while. I would like to get a puppy so they can grow with the kids. I really like cavapoos. From research I have done Cavaliers, poodles and bichons all seem to be good with kids and a good family dog. I would love any advise. I would like a dog that my kids can also walk so not too strong, fairly easy to train, not too yappy
     
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    Boxer123 PetForums VIP

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    Why not get a poodle ? Intelligent, good with children. The problem with cross breeds is that they often don’t have the relevant testing done. Cavaliers are lovely dogs but have a lot of health issues so you need to make sure you use a good breeder.
     
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    Hello and [​IMG] to PF.

    Cavapoos are very cute but they still a cross breed and can have the good and bad quality of both breeds, if you get the bad from both breeds you could have a lot of problems with you dog.

    Have you thought about just going for a pure breed, that way you know what you have got and can check for with the breeder that both parents have been health tested.
     
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    Another vote for Poodle. You don’t have to have an exaggerated trim, leave them ‘puppy’ cut and most people will think it’s a poo-cross anyway.

    You can get a healthy, well-bred Poodle and not have to worry about anything you’re unprepared for; you never know what you’re getting (either health or temperament-wise) with a cross breed.
     
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    It would be much easier for you to find a good breeder of any of the purebreds you've mentioned than to find a decent cavapoo breeder.

    If it's the 'teddy bear' look you like then a mini poodle can be easily groomed the same way.
     
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    Or look in rescue .... they’re filling up with Lockdown rejects fast :(
     
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    Amy3542 PetForums Newbie

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    This is really helpful thank you. I will do more research into the poodles for definite. I have looked at rescue homes but it's hard as I have three children one is only two. I'm not opposed to a dog rather than a puppy as long as it has been well socialized with children
     
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    Finding a good cavapoo breeder could be quite difficult. Cavaliers in particular can suffer from some really nasty congenital conditions (heart problems, syringomyelia) that good breeders try to eliminate through responsible breeding like carrying out health tests and careful selection of parents. Good breeders do tests on their breeding dogs (proper tests, not just checks to say the dog is capable of siring/carrying a litter) to breed out these conditions. Unfortunately with the popularity of these crosses there are many puppy farmers who are more interested in exploiting buyers than the long term health of the puppies they are selling; and pet owners who think it would be lovely to have mini versions of their own pets but lack the understanding of responsible breeding.

    It used to be believed that crossbreeds had the best of both breeds and health problems were 'bred out' but in fact you could well get a puppy who has inherited health defects from both parents. So crossing, for example, a cavalier with a poodle, you could get a puppy who has heart problems from the cavalier side and hip dysplasia from the poodle side. Both sides could have eye problems these could cause long term pain and distress to the dog and the owner to incur on going expensive vet bills. Marilyn Munro allegedly once suggested to Albert Einstein that if they had babies they would be amazing with her beauty and his brains. Einstein allegedly replied how awful it would be if it were the other way round. You get the picture!

    There are some responsible breeders of crossbreeds and that is a good thing. But they are very few and you may have to search extensively to find one.

    I also would recommend a poodle. They can be sourced with far less risk. If it is the look of the traditional poodle that puts you off, they can be left in a shaggy clip that has the look of the popular crossbreeds.

    You might find these articles helpful too.

    https://www.buyapuppysafely.org/

    https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care...cPvirfZyvqr8nl0L33UsGCORg1_wFYyYlnxheIWBzW2mQ
     
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