Huh? What is a Cavapoo?

Have you ever wondered what is a Cavapoo? Or what type of dog is a Cavapoo? And what is a Cavapoo mixed with? A Cavapoo is a crossbreed dog made up of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and a Poodle. 

They are often called “designer dogs” because they are bred for their specific looks and personality traits. In addition, Cavapoos can vary in size, depending on the proportions of their parents.

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Breed Characteristics of the Cavapoo Breed

So what breed is a Cavapoo? The Cavapoo breed is known for being gentle, intelligent, and playful. They are also considered to be one of the easiest breeds to train. In addition, Cavapoos are typically good with children and other pets, making them an excellent choice for families.

The Cavapoo breed has several characteristics:


The Cavapoo is a very intelligent dog breed. They are highly trainable and can perform tricks or do agility. Their intelligence makes them easy to train, but one must be patient. If they sense their owner losing patience, they may become stubborn and act out in disobedience.

Coat & Color

The coat is very soft and long, like that of a poodle. The Cavapoo can have any color coat, but black is the most common.


The Cavapoo is a very friendly and playful dog breed that loves to please its owner. They make great family pets and get along well with children and other animals. 

However, they are not recommended for households with very young children because they are small dogs that may be harmed by being handled roughly. They are also very intelligent, so one must have patience in training them.

Litter Size

The average litter size is between 4 and 8 puppies, but it can range anywhere from 1 to 10 pups per litter.

Coat Type

The fur is long like a poodle’s but can come in any color. There should also be no curl or wave in the coat. Their coats only curl when they get wet.

How Long do Cavapoos Live?

The average Cavapoo lifespan is between 10 and 14 years.


Cavapoos can vary quite a bit in terms of looks. However, they are typically small dogs with silky coats. Cavapoos can come in many colors, like the poodle, as discussed later here.


Cavapoos are considered one of the easiest breeds to train because they are intelligent and are eager to please their owners. These traits, combined with a good understanding of the basic commands, make Cavapoos easy to train and get along with.

Character & Temperament

Cavapoos are known for their friendliness and gentle disposition. They are typically good with children and other pets, making them an excellent choice for families. This breed is also highly adaptable. Cavapoos can fit in well both with city and country living. Cavapoos are intelligent and playful, making them a fun-loving addition to any home.

Vital Statistics on Cavapoos

Cavapoos require moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk or light jog, each day. They are generally good with children and other pets but may be prone to chasing smaller animals. Therefore, proper obedience training is recommended for Cavapoos.

  • Breed: Cross between Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle
  • Head: The head should be round, neither broad nor narrow. The distance from the eyes to the end of the nose should be as long as possible.
  • Eye: Oval or round; set well apart with intelligent expression. Eye color varies depending on the color of the coat.
  • Ear: Set high and well apart, carried close to the head.
  • Muzzle: Neither too long nor too short; should be square, with a good stop.
  • Teeth: Jaws should be strong, and teeth meet in a scissors bite.
  • Neck: Moderately long and strong, without dewlap.
  • Chest: Broad and deep, with well-sprung ribs.
  • Back: Level and short.
  • Tail: Set high, carried gaily but not over the back.
  • Coat: Dense, silky, straight, or slightly wavy.
  • Color: The coat may be any solid color or any combination of colors.

Interesting Facts on the Cavapoo

Despite being related, Cavapoos are among the most popular breeds in the UK and worldwide:

  • They’re known for their lovely personalities.
  • Depending on which of their parent breeds they have thrown to, Cavapoos can have silky or wavy coats. 
  • While some Cavapoos are hypoallergenic, others aren’t. They typically weigh between 10 and 25 lbs (4.5 and 11.3 kg).
  • Cavapoos can live for up to 16 years if well cared for.
  • One thing that makes Cavapoos so popular is their wide range of appearances. Some look more like Labs, while others have the curly hair of a Poodle. They also come in a range of different colors, which are equally cute.
  • Cavapoos are also very intelligent dogs that love to learn new tricks and spend time with their owners. They’re known for being loyal companions, despite not always wanting to cuddle. 
  • Cavapoos are great pets for people looking for an easygoing pet, but they tend to get along well with kids and other animals too.
  • Some people may be allergic to their curly coats, while others may not be affected at all. Therefore, it’s essential to do your research before bringing a Cavapoo home to ensure they’re the right pet for you.
  • Cavapoos are considered low-maintenance dogs since they don’t require a lot of exercise or grooming. However, they still need to be groomed regularly to keep their coat healthy and free of mats.

The History of the Cavapoo Breed

In the early 1960s, a standard black poodle mated with a Golden Retriever in Australia produced a new breed called the Cavoodle or, sometimes, the “Royal Poodle” due to its popularity among royals. 

In 1981, Rhonda Parker cross-bred a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Toy Poodle from which the Cavapoo emerged. She worked on this breeding project for 17 years before her creation became an official AKC recognized breed in 1995. 

Meanwhile, in 1994, Susan Cuthbert of Scotland attempted to produce a Labradoodle dog. However, she realized she’d have better luck breeding it with one of her Shih Tzu’s instead. Susan then developed a smaller version of the Labradoodle, which became the Cavoodle.

In 1992, Cheryl Smith began a breeding program using Toy Poodles and Miniature Schnauzers to produce dogs suitable as family pets who would benefit from living indoors and being hypoallergenic.

In 1994, she bred her first dog with a Maltese, producing a non-shedding “designer” breed known as the Maltipoo. In 1996, The Kennel Club officially recognized her creation despite only containing 1/4 poodle genes. Though not yet recognized by the AKC, Susan O’Meara created a poodle/Bichon Frise mix called the Poochon (poodle/Bichon) in the 1990s.

In 1998, a Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle mix was labeled as “Yorkie Poo” because of its popularity among Yorkie owners. These owners wanted to make this breed easier for their furry pets to live with. However, they weren’t big fans of the shedding and noise of Yorkies.

However, it wasn’t until 2001 that the term ‘Cavapoo’ was coined by Linda Sisler, who used it to describe her poodle/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix. She then decided Cavapoo would be a better name because she wanted dogs of this breed to have more poodles in them while still preserving some qualities from other breeds involved.

Since 2003, a new designer breed has been developed from a Maltese/poodle mix called the Mal-shi, which combines the best qualities of both breeds. In 2007, another variation of this popular breed appeared on the scene. It was known as the Pomapoo or Labradoodle/Poodle cross.

This breed was created by crossing a Labrador Retriever with a standard poodle. In 2008, Mel Biewer bred Chihuahuas and Yorkies to create one dog that carried the longhair gene from one parent, and the short hair gene from the other, resulting in a toy-sized dog called a Chiweenie or Teacup Chihuahua.

In 2009, a poodle/Bichon Frise mix appeared when someone used Shih poo to label this designer dog. However, in 2010, Sharon Pinnock of Teacup Poodles began selling this breed to preserve its existence. 

She believed these dogs were the real Shih-poos. Then, in 2011, another designer breed made its entrance. The Zedonk was produced by mating a Miniature Zebu and a Miniature Donkey despite no record of anyone breeding these types of animals together previously.

Today, many fanciers include American Eskimos (Spitz type) and Pomeranians (Spitz type) when they talk about the Spitz family of dogs. Other classes in this group include the Keeshond (semi-long-haired), German Spitz (semi-longhaired), Briard, Shiba Inu, Norwegian Elkhound, Finnish Spitz, and poodles. 

The American Eskimo breed is very old, making it difficult to pinpoint when or where they were developed. Some believe that these dogs came from Germany, while others think their ancestors may be Nordic breeds. However, they most likely descend from various spitz-type breeds, with no one breed being more closely related than the others.

How Big do Cavapoos Get?

If you’re thinking about getting a Cavapoo, you’ll probably want to know how big do Cavapoos get? What is the Cavapoo weight? The Cavapoo stands between 9 and 14 in. (22,9 and 35.6 cm) tall and weighs between 12 and 25 lbs (5,4 and 11,3 kg) at full adult size. The size of this dog will be determined mainly by the parent Poodle used in breeding.

They are a fantastic alternative for young families and those with limited space due to their tiny size. However, it’s critical to know how big they grow after maturity.

Let’s take a deeper look at their growth rate before moving on to other size-related concerns.

Weight And Size

The Cavapoo weight and height are difficult to predict and estimate. However, the type and size of the poodle (toy/miniature) is the most critical determinant in determining how big the Cavapoo will be as an adult, affecting both their weight and size.

More experienced breeders can typically produce a near approximation depending on the parents’ size.

Toy Poodles are small dogs that stand no more than 10 in. (25.4 cm) tall and weigh between 4 and 6 lbs (1.8 and 2.7 kg).

Miniature poodles are small dogs that grow 10 to 15 in. (25.4 to 38.1 cm) tall and weigh 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg). Cavalier King Charles spaniels have a shoulder height of 12 to 13 in (30.5 to 33 cm) and weigh between 13 and 18 lbs (5.9 and 8 kg).

Experienced breeders can estimate the size of the litter based on the information provided above about the parents. 

Cavapoo Growth Rates

Cavapoos are classified into two height categories: miniature and toy.

Toy Cavapoos attain a shoulder height of about 12 in (30.5 cm), while tiny Cavapoos reach 14 in (35.6 cm).

Keep in mind that the smaller the breed, the quicker it matures. Most puppies’ growth slows down at eight or nine months in the toy category. Cavapoos can achieve adulthood at the age of eight or nine months, or it may take longer, although they usually do so within a year.

Personality and Temperament of a Cavapoo

One of the many things that make Cavapoos so wonderful is their personality and temperament. They are typically intelligent, loving, and playful dogs that are great with children and other animals. Cavapoos are also very adaptable and can adjust well to most environments.

Their good temperament means that Cavapoos typically don’t bark much and are less prone to separation anxiety than other breeds. They are also generally easy to train, making them an excellent option for first-time dog owners.

Overall, Cavapoos are wonderful companions that are sure to bring joy and happiness into your life. So if you’re looking for a playful, loving, and intelligent dog, a Cavapoo is a perfect choice!

Cavapoo Health Concern

Cavapoos are a mixed breed of dog known for their small size and low-shedding coat. They are often considered a good choice for people with allergies, as they are not known to shed much fur. However, Cavapoos can still be affected by health problems in other breeds of dogs.

Luxating Patella

The luxating patella is a disorder of the stifle that causes an abnormal knee cap displacement. It can occur in any dog, but it has been seen more frequently in small breeds such as toy and miniature poodles and other miniature breeds like cairn terriers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

According to Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook, up to 70 percent of dogs with this condition also have some form of dysplasia (abnormal formation) of the hip joint.


The patella slides out from under the femur when applying weight on one leg (most often while running).


• Difficulty rising from a sitting or lying down position.

• Lameness in the hind leg, which may be intermittent.

• A ‘pop’ or ‘click’ sound when the dog moves.


Surgery is often recommended to correct the luxating patella. Surgery involves realigning the kneecap and tightening the ligaments around it. Some dogs will also require a brace to keep the patella in place.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects the hip joints. It is caused by an abnormal formation of the joint socket, leading to joint pain, stiffness, and even lameness. According to Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook, hip dysplasia in dogs is the most common skeletal disease.


Genetics: if your dog’s parents have hip dysplasia, there is a greater chance he will be affected as well.

Overfeeding of “growth formula” puppy foods as a pup can contribute to its development as well as too much exercise before the bones have fully developed.


• Stiffness or lameness that gradually appears after exercise or activity.

• Difficulty rising from a sitting position, climbing stairs, and jumping on furniture.


If your dog regularly experiences pain and discomfort, consult his veterinarian for treatment options. You may need to periodically give it medication or schedule regular visits to an animal chiropractor specializing in canine joint problems.


Cataracts cloud the eye’s lens that can cause vision loss and blindness. This condition usually affects older animals in dogs, though it can happen at any age in some breeds. 

While cataracts in dogs cannot be avoided, they can be treated using surgery or medication.


Aging is a primary risk factor for developing cataracts in dogs. Still, other factors that contribute to its development include diabetes mellitus, ocular trauma, and systemic conditions such as hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol).


Your dog may become blind due to the gradual clouding of his eyes’ lenses.


If your dog’s vision is beginning to be impaired, surgery may be recommended to remove cataracts and restore sight. 

Cataract surgery in dogs is a relatively straightforward procedure, and most animals regain some degree of their former vision. There are also several medications available that may help slow the progression of cataracts.


Entropion is a condition in which the eyelashes grow inward, rubbing against the eye’s surface and causing irritation and damage. It is most commonly seen in breeds with prominent eyes such as Shih Tzus, Pugs, and Boston terriers.


Genetics: Many breeds of dogs are predisposed to entropion due to their family history.

Abnormally shaped eyelids: If your dog’s eyelid margin doesn’t close properly, it could cause his lashes to irritate his eyes.

Loose body in the eye: This can cause hair from the lash follicle to curl around and irritate the cornea.


Your dog will give signs of discomfort, including squinting or pawing at its eye. It may also develop a watery discharge from one or both eyes. 

Entropion is often confused with cherry eye because both conditions involve problems with the eyelid. However, entropion only affects the upper lid, while the cherry eye involves all eyelids.


If your dog shows signs of entropion, you will need to take it to the veterinarian for a diagnosis. Treatment options may include surgery to correct the eyelid margins, removing the loose body in the eye, or taping the eyelashes down to not curl inward.

Cherry Eye

Cherry eye is a condition that affects the eyelid, which is located in the corner of your dog’s eye. This gland produces tears, which help keep the eyes moist and healthy. However, when this gland pops out of its normal position, it can cause irritation and inflammation.


Genetics: Cherry eye is seen more often in certain breeds such as Shih Tzus and cocker spaniels.

Trauma: Trauma can be caused by a dog bumping into something and causing the gland to pop out of its usual spot.

Abnormalities in the eyelids: Some dogs are born with floppy eyelids that do not protect the eye, giving tear gland problems.


Cherry eyes may look like a small red or pink globe located at the corner of your dog’s lower eyelid. If your dog has a severe cherry eye, its eyelid may protrude from its normal position. 

It may also experience ulcers on its cornea due to chronic irritation. Your veterinarian will examine your dog’s eye to make a diagnosis.


Treatment for cherry eye may include surgery to place the gland back into its normal position, medication to reduce inflammation, and taping the eyelid closed at night so that the gland stays in place.


Glaucoma is a condition that affects the optic nerve and can lead to blindness. It is most commonly seen in older dogs, though it can also occur in younger animals.


Congenital defects: Some dogs are born with abnormalities that lead to glaucoma later in life.

Injury: Trauma to the eye can cause glaucoma-like symptoms.

Inflammation: This is often referred to as “acute glaucoma,” which can be caused by a dog bumping its eye, eyelid abrasion of the cornea, or severe conjunctivitis.


Your dog may have red eyes that seem swollen, appear more rounded than normal, and appear to bulge. It will also strain to see, and it may experience decreased vision. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness.


Treatment depends on whether your dog has primary glaucoma or secondary glaucoma. In either case, you will need to take it to the vet as soon as possible because treatment for conditions requires immediate attention. In some cases, surgery is necessary to save your dog’s vision. In other cases, medication may be all that is needed.

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How to Care for the Cavapoo Breed

Caring for a Cavapoo is relatively easy, especially considering they are bred to be companion pets. As long as you can provide basic needs like food, water, and shelter, then your Cavapoo should do well in your care. Here are some things you should know about caring for a Cavapoo.

Grooming and Feeding

Cavapoos need regular brushing to keep their coat healthy and free of mats. They should get baths only when necessary, as over-bathing can strip their coat of its natural oils. 

Cavapoos are prone to ear infections, so it is essential to keep their ears clean. In addition, they may need their nails clipped if not worn down naturally by playing. 

Feeding them is fairly simple. Cavapoos are average eaters. You should provide your Cavapoo with high-quality dry food that meets the standards of the National Research Council for all breeds and life stages.

It is important to feed a Cavapoo the right food in the correct amounts. Adult Cavapoos should be fed 1-1.5 cups of dry food per day, split between two meals. Puppies should be fed three meals per day until they are six months old, then switched to two meals per day.

The food you feed your Cavapoo must be high in quality. Cheap dog food can often be filled with fillers and low in nutrients, leading to health problems. Instead, look for dog food made with real meat as the first ingredient and is free of by-products, corn, wheat, and soy.

Essential Equipment

Essential equipment for the Cavapoo will depend on their size, activity level, and coat length. If they are a larger dog with a long coat, then you’ll need to own several brushes that are good for various textures of hair, as well as combs for removing mats. You will also need to purchase a shampoo for their coat and a spray bottle to dampen them during grooming.

Start Training Early (But be Gentle)

Cavapoos are intelligent dogs that respond well to training early, but you should be gentle with any form of discipline as they are sensitive little dogs. Training should be fun for both you and your puppy, so keep sessions short but not skip them altogether.

Cavapoos are susceptible dogs that require gentle training methods. When training your Cavapoo, use positive reinforcement techniques like encouraging good behavior with treats or playtime. 

Avoid harsh treatment as the breed is easily upset by loud noises or fear-inducing discipline methods. Cavapoos are very intelligent and will quickly learn what is expected, so start training early for the best results.


Cavapoos can be a bit more difficult to housebreak than most dogs. Therefore, they must be properly socialized and introduced to their crate at a young age, as they will often not eliminate where they eat or sleep. 

You should clean accidents quickly. Use kindness and praise, so your puppy learns to go outside in a loving way.


Cavapoos need plenty of exercise but should not be over-exercised, leading to joint problems down the road. A good play session outdoors and a short walk each day is usually enough for this breed.

Cavapoos don’t require a lot of exercise because they’re usually lively and enthusiastic tiny dogs. Most Cavapoos will get most of their daily physical activity by simply being their pleasant little selves and should be OK with a couple of short walks and a few minutes of concentrated playtime.

How much exercise does a Cavapoo require daily? The average adult Cavapoo requires 30-45 minutes of daily exercise, depending on age and total activity level. 

When a Cavapoo puppy is three months old, you can begin exercising it by taking it on short (5- to 10-minute) walks, gradually increasing the duration and frequency of the walks as the puppy matures.

The Ideal Home for a Cavapoo

Cavapoos are good companion dogs who need to live as indoor pets. They will do okay with other pets if properly socialized from a young age, but they may become aggressive toward strange dogs, so early exposure is vital. In addition, Cavapoos require gentle and consistent training that should start at a young age.

Dietary Requirements of Cavapoos

Cavoodle food and nutrition are still vital in sustaining the happiness and life of these crossbreeds, despite their small stature.

Cavapoos require a diet rich in animal proteins and carbs for energy, vitamins. In addition, minerals for digestive and immune system health, and perhaps omega fatty acids for coat and skin health.


Protein should make up 20% of the total calories in the diet. An ideal protein percentage is 26%. Therefore, a Cavapoo’s daily food intake must contain at least 0.07 oz (2g) protein. Like those found in common dog foods, foods high in animal proteins are a good source of dietary protein for Cavapoos.


Fat should make up 10% of the total caloric intake. An ideal fat percentage is 15%. Like protein, the daily food intake must contain at least 0.5 oz (15g) of fats (about 196 kCal are needed).

Foods full of essential fatty acids, like flaxseed oil supplements, should be included in a Cavapoo’s diet.


Carbohydrates should make up the remaining 60% of the total caloric intake. An ideal carbohydrate percentage is 59%, so the daily food intake must contain at least 12.5 oz (354g) of carbohydrates. You can do this by feeding your Cavapoo food sources rich in carbohydrates, such as pasta, bread, rice, and cereal.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals should make up 1% of a Cavapoo’s diet.


Your Cavapoo should always have access to clean and fresh water. The more active your Cavapoo is, the more water it will need. So make sure you always have a clean bowl of water available for your Cavapoo, especially if it spends a lot of time outdoors.

In addition to the nutrients mentioned above, it is also vital to regularly supplement a Cavapoo’s diet with probiotics. Probiotics will help to ensure that his gut is healthy and functioning optimally.

The Different Types of Cavapoo Coat Colors and Grooming Needs

When it comes to Cavapoos, there are a few different coat colors that you might encounter. The most common Cavapoo coat colors are black, white, and brown. However, you can also find Cavapoos with red, apricot, gold, and silver coats.

Black Cavapoos are the most common type of Cavapoo. They have a sleek, shiny coat that is black. This coat color is easy to groom and does not require much maintenance.

White Cavapoos are also quite common. A white Cavapoo has a fluffy, white coat prone to shedding. However, this coat color only requires basic grooming and does not require much maintenance.

Apricot Cavapoos do exist, but they are extremely rare. They have a coat that is apricot in color. Unfortunately, this Cavapoo requires regular grooming and is prone to shedding.

Golden Cavapoos are also quite common. They have a sleek, shiny coat that is gold in color. This type of Cavapoo only requires basic grooming and does not require much maintenance.

Silver Cavapoos are also quite common. They have a sleek, shiny coat that is silver in color. This type of Cavapoo only requires basic grooming and does not require much maintenance.

Brown Cavapoos are also quite common. A brown Cavapoo has a sleek, shiny coat that is brown. This type of Cavapoo only requires basic grooming and does not require too much maintenance.

Red Cavapoos are quite rare. Instead, they have a red coat. Unfortunately, this Cavapoo requires regular grooming and is prone to shedding.

If you are thinking about getting a Cavapoo, it is crucial to understand the different coat colors and their corresponding grooming needs.

How are Cavapoos with Pets and Other Children

Cavapoos are known to be amiable and loving dogs. They get along well with other pets in the home and children. Cavapoos are typically good-natured and make great family pets. They are playful and enjoy spending time with their loved ones. 

Cavapoos are also known for being intelligent dogs, which means they are easy to train. In addition, the Cavapoo makes a great family pet due to its friendly temperament and can get along well with other pets and children.

Puppies from both breeds are generally sweet, loving, and get along well with kids and other animals. Because they are a mix of two friendly breeds, Cavapoos typically inherit these qualities and make great family pets. 

They are intelligent dogs that are easy to train to learn to behave around other people and animals. Cavapoos typically have a low-shedding coat, sparing them from shedding on furniture and clothing.

Cavapoos typically have the best of both worlds. They inherit great qualities from their parents but are usually healthier than pure breeds because selective breeders breed only the healthiest dogs together. Cavapoos require relatively little exercise or grooming, making them an easy.

Cavapoo Puppy Portrait

Pros and Cons of Owning a Cavapoo

Now that you know a little bit more about Cavapoos, it’s time to decide if this is the right breed for you. As with any dog, there are pros and cons to owning a Cavapoo:


  • Low shed coats: Cavapoos have low shedding coats, ideal for those who suffer from allergies.
  • Friendly and playful nature: Cavapoos are typically amiable and playful dogs, making them perfect for families with children.
  • Low maintenance grooming requirements: Cavapoos only require a minimal amount of grooming, making them an excellent option for those who don’t have the time to groom their pet regularly.
  • Easy to train: Cavapoos are typically easy to train, making them an excellent choice for first-time dog owners.
  • The poodle/Cavachon is a hypoallergenic breed that doesn’t shed much hair or dander, making them great pets for allergy sufferers! They’re also considered one of the best breeds for people who typically don’t like furry animals because they hardly produce any dirt at all.


  • May be prone to separation anxiety: Cavapoos may be prone to separation anxiety, leading to destructive behavior when left alone.
  • May be difficult to housebreak: Cavapoos may be difficult to housebreak, making it time-consuming and frustrating when they’re puppies.
  • May require frequent grooming: Cavapoos require regular brushing to prevent matting and tangling.
  • May not get along well with other pets: Cavapoos typically do not get along very well with cats or small dogs due to their hunting instincts.  They also tend to become jealous when they are around children who receive a lot of attention from others.
  • When this breed has a negative experience with people and animals early on in life, it will likely grow up being aggressive towards them, especially if challenged in any way, including when they are in heat.


A Cavapoo is a fantastic companion dog for almost any setting. It is a small dog that is incredibly flexible and can run on a farm or live in an apartment. A Cavapoo dog is not the type to have if you want a guard dog. It is affectionate and friendly. They don’t require much mental or physical stimulation, but they should undergo basic training. 

For this tiny dog, a thirty-minute stroll around the block is sufficient. However, patience is essential throughout training because the Cavapoo has a short attention span. They are simple to maintain. All they require is a weekly brushing and regular appointments with your groomer.

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