Cavoodle is one of the most popular designer dogs around the world, and most probably in the US, Australia, the UK, Canada, and other European countries. Also known as Cavapoo, it is a cross between the intelligent Poodle and the sporting toy breed; Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Like most Poodle crosses (Oodles), Cavoodle also has a low-shedding coat. If you are looking to get a Cavoodle puppy, you are recommended to research this breed first. Vets always recommend learning about a breed’s pros and cons, temperament, grooming needs, maintenance costs, and most importantly, health-related issues.
Also, it is important to get your puppy from a well-reputed Cavoodle breeder because an expert breeder keeps its parents and puppies up to date on vaccinations and tries to eliminate any possible genetic issue.
So, in this post, we are going to list the diseases and health-related issues that a Cavoodle or a Cavapoo is prone to. Let’s find them below but first, let’s check what diseases and health-related issues a Cavoodle can inherit from its parents.
Given below are some of the diseases a Cavoodle can get.
Hip Dysplasia is the abnormal formation of the hip joint due to which the hip partially dislocates from its position. Actually, the hip joint functions as a socket and ball and when they do not fit properly, they rub and grind resulting in the loss of function of the hip joint gradually. Although the large-sized breeds are more likely to develop Hip Dysplasia, the small-sized breeds may also get it. This genetic issue can be inherited by puppies if their parents already have it.
Slipping Kneecaps or Luxating Patella is a common problem in small-sized breeds but dogs of other sizes may also get it. Luxating Patella is a condition in which the knee caps slip out of the grooves due to several reasons such as shallower grooves, etc. It can further lead to pain, inflammation, cartilage damage, and ligament tears.
PRA is a group of degenerative disorders of the retina in dogs and cats that can be inherited. In Progressive Retinal Atrophy, the photoreceptors on the retina that are responsible for the conversion of light into electrical nerve signals, die prematurely. The dogs start losing their vision gradually and then completely go blind. Unfortunately, PRA can not be treated but the condition is painless. Along with that, the positive about this disease is that the vision is lost over time so it is easy for the dogs to adjust to the changes.
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In Tracheal Collapse, the trachea which is responsible for the transportation of air to the lungs and vice versa starts to collapse which results in a honking cough. Most of the toy breeds are prone to Tracheal Collapse while the Yorkshire Terriersare more likely to get it.
Mitral Valve Disease:
It is a common heart disease in dogs in which the mitral valve starts to leak over time. Usually, 1 in 10 dogs can develop this heart condition. Also, over 80% of heart diseases are due to Mitral Valve efficiency. The Cavaliers are prone to it and Cavoodles are more likely to inherit it if their parents already have it.
It is a skin disease in which the sebaceous glands are damaged. Sebaceous glands are responsible for producing sebum that lubricates the skin and a decrease in the flow of sebum results in progressive hair loss, scaling, and follicular plugging. A Cavoodle puppy may inherit this skin disease from Poodle and unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease, instead, lifelong treatment is needed to manage and slow down the condition’s severity.
How to avoid getting a vulnerable puppy?
Unfortunately, we had to use the term vulnerable for puppies but if the dogs are bred or crossbred without taking any precautions and performing the necessary DNA- tests, the puppies are most likely to inherit the genetic health-related conditions from one or both of their parents.
To avoid such problems, try to get the Cavoodle puppy (or any puppy) from a reputable and responsible breeder and not a puppy farm/puppy mill/puppy factory/backyard breeder. Before getting a puppy, ask for the parent’s health records and DNA reports. After the puppy arrives at your home, feed it high-quality food, visit the vet every 6 months, and keep your pup up to date on all the vaccinations.
So, these were some of the major diseases and health-related issues a Cavoodle or Cavapoo may get or inherit from its parent breeds. To decrease the chances of such diseases, it is highly recommended for breeders get their parents checked for all of these diseases. While, as a dog parent, it is your responsibility to get your Cavoodle puppy from a reputable Cavoodle breeder.