The charming Cavapoo is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a poodle (usually a miniaturized one). This super-cute combination means that the pup is very intelligent, loves people, and is laid-back and fun to be around—even for families with children.
Generally on the small side (up to 20 pounds), these dogs don’t need a huge amount of space and are well-suited to apartments as they’re given lots of walks and stimulation. It helps that they’re cute and always seem a bit puppy-like, regardless of their age. They also have a reputation for barking less and being a bit calmer than their Cockapoo relations—which means even more cuddle time!
They do require a bit of coat maintenance, though. Not sure what you’re doing, or need help deciding which style will look best on your canine? Luckily, we’ve gathered together some Cavapoo-approved hairstyle options to make your decision more informed (and more fun!).
But first, a few quick grooming tips to help you on your way:
- Often this mix inherits poodle fur, which means they shed little but do get tangles. That means you have to brush, brush, brush, at least a few times a week to keep things under control.
- Speaking of brushing, a simple two-sided pin and bristle brush works well for this breed. The metal side helps with tangles, while the other side smooths the coat.
- Brush your pup after a bath before their fur dries or you’ll be in for some serious frizzing and tangles.
- Did you know your Cavapoo has hair in their ears that needs to be plucked? Me neither! But yes, a groomer can take care of this, which helps prevent infections and other issues.
- Don’t forget to clip nails regularly—they can be super uncomfortable for your furry friend when they get too long.
- Wipe their eyes frequently with a clean, damp cloth to keep them clean and healthy.
As you’ll see below, the haircuts appropriate for this breed are few. As long as you’re regularly brushing your pup, there’s no need for a bunch of fancy fur styles and clipping, plus there isn’t a standard grooming style.
However, your life will be easier if you let a groomer give them a good trim every few months to keep their coat in tip-top shape.
1. Teddy Bear Clip
This is by far the most popular cut for a Cavapoo, probably because it makes them look like the cutest little teddy bear around. To achieve this look, the fur on the body and legs is kept fairly short and the face is trimmed into a rounded shape with scissors.
All Things Dogs mentions that, even with this cut, most owners tend to keep the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel-style ears, which are long and straight.
2. Puppy Cut
This cut is fairly popular with all of the “doodle” breeds (and beyond) since it’s so straight forward and simple. Ready? Trim your dog’s hair to the same length all over their body. That’s it! The length can vary widely (this pup pictured is definitely on the longer side), but overall you get the jovial, playful sense of a puppy from the style.
3. Summer Cut
This style is for those looking for a truly low-maintenance way to keep their pet tangle-free and cool in the warmer months. It’s essentially the puppy cut, just shorter. It’ll require some upkeep to keep it so short, but you won’t be struggling with matted fur or other long-fur issues.
However you decide to groom your Cavapoo, they’re going to look wonderful and oh-so-cuddly—and you’ll be happy once you find the right style that fits in with your family (and budget and free time).
Just remember to always pay attention to the cues that your dog is giving you, and if something is causing them stress, then it may be time to find a different approach/hairstyle/groomer/etc. We hope these hairstyle ideas and grooming tips have been useful for jazzing up your pup’s coif. Happy clipping!