If you haven’t heard of a Cavapoo yet then you are missing out. These adorable small dogs are sweet dogs and make great family pets because of their great temperament. In addition, they are a dog breed that rarely sheds and is considered mostly hypoallergenic. The Cavapoo is a cross between a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and a Toy Poodle. This means that they will likely have long fluffy hair and will be somewhere around 20 lbs depending on hereditary genetics. So how does a Cavapoo cost to add to your household?
There are many aspects in determining the overall long term cost of a Cavapoo. It isn’t just about the initial purchase price of the dog, but all the long term financial responsibilities to care for a Cavapoo. We have put together a comprehensive cost guide that will give you a realistic idea of what the lifetime price of a Cavapoo would be.
What is The Purchase Price of a Cavapoo?
The typical purchase price of a Cavapoo is somewhere between $1,200 and $2,000. While this is the average cost of a Cavapoo there are some instances where a dog may be more or less depending on the breeder or if you can adopt from a Cavapoo rescue. In general, if you can manage to adopt a Cavapoo from a rescue, they will only cost around $500. However, it is quite rare to adopt a Cavapoo because not many people surrender these types of dogs.
Cavapoo Adoption Costs
There are some situations in which there may be a Cavapoo or two in need of a rescue. Your best bet at finding a Cavapoo in a rescue is to check out specific Poodle rescues or a King Charles Cavalier rescues. It’s rare to find a rescue dedicated specifically to Cavapoo’s because they are a relatively new dog breed.
However, it is less expensive to adopt from a rescue. Oftentimes the initial cost is around $200-$400 depending on the age and health needs of the Cavapoo. However, you will likely be spending more on healthcare and behavior to support them in the long term. In addition, it’s unlikely you will be able to adopt a Cavapoo puppy as most of these dogs tend to be on the older side.
Check out our article on the best Cavapoo Rescues.
Buying a Cavapoo From a Breeder
When buying from a breeder you will spend more money upfront (budget at least $1,200 to $2,000). We strongly recommend that you buy a Cavapoo from a reputable breeder as there will be fewer instances of genetic and breeding related health expenses later down the line. Moreover, reputable breeders will typically do temperament tests before choosing a dog to breed. This results in non-aggressive and loving Cavapoo puppies.
What Determines the Price of a Cavapoo?
There are few factors that determine how much a breeder will charge for a Cavapoo puppy.
- Where you live will affect what you pay for a Cavapoo puppy. If there is a lower number of Cavapoo breeders in your area then the puppies will cost more if there is a high demand. Buying from an area with many breeders will result in lower prices. Just make sure that the shipping or travel costs don’t eat up what money you save on the puppy if you’re considering purchasing one from out of state. It’s also worth noting that geographic location also affects the price of a Cavapoo (i.e. Cavapoos in California will cost more than Cavapoos in the midwest).
- The breeder reputation is a major factor in determining the price. If they are reputable and put the time and money into making sure their puppies and parents are healthy then the dogs might be more expensive. This including genetic health tests and temperament tests to ensure that you will be getting a healthy puppy.
- The generation of the Cavapoo will determine the price with some breeders. If the puppy is first-generation it will cost less than a second or multi-generation puppy. Typically, the more generations a Cavapoo is, the more hypoallergenic and nonshedding the dog will be.
- The season or time of year could determine the price. This really depends on the Cavapoo breeder and if they have a litter of puppies that don’t have many reservations. Oftentimes, Cavapoo puppies are bought in the warmer months leaving winter puppies at lower prices. However, this isn’t always the case and it highly depends on supply and demand.
What is Included in the Price of a Cavapoo?
There are some breeders that include many perks in the price of the Cavapoo puppy and other breeders many only include the puppy and the first vaccines. However, it is pretty common for reputable breeders to include the following items:
- Health Guarantee (typically 1 or 2 years)
- First Vaccines
- A small bag of the dog food they eat for a smooth transition
- Toys or blankets with the mothers scent on them
Some Cavapoo breeders give more, but this is the minimum you should expect to see from a good breeder.
Additional Cavapoo Costs
The purchase price of a Cavapoo is just the beginning of the investment. Caring for a Cavapoo puppy that will grow into an adult is a minimum 12 to 15-year commitment both with your time and your finances.
For Cavapoos there are going to be certain non-negotiables that you will have to pay for monthly to keep your dog happy and healthy. We will go into the other financial costs of owning a Cavapoo.
Cavapoos are dogs that have a lot of fur that typically doesn’t shed. This beautiful and soft coat has to be cared for properly. That means monthly to bi-monthly visits to your local groomer. Since they are small it won’t break the bank, but it is going to be close to $80 a visit depending on the groomer and if the hair is matted. You’ll need to budget $400 per year just on grooming costs for a Cavapoo.
If you don’t take care of a Cavapoo’s fur then it will be a tangled and matted mess. This is uncomfortable for your dog and bad for their health. Make sure when you pick this breed that you are able to afford grooming costs. If grooming your Cavapoo is too expensive, then consider doing at home grooming with your dog clippers.
When you take on the responsibility of owning a dog of any breed you need to be able to pay for their healthcare. This includes both the expected and unexpected costs. Expected costs of a Cavapoo include vaccines, heartworm testing, and fecal testing. Once the puppies hit one year old this will be a yearly occurrence. Expected healthcare can range from $100 to $400 a year depending on your veterinarian.
You also need to keep your dog on flea and heartworm preventatives to prevent parasites. While these items aren’t super expensive, you’ll need to keep your dog on these medications for life.
There are also unexpected costs as well such as injuries and surgeries. If you aren’t sure that you can save money for the unexpected you might want to get a pet insurance plan for your dog to help in those cases. In some cases, it’s not uncommon to have $10,000+ surgeries.
Making sure you feed your Cavapoo a quality dog food is going to go a long way to keeping your pet healthy and living a long life. The best way to choose a dog food is to ask the breeder or the veterinarian for recommendations. Good food is going to be pricey, but it will pay off long-term when your furry family member is with you for longer. Healthy food also helps with their skin, coat, and weight management.
Obedience School and Training
This is up to your discretion, but we do encourage you to make the investment in training your Cavapoo. Whether you and your puppy take a class at your local pet store, you hire a private trainer, or you send your puppy to obedience school it will save you a lot of frustration to have a well-trained dog.
Behavior issues are one of the reasons dogs end up being re-homed and it is completely preventable. Classes typically cost around $100 or $200 each and you’ll likely need to take multiple classes.
You will need other supplies for your Cavapoo whether it is a puppy or an adult rescue. At a minimum, you’ll need to pay for these pet supplies:
There are so many options at the pet store, but make sure you go for practical items over cute items. The thing your puppy needs most is your attention, exercise, and mental stimulation. Interactive dog treat toys that dispense treats is great options to give a Cavapoo physical and mental stimulation.
Frequently Asked Questions
We get asked some of the same questions often so we wanted to add a Frequently Asked Questions section to the post to help answer some of them. These are two of our most asked questions when it comes to Cavapoo puppies and their cost.
Is a Deposit Included in the Cost of a Cavapoo?
We didn’t include a reservation deposit in our cost analysis of the Cavapoo. There is a reason why we didn’t. It is very typical that the breeder will include the deposit in the total purchase price of the puppy. However, there are very rare occasions that a breeder will ask for a reservation fee that is not part of the purchase price. This happens so rarely that we didn’t include it in the post.
It is unusual to see a deposit for a Cavapoo cost more than $500. So if you are wanting to purchase a puppy for $1500 and give a $500 deposit then you will only owe $1000 at pickup. That is if the breeder includes the deposit in the price of a Cavapoo which they usually do.
Where Should I Get a Cavapoo?
We also often get asked where someone should buy a Cavapoo. We always recommend that anyone that wants to buy a Cavapoo puppy seeks out a reputable breeder. This would be a breeder that values the health of the mom and puppies, does not have back to back litters a year, will let you come visit the facilities, and treats the dogs like family.
It is possible to be a large breeding operation, but not a puppy mill and that is by having a guardian program. If you find a breeder that has one of these programs then it is likely they are a reputable breeder and have healthy puppies. However, always do your research and ask the breeder lots of questions.
We also recommend rescues as long as they care for the dogs and are selective about who they place the Cavapoos with. If you’re not specifically looking for a Cavapoo puppy, you can sometimes get adult Cavapoos from a shelter.
Conclusion for How Much Does a Cavapoo Cost?
Cavapoos are quite expensive dogs because they are in high demand. You can expect to pay at least $1,200 to buy a Cavapoo from a reputable breeder. It’s not uncommon for a breeder to charge you $2,000+ dollars based on their geographic location, reputation, health testing, and generation of Cavapoo they breed. However, keep in that the initial purchase price of a Cavapoo is only a small portion of the cost to own a dog in the long term. Please plan your finances accordingly.