Pet Insurance Australia has released the top dog breeds of 2021 based on the number of customers who took out insurance policies the previous year. The list comprises a good mixture of purebreds, crossbreeds, and poodle mixes, with many states sharing exactly the same dog breeds in their top ten. Taking the number one spot in the whole country is the Cavoodle, a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle. Also referred to as the Cavapoo and Cavadoodle, this breed has become quite a popular pet in recent years with everyone wanting to get hold of one all around Australia. But what is it about this dog that makes it a favourite among Aussie households?
It has an excellent temperament
The Cavoodle combines the best traits of both its parents. It is affectionate, friendly, and playful, making it a wonderful companion for new dog owners, single people, big families, and the elderly. It thrives in the presence of humans as well as other household pets and enjoys interacting with children who know how to behave well around small animals. While relaxed by nature, this breed likes to join in on group activities like playing, walking, and running.
It adapts well to most living conditions
Because of its small size and low exercise requirement, the Cavoodle is suitable for tiny apartments, small homes that do not have a yard, large houses, and anything else in between. It is comfortable doing whatever it is that its human likes to do, whether it be watching television on the couch, taking a stroll in the local park, or running an errand.
It is highly trainable
The Cavoodle is incredibly smart, obedient, and eager to please, making it one of the easiest breeds to train. It learns basic commands, tricks, and tasks relatively quickly, especially when trained at a young age. With a little bit of patience and time, it will grow up to be good-natured and well socialised. It responds well to consistency, rewards, and positive reinforcements.
It is easy to care for
A Cavoodle that takes after its Poodle parent will have a soft coat that sheds a very small amount, if at all. Even if it takes after its Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent, its shedding will still be minimal. But while it is low-shedding, short-coated, and hypoallergenic, it still requires moderate maintenance. This is because it needs to be brushed, bathed, trimmed, and clipped regularly to keep it looking and feeling its best.