Stud Dogs that produce the Best Cavoodle Puppies for Breeders
How to Breed a Cavoodle?
When looking for a suitable stud for your cavoodle, it’s important to consider what type of cavoodle puppies you’re wanting to produce. Failure to plan your breeding and simply selecting the cavoodle stud dog that’s nearest to you or the cheapest, can result in producing puppies that are not what you expected.
Some things to consider when selecting a Cavoodle stud dog –
DNA testing for diseases
Ideally the stud dog should be DNA clear of hereditary diseases associated with the cavalier king charles and poodle.
DNA testing for coat traits
The ideal cavoodle stud should have two copies of the RSPO2 furnishings gene and no copies of the improper coat gene. All first generation cavoodle studs only have one copy of furnishings and f1b stud dogs have a 50% chance of having one copy. Failing to find out this information and breeding your cavoodle to a cavoodle stud who has one copy, will result in a litter that has 25% smooth coated (high shedding cavalier coat, not a teddy bear coated cavoodle) puppies. While a small minority of people like smooth coated puppies, they are generally in low demand and can be difficult to find homes for.
Purebred poodle studs (toy and mini) are a popular stud dog option for cavoodle females because they generally have two furnishing genes and produce teddy bear coated, non-shedding cavapoo puppies. Our poodle studs ‘Astro’, ‘Cino’ and ‘Piccolo’ carry two copies of the furnishings gene and no copies of the improper coat gene. This means they cannot produce smooth coated puppies.
Consider the size compatibility of the stud with your girl. Selecting a stud that is larger than your breeding female can result in birth complications. Ideally the stud will weigh less than the female. Our toy poodle studs in Sydney, NSW are a popular option with ‘Astro’ weighing 3.7kg and ‘Piccolo’ weighing 4.5kg. For larger girls and breeders looking to produce mini cavoodles, our chocolate parti mini poodle stud ‘Cino’ is popular.
Miniature cavoodles or toy cavoodles?
Consider what type of cavoodle you’re wanting to produce, toy cavoodles range from 3-6kg, while mini cavoodles are 6kg upwards. Toy cavoodle puppies tend to be more popular because they are more suited to apartment living.
Select a stud dog that has a confident and calm temperament. Behavioural issues like resource guarding and reactivity have a strong genetic component and dogs with such traits should not be bred with. Pawlowski & Scott (1956) noted that resource guarding “Is the result of genetic inheritance, which probably acts through physiological mechanisms which affect the threshold of stimulation.”
How much is a stud cavoodle?
When working out what you should be paying for a cavoodle stud service fee, consider the history the sire has of producing quality puppies. The genetic coat traits the stud dog carries – does he carry the improper coat gene? The level of training the dog has accomplished – has he mastered basic obedience commands? Is the stud dog fed a quality diet that includes fresh human grade meats, vegetables and supplements to boost his fertility?
Ethical breeding practices
Dog breeding is largely based on genetics and studying the genetics of your desired stud dog and breeding female takes time. Having said that training and ethical breeding practices are also critically important in producing quality cavoodle puppies. Research has shown that failing to understand the effects of stress on the breeding female can result in producing a litter of puppies that are anxious, fearful and reactive to the world around them.
Cavoodle Behaviour Problems
A common behavioural complaint among cavoodle owners in the ‘Cavoodle dog owners’ Facebook group is that their dogs suffer from separation anxiety. While early training to encourage independence can prevent this issue, the roles breeders play in setting the foundations for their pups’ future mental health should not be discounted:
- From the moment they make their breeding plans (considering genetics & temperament of parents)
- When the puppies are conceived (mental and physical wellbeing of the mother)
- Raised (ENS, training life skills and environmental enrichment)
- Selecting appropriate homes based on the individual temperament of each puppy
Therefore, there are many factors to consider when selecting a suitable stud dog for your planned cavoodle breeding. Selecting the wrong stud and failing to research the possible outcomes in terms of health, coat and temperament could result in producing puppies that do not look like cavoodles and are less desired in Australia’s saturated market.
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