The Cavapoo, a descendant of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the poodle, was first bred to create a hypoallergenic dog that is perfect as an allergy pet pet because of its low dandruff characteristics. The crossbreed was one of the first “designer dogs” to quickly gain popularity in the late 1900s.
It was believed that cavapoos were first bred in Australia in the 1990s. Since then, however, they have enjoyed great popularity due to their charming, loving personality and appearance. However, in order to fully grasp their history, the parents of the Cavapoo, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and the Poodle must be understood.
The King Charles Spaniel dates back to the Renaissance, where they were companions of kings, including King Charles I and Charles II. They remained a British favorite until the 19th century when the breed began to interbreed with Asian toy breeds such as pugs. However, Roswell Eldridge, a wealthy American, posted an ad for British breeders with a cash prize to find the old toy spaniel set to revive the breed.
Hailing from the French and German borders in the 15th century, poodles originally used their swimming skills to act as water retrieval dogs and often to hunt waterfowl. The famous styling of the poodle coat was originally intended to be practical for swimming, but soon developed into a fashion statement for young upper-class dog owners. They soon became the most popular breed in America in the 1950s and remained in that position for over 40 years. It was not until the 20th century that toy poodles were bred for their appearance and high demand among the upper class and were first discovered in America.
The Cavapoo is currently not recognized as a breed by the Kennel Club due to its hybrid type and inconsistency in temperament, appearance, and size.