The benefit of the cross-breed is that in addition to the favourable inherited traits, including the much valued non-shedding coat attribute of the Poodle, Cavoodles are more likely to be healthy and live longer. They have less risk of inherited defects which have been known to occur in some highly bred examples of some breeds. In accordance with good practice, Helen undertakes DNA testing of her breeding dogs and she breeds only for pets.
Prospective owners are cautioned about claims made by advertisements offering Cavoodle puppies. A true Cavoodle as bred by Helen is from a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mother (bitch) and a Toy Poodle father (stud), and these are the basis of Helen’s breeding program. A explained previously, a Poodle father is essential for the Cavoodle “teddy bear” characteristics, and buyers should insist on being able to inspect both the father and mother prior to purchase.