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Is it better to get a male or female Cavapoo?

May 30, 2024

Deciding whether to get a male or female Cavapoo depends on your personal preferences and lifestyle. Both male and female Cavapoos can make wonderful pets, but there are some differences that might influence your decision. Here are some factors to consider:

Temperament and Behavior

Male Cavapoos:

  • Affectionate and Playful: Males are often described as being very affectionate and playful. They may be more eager to please and might bond quickly with their owners.
  • Consistent Behavior: Once mature, male dogs tend to have more consistent behavior patterns. They often remain playful and loving throughout their lives.
  • Marking: Unneutered males may exhibit marking behavior (urine marking) to establish territory. Neutering usually reduces or eliminates this behavior.

Female Cavapoos:

  • Independent and Nurturing: Females can be slightly more independent than males but are also known to be nurturing and protective, especially towards family members.
  • Mature Faster: Females often mature faster than males, which can make them easier to train at a younger age.
  • Heat Cycles: Unspayed females will go into heat, typically twice a year, which can be inconvenient and requires management. Spaying eliminates this issue.

Size and Physical Characteristics

  • Size: There is usually little to no significant size difference between male and female Cavapoos. However, males might be slightly larger and heavier than females on average.
  • Build: Males may have a more robust build, while females might appear more delicate and refined.


Training and Socialization

  • Training: Both male and female Cavapoos are intelligent and trainable. Early socialization and consistent training are crucial for both genders to develop into well-behaved adults.
  • Behavioral Differences: Individual personality and early socialization play a significant role in behavior. Both males and females can exhibit a range of temperaments from energetic and outgoing to calm and reserved.

Health and Lifespan

  • Health Issues: There are no significant health differences between male and female Cavapoos. Both genders can be prone to genetic health issues inherited from their parent breeds.
  • Lifespan: Both male and female Cavapoos generally have similar lifespans, typically ranging from 12 to 15 years with proper care.

Compatibility with Family Lifestyle

  • Family Dynamics: Consider how a male or female Cavapoo might fit into your family dynamics. If you have children or other pets, think about how the dog’s temperament and behavior will integrate into your household.
  • Lifestyle and Activities: Reflect on your lifestyle and the activities you plan to do with your Cavapoo. Both genders can be equally active and enjoy a variety of activities, but personal preferences might sway your decision.

Personal Preference

  • Past Experiences: Some people have a personal preference for either male or female dogs based on past experiences or perceived differences in temperament and behavior.
  • Appearance: Some owners might prefer the physical appearance of one gender over the other, though differences are usually minimal.


Both male and female Cavapoos can make excellent pets, and the best choice depends on your specific needs and preferences. Males are often affectionate and playful, while females can be independent and nurturing. Consider your family dynamics, lifestyle, and what you’re looking for in a companion. Regardless of gender, early training, socialization, and proper care are essential to raising a happy, healthy Cavapoo. If possible, spend time with both male and female puppies to see which one you connect with the most.

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