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Friendly, inquisitive and sweet-natured

About the Theodore Dog Breed

The Theodore is a breed in development, and a preliminary breed standard has only recently been created. This breed is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. The Theodore is also known as the Cavoodle (in Australia) or Cavapoo (in the United States and Europe).

Theodores tend to be sweet and friendly dogs who make wonderful companions and housepets. They are inquisitive and playful, and love to learn tricks.

Their crossbreed nature means that their physical traits and characteristics can vary a good deal between each Theodore puppy, even within the same litter. However, they are generally kind and gentle, and they are sensitive to human emotions.

small white and brown Theodore dog breed puppy

Theodore Dog Breed Characteristics

28 to 36 cm at the shoulder

10 to 25 pounds

Life Expectancy
10 to 15 years

Coat Colours
Chestnut, white, cream, fawn, chocolate, tricolour

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Theodore dog breed, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Theodore Dog Breed History

While there have been Poodle hybrids for well over 50 years, the Theodore has just lately gained popularity. Although there is some debate regarding the matter, it is thought that the Theodore was purposely bred for the first time in Australia in the 1950s.

Most Theodores are hypoallergenic, which makes them particularly appealing to those with canine allergies. The popularity of Theodores has increased in the past decade, and there is a growing demand for it to be recognized as a distinct breed.

Theodores are specifically bred to be companion dogs. This makes them a perfect fit for families with children, as well as people who live alone and are seeking companionship.

Caring For a Theodore Puppy

How to Choose a Responsible Theodore Breeder

The quality of life of your Theodore is significantly influenced by the breeder you choose. The Theodore puppy you buy will have a better chance of being quiet, gentle and even-tempered if you get them from a reputable puppy breeder. Your dog’s breeder should be knowledgeable about the genetic background of the dogs they use for breeding and should be able to advise you about any potential health or behaviour problems.

Make an effort to visit the breeder and meet the dam and stud before purchasing a Theodore. You’ll be able to tell whether the breeders care for their animals properly, and will have a chance to gauge the temperament of the puppy’s parents.

Theodore Dog Breed FAQ

No. Although they are generally easygoing dogs, Theodores require company for the majority of the day. They adore their owners and may grow depressed if left alone for a long time.

If the Theodore takes more after the Poodle side, they may be wary of strangers and alert their owners if someone approaches their property.

Dog Breeds Similar to the Theodore

The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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