DNA testing and First Generation 


We aim to breed healthy pups minus the genetic issues that can be passed on by purebred lines. Pure Bred dogs are more likely to pass on genetic inherited conditions.  It is difficult to find a purebred dog clear of all hereditary conditions, therefore, we breed to ensure the offspring are not "positive" for any conditions and at the most a "carrier" which means they will not be affected. 

We DNA test all our dogs to protect against the genetic problems that can be passed on through dog breeds. It is imperative that breeders understand how dogs who may be carriers, or positive for genetic diseases are correctly matched to dogs who are a suitable pairing. Many pure breed dogs have been bred for appearance, rather than their health, and this has taken a toll on the popularity of these breeds. By selectively cross breeding first generation dogs, genetic and inherited problems are significantly reduced.


My breeding parents are all purebred, which ensures a first-generation cross.  The intention with Cavoodles is not to develop a "new breed" of dog.  The name "Cavoodle" came about because it was shorter than saying "Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross with a Poodle".  

All purebred dogs came about from crossbreeds way back when.  The way in which the purebred dog was developed and 'fine-tuned' was to continue breeding on the same lines to get the particular look and temperament that dog associations were wanting.  

After years of doing so, it means there is a limited gene pool and so it is more common for purebreed dogs to continue to inherit and pass on genetic disorders.   By crossing one purebred dog with another, you have the benefit of hybrid vigour.  This means the chance of having puppies with common genetic diseases in their pure breed mix is significantly reduced.