Do Cavapoos Bark a lot?

When shopping for a puppy or dog to adopt, there are many things to consider. For example, you may want to look at your space, the size of your future pet, their characteristics, their exercise needs, their dietary requirements, and their general habits.

Each of these factors will determine how happy your dog will be in their environment and how well you manage them as an owner.

Strangely enough, one thing that prospective dog owners often overlook is how much barking they can expect. Some breeds are more vocal than others and will express their feelings loudly and often.

While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is good to be aware of it when selecting the right breed for you or your family.   

In this article, we take an in-depth look at a very adorable mix-breed, the Cavapoo, which is known for its penchant for barking.

We’ll look at the breed’s origins, the characteristics and needs of this type of pup, and the possible reasons why they love to bark. Of course, we’ll also cover what you can do to prevent bad barking habits from forming.

Do Cavapoos Bark a lot?

Cavapoos are very vocal dogs with a tendency to bark if they’re trying to communicate something to their owners. They bark when they are bored, lonely, scared, distressed, or looking for attention. Often, they also bark to express happiness and excitement. With careful training and consistency, their barking can be managed and, to a degree, controlled.

There are dozens of reasons why Cavapoos make awesome family dogs, but it is important to be aware that they love to bark. This can be problematic in smaller environments or ones in which you share proximity with neighbors.

To prevent a Cavapoo from barking, it’s paramount that you figure out what is causing it to vocalize in the first place. Dogs very rarely bark for no reason at all.

Before we unpack how to prevent Cavapoos from barking, let’s take a closer look at this breed in general and what is likely to set them off.

What exactly is a Cavapoo dog?

A Cavapoo is a delightful, smart, loyal, and cuddly mix-breed stemming from a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. Also referred to as Cavadoodles or Cavoodles, these pups are beloved the world over for their delightful personalities and charming good looks.

From their Spaniel side, they’re likely to inherit traits of curiosity, affection, bravery, friendliness, and adaptability.

From their Poodle side, they inherit traits of intelligence, alertness, loyalty, and trainability.

When combined, you end up with a sweet pup that loves its family but enjoys an active lifestyle and plenty of affection. Cavapoos are best suited to families with small children or other gentle pets, or to individuals wanting a loyal and attentive companion.

That being said, Cavapoos can be quite high maintenance and love to socialize. If you are not going to be home a lot to spend time with your pup, you may want to consider providing it with another animal companion.

Similarly, Cavapoos should be trained, at least in the basics, or they can become unnecessarily vocal and destructive (more on this in the next section). Fortunately, they are easy to train and respond well to reward and positive reinforcement.

While they are considered a “designer” breed, Cavapoos are also frequently available for adoption.  

Why do Cavapoos bark?

There are several reasons why Cavapoos bark, and it almost always has to do with communication. When dogs bark, they are trying to tell you something or alert you to a problem they are experiencing. This breed is no different. Conversely, they’re excellent communicators and love to express how they are feeling.

Most often, the reason for a sudden onset of barking has to do with boredom, distress, fear, a potential threat, attention-seeking, happiness, or excitement. Let’s look at each of these possible causes and how to identify and resolve them.

Boredom and frustration

Just like humans tend to moan and groan when they are frustrated, so do Cavapoos. These dogs are highly intelligent and quite energetic, and if they have no outlet for their energy, they will express their discontent by barking.

Generally, a sign of a bored or frustrated Cavapoo is barking and moaning accompanied by scratching or pawing and a whole lot of neediness. Sometimes boredom also results in destructive behavior, like chewing.

To resolve this problem, consider how you can provide your pup with more entertainment. Take it for a long walk or play session or invest in some challenging dog toys.

Distress and fear

If a Cavapoo is not feeling healthy, or they’re experiencing fear and anxiety, they are also inclined to bark as a means to alert you to their distress.

Vocalization accompanied by a lowered tail flattened ears, and cowering, is a sign that something is wrong.

Try to determine what is causing your dog’s distress so that you can remove them from the situation or get them medical assistance if needed.

Attention-seeking

Negative connotations aside, attention-seeking is not always a bad thing. Cavapoos make surprisingly good watchdogs and will bark to alert their owners to something they feel is amiss. However, by the same token, they also tend to bark if they just want you to give them attention.

If your dog is in a guarded position, with an upright tail and perky ears, they are in “alert” mode and want your focus immediately.

For valid reasons, this is a good trait. But, if their barking is just to get you to give them attention, it may speak to a deficit in their early training.

Happiness and excitement

One of the most common reasons why Cavapoos bark is also the easiest to identify and explain. They’re happy and secure and excited, and they’re just trying to show you that.

A wagging tail, relaxed ears, and open mouth, often with a little jumping to boot, is a sign of a happy and excited Cavapoo.

This is perfectly normal and no cause for concern unless they’re too vocal, in which case you may want to deter their barking with early training.

How to prevent a Cavapoo from barking too much

It is normal for dogs to bark to a certain degree, but in some cases, it can get a bit much. With a vocal dog like the Cavapoo, you may want to consider early training as a means to discourage excessive barking.

Generally, the best way to go about this is to a) ensure their needs are met and b) distract them from barking through training and positive reinforcement.

Don’t give Cavapoos attention when they bark, as this will teach them that their behavior gains them the attention they seek.

To limit barking, you can also try to distract them with a toy or activity that allows them to forget why they wanted to bark in the first place.

“Speak” training, in turn, means they are rewarded when they bark at an appropriate time and ignored when they do not. They will soon learn that there are good times to bark and bad times and adapt accordingly.

The key to successful bark training is consistency and patience.