I recently adopted a Cavapoo puppy. I am an avid swimmer and I want to know if my dog will be able to swim and whether or not he can be a companion for me on my many adventures.\n\n\n\nI took to the internet today and did my homework, here is what I uncovered.\n\n\n\nCan Cavapoos swim?\n\n\n\nCavapoos can swim and are usually considered to be pretty good swimmers once they get the hang of it.\u00a0\u00a0 This usually happens when they are young because they enjoy the water so much due to their breed background that comes from the Poodle and the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, which are both dogs that enjoy swimming.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nCavapoos can swim but they will likely enjoy playtime in the water compared to full blown swimming in the deeper waters that some dogs enjoy.\u00a0 These dogs can swim and enjoy playtime in the water but when they are young and learning they should be introduced to the fun of water in a relaxed and calm way.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nCavapoos and other dogs that are being introduced to the water should always feel comfortable with the process and there should never be a need for pushiness or hurrying the process along.\u00a0 While most Cavapoos do enjoy water and swimming, it is possible for some dogs of this mixed breed to be cautious or fearful.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nIf a pet parent finds this to be the case it is important for them to not push the dog to get used to the water or make light of how the dog feels, instead it is better to keep water time for fun and enjoyment.\u00a0\u00a0 \n\n\n\nIt can also be helpful for the pet parent to use a kiddie pool in the early days when they are learning about water and the fun they can have while in it.\u00a0 The pet parents can join them, splashing around and showing how much fun it is if the Cavapoo is a bit apprehensive.\u00a0 While Cavapoos enjoy water and swimming they should always be monitored while playing in the water for their protection and safety, anything can happen at anytime and it is better to be safe then sorry.\n\n\n\nCavapoos are a mixed dog breed that come from the blending of two dogs, the King Charles Cavalier and the Poodle. With this breed background, these dogs usually love the water and make great swimmers as both their dog parent breeds love the water and to swim.\n\n\n\nWhile this mixed breed can swim and will likely enjoy playtime and water fun they will most often enjoy spending time in the shallow waters and romping around with toys and playing. Not all dogs like deep waters and while this mixed breed can swim they will likely prefer not to unless they have to.\n\n\n\nIt will be necessary that they be introduced in a fun way to water, this can be accomplished by using a kiddie pool or another shallow body of water where they can play. It can be beneficial during these first moments enjoying the water that their pet parents are doing so as well.\n\n\n\nIf this is not possible, other family members or even other dogs could be joining in the fun as well. The focus should be on fun and not pushing them to swim or be in the water for anything other than playing with toys and having a blast. This is to create a positive experience for them that will carry them throughout their lives.\n\n\n\nWhen done correctly it will foster a lifelong love of the water.\n\n\n\nRegardless of how much this mixed breed as a whole enjoys the water and swimming there may still be some dogs that don\u2019t care for it or are fearful. If this is the case with a Cavapoo, it is best to take a relaxed approach to the process and let it unfold as it does.\n\n\n\nRegardless of the situation, whenever a dog is playing or swimming in water it is important that the pet parents keep a close eye on them as anything can happen at any time, even to a dog. Safety must always be considered a top priority when it comes to water fun.\n\n\n\nWhat are some safety precautions I should take for my Cavapoo when they play or swim in water?\n\n\n\nThere are quiet a few safety precautions you can take when it comes to your Cavapoo playing or swimming in water. These include monitoring the dogs body temperature. Depending on the type of water the Cavapoo is in, its temperature and their age and health, it may be necessary to shorten the playtime.\n\n\n\nIf the water is a bit cold dogs don\u2019t always know when to call it a day if they are having fun. A Cavapoo might get chilled in cold water and ignore it while continuing to play. This can cause health issues for the dog and be dangerous, therefore it is the pet parents job to monitor their overall health.\n\n\n\nThis should include checking them periodically, ensuring that their paws are healthy and they are safe and not over tired if they have been playing in the water for too long or the water isn\u2019t a kiddie pool.\n\n\n\nAside from that there are a few other precautions that should be taken in when they are near a body of water that is not a kiddie pool in the backyard.\n\n\n\nFirst they should be supervised, secondly they should wear a life vest if the waters are deep. While it is possible for most dogs to swim in deeper waters if the need arises, not all dogs can do this successfully and this isn\u2019t related to breed.\n\n\n\nIt is also important that they don\u2019t drink water that is murky or dirty, like pond or lake water which can have bacteria, parasites and other harmful substances in them. The same can be said for Ocean water which can cause intestinal issues and vomiting and even in some cases cause kidney damage.\n\n\n\nFinally after water play, it is a good idea to rinse down your Cavapoo. Certain bodies of water, which can include chlorinated pools can have harmful substances that can be dangerous to your Cavapoo. It is by far better to clean their fur and also clean their ears to as a final step to their fun time.\n\n\n\nHow can I encourage a Cavapoo to like water and swimming if for some reason they don\u2019t?\n\n\n\nThe way to encourage a Cavapoo to like water and swimming if for some reason they don\u2019t is to join them in the water.\n\n\n\nWhen the pet parents join them in the water and shows them how much fun the water can be it is a positive experience for the Cavapoo to model. If their pet parent is having fun then surely they will have fun too.\n\n\n\nThey trust their loved ones and will more easily follow their lead.\n\n\n\nBeyond that, providing interesting and fun toys can be helpful to distract and excite them while they spend some time in the water.\n\n\n\nThese toys can be rotated periodically so they don\u2019t get boring as well as keep them entertained.\n\n\n\nLastly it is important to be patient, fears that may crop up when it comes to the Cavapoo liking water and swimming or playing in it can go away. With some toys, games and of course distractions it is possible for the Cockapoo to forget about fears and worries.\n\n\n\nIf at first they don\u2019t succeed, try and try again as long as they are having fun and being active eventually they will let go of their fears and accept. This is true even for us humans.\n\n\n\nIf the Cavapoos are good swimmers does that mean that they would make good retrieving and hunting dogs for waterfowl?\n\n\n\nNo, the fact that the Cavapoos are good swimmers will not make them good at hunting water fowl.\u00a0 Many dogs can swim but not all of them are hunters just because of that fact.\u00a0 Hunting requires more than just a great love of water and being in it.\n\n\n\nCavapoos do however have an ancestorial background that comes from the combining of the Poodle and King Charles Cavalier. The Poodle originally was a perfect dog for hunting, retrieving water fowl which can be an added perk and make the Cavapoo a great candidate for hunting waterfowl.\n\n\n\nThis however shows no direct relationship between their hunting abilities and swimming. If they are a good hunter of waterfowl it is not directly related to whether they are a good swimmer or bad one.\n\n\n\nFinal Thoughts\n\n\n\nWhile many dogs love to swim, some of them are not particularly fond of it. This doesn\u2019t mean if they don\u2019t like to swim they should do it anyway as some dogs may always be fearful\n\n\n\nSwimming and other outdoors activities can be a lot of fun for the whole family and should always bring happiness to the dogs life while keeping them healthy and safe for many years!