Jett the Cavoodle is 6 months old!

She has had her first groom and boy did she need it!

Her shedding stopped after the groom at 6 months and so we only had 2 months of light shedding while she moved into her adult coat. The change of colour is super interesting to watch. Our Jett actually got a little darker which was interesting – lots of puppies go lighter so its interesting to watch. You can certainly tell when they need their first groom – you can see their adult hair under the puppy hair very clearly and the puppy hair starts matting and is hard to keep under control. So if you think your puppy needs a groom it probably does – trust your gut! If you are taking your puppy to the groomer from early on they will give you advice as well.

Jett is now able to follow orders super well. We continue to use Ian’s ‘Uh-uh’ method and it works super well! She is always in my office while I work and knows she has to stay in her bed now (although she gets FOMO and wants to go outside if there is anything happening out there!). She is well behaved now and a pleasure to take places and have inside or out. She follows commands super easy. 6 months things seem to get a little easier – although she still steals a sock every time she is inside! and shoes… she loves shoes. Having a well trained dog has made having Jett a pleasure. Ian’s training (which we now give away complimentary with all puppies) is amazing and helps you just tweak your training to get a dog who follows your commands and who you just adore being with (along with good breeding of course!).

 

 

Jett – 4 months

So our little Jett is now 16 weeks old. Over the last week or two she has starting to slowly lose her puppy coat. We know this process can take a few months even, and it’s not very bad, but it’s different from when we first got her that’s for sure. Now after cuddles in a black top, it gets thrown in the wash! So the process has begun and just so you know.. it’s right when our Feature Article ‘My oodle is shedding’ says that the process will begin! I will watch her and see when it slows down but it’s here with a vengeance at the moment!

We’ve taken her for lots of walks and her walking on a lead is getting better – she still pulls at the lead so we’re excited to have Ian the Dog Trainer coming to visit us soon and help us with this. She can now walk 3-4km without any worries running most of the way, so she’s getting nice and fit!

She loves our Puppy Pouncers and we regularly play fetch with it – she won’t play fetch with any other ball besides this one (and a mini tennis ball) so we’re happy to have something she seems super interested in.

She is not at all interested in swimming! I guess some dogs are and some aren’t, but she, unfortunately, isn’t very keen on it much to our dismay!

She is so lovely to have around – she doesn’t jump up when we get home even though she is super excited to see the kids after school, and when we go out and about to check on things or play outside with the kids she will come when we call her. It is lovely to have a dog who takes pleasure in your company!

She is getting great at commands and can sit and stay until we tell her to ‘come’, and in my office, she will just sit on her bed while here which is lovely company! Her sleeping position seems a bit uncomfortable to me but she moves her blankets around and seems to love lying upside down like this so I just let her be!

She is solely on a grain free dry food diet and is doing great on it. We currently have her on Man’s Best food and it seems to be agreeing with her really well. If we put the food down she eats it as she knows we will take the bowl away until the next food time!

She has been getting little grooms from our grooming team here to get her used to being groomed. She has needed to have her bum clipped and cleaned up a couple of times and face trimmed. She is getting regular washes and brushes and all to help her get used to the feeling of being groomed and understanding it. Even if a puppy doesn’t need a full cut until 6 months it is still a good idea to take him or her in to get them used to the feeling.

If you have any questions about Jett or puppies in general at this or other ages let us know!

 

 

 

 

 

Cavoodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Cavoodle puppies be born, reared and grow into happy and healthy 8-week old pups. Thanks to social media and our extended families, we can watch our puppies grow up having happy and pawsome lives! Here, families have shared with us just some of the many milestones and happy-snaps of their beloved Banksia Park Cavoodle!

For more information on our Cavoodle breed visit here.

 

 

Banksia Park Puppies Taylee

Happy Mother’s Day to Taylee

A goodbye and good luck to Taylee

Taylee

Taylee

Who knows Taylee? She is one of our much loved cavoodle mums here at Banksia Park Puppies. We are very sad but happy to say that our beloved Taylee will be going to her new home in the next couple of weeks. She has been very much loved by us. She is leaving us earlier than our other mums to go to her new home. A family came to us to rehome one of our dogs as a therapy type dog, and we just knew Taylee would be perfect for their family.

They have a boy who needs extra care and attention, and therefore they need a dog who will walk with them easily, be gentle, caring, and understanding with him, but also be a companion and a teacher. They need a very special dog, and so Taylee will be rehomed to this lovely family. As our fourth Mother’s Day tribute, and with a tear in our eye, we are going to miss you Taylee. Here is a little trip down memory lane of our time with the lovely Taylee.

 

Banksia Park Puppies June Cavoodles

5 reasons to love Banksia Park Puppies Cavoodles

Black and Gold Banksia Park Puppies Cavoodle Fun

These 5 little cavoodles will give you a reason to smile this Friday! See these gorgeous black and gold cavoodles from June’s litter in our live video, and hear all about our property and socialisation activities.

We recent went live with these gorgeous puppies on Facebook, watch the gorgeous puppies and hear all about our property and socialisation activities. See under the video for some happy snaps with the puppies (and when they’re tired after playtime!

Banksia Park Puppies Agility

Our new Agility Park

Playtime at Banksia Park Puppies

We decided that one playground for our puppies wasn’t enough… so we built another!

And our dogs and puppies don’t really enjoy it… not even a little bit… 😉

You may spot a few little humans playing on the equipment too – turns out our kids love it as much (if not more!) than our dogs do!

Newborn puppies

How big will my puppy grow?

How big will my cavoodle grow?

Banksia Park Puppies Jasper

A question that we commonly get asked is ‘How big will my cavoodle get?’ or ‘I only want a certain sized puppy and I’ve been told that my spoodle needs to be x cm tall’. ‘Are your poodles mini or toy poodles?’ is another question we are asked. Here you will find some answers to your questions and some help with how this will affect you and your relationship with your puppy.

What is a miniature versus a toy poodle?

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This is Jack, he is 34cm

Poodles have been in dog shows for years and they are grouped into three categories; there is the toy, miniature and standard poodle. The two that that our customers predominently ask about are miniature poodles and toy poodles. If you want to categorise them, a toy poodle’s height is at maximum 28cm and the miniature poodle’s height starts at 28cm. The ‘height’ of a dog is measured at the withers of the dog, which put simply is around the highest point of the shoulders (rather than at the head of the dog).

Do toy and mini poodles differ in temperament?

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This is Ollie, he is 40cm

The difference in temperament is little, but in general the smaller poodles may be a little ‘yappier’ and more fragile given their smaller size. The miniature poodle is very good for families, and is the most rounded of the three sizes. It was so good to train that it was used in circuses for years!

What does this mean for your and your puppy?

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This is Tyrone, he is 30cm

We breed dogs at Banksia Park Puppies for temperament and to fit perfectly into family life. For this reason we cross breed mostly King Charles Cavaliers, cocker spaniels, and golden retrievers with our poodles. The size of your puppy is based on both mum and dad – not just the poodle. Mum and dad’s genes mix together to make your puppy, and we cannot be sure quite which parts of mum and dad’s DNA that the puppy will pick up. This is similar to the blog that we wrote on why your puppy might actually be a different colour to both it’s parents (see here).

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So if your mum is a King Charles Cavalier and dad is a poodle (making one of our gorgeous cavoodles!) then mum would be about 30-33cm at the shoulder and right now our poodles range from 27cm to 42cm. The difference between a puppy bred with our very smallest poodle 27cm high and our very largest at 42cm high may be different in size – but the difference between one of our 30cm and 35cm poodles we expect would not actually be very different – if at all.

Size may not actually matter at all

We expect our dogs (alongside good behavioural training) to be the perfect companion who will fill your lives with happiness. They should be able to sit with you at a café, run or walk with you, play with your children, and go with you wherever you go as a family. With the proper behavioural training, this is the potential of the dog that you are bringing into your family. The thing to remember is the question of whether your dog is 2 or even 3 or 4cm different than your next-door neighbours dog may actually be insignificant when you have the perfectly behaved dog at your feet!

So what should you know when you think about the size of your cavoodle or spoodle?

When you ask what size the poodle dad is, there are a few things to consider:

  • We don’t categorise our poodles into toy or mini. This is mostly done for showing dogs. We don’t feel that it helps to identify the size of your puppy. What we can do though is let you know the size in cm of your poodle parent and this will help you much more!
  • Your puppy could be tall even if he or she seems small as a puppy.
  • Your puppy could be bigger or small than his or her siblings – they each have a different DNA make up from mum and dad. They may also grow differently.
  • There are very minor differences between the smaller and larger poodles.
  • Because you have a cross bred puppy, being bred with a smaller poodle as the parent doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be as small as the poodle – you need to consider the other parent too.
  • When you think about the size of your puppy, it could be 34cm high or 31cm high but the actual difference to your life may be minimal.
  • The height is taken at the highest point of the shoulder (called the withers).
  • Any of our mums and dads will produce a puppy with a similar, family-friendly temperament.

Can I guess how big my puppy will get?

We do know that you have an interest as to how big that your cavoodle, spoodle or groodle puppy will get – so although we cannot predict exactly, here is a graph that will help you see the approximate growth pattern of your puppy*. No dog will follow this exact same path (the same way that no child will follow the same growth path) but it may help give you an idea as to where the largest growth periods are for your puppy.

Let us know if the graph seems right for your puppy or if yours differed!

Growth chart

*NOTE: This graph is approximate and is not intended as a health or exact indicator for your puppy.