Can cavapoos live in apartments?

In short: yes! Whilst a studio apartment would likely be too small, for anything larger, a Cavapoo is a good option. My girlfriend and I own a Cavapoo and live in a two-bedroom, second-floor apartment. He is perfectly happy in this space, and he doesn’t disturb our neighbours at all. I nonetheless have some useful tips for apartment dwellers thinking about getting a Cavapoo dog.

Accidents will occur

If you are planning to get a Cavapoo puppy or any puppy for that matter, you will have read all about toilet training and you may be worried about how this will work living in an apartment. I want to emphasise how much young puppies need to go to the toilet. During their waking hours, for the first 8 to 12 weeks, I would estimate it to be every 30 minutes or so. Hopefully, your puppy will be familiar with the puppy pads and in the habit of searching out the pad before relieving itself. However, don’t expect this to happen every time. For this reason, it is best to keep your puppy in a non-carpeted room if possible.

Keeping your apartment nice

Like most dog breeds, your Cavapoo dog will occasionally chew things it’s not supposed to. In our case, victims include skirting board corners, edges of carpet and dining chair legs. There are products such as Bitter Apple Spray (which is not toxic but unpleasant that you can spray on your dog’s chew zones that will help deter him or her from ruining nice items of furniture, and other parts of your home.

Taking your Cavapoo outside

Our apartment is on the 2nd floor, meaning, between us, my girlfriend and I have to take our dog up and down three flights of stairs, 4 times a day so he can go to the toilet. This is in addition to a daily 45-minute walk. This can be both timeconsuming and tiring, especially first thing in the morning. For this reason, ground-floor apartments are more convenient for dog owners.

They become more vocal with age

Whilst not a breed that is known for barking, I have discovered that, as he has grown, my Cavapoo has found his voice and now barks quite loudly whenever someone knocks at the door or if something else spooks him. The vast majority of the time, however, he is silent except for the familiar light sound of his claws when he walks on the wooden floorboards. This lack of barking is one of the reasons we chose a Cavapoo over other breeds since we didn’t want to upset the neighbours.

Of course, keeping your Cavapoo calm will help limit any barking and a great means of achieving this is to invest in a quality dog bed such as those made by Bobby Bed who specialise in calming dog beds.

A crate is not strictly necessary

Living in an apartment, I know sometimes space can be tight. For context, our place is 500ft (47m) squared- not tiny but not huge either. When we first got our Cavapoo, we purchased and tried to use a crate for the first few weeks. However, our dog wasn’t a huge fan of sleeping in there and having made the room he sleeps in dog-proof, we have since gotten rid of it. This has been useful because even small dog crates can take up quite a bit of floor space, plus they can be unsightly.