Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What kind of temperament can I expect from my Cockapoo?

This breed is eager to please, vigorous, and friendly, making him a popular choice as a companion. They are very teachable and are an ideal pet for children.


Question: Do Cockapoo's shed?

The Cockapoo should be brushed and combed regularly. It is said that this breed is little to no shedding, however when being brushed hair does come out making shedding even less common. Clipping is required at least once a year.


Question: What breed of poodle is the Father?

The Father of the Cockapoo's is a Toy Poodle. He is silver in color.


Question: How big will the Puppies get when they are fully mature?

Our cockapoos will be around 18-20 lbs when fully grown.


Question: Are the Cockapoos First or Second generation?

Mindy and her puppies are second generation cockapoos. Cookie and her puppies are first generation cockapoos. Second generation cockapoos tend to be even less shedding and hypo-allergetic. Their hair is a lot more curly and they look very cute.


Question: How tall will the Cockapoo puppies be?

The puppies will be 11" to 14" tall when they are mature.


Question: Reservation Process

When a family emails with an inquiry about our upcoming puppies we reply with when we expect to have puppies next. This is a prediction, since our dogs are living beings living their best lives as family pets - not factories. There are a lot of circumstances at play when planning a litter such as:

Does our potential mom become pregnant?
If there are any complications in her pregnancy?
How many puppies will she have in her litter?
What the colour and coat type may be of the puppies?
What the puppy sexes are?

There are so many variables.

When puppies are born we give them the first 2-4 weeks just to be with mom and us before we start reservation processes.

We usually take pictures week 4-5 depending on the situation.

When we do offer our puppies for reservation we send out a mass email to everyone on our "waitlist" stating we have available puppies upcoming and the date and time they will be posted to our reservation page.

At this time we do not hold an order of priority. If you are someone who has passed on litters previously or someone who has inquired within the past few months, you will have equal opportunity to reserve one of our puppies.

We have people on the list that have found puppies from other breeders and that is fine. We do operate on a first come first serve basis. The person who places a deposit first will get the dog of their choice. 

Here are the steps we take when it comes to reserving a puppy.

  • A completed puppy application
  • Application approval
  • $300 deposit to reserve a puppy.
  • We allow visitors once the puppy is 7 weeks old and has had all the necessary vaccinations.
  • We will update you with pictures once a week.
  • We will send you a list of items to get for your new puppy.
  • The puppy will be ready to go to their new home after 8 weeks.
  • You can come pick up at our place or we can arrange transportation. (see faq on transporting your puppy.)
  • Full payment is due before the puppy leaves our place.

We believe that our puppies will go home with families who's timing and preferences align.

We do not accept a retainer fee to be on our waitlist and deposits aren't accepted until a specific puppy is chosen by the family and we have had a chance to follow up to ensure all is a good fit.

We appreciate you taking time to visit our site and gain some info about us.

We do have puppies continually throughout the year. Sometimes we have more than one litter at one time. Families with less aesthetic preferences generally take home a puppy before those with very rigid preferences. Please stay rooted in the true qualities that make these breeds all that they are.

Our puppies vary in price depending on color, sex and breed.

Thanks for checking out our puppy page!


Question: Driving Distance from Major Cities

Columbus: 2 hrs

Cleveland 1.5 hrs

Detroit 3.5 hrs

Pittsburg 2 hrs

Chicago 6 hrs

Indianapolis 4.5 hrs


Question: How do I pay for my puppy?

We have 4 methods of Payment: 

  • Venmo - (preferred for deposits)
  • Zelle - (prefered for final payment)
  • Cash - (at pick up)
  • Paypal - (Okay for deposit - Not recommended for final payment. see below)

If you pay the full amount with Paypal, we will add an additional 4% service fee. You can use Paypal credit to finance the puppy as well. 

Venmo and Zelle do not require addtional fees


Question: Why do you ask for a deposit?

Putting a deposit down on a dog is the only way we have found that makes it fair for everyone. It keeps things orderly and helps ensure that people are committed to the puppy. We have had a number of people "say" they want a dog, we hold the puppy for them and then change their mind. Meanwhile we have a potential puppy owners that we turn away thinking the puppy is spoken for. It is the best way we have found to keep things fair for everyone. 


Question: Do you have a health agreement?

Mt. Hope Kennels Health Agreement

We guarantee each puppy to have immunizations and worming medication as is age-appropriate. We will provide a schedule of immunizations completed, and those still to
be given in the future. If a puppy dies within the first year, of congenital defects, we will
replace that puppy with another of equal value when we have a litter available.

A veterinarian must determine that the death is a result of congenital defects, and we
reserve the right to have our own veterinarian confirm the diagnosis.
Should this puppy be determined to be suffering from a fatal defect deemed to be hereditary, Mt. Hope Cavalier Kennels will replace the puppy with one of the same value when one is available after notification and written verification has been furnished to the Breed by TWO independent veterinarians. The breeder will not be responsible for any veterinary costs at any time.
We cannot guarantee that your puppy will never develop any health problems, just as a pediatrician cannot guarantee that a child will never develop any health problems in the future. Some things are just not able to be predicted. Size, weight, and color are variables we cannot control and do change with each dog. Our parents are free of diseases, disorders, and health problems; otherwise, we would not breed them. That means our puppies are less likely to develop problems. If anything does occur, you are required to inform us so we can evaluate the parents and the other puppies from that litter in an attempt to determine the cause of the ailment and to eliminate the issue from our breeding program.
This puppy is in good health at the time of sale. The buyer will have 72hrs in which to have the puppy examined by their own veterinarian. If the puppy is found to be ill by a licensed veterinarian and is to be returned due to illness, a letter from the veterinarian is required. This includes death or illness from any health condition deemed to be present prior to leaving the seller's premises (Mt. Hope Kennels). The buyer shall assume any expenses associated with returning the puppy to the seller. The seller will, at the seller's discretion, refund the purchase price, return the dog to the buyer in healthy condition, OR exchange the dog for another dog of equal value. At no time and under no circumstances will the Breeder be responsible for any veterinary expenses incurred by the buyer.


Mt. Hope Cavaliers does NOT GUARANTEE against COCCIDIA or GHIRDIA (typically dormant single-celled parasites common in puppies) or for final adult weight, color, breeding ability, show potential or against overbites, underbites, patella issues, hernias, trachea issues, or for undescended testicles. Seller agrees to notify the buyer if they or the vet discover any of the above problems prior to sale. 

The Buyer Agrees:


That this puppy will be given adequate and proper shelter and housed securely indoors. This dog shall not be neglected, allowed to roam free or be mistreated in any manner. The puppy shall receive proper veterinary care throughout its life, receiving annual inoculations and placed on a heartworm preventative. The puppy shall receive proper nutrition and care shall be taken to maintain its proper weight. The buyer agrees to give the dog proper training and socialization. The buyer agrees to never sell or surrender this dog into a dogfighting institution, testing center, or shelter.
The Buyer agrees to finish all puppy vaccines before taking their puppy out in public, letting their puppy on public sidewalks and grasses, or letting their puppy be touched by people outside of the family. This reduces the chance of your puppy picking up a communicable disease such as Parvo.


Question: What should I feed my puppy?

We recommend: Loyall Life or Taste of the Wild - both are excellent dog foods. We will give you 4 lbs of Loyall Life Puppy food from Nutrena.


Question: Male vs Female

Male vs Female
Many people believe that female dogs make better pets... Well folks, this is not true. Most don't know that females display the alpha behaviors like "marking" and or "humping". They believe that they are more docile and attentive and do not participate in fighting. In reality, most fights will usually break out between 2 females. This is where the term "bitch" referring to a female dog, originated.

In the dog pack, females usually rule the roost and determine the pecking order. The females as a result are more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their male counterparts. Males on the other hand are usually more affectionate, attentive, and more demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody and are quicker to take to children. Most boys are easily motivated by food and praise and so eager to please that they are housetrained easily. However males can be more easily distracted during training because they like to play so often. No matter what age he is more likely to act silly and be more puppy like than the female. Boys are fun loving until the day they die. Girls tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age.

Boys do tend to get a little bigger than girls. Neutered males rarely exhibit the behavior of marking or humping. Once the testosterone level recedes after neutering, most of these behaviors will disappear. Most people do not know that male dogs who are neutered early (by 5 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to pee!

Before deciding on male or female give careful thought to other animals and people in your home. A female usually only bonds with one person (usually the main caregiver) and a male tends to bond with the whole family.

However, if you spay a female before her first heat she will tend not to have the behavior hormones of humping present. If you do not intend to breed your dog the best thing to do is have them fixed at around 5 months of age.


Question: What is a Cavapoo?

Country of Origin: The Cavapoo, also known as a Cavoodle, is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle. Poodle crossbreeds are meant to produce a dog with mixed traits and the Poodle's signature nonshedding coat. As a crossbreed, the Cavapoo is not eligible for registration with purebred registries such as the American Kennel Club, but it can be registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club. The Cavapoo is not considered a purebred because it doesn't 'breed true', meaning that it doesn't display a consistent set of characteristics. Like other 'designer breeds', the Cavapoo has seen a recent surge in popularity. Some breeders produce Cavapoos by crossing a purebred Poodle with a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (called a 'first generation' cross), but others allow crossing Cavapoos with Poodles or Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (called a backcross) or with other Cavapoos (called a multi-generation cross). Different crosses can result in different characteristics.

Size: The Cavapoo has a shoulder height of 9-14 in (23-35 cm) and can weigh anywhere between 7-18 lbs. Cavapoos can vary in appearance depending on the genetic influence of the parents. Most have a compact face with long, floppy ears and large brows.

Coat: The Cavapoo is known for its soft, Poodle-like coat, though a few have the Cav's longer, silkier, wavy coat. The Cavapoo can be a wide variety of colors including gold, black, white, Blenheim (brown and white), or tricolor (black, white, and tan). The Cavalier coat sheds, but the Poodle coat sheds little or not at all.

Character: The Cavapoo is friendly and energetic, thriving on human companionship. It is intelligent and can be somewhat hyper. Cavapoos tend to follow their owner from room to room, eager to play or just cuddle up. They may get into mischief or snoop around where you want to keep them out. Some Cavapoos are so attached to their owners that they suffer separation anxiety, barking and whining when their owner leaves without them.

Temperament: Cavapoos make great companions for anyone, from small children to an older people. They are friendly to everyone, including strangers, dogs, and other pets. Young children should be supervised around the Cavapoo to ensure they treat it with respect.

Care: The Cavapoo requires weekly brushing as its hair tends to knot frequently. Those with a Poodle coat require more frequent brushing. The toenails should be regularly inspected for snags in the fur, which must be gently uncaught. Cavapoos require clipping several times a year. The Cavapoo has a lifespan of 10-14 years, though some live up to 20 years. Cavapoos are susceptible to health problems affecting the parent breeds, such as mitral valve disease (a heart condition), syringomyelia (a spinal condition), cataracts, or other eye problems, though generally crossbreeds are less likely than purebreds to suffer health conditions (known as 'hybrid vigor').

Training: The Cavapoo is intelligent and easily trained. A gentle and well varied approach is recommended. Most Cavapoos can learn a wide variety of tricks and are eager to please their owner. The Cavapoo can be housetrained fairly quickly.

Activity: The Cavapoo requires daily exercise. Most of its needs can be met by indoor play, but it also enjoys walks, games, fetch, and outdoor exercise or a visit to the dog park. The Cavapoo is well suited to apartment life.


Question: What is the difference between first and second generation Cavapoo's?

First-generation Cavapoos are bred from a pure Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Miniature Poodle. Our second-generation Cavapoos are bred from both parents being first-generation Cavapoos.. Temperament-wise - the first and second generations are much the same. In terms of coat - the second generation Cavapoos tends to have a curly Poodle type coat and will be non-shedding. First-generation Cavoodles can vary from a fleece coat to a wool coat and there is no guarantee that the fleece coat won't shed. That said, to my knowledge, we have only had 2 or 3 puppies that MILDLY shed and we haven't yet had any puppies with a full Cavalier straight coat.


Question: What shot's do you give the pups?

 Our puppies have the starter 5-Way Puppy shot and are wormed every two weeks.

We send detailed health records with the description of the shot for your vet.

The next set of shots will be the 10-12, 14-16, and then the annual shots.  


Question: What if I live far away, do you ship?

We don't ship our puppies personally. You can contact one of our recommended carriers and they can help you get your puppy delivered to your home. 

Christy's Canine Carriage - 614-206-1104 - She personally delivers the puppy right to your door. 

62 Pet Transport - 330-691-5280 - Delivered in a transit van to a designated spot

Furry Trails - 330-407-6587 - Delivered in a transit van to your house 

 www.flymypup.com Primary option for flying.

What you need to know from us. 

  • Pick-up location: Mt. Hope - 44654 zip
  • Puppy Breed: Cockapoo, Shihpoo or Cavapoo
  • FYI: Due to the the small breed. Shihpoo pups can not be flown. 

What you need to let them know.

  • Destination
  • Full Name and Address
  • Date and Time of Delivery

We charge an extra $75 for all pups that have to be flown. This covers the additional Veternarian Exam, Flight Paperwork, Transportation Costs. 


Question: What do I need to get ready for my puppy?


Here is a list of things we recommend for new puppy owners to help you get ready for your new furball.

•    Leash & Collar – 6"-10"Nylon collar should work fine or a small harness
•    Food – we use puppy food. I recommend Taste of the Wild or Loyall Life. I have also bought food from Costco. We will give you some starter puppy food too.
•    Treats – Once again I shop on Amazon for those and find healthy treats at a good price. Milk Bone or Greenies. 
•    Mid Size Crate.
•    Puppy Pads. Helps with potty training and they are easy to clean up.
•    Dog bed or a soft fluffy blanket will do.
•    Food and Water bowl. I recommend stainless steel. They are easier to clean.
•    Hair brush and shampoo.
•    Chew toys... I recommend a tennis ball, they tend to roll around and they love playing with them.  

Websites:
http://www.doggiebuddy.com/topics/Trainingtopics/traintopic3.html

https://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/shih-poo/
https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-training/obedience/5-essential-commands-you-can-teach-your-dog

http://www.vetstreet.com/care/

As a puppy you have to have patience, but they are fast learners and love to please.
There are a ton of resources online with everyone trying to give you their opinion on how to raise a puppy.

Wade thru them and do what feels natural for you and your puppy. I pick and choose what makes sense and what seems a bit over the top.
Hope this helps you out.


Question: Do I need to be concerned about separation anxiety?

Most Cavapoo's don't suffer from separation anxiety but when they do (like most dogs) whine for couple minutes when we step out. They will stop very soon and busy themselves with a treat or puzzle toy that you can leave when you are out.  Thankfully they don't bark a lot or have destructive behavior. A cavapoo which is a poodle mix with cavaliar king charles spaniel, which is a breed originally bred as lap dogs so it is unavoidable and they do love affection and cuddles. With proper training you can teach dogs that being alone is perfectly fine. Dogs left alone should always have enough water, some food and toys to keep them occupied. Regardless of the breed/age dogs should not be left alone for more than 6hrs and if so you should consider options like pet-sitting(e.g. Rover.com), dog walking service(e.g. Rover.com) or dog daycare. There are also many great resources online for this as well~ hope this helps with this question. 


Question: How do I train my new puppy?

We have found that the best training comes from a youtube guy named Zak George. Here is his channel. You can also follow him on IG. Great advice and tips. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZzFRKsgVMhGTxffpzgTJlQ?reload=9