You're right that it's extremely difficult to find decent breeders of "cavapoos". The CKCS can be affected by some very serious health issues which can't necessarily be avoided just by crossbreeding (especially when those conditions aren't unknown in miniature/toy poodles) and it's extremely rare to find a breeder who actually does all the relevant health testing. It's even rarer to find one who does all the health testing and isn't breeding on a large scale.
There's also the potential with crosses that they're going to favour one or other parent much more than the other so you'd need to be happy with having what could essentially turn out very much like either one of the parents rather than a perfect blend of the two. Poodles, including the smaller ones, can be very active, bright and buzzy little things (there's a reason they're popular as small agility dogs) that need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to keep happy. That seems quite different to the other two breeds you've mentioned which are much more modest in their exercise requirements.
With pedigrees I'd always recommend starting with the relevant breed club as they can help put you in touch with breeders who are planning litters. On the whole breed clubs require their members to adhere to a code of ethics which is much more stringent than that of the KC, this is particularly important with chihuahuas as they really shouldn't be allowed to go to their new homes before twelve weeks of age and this is included in the British Chihuahua Club code of ethics. Japanese chins aren't terribly common, there are generally only a couple of hundred registrations a year so you may well be in for quite a wait to get a puppy from a decent breeder. As well as the breed clubs you could try looking at the lists of KC Assured Breeders and Champdogs is also a reasonable starting point. With both of these you'll tend to find breeders of a higher calibre than on the various free ad websites but being on either site is not a guarantee that someone is reputable.
I'd also recommend looking into going along to some shows to try and meet as many examples of the breeds you're interested in as possible, as well as talking to breeders and breed enthusiasts.
Whatever breed/cross/type of dog you're looking for, finding a good breeder is always a minefield. There's lots of good information about what to look for in a breeder and how to go about buying a puppy in this thread.
One more thing...
Both chihuahuas and Japanese chins (particularly the former) can be quite fragile little things and it's very easy for them to be injured, often completely accidentally, by children. Just something to bear in mind if you have children, especially young ones.
The best Cockapoo breeder that I know of is Lorton Cockapoos. They are excellent and very careful about the breed selection and do all the health checks as well as offering constant support. They have a FB page.
Sorry, forgot to say, they are are registered company too!
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I have an almost 2 year old cavapoo
No health concerns so far
She’s absolutely fantastic and is great with kids, they have such a lovely nature
Would highly recommend.
Quite possibly true Whitney, but my friends who have bought puppies off them have nothing but good things to say about them. The puppies are of good health, no behaviour issues, met both the stud and the bitch, ongoing support... I really do not know if they have a bad rep otherwise.
So maybe you are prepared to take the risk with health tests.
But you are also aware your puppy's mum spends her entire life in an outdoor shed with minimal human interaction, and will do nothing but produce puppies until she dies. She is not a family pet and these people are lying to you.
who the hell keeps 24 dogs in their house
You all got your lovely puppies though...
Yep avoid that like the plague.
OP have a look for breed groups of the two other breeds you mention. See if you can meet some owners and dogs. Research the worst of each and see if you could deal with those!!
I fully support what Whitney has said above. Well done on researching that puppy farm and exposing it for what it really is. What worries me is that many people do NOT do any research and they only care that they get a cute puppy, not any of the cruelty that goes on behind the scenes. Ignorance is bliss, as they say
OP of the breeds stated I would get a Chihuahua as it would likely have the least health issues (they are still prone to a few things). If treated like a dog and not a baby they are brilliant little dogs. Just going to plug that there are many chihuahuas in rescues now that they are no longer as fashionable as the flat faced breeds.
Quite possibly true but too late for my friends. I will definitely pass this info on to them so they don't get a second dog from them.
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