Why is my Cavoodles coat colour fading?

Have you ever noticed that your beloved fluff-ball’s coat has lost some of its vibrant colour over time? Maybe that rich red has faded into a soft apricot, or that jet-black has transformed into a cosy grey. 

If you’re wondering why, don’t worry; you’re not alone, and it’s perfectly normal. 

This colour change phenomenon is a common topic in our Cavoodle community, and it can be quite surprising if you weren’t expecting it. It all comes down to our Cavoodle’s unique Poodle genes. 

Did you know that as Cavoodles age, their coat colour can fade, especially after shedding their puppy coat or after regular grooming? But hey, no matter what shade their cute coat turns into, it doesn’t make us love our fur babies any less.


Today, we’re going to dig into this fascinating topic, bust some myths, and even share some tips on how to keep that Cavoodle coat as soft and fluffy as ever (hint: it involves some lovely shampoos and conditioners!).


Understanding Cavoodle Coat Color Fading: My Experience and Tips


As a proud Cavoodle owner, I’ve learned a lot about the genetics, grooming, and age-related factors that can influence our furry friends’ coat colours. So, let’s dive in!


In this picture below we demonstrate cavoodle coat fading. This is a picture of the same cavoodle puppy at 8 weeks old on the left and on the right at 11 months old.


Her deep apricot colour patches around her eyes and her ears have faded to a lighter colour. This is an example of common colour coat fading in cavoodles.

Cavoodle coat fading


The Genetics of Cavoodle Coat Colors


When it comes to Cavoodle coat colours, genetics play a fascinating role. With their Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel heritage, Cavoodles can inherit a wide range of coat colours and patterns. From solid shades to beautiful mixes, each Cavoodle is unique and has its own particular coat colour. But what exactly causes these colours to fade over time?


The main culprit here is the Poodle’s fading gene. This gene, also known as the “dilute” gene, can gradually cause a dark coat to lighten over time. So, if your Cavoodle has inherited this gene from their Poodle parent, you might notice their coat changing shades as they age. But don’t worry, this is entirely normal!


The Influence of Poodle Genes on Cavoodle’s Coat


Poodle genes have a significant impact on Cavoodle coat colours. The Poodle’s genetic makeup contributes to the curly, low-shedding coat that many Cavoodles have. 


It’s important to understand that Poodles come in various coat colours, including solid, parti, and phantom patterns. These genes can be passed down to Cavoodles, resulting in a stunning array of coat colour possibilities. However, the fading gene can also come into play and affect the intensity of these colours over time.


How Age Impacts Your Cavoodle’s Coat Colour


As our Cavoodles grow older, their coat colours can sometimes change or fade. It’s a natural process, and there’s no need to worry. Some Cavoodles may experience a slight lightening or darkening of their coat, adding a unique touch to their appearance. 


However, it’s essential to note that drastic changes in coat colour should be monitored and discussed with a veterinarian. These changes could indicate an underlying health issue or nutritional deficiency.


Grooming Practices and Its Effect on Cavoodle Coat


Proper grooming practices can make a significant difference in maintaining the vibrancy of your Cavoodle’s coat colours. Regular brushing not only helps to keep their coat healthy and tangle-free but also stimulates blood circulation to promote coat colour retention. 


Additionally, using gentle and high-quality grooming products designed for Cavoodles can help maintain the natural shine and lustre of their coats. 


Avoid harsh chemicals, human products or over-bathing, as these can strip the natural oils from their coat and cause colours to fade. It’s also crucial to protect your Cavoodle’s skin from sun exposure, which can bleach its coat colour and cause dryness.


Choosing the Right Cavoodle: A Guide to Predict Coat Changes

How to pick a cavoodle puppy that wont fade in colour

Choosing the right Cavoodle can feel like a tricky endeavour, especially when you’re trying to guess how their coat colours might evolve. But hey, don’t sweat it! If you’re drawn to a particular Cavoodle pup, trust your heart. That being said, it can be a fun bonus to try and predict the changes in their coat colour. 


This isn’t an exact science, but specific indicators can offer some clues:


  • Firstly, take a good look at their parents, especially the Poodle side of the family. Their coat colour and pattern give you a good hint about what your Cavoodle might look like in the future. 


  • Secondly, observe your pup’s coat colour. Even though it might change as they grow, their puppy coat can provide some hints about their adult coat colour. It's also a great idea to ask your breeder what they think might happen as your cavoodle puppy gets older or they might have puppies from previous litters they can give you an idea about how your puppy's coat might expect to lighten when they reach maturity. 


  • Lastly, remember that the love you have for your Cavoodle won’t change, regardless of its coat colour. After all, it’s their lovable personality and warm cuddles that truly steal our hearts!


But if you’re still curious, here are some general pointers on how coat colours usually evolve in Cavoodles:


  • Black or black and white coats: These usually stay pretty consistent throughout a Cavoodle’s life. As they get older, you might see slight changes and black may turn a silver/grey colour.


  • Brown or chocolate coats: These colours can often fade to a lighter colour as the dog ages. This is sometimes referred to as “silvering” and can result in a beautiful, unique coat colour.


  • Red coats: These can also fade to a lighter shade of red over time. If your pup doesn't genetically hold a deep red colour expect them to fade to a lighter shade of red or show signs of yellow or wheaten colours through the coat. 


  • Apricot and cream coats: These coats tend to fade the most over time or can stay pretty consistent. Apricot or cream cavoodle coats may fade over time to a very light wheaten or white colour. 


  • Sable coats: These are the most unpredictable and can change drastically over time. It’s not uncommon for a sable Cavoodle to have a completely different coat colour as an adult compared to their puppy coat.


Of course, these are just general guidelines, and every Cavoodle is unique. So don’t be surprised if your pup surprises you with a completely unexpected coat colour! Embrace the variety and love your Cavoodle just the way they are, no matter what colour their fur may be. 


After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.


Myth Busting: Does Washing Affect Your Cavoodle’s Coat Colour?


Now, let’s address that hot topic you’ve all been curious about - does washing really affect your Cavoodle’s coat colour? 


Well, the answer is yes and no. 


Frequent washing with harsh chemical-based shampoos or human products might strip your Cavoodle’s coat of its natural oils, making it look dull in colour over time. But this doesn’t mean you should skip bath time altogether! 


Here’s the secret - opt for ph balanced, natural shampoos and conditioners designed explicitly for Cavoodles, and voila! Not only will you have a clean Cavoodle, but you’ll also maintain the natural coat oils and colour of their coat. 

You know what’s even better? We’ve got a fabulous range of gentle and nourishing cavoodle shampoo and conditioning products right here on our site that you and your Cavoodle will absolutely adore. So go on, give them a try and let your Cavoodle’s coat shine in all its colour and glory!


I hope you found these insights helpful in understanding Cavoodle coat colour fading and how to prevent it. Remember, each Cavoodle is unique, and their coat colours may change over time, adding to their charm. Stay curious and enjoy the journey with your adorable Cavoodle companion!