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Everything you need to know about the Cockapoo

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The Cockapoo is very affectionate and easy to train

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A Cockapoo is mixed breed between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel. This scruffy-looking, bright-eyed dog is a friendly breed with very affectionate personalities. Retaining their puppy charm into adulthood, these puppies are very easy to train.

By Dawn Parrish

If you are thinking of getting a new addition to your family, here are a few important facts about the breed.

History and origins of the Cockapoo

The result of cross-breeding between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel. One of the first “designer” dogs breeds intentionally created over 50 years ago in the US. It combines the devotion and intelligence of a Poodle, with the vitality and energy of a Cocker Spaniel. Sometimes also known as Spoodles.

The Poodle

A white Poodle
The Poodle ©Shutterstock

The Poodle comes in various sizes: The miniature poodle, the toy poodle, the medium poodle and the standard poodle. This dog breed is known for their elegant and sophisticated appearance. Therefore, they are very popular in dog shows. But behind such beauty, you will find a very intelligent and perfect family dog.

The Cocker Spaniel

A brown cocker spaniel
The Cocker Spaniel ©Shutterstock

The Cocker Spaniel is full of energy and will follow you on any adventure, especially when they have to venture in the nature. They have a hunting instinct which needs to be fulfilled. Just like the Poodle, this dog breed is particularly known for its beautiful physique.

With two beautiful dog breed parents to look at, the Cockapoo has definitely inherited from the good genes of these specific breeds.

Physical characteristics of the Cockapoo crossbreed

The Cockapoo
The Cockapoo ©Shutterstock

This breed takes its appearance from both parents, the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel. Its coat can vary from either a shaggier coat or tight poodle-like curls. All dogs have beautiful, soft coats that need regular grooming of course.  Cockapoos often have a little hairy moustache that is quite endearing. They come in all shades of colours; brown, red, apricot, black and golden, or even a mixed variety shade. The most usual type bred in the United Kingdom, is a Cocker Spaniel crossed with a mini Poodle. Gaining in popularity though is an American Cocker Spaniel which has a shorter muzzle, domed head and a compact body crossed with a Poodle.

Height Size: Varies depending on the type of Poodle used for breeding
Weight: 10 – 30 lbs                     
Life expectancy: 14 – 16 years

Temperament of the Cockapoo crossbreed

Making very good companion pets, the Cockapoo loves making friends, walking in the park and likewise, loves being with their family as much as possible. Because of their quiet temperament, they don’t make good guard dogs, very rarely showing any symptoms of aggression.

Certainly, due to their lovely temperament, they make good pets for children, but can sometimes be overwhelmed if the child is too boisterous. Due to their parents’ working abilities, the Cockapoos love doing nose work and scent training. Many also compete in dog agility competitions.

The lifestyle of the Cockapoo

Poodles are understood to be one of the smartest purebred canines around, which can result in your Cockapoo being very intelligent. For this reason, they are sometimes easily bored and can be often destructive. Both Cocker Spaniels and Poodles are from working dog stock that hunt and run about most of the day. Certainly, your Cockapoo is more at risk of having behaviour problems through boredom. If left alone for long periods, he may look to make his own entertainment. This could, of course, include your sofas, cushions and anything that isn’t already puppy-proofed. This aside, the breed is known to be very loving, friendly, outgoing and happy puppies.

A Cockapoo pet is very versatile when it comes to living accommodation. Equally happy in the city, or in the countryside. They do, however, like to exercise a lot. They love to swim and run around too. A good point too is that the Cockapoo is virtually odourless – so no nasty doggy smells.

Grooming a cockapoo

These fluffy and curly coated dogs need extensive grooming.  Just like the parent Poodle, their coats can be curly. At around nine months old, the puppy’s coat begins to change. As their adult coats begin to appear, matting can occur. Therefore, it’s very important to have grooming routine in place. Some dogs do shed their coat but expect a very low moult. Those dogs that have more of a Cocker type coat will probably moult some hair, but rather more than those with a poodle coat.

Health problems of a cockapoo

Cockapoos are believed to be hypoallergenic – which means that just like poodles, they don’t shed their coats. As a result of this, it won’t matter if their owners are allergic to dogs- they won’t trigger any allergies. This obviously isn’t set in stone, as people can also be allergic to a dog’s dander, saliva and skin, not just the fur. The Cockapoos generally don’t have many health issues but owners need to be aware. Hip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Liver Disease and Ear Infections are all health issues associated with Cocker Spaniel and Poodle breeds.

Feeding your Cockapoo

Although they don’t appear to have greedy appetites, they prefer to bed fed smaller amounts at frequent intervals.

Cockapoo puppies

These adorable dogs have a huge personality. Being very affectionate and easy to train, you will certainly never feel alone with a Cockapoo! The pups love cuddles and will follow you around all day long. Several charities also use Cockapoos as service dogs, helping people with disabilities as they are very easy to train.  They are a very sociable breed, and will happily mix with both adults and children. They are usually quite placid dogs and don’t bark very often.

So if you’re looking for an energetic, friendly and above all smart addition to your family, the Cockapoo could be just the right dog to fill the space.

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