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The Cockapoo: Your Ultimate Guide to this Hybrid Breed

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Cocker Spaniel and Poodle: When Two Dog Breeds Collide

The Cockapoo is an “accidental” crossbreed between the American Cocker Spaniel and the Toy Poodle or the Miniature Poodle.

The results?

A small, adorable, fun-loving and also highly intelligent dog.

Cockapoo dogs originated in the United States in the late 1950s and became the first and oldest designer dog that we have come to know and love today.

Appearance and Personality

Cockapoo dogs are a sweet, loving companion that will make a perfect addition to any family and home.

Additionally, the breed is incredibly playful and affectionate, but don’t be fooled by its size. They’re small yet strong enough to play ball with the kids and cuddle up with on the couch.

Breed Size

The “Teacup Toy” Cockapoo weighs between six and 12 pounds.

Mini Cockapoos typically weigh between 13 and 18 pounds.

And full-grown Cockapoos weigh over 19 pounds.

Breed Colors

The most common colorful types of Cockapoo dogs are black, tan, red, brown/chocolate, sable, cream, white, and beige.

Some Cockapoos have spots or freckles, and others have merle coats, which means there are thinner or faded colors in the coat.

In the end, your pup’s coat has a lot to do with the color of his parents.

Grooming 101

The Cockapoo can have a long, straight coat or it can have a short, curly coat, which he or she may have inherited from the Cocker Spaniel.

Some dogs are hypoallergenic, which means they don’t shed (you can thank their inner poodle for that). However, some Cockapoos do tend to shed, so it’s important to discuss this with a breeder before selecting your puppy.

Regardless of whether your Cockapoo sheds or doesn’t shed, grooming is still important. The coat must be brushed on a daily basis in order to prevent tangles and mats.

Cockapoos are also odorless, so bathing can be done seasonally.

Cocker Spaniel Breed Temperament vs. Poodle Breed Temperament

The breed temperament, attitude, and personality will depend on its parents.

The Poodle temperament and Cocker Spaniel temperament are both friendly and loving, so it is extremely likely that your puppy’s temperament will be too.

As far as temperament goes, the majority of Cockapoos are friendly, people-oriented, highly intelligent and easy to train.

The breed gets its companion-like traits from both the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, so it is best for this breed to live inside with a family rather than outside in the backyard or in the garage for long periods of time.

These dogs also have moderate to high energy levels, so frequent activities are a must to avoid boredom. Activities such as outdoor play, frequent walks, and dog sports are all perfect activities.

It’s important to keep in mind that any dog, regardless of how friendly, can develop some pretty annoying habits, such as incessant barking, digging, begging and jumping on visitors. However, if you start socialization and training early in your puppy’s life, and use positive reinforcement training techniques, such as praise, play, and food rewards, your dog will mature into a trustworthy companion.

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About This Hybrid Dog Breed

Here are five little-known facts you probably didn’t know about Cockapoo dogs:

  1. It isn’t a true breed, but rather a crossbreed or hybrid between the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel.
  2. They aren’t known to be incessant barkers. Although they will bark from time to time, especially if a stranger approaches or if they are left alone for hours on end, they generally won’t wake you up in the middle of the night. Unless there is some severe weather like thunderstorms going on outside, then you better get ready for some intense cuddling.
  3. The breed is usually great for people with allergies since most don’t shed!
  4. They are highly intelligent dogs and can be trained easily with positive reinforcement!
  5. Larger dogs may struggle with adapting to apartment life, but regular walking, playtime, and exercise can help.

Cockapoo Puppies!

Cockapoo puppies are cute, small bundles of energy and love.

Exposing your puppy to people, children, and other animals at a young age can help him grow up to be a very social animal, and will prevent him from being shy and nervous around other people or pets.

If you need a little guidance on how to train your puppy, there are Puppy Kindergarten classes that you can enroll in to ensure that your pup is getting a solid training foundation and at a young age.

There are plenty of places you can find Cockapoo puppies for sale, including rescue shelters and even working directly with a reputable breeder. A good breeder will also have all the necessary health certifications for your puppy to ensure that he or she doesn’t have any pre-existing health problems. To find reputable breeders, start your search at the American Cockapoo Club, and make sure to only work with a breeder who follows the CCA’s (Cockapoo Club of America) guidelines regarding breeder ethics.

If you want to give a rescue dog a good home, then start by looking at your local shelter or even through Petfinder.

Most communities have local rescue groups, so search your local listings, newspaper, or social media to find animal shelters in your area.

You can also speak to a local vet. Most veterinary professionals will be able to refer you to local rescue leagues, reputable breeders, or even know someone who is looking to give up his or her dog.

Lastly, and we believe this goes without saying, avoid purchasing a puppy from puppy mills or pet stores, where the animals often have a poor quality of life.

Breed Lifespan

Most Cockapoos live between 12 and 15 years, as long as he or she is in good health.

Making yearly trips to the vet to ensure that your pup remains in good health.

5 Tips for New Owners

If you are considering owning a Cockapoo, here are five tips to keep in mind:

  1. Even though most Cockapoos don’t shed, they still require trips to the groomer.
  2. The breed has moderate to high energy levels, so they will require frequent walks, activities, and exercise to keep them from getting bored.
  3. They are great companion dogs and are more likely to be considered a member of the family rather than a “guard dog.”
  4. Cockapoo socialization at a young age is important to keep him or her from becoming nervous or shy.
  5. They are great with other dogs, cats, small animals and even small children. However, they will have an easier time adjusting to households with more mature children.

If you’re ready to have more love and sweetness and overall joy in your life, then a Cockapoo puppy/dog is the right one for you.