Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Cock-a-poo; Spoodle; Cockerpoo; Cockadoodle
The Cockapoo, originally created by cross-breeding a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, is one of the most popular mixed breed dogs. The intent is to create a pet that combines the high intelligence of the Poodle with the lovable personality of the Cocker Spaniel. As yet, the Cockapoo is not recognized as a breed by major registries like the American Kennel Club because the outcome is still sometimes unpredictable. However, several breed clubs in America such as the American Cockapoo Club and the Cockapoo Club of America have worked on a breed standard that will help in bringing uniformity in looks and temperament.
As it stands, a well-bred Cockapoo is a highly-regarded family pet. However, a puppy-mill Cockapoo from careless breeders may not live up to your expectations. Know your breeder.
A Cockapoo need not be a first generation cross-bred between a purebred Poodle and purebred Cocker Spaniel. It can also be the offspring of other Cockapoos. The second generation of Cockapoos-- the result of breeding a first generation Cockapoo to another first generation Cockapoo-- is most likely to produce offspring that seem to look a bit more like either the Poodle or the Cocker Spaniel. Third and subsequent generations of Cockapoos are more likely to result in balanced offspring with predictable traits.
Appearance / health:
The Cockapoo is a small dog available with widely varying physical proportions. The head is moderately rounded but no flatness. The brown eyes are large, round, and well spaced out. The tail is carried straight or curled. The long ears hang close to the head.
Thanks to their Poodle heritage, Cockapoos do not shed much yet they require regular grooming. Regular brushing and bathing is necessary. Cleaning the ears and teeth will keep them in good condition.
Moderate exercise in the form of a walk is sufficient for Cockapoos. Overexerting these small dogs may be detrimental to their health.
Several Cockapoo breeders claim that Cockapoos suffer from fewer health problems than other breeds due to their hybrid vigor. However, owing to poor breeding practices, many designer breeds may be susceptible to serious health concerns. Hip dysplasia is a common affliction seen in many breeds, and is marked by abnormal formation of bones. Ear infections are common in Cockapoos owing to their long ears. Luxating patella or knee dislocation and eye problems can be seen in some Cockapoos.
Behavior / temperament:
Cockapoos are mischievous dogs that love to be with their owners. When kept alone for too long, they can develop separation anxiety, which may manifest as excessive barking, chewing, etc.
Positive training methods work well with the intelligent and adaptable Cockapoo. Early socialization is necessary to help the dog get accustomed to different situations, people, etc.
They bark only when required.
low shedding, big wavy curls, cuteness, best family dogs, absolute clown, playful disposition
barks, nervous wreck, house training, little high strung
health guarantee, readable dog, regular brushing, energetic dog, LOVE outdoor playtime, coddling nature
Tucker the wonder dog
My family only got our Cockapoo a few months ago, but from the minute that he came into our home he was accepted by the whole family. Tucker hasn't even been with us for a year yet but it feels like he has been here forever, he has become a real baby of the household. Our Cockapoo is a small dog but a big clown, he has a big personality, he is always making everyone smile and laugh whenever he is around. Tucker is very affectionate and you'll never feel alone whenever he is around, when you are home alone with him you even have to shut the bathroom door for just a minute of privacy. My family purchased Tucker as a therapy dog, and he does exactly what he is supposed to do, he is always there for you and will never mind sitting on your lap just to be pet. He is the perfect size he is small enough to play with children and still big enough to romp around with our larger Lab. Tucker is a non shedding dog with little to no doggy odor to the skin and coat. He does require daily brushing as well as regular bathing, and will need his hair trimmed and clipped occasionally. My Cockapoo is a great family dog and I would suggest a Cockapoo to almost anyone, even the elderly. Tucker has changed my life for the better. A Cockapoo will not dissapoint you!.
From KeenanMcCoy Sep 13 2015 8:51PM
Steroids are old school
In my opinion, steroids such as dexamethasone for conditions that involve chronic pain and inflammation are ineffective. Steroids will help pain by reducing inflammation it is true. Steroids are great for those one time acute injuries that need a quick anti-inflammatory. If your pet is suffering from hip dysplasia or osteoarthritis then, steroids are not going to help without injuring another part in the body. If hip dysplasia is a chronic problem then steroids is not a chronic treatment. This is the reason. Steroids, if used over a long period of time, can suppress the own body's ability to produce its own hormones needed. If a patient will be having surgery soon then, use of steroids prior to surgery and after surgery for a short time is not a bad thing. Using steroids when surgery is not going to be an option can cause a side effect that could decrease your pet's quality of life. .
From JMalone CVT 569 days ago
When dealing with any fear, aggressive or otherwise, distance is your friend. Find out how far the dog needs to be away from the subject of their fear and work from there.
I recently worked with a dog who is fearful of people and dogs on walks outside of his home. My mentor trainer and I took him to a field along the beach. Oso, the dog, watched people pass by and was rewarded when he brought his attention back to mom.
Many times, dogs learn to bark because it makes the scary thing go away. You want to show them that the scary thing will leave without barking. If the dog does begin to bark, move him away and treat when he focuses on you.
Desensitizing a dog that is afraid can be a long process. The older the dog or the more bad association the dog has with the stimuli only makes it worse. Be patient and remember distance is your friend..
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