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
Buddy: from near death to an amazing dog
The first time I saw Buddy he was in a tiny tiny cage, lying on the bottom, bones sticking out, covered in parasites. He was at a flea market with 20 other dogs all in similar condition being sold by a Spanish speaking man. One of the most difficult situations I have ever been in, do I save this dog and pay this man to keep doing these horrible things to these animals, or do I walk by and let him die, stay with this man and hope no one else buys him, hope no one else buys any other dog, hope this man is discouraged from breeding or caring for any more animals ever. In the end my heart chose for me, I couldn't leave him there. But I hope that his story will help more animals in similar situations and stop these breeders from profiting from animals pain. Had I been as old as I am now, been as experienced with animal shelters, hoarders and known that I was only pushing them to breed more I may have chosen a different outcome.
I brought him home and instantly got him to a vet. He was extremely malnourished and covered in fleas. It took him months to recover and quite a bit of it was touch and go. But thankfully he pulled through, and this pup was ready for whatever the world felt like throwing at him. He was an such an easy boy to teach and picked up a number of tricks (handshake, high five, double high five, sitting pretty, spin, weave, and roll over)
It is so amazing how far he has come in such a short amount of time. He is always willing to learn another trick and always finds time for a good cuddle. He loves his hooves and pig ear chews and stuffed animals are his favorite toy, which he hides underneath the couch until he wants to play with them. He loves going for runs! (we ride on the golf cart and he runs around the block several times before he gets tired. He also loves to mimic the trains every time they pass the house, It is adorable and some days we will sit and wait patiently for the train
If you are looking for a great dog to train who will pick up on tricks quickly and love you forever a cockapoo is perfect for you!!
The last photo is one year later I went back to that same flea market (we go to Texas every winter for vacation) and they were still there :( selling their puppies in tiny cages, making me want to cry. Please adopt from your local shelter or donate to a certified rescue or shelter. It costs the shelter over $500 for one older, or malnourished dog to be healthy enough to be adopted and find a forever home..
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