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Energy Level: Moderate – High
The Cockapoo can be found in the following three size categories:
The Cockapoo can be seen in every color found in both Poodles and Cocker Spaniels, in solid colors as well as parti-color. The following are some examples:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 12-15 years
It is possible to see in the Cockapoo any inherited conditions that exist in either Cocker Spaniels or Poodles. However, many Cockapoo breeders are quick to point out the benefits of hybrid vigor when breeds are crossed. While there is truth to this, it also assumes reasonable health in both parents; ask questions of your prospective breeder to be assured they are focusing on health and temperament and not just sales of cute puppies. At the very minimum, breeders should screen for eye diseases, and sound hips and knees. Liver diseases are sometimes seen, as are allergies and the tendency for ear infections.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Cockapoo is the original “designer dog”, existing long before the moniker came to be; they’ve been intentionally bred since the 1960’s, and have been a sought after family dog since. The aim of Cockapoo breeders is typically to produce healthy, affectionate dogs that are infatuated with people and tolerant of children. Because these are the overriding goals of most breeders, the “look” of Cockapoos may vary quite a bit, but they are always adorable. Some breeders favor breeding Cockapoo to Cockapoo instead of the traditional Cocker to Poodle. This is done in an attempt to stabilize features to achieve a more predictable outcome. However, doing so will likely increase the number of genetically based health problems seen.
Happy and affectionate with everyone they meet, Cockapoos can be big clowns and delight in being the center of attention. With moderate exercise needs, the Cockapoo is easily kept healthy and fit with 30 minute walks and play time in the home or yard. A secure fence is recommended, although they tend not to be escape artists as long as they have sufficient companionship. These dogs are people persons – they need to be with their families much of the time and are not suited to spending long hours alone. Many are suitable for apartment or condos, or those with small yards. Cockapoos typically get along with other animals and are generally a good choice for novice dog owners who are prepared for their grooming needs. Cockapoos usually love children, although especially small sizes are not a good match for homes with toddlers. It is important to teach young children how to be gentle with smaller dogs to avoid accidents or injuries to either your children or dog. Children need to be taught how to carry dogs, what constitutes rough play, and things to avoid. For example, pulling on the tail or ears is inappropriate behavior that needs to be explained to children.
Training a Cockapoo is usually an easy process; they love people, are smart and sensitive, which makes it unnecessary to get “tough” with them. In fact, harsh methods should be avoided as they can shatter your Cockapoo’s trust in you, causing them to shut down emotionally. By using positive reinforcement methods, your relationship will deepen, your dog will enjoy the process, and learn new things.
The Cockapoo’s coat may be more Poodle-like, more Cocker-like, or a blend of the two. Typical coat traits in Cockapoos are low shedding and little odor. They often have a single coat (no undercoat), which is long, with hair that is straight or loosely curled. They will need daily brushing unless clipped short; if clipping is chosen for easy care, it will need to be done every 4-6 weeks. This mix is known for being hypoallergenic; however, those with allergies or sensitivities should always spend some time around the dogs they are considering, as what one person can tolerate, another might not.
Ears should be kept clean and dry. Toenails should be trimmed on a regular basis, about every 4-6 weeks. Cockapoos do not wear down their nails simply from walking. Do not forget to check and clean teeth daily.
The amount of food a Cockapoo will require can vary depending on age, activity level, and type of food fed. Average feeding amounts will be:
- Standard – 1 1/2 to 3 cups
- Miniature – 3/4 to 1 cup
- Toy – 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Meals should be fed in two meals per day, and a high-quality food is recommended. Free feeding should be avoided, as many Cockapoos are prone to becoming overweight, and this puts the dog at risk of many health problems. A portion of your Cockapoo’s daily food can be used when training to avoid overfeeding. If allergies or sensitivities occur, some experimentation may be needed to find a food your Cockapoo tolerates. A constant supply of clean water should be available to your dog.
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As is the case with many popular breeds, prices for Cockapoos can vary widely, commonly between $600 – $1,500. This price does not include the additional expenditures you will face, such as food, supplies, vet visits, medicine, toys, and more. Alternatively, you can visit rescue organizations which will usually have lower adoption fees, often in the $200-$500 range.
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