What is a Cockapoo?
You might be wondering what a Cockapoo is? A Cockapoo is a cross breed between a cocker spaniel and a miniature/toy poodle, which has become one of the most popular dogs for families due to their affectionate and adorable nature.
Most of their characteristics are hereditary from both parents’ breeds, the Poodle is an intelligent breed and will be seen in the Cockapoo while the sweet disposition comes from the Cocker Spaniel lineage.
Different Names of a Cockapoo
They are also known as the Cockapoodle, Cockerpoo, or Cock-a-Poo and mainly developed to be companion dogs as they are usually friendly, outgoing and happy.
They have an adorable face and innocent piercing eyes and make the best pet as they do well with other dogs, children, and adults.
Key Breed Facts
- The Cockapoos weighs around 12 to 24 pounds and has a height of 10 to 15 inches tall.
- The cockapoos one parent is usually a purebred Poodle.
- Their lifespan is between 13 to 15 years good for a family as they grow with the family.
- Comes in various sizes from standard, miniature and toy size.
- Cockapoos are lovable pets and good family companions.
- These dogs may suffer from separation anxiety leading to barking a lot.
- They like barking and will alert you when someone comes close.
- Ideal for allergic people as they have low dander and hair shedding.
- They love the human company as they are needy dogs.
- They can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for many hours.
- Weighs 12 to 24 pounds (5.4 to 10.9 kg) and height from 10-15 inches.
- They are jovial companions who are good with children, and friends to everyone.
- Easy to train as they are intelligent, and should be started from when they are puppies as they need early socialization.
- They need daily exercises for their pent up energy which is moderate.
A Cockapoo is a mixed-breed dog that is a cross breed. A mixed brees from either Cocker Spaniel breed that is American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Cocker Spaniels were originally bred as hunting dogs in the United Kingdom. In addition, they were known to be intelligent and active breed.
Due to their fashionable status, they are common with celebrities. Cockapoos are one of the mixed breed dogs to produce a healthy and hypoallergic stable temperament dog.
They have been around for much longer than most hybrid dogs, dating back to the 1960s.
These affectionate little dogs like to please and adore their families and are completely people orientated.
The good thing is if you start early socialization when they are still puppies you will make them acceptable. Morever, well-rounded around people and other pets. This makes it very easy to train them, as their intelligent nature will help them pick up new tricks fast.
After Cockapoo breed became popular in the 1960s it was known to stand out. Comes in four distinct sizes from:
- Teacup Toy that is 6 pounds and 10 inches tall.
- Toy Cockapoo that is 12 pounds and 10 inches tall. This one had a more build up body.
- Miniature Cockapoo is 13-18 pounds and 11-14 inches tall.
- Standard Cockapoo is 19 pounds and 15 inches tall and the largest in the breed.
Cockapoo is a popular hybrid and is thought to have originated in the US in the early 1960s or even earlier. As compared to other pure breeds they have a longer lifespan of up to 15 years and can stretch to a little more years.
Unlike other breeds, small Cockapoos are suitable for apartments or small living spaces. Despite them being compact dogs they need enough exercise and activities. The variations in their sizes come up during breeding depending on the sizes of Poodles used.
When a Standard Poodle that weighs between 20-25 pounds is used during breeding with a Cockapoos the height will be an average 14-15 inches (35-38 cm).
The different breed comes with different appearance and traits. For instance, the coat colour may vary depending on the colour of the Poodles and Spaniel breed that blended together.
They have a square-built and sturdy appearance. The neck rises strongly from the shoulders and arches slightly as it tapers to join the head.
The colour range from brown, white, apricot, tan, black, white and even an attractive combination of several of these colours.
The Cockapoo coats can also vary from silky smooth to tight curls, although they usually fall somewhere in between. They do not shed a lot but daily brushing and occasional trimming are recommended.
The chest is moderately wide and deep, with well-sprung ribs. When looking from above the body should be even if not just know you have an obese Cockapoo. This can be corrected with increased training and reducing food intake to advised proportions.
If your dog has a black nose the eyes should be dark brown and not with a sloppy look.
The Cockapoo personality will vary depending on the breeding traits of the parents although most are friendly, affectionate and people oriented.
Due to their intelligent nature, they are easy to train and are fast in picking tricks.
They are carefully bred and raised with love, making them affectionate pets that blend well in families, children, other dogs, and other pets.
This hybrid mix of Poodle and Spaniel has a quirky personality and manner of thinking that is important to understand. The hereditary traits of their parents play a big role in what they become.
Early socialization might also determine how they behave but they are known as happy and affectionate dogs with a stable temperament.
Cockapoo loves attention and if left alone for many hours can end up with destructive behaviours due to separation anxiety.
Puppies– Cockapoo puppies have bursts of energy that the family living with them should be active and keep them active enough.
Intelligence / Trainability
Intelligent dogs and great at picking new tricks. They are easy to train and good at obeying commands. As much as they are active physically engage them mental with interactive games to keep them entertained.
They are sweet and loyal animals and if trained well they will be a favourite for everyone in the family along their lifetime with you.
They are friendly pet and inquisitive and would like to explore in places you might not approve, train them to obey command so that when you call they respond. Positive reinforcement is very effective and a treat can be given as a reward for good behavior. Cockapoos take to training well and are quick learners and eager to please their keeper.
To have a happy and healthy cockapoo ensure during training to incorporate puzzles for solving games and agility activities.
Children and Other Pets
Cockapoo is sociable and great companion dogs to children, adults, and other pets. With their pent up energy levels, they can keep up with any active child.
The Cockapoos have fewer health issues than other purebreds. They can be susceptible to various health problems that you will need to pay attention too.
Known health problems are:
- Hip Dysplasia
Get a regular veterinary checkup to ensure that your cockapoo isn’t suffering from hip dysplasia. It is not very common but as they age when the cartilages of the bones start wearing out. If not corrected it can lead to arthritis and limping for your dog due to pain.
- Patella Luxation
Patella luxation occurs when the kneecap (patella) dislocates from its normal position causing the dog to limb. This condition can be inherited from the parents hence it’s good to ask when getting your puppy. It affects both the teacup and miniature breeds.
When grooming your dog check the ears regularly for any issues or discharge (brown in colour), scratching and a foul smell. Cockapoo’s fluffy, long ears inhibit the flow of air around the ear, allowing bacteria or yeast occurrence. An ear infection can be painful for the dog and costly to the owner in case of surgery.
If your dog shakes its head, is irritated or scratches its ears chances are it has an ear infection. In case of the said symptoms take your dog to the veterinary for immediate treatment. An ear infection can be treated and cured if you act fast. It is good to clean your dog ears from when they are puppies for them to get used. Prolong ear infection can damage your dog’s ear canal ending up in surgery to open up the narrow eye canal.
An ear infection can be caused by poor hygiene, allergies your dog has to certain foods, bacteria presence and sometimes mites.
You can take your dog to a vet or groomer for the wax to be removed, a dog with an ear infection has smelly wax and is usually itchy hence it good to regularly check her health.
The Cockapoo suffers mostly from Glaucoma, Cataract, and Retinal Atrophy. Be alarmed when your dog has painful eyes with discharge that are swollen it can be Glaucoma. Immediate visitation to the veterinarian is essential because if ignored can affect your dog’s vision. It is also good to know the parent’s lineage history with Glaucoma if any before getting your puppy as it is possible it might be passed from the parents.
Cocker Spaniels are predisposed towards cataracts if you notice your dog has cloudy eyes take him for a checkup. A long period of cataract can lead to a total loss of eyesight. Cataract mostly occurs in aging dogs be on the lookout as your cockapoo ages. Also, know the parents’ history with cataract from the breeder when getting your cockapoo puppy.
Retinal Atrophy is Cockapoo eye problem where the photoreceptor cells in your dog’s eyes deteriorate over time and if not taken care of can cause total blindness. This is an inherited disease and you should enquire from the breeder if the parents were okay before taking your puppy home.
Caring for a Cockapoo
Cockapoos quickly get matted and the tangles pull on the skin of your dog, which hurts them. Keep their fur short to prevent those tangles which lead to matting. Having your pet groomed will keep them happy and healthy, and looking their gorgeous best. Cockapoo needs a lot of care and before you get one ensure you are ready financially and physically. This is a breed that loves the company and needs human contact always.
Do not leave them for long hours unattended as it can lead to destructive behavior and anxiety. They have pent up energy and require an owner that will stimulate them physically with games (agility activities) and take them for walks.
Cockapoo sheds less hair, it is a low maintenance dog, and you do not need to vacuum your floor for hair often. With their different hair coats, you need to brush them regularly. For cockapoo with straight and wavy hair, you can brush them twice per week and when they have very curly hair you need to brush them daily.
For their long nails you can use nail clippers, and trimming scissors for the curly hair, use it to trim the curly hair good thing it has an adjustable blade to suit your dog needs. Trim the hair in the paw toes but do it with care so that you don’t cut your dog.
Wash your dog, brush the hair and use a clip comb to trim the excess hair. You can start from the neck backward then the back and tail. After you are done start on the sides, it will be easy if your dog is standing up. Trim under the tummy and the legs as much as you can. The areas that you can’t reach use scissors to trim them off. If you come across a matt brush it off before using the clip comb.
A slicker brush can be used too, it features a unique curve to follow the contours of your dog’s body when brushing to remove the tangled hairs. To work out tangles and mats in your dog coat you can use the dematting comb.
You can clean your dog’s ear with a moist cotton ball and a cleaner recommended by your vet. Clean the ears where you can reach.
Due to their active nature and parents traits, they have a lot of energy and are good in agility activities keeping them active and stimulated. They also have an outgoing personality and if not engage they can become bored and agitated. They are playful which makes them perfect for training.
You can also engage your dog in fetching and finding games.
Puppies: Serve the puppy ½-1/4 cup of puppy food when she/he gets to 8 weeks. 4 meals in a day is ideal until when he is 3months you can reduce it to 3 meals. When the cockapoo gets to adult the two meals scheduled can be increased to ¾ cup. Have a schedule of feeding to prevent overfeeding the puppies and to teach them discipline in relation to the time of feeding. Follow the packaging portions indicated in the food to give the necessary food amount intake.
If you notice that your dog is becoming obese you can increase his exercises and decrease his intake by reducing the treats or give low calories treats. Some treats can be higher in calories than regular dog food.
The size, age, metabolism and activity levels of the cockapoo will determine the food intake of your dog, it will guide you to not give too much or too little food. A teacup breed will be comfortable with ½ a cup feed unlike a standard breed will be okay with ¾ cup feed.
Cockapoos tend to be pretty high-energy dogs, so many will need more food per day than the other breeds. Once Cockapoo gets to adulthood they need to transition to adult food as they will not need as many nutrients as when they were a puppy.
You should carefully monitor the dog’s weight, appearance, and how much she is eating in a day to prevent obese conditions.
Average Cost to keep/care for a Cockapoo
The cost is manageable as they are low maintenance dogs. You need to invest your time, attention and financially towards them. If you get your cockapoo from a responsible breeder you can pay anything between £ 1100 to £ 1400.
The various costs that you should be ready for are for food, pet insurance, kennel, vets costs, grooming, etc. food is the main cost in a cockapoo diet as health is a big issue in their life because poor diet can lead to costly health issues. For maintains, you can spend £ 1000 annual for their upkeep.
Cockapoos need daily grooming depending on the type of coat they have. You will need to buy specific brushes and combs to keep them clean and tangle-free. Subsequently, you will be required to take them to the groomers after every six weeks which will cost you.
Breed Specific Buying Advice
Cockapoo is a popular breed and many people breed to get quick cash. It is recommended to get one from a responsible breeder and not from farms, advertisement or markets. Before you purchase do your homework and get the best breeder who is concern with its health and wellness as a whole and not is not doing it just for financial gain.
Cockapoo comes about due to a hybrid which comes with a lot of benefits but also can bring with it negative traits in a puppy. It is not in itself a guarantee of good health as Cockapoos can still inherit health issues from either or both sides of their lineage. Caution should be exercised when you want to purchase.
Get to know the history of the cockapoo from the breeder before making any purchase and see the records first. Dogs that in the advert or not from a recognized breeder can be appealing especially if they are cheaper than from responsible breeder but before jumping in and paying for them ask yourself if it is worth it. Get all the information required and if satisfied with your finding make the decision.
I recommend getting a Cockapoo from a responsible breeder as you are guaranteed of the dog’s health and history of its lineage.