About the Cockapoo

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Cockapoos are friendly and affectionate little comedians with a sweet temperament and a zest for life.

The oldest of the designer dog breeds, cockapoos are not a true breed but, rather, a cross between the American cocker spaniel and the poodle. This offspring of a purebred cocker spaniel and a purebred poodle is also known as a cockapoodle, cockerpoo and cock-a-poo.

As with any type of mixed-breed dog, the appearance of cockapoos is difficult to predict. Their size and weight depends mainly on the type of poodle used in breeding. The adult offspring of a toy poodle can weigh as little as 5 pounds, while the offspring of a standard poodle — known as maxi cockapoos — can weigh up to 65 pounds. Some breeders offer teacup cockapoos that are as tiny as 2 pounds. Most commonly, though, cockapoos are created from crossing a cocker spaniel with a miniature poodle, creating sturdy, medium-sized dogs that weigh around 15 pounds and stand about 14 inches at the withers.

The appearance of their coat is also difficult to predict or control and comes down to which parent breed's genes are dominant. The coat can be straight, wavy or curly, and long, medium or short. One characteristic that is typical, yet still not guaranteed, is that cockapoos usually inherit the low-shedding quality of a poodle's coat. Another characteristic that generally applies to most cockapoos is that they don't tend to produce a strong odor and don't need to be bathed often. While their coats don't need to be cut like a poodle's, they do require regular brushing to prevent matting and remove debris that can get caught in their fur.

Their coloring also widely varies. Cockapoo puppies can be any color that you'd see in a poodle or cocker spaniel, including black, white, red, brown, sable, tan, blonde or a combination of colors and patterns.

A Cockapoo is a Great Dog for You if:
  • You want a non-shedding dog... or

  • If you are allergic to other animals

  • You're not away from home for a long period of time... or

  • You have another pet around to keep your cockapoo puppy company.

  • You have a smaller home... but

  • You still want to take short walks.

  • You don't mind indoor potty training if you don't have an option for outdoor training.

  • You have a pretty consistent daily routine.

A Cockapoo is a Not a Good Fit for You if:
  • You're looking for a guard dog.

  • You don't want to take your dog to the groomer every two-to-three months.

  • You're hardly every home... and/or

  • You do not have another pet around to keep your cockapoo company.

  • Your daily routine is very sporadic or unpredictable. 

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