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Cockapoos, a cross between cocker spaniels and poodles, are one of the first-ever designer dogs. Their friendly natures, combined with their happy-go-lucky attitudes, helped these crossbreeds quickly rise in popularity. Not only do their sweet temperaments and inherent intelligence make them good therapy dogs, but their hypoallergenic coats make them perfect for anyone who wants an allergen-free household.
History of the Cockapoo Dog Breed
Cockapoo puppies were first created in the 1960s, when a breeder accidentally combined the genetic material of a cocker spaniel and a poodle. The result was an adorable puppy that had the intelligence of its poodle parent and the friendliness of its cocker spaniel parent. Thanks to these traits, it didn’t take long before the cockapoo breed became a hit.
Most cockapoos are created using an American cocker spaniel, which has a shorter muzzle and shorter ears than an English cocker spaniel. When an English cocker spaniel is bred with a poodle, the result is often called a “spoodle” rather than a cockapoo.
Because poodles have hypoallergenic, low or non-shedding coats, most cockapoos tend to shed minimally as well. However, cockapoos can vary greatly in size, fur type and coloring.
What Type of Weather Do Cockapoos Prefer?
Cockapoos enjoy all types of weather — they’re happy to go for a walk on the beach or play around in the snow. However, it’s important not to leave them outside for too long in extreme heat or cold. Excessively warm weather can damage the paws and cause dehydration, while excessively cold weather can lead to hypothermia.
Appearance: Physical Characteristics of Cockapoos
If you’ve ever looked up pictures of cockapoos, the first thing you’ll probably notice is that they all vary in appearance. Whether a cockapoo has a unique spotted pattern or a curly golden coat that resembles a teddy bear, you can count on one thing: It’s definitely adorable. As a mixed-breed dog with a poodle parent, cockapoos also tend to have low-shedding coats. At Pride & Prejudoodles, we test the coats of all our dogs to make sure they’re suitable for those who suffer from allergies.
Personality: Cockapoo Temperament
The cockapoo would never have taken off in popularity if it weren’t for its lovable personality. This cocker spaniel and poodle mix receives the best of both worlds from its parents. Not only is it extremely friendly and sweet, but it’s also highly intelligent, which makes it easy to train.
Training: Teaching a Cockapoo
Cockapoos are naturally intelligent dogs that enjoy pleasing their owners. The result is a canine that’s eager to learn and ready to impress with new tricks.
It’s safe to say that everybody wants a healthy dog. At Pride & Prejudoodles, we test our dogs for over 160 different canine diseases, treat them against worms and make sure they’re up-to-date on their vaccinations. Of course, to prolong your pet’s lifespan, you should be aware of health issues commonly found in cockapoos and know how to identify them.
How Long Do Cockapoos Live?
According to the American Cockapoo Club, most cockapoos have an average lifespan of 14 to 18 years. However, some cockapoos may live for 12 years while others live for over 20 years.
While some cockapoo puppies may take after their cocker spaniel parent, most tend to retain the hypoallergenic coats found in poodles. Not only is this beneficial for people with allergies, but it’s also useful for homeowners who don’t want to constantly clean up dog fur. We test the coats to make sure the shedding genes aren’t passed down.
Good food is key to a good life, and cockapoos are no exception to this rule. While in the training program at Pride & Prejudoodles, we provide each pup premium dog food as well as NuVet supplements. If you wish to change your dog’s diet, you should gradually transition it to new food to avoid upsetting its stomach.
When feeding your cockapoo, be sure to provide it with a diet that accommodates its size and age. For instance, as your puppy transitions to adulthood, you may have to switch to a lower fat food. You should follow a twice-a-day feeding schedule and always keep an eye out for allergic reactions.
Common Cockapoo Health Issues
Whether you have a cockapoo puppy or an adult dog, it’s important to keep an eye out for any health problems. Cockapoos are more prone to some of the health issues found in poodles and cocker spaniels, such as:
- Ear infections
- Eye defects (glaucoma, cataracts)
- Hip dysplasia
- Patellar luxation
If you notice any sudden behavioral changes in your dog or any concerning symptoms (such as lethargy, vomiting or limping), you should schedule a visit with your veterinarian immediately.
As a dog owner, it’s your responsibility to properly groom your pet. Not only does grooming help improve your dog’s appearance, but it’s also important for your dog’s health. Removing dead fur helps clear your cockapoo’s skin, clearing its pores and reducing the risk of skin irritation.
Because cockapoo fur has a tendency to mat, you should brush it regularly (ideally a few times a week). You should also trim its fur every three months and bathe it about once a month. Avoid giving your dog too many baths, as this can dry out its skin.
Life Stages of Cockapoos
Just like people, cockapoos go through a variety of life stages as they age. You can expect them to undergo some changes as they transition from a newborn puppy to a senior dog. These stages include:
Like all dogs, cockapoos start off as puppies. This stage is when their brains are most susceptible to learning, which is why it’s important to begin training and socialization as early as possible. At Pride & Prejudoodles, we start training our puppies as soon as they’re ready, helping them develop into well-adjusted adults.
Once cockapoo puppies reach sexual maturity (typically between 6 and 18 months of age), they enter the adolescence stage. This life stage can be identified through behavioral changes — females may begin roaming around more often, while males might exhibit aggression. Fortunately, thorough and early training can help limit these behaviors. Your dog may also experience pain as it undergoes growth spurts.
Between 12 months and 3 years, adolescent cockapoos begin to enter adulthood. They are officially adults once they reach their expected height and weight. At this stage, some of their more exuberant behaviors mellow out — you may notice your dog is more mature and relaxed.
The final life stage is seniority, which is achieved anywhere between 6 and 10 years. As dogs age, you may notice issues such as increased confusion, fatigue and health problems. Senior dogs may also need to adjust their diet to accommodate changing nutrition needs or weaker teeth. At this stage, it’s important to carefully monitor your pet and take it to the veterinarian if you notice any alarming symptoms.
Peace of Mind
When you get a puppy from our specialist breeders at Pride & Prejudoodles, you don’t just get a new best friend for life — you also receive the peace of mind that you’re receiving a healthy, obedient and well-rounded dog. We offer the following amenities with each cockapoo:
- Testing for over 160 canine diseases
- Coat testing to ensure they are non-shedding and hypoallergenic
- Temperament testing to determine therapy dog potential
- Worming, vaccinations and vet checkups
- One- to two-year genetic health guarantee
- Obedience training, housebreaking, socialization and behavior modification
We also offer free hand delivery in New York City, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and more depending on your location.
Find Your New Furry Friend
If you’re looking for a friendly dog that’s easy to train, moderately active and gets along with everyone, then the cockapoo is the dog for you. Contact us today to learn more about our selection of cockapoos!