Cockapoos have been a cross-breed since the 1950s. They are the result of crossbreeding American or English Cocker Spaniels with Poodles, usually Miniature or Toy Poodles.
Breeds mixed with Cockapoo
Cockapoos are the mix of an American or English Cocker Spaniel and a Toy or Miniature Poodle.
They come in a variety of colors, including black, beige, brown, cream, white, brindle, and merle.
Do You Need to Groom a Cockapoo?
The Cockapoo coat grows quickly and mats easily, and as such, requires frequent brushing and clipping. They are also minimal shedders.
How Much Do Cockapoos Bark?
Cockapoos are not territorial dogs and, thus, are not known to bark frequently. However, they do feel their best when with their human companions and tend to have separation anxiety if left alone for too long, which can potentially manifest itself in barking. However, this intelligent breed can be deterred from barking as frequently with proper training and exercise.
Are Cockapoos Good Family Dogs?
Cockapoos were bred to be companion dogs and, as such, are marvelous family dogs. They’re allergy-friendly dogs with outgoing, playful temperaments. They are also good with kids, and supervision when interacting with your child is also recommendable to keep both your child and the dog safe.
Given responsible breeding, Cockapoos are sturdier than both purebred Cocker Spaniels and Poodles and, thus, are susceptible to fewer issues than their parent breeds are. Then they are prone to:
- Hip and/or Elbow Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are two of the most common skeletal diseases seen in dogs. They are similar diseases in which either the hip or elbow joint has grown abnormally or is misshapen. The abnormal shape prevents the joints and sockets from properly meeting one another, resulting in rubbing and grinding instead of sliding smoothly. Unlike in hip dysplasia, where the main problem is joint instability, the abnormalities seen in elbow dysplasia often result in pieces of bone and/or cartilage breaking loose and irritating the joint tissues.
- Intervertebral Disc Disease: Intervertebral disc disease causes a bulge or rupture in the discs between the vertebrae. When that happens, it can cause pain, nerve damage, and paralysis. If your Cockapoo is having trouble walking, refuses to jump, is incontinent, won’t eat, or appears anxious, he should be taken to the vet as soon as possible.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: (PRA) is a group of genetic diseases that affect the retina. They are progressive degenerative diseases and will eventually cause blindness in both eyes. There is no effective treatment to stop PRA.
- Others: Patellar luxation (where kneecaps become dislodged), allergies, liver disease, and ear infections are also common in cockapoos. To identify these issues, a veterinarian may recommend knee and eye tests for the dog.
The cost to adopt a Cockapoo is around $300 in order to cover the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption. The easiest way to adopt a Cockapoo would be through a rescue that specializes in Cockapoos, and you can start a breed search at Adopt-a-Pet.com.