Cockapoo Dogs 101 – First Designer Dog Cocker Spaniel Poodle Mix
An adorable small dog with the personality
of a clown, the Cockapoo is the first of the
“designer dogs”, dating back to the 1960s.
Completely people-oriented, the Cockapoo is
intelligent enough to train easily, hardly
sheds, and is so affectionate that you’ll
never feel alone.
He’s happy running around an agility course,
showing off his tricks to company, being petted
as a therapy dog, or just hanging out on your
lap, which is his, by the way.
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Here are 10 fun facts about the utterly adorable,
trail-blazer among hybrid dogs, the Cockapoo,
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Also known as the Cockapoodle [rooster crowing],
Cockerpoo, Cock-a-Poo, or Spoodle, he is a
cross between either an American or English
Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.
These charming dogs first appeared on the
scene in the 1950’s when it is thought that
breeders in the States decided to create a
However, some people think they came about
by pure accident.
Today, the Cockapoo remains one of the most
popular “designer dogs” around, thanks to
his charming looks and his kind, loyal and
Because Cockapoos are a cross-breed, they
come in all sorts of shapes and sizes with
some dogs leaning towards the Cocker Spaniel
whereas other inherit more Poodle traits,
whether it’s their physical traits or their
Some dogs may have the curly coat of a Poodle
and others could have much straighter and
longer hair because they inherited more of
a Spaniel’s coat, so it really does depend
on the luck of the draw as to how a puppy
Cockapoo turns out.
Playful and affectionate, the Cockapoo makes
a great family companion.
He is sturdy enough to play fetch and ball
with the kids and cuddly enough to curl up
on your lap for a warm and rejuvenating nap.
The Cockapoo bonds quickly with his family
and believes that his people should be with
him all of the time.
The Cockapoo is an exceptionally intelligent
He is easy to train because he has a strong
desire to please his people.
New owners are always shocked to see how quickly
this crossbreed learns and responds to commands.
Many enthusiasts report that by the age of
six months, Cockapoos can sit, stand, stay,
come, heel and sit up on command!
This is a bright mixed breed, coming from
pairing two of the brightest parents on the
Cockapoos are active dogs and love to play
A brisk walk through the neighborhood is a
good thing for this hybrid dog but he also
needs to run.
A fenced and secure play area is necessary
for him to stretch out and play hard.
For those who don’t have yards, dog parks
are a great place for the Cockapoo to exercise
and they also excel in agility and obedience
The American Kennel Club does not recognize
the Cockapoo as a breed at this time.
The American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer
Dogs Kennel Club, North American Cockapoo
Registry, Cockapoo Club of America, American
Cockapoo Club, Cockapoo Club of Great Britain,
International Designer Canine Registry and
the Designer Breed Registry do recognize the
Cockapoo as a viable breed.
Since the cockapoo sheds infrequently, caring
for his coat typically involves weekly grooming.
Little vacuuming is required, creating the
ideal situation for someone who doesn’t have
the time to vacuum every few days.
Depending on the type, an adult cockapoo can
weigh anywhere between six and nineteen pounds.
Cockapoo types include maxi, miniatures, toys,
Maxi cockapoos are the largest ones, and they
weigh in at nineteen pounds.
Miniature cockapoos typically weigh between
thirteen and eighteen pounds, while toy cockapoos
weigh between seven and twelve pounds.
Teacup toys are the smallest type of cockapoos,
and they are less than six pounds at adulthood.
The cockapoo is often healthier than either
a poodle or a cocker spaniel simply because
it does not have many of the genetic defects
typically found in either breed.
Since the animal is healthier, it is often
happier as well.
He is, however, predisposed to ear infections,
simply because of his coated drop ears.
He is also prone liver disease, cataracts,
and kneecap dislocation.
You’ll have a long-lived companion in a
The average life expectancy of a Cockapoo
is between 14 and 18 years when properly cared
for and fed an appropriate high-quality diet
to suit his age.
Well, there ya have it, 10 cock-a-doodle cool
facts about the charming, canine companion,
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