Cockapoos: The Hybrid Breed We Can't Get Enough Of

Posted by Christy Caplan

Cockapoos are a hybrid dog breed resulting from a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle.

VetStreet tells us that The Cockapoo Club of America was founded in 1998 by Mary D. Foley. At first, the goal of this hybrid was to "breed the perfect family pet."

Was this accomplished? Are there any issues when you breed these two wonderful dog breeds? I included three reasons below you may want to talk to breeder first before bringing them home. The other two are big selling points.

1. Cockapoos are very intelligent

We read on multiple platforms that they're wicked smart. The goal for breeders is to draw from the Poodle's innate intelligence and demeanor. This can be a good thing and well... not such a good thing.

Some owners describe their Cockapoos as being extremely intelligent with a friendly and cheerful personality. details the challenge of raising these high intelligence pups:

"On the one hand, Cockapoos take to training well and are quick learners. On the other hand, Cockapoos that are not given the attention they need and become bored have been known to exhibit destructive behavior."

2. Easy to train

As mentioned above, make sure to get some basic training in while they're pups so that "naughty" side doesn't become an issue. Poodle are natural hunters, so you may want to enroll them in some classes that play to that, like nosework.

3. Can be pricey

A reputable site, Your Dog Advisor, checked with Adopt a Pet, and these dogs are not cheap.

"There's no denying that the Cockapoo seems to be a popular choice of breed. Adopt a Pet reported that a breeder charges between $1,100 and $2,000."

4. They need moderate exercise

VetStreet also shares that this dog needs moderate exercise:

"Cockapoos have a moderate activity level that is adaptable to their owner's lifestyle. They need a nice walk or active playtime each day. If you're interested and the dog is in overall good health (your vet can help determine this), they are athletic enough to participate in such dog sports as agility, flyball, obedience, and rally."

5. Regular grooming is a must

This breed needs regular, daily brushing sessions to ensure they don't get mats in the fur. They can have different types of fur, too!

  • Soft, tight curls
  • Big looping curls
  • Loose waves
  • Straight hair.

Most have a curly or wavy coat, but some have either the typical Poodle coat or the straight Cocker coat.

Cockapoos can be groomed to look like a Poodle or a Cocker.

A reputable breeder with a kennel club or American Cockapoo Club will give you the 101 on any new puppy. Check with them about this breed and outline some questions to share with them:

  • Are these generally friendly dogs?
  • Are Cockapoos known to be lap dogs?
  • What's the Cockapoo temperament of their puppies?
  • How about trainability? Is it similar to a Standard Poodle?
  • Do they have separation anxiety? Can you leave them for long periods of time? (You really shouldn't with any dog).
  • What about health problems? They're known to have patellar luxation! What about hip dysplasia, or ear infections?
  • Do they have the same energy level as a Labradoodle?
  • This breed is known for being a hypoallergenic dog? Is this true? Are they low-shedding?
  • Do you have a groomer you know since this is a requirement? How do you want them cut?
  • What's their life span? The cockapoo dog is a small dog.

The Cockapoo is clearly a wonderful family dog and companion dog. This mixed breed will need a lot of mental stimulation and this can easily be done with puzzle toys and dog sports.

You may also want to consider a Terrier, Pug, English Cocker Spaniel, or Goldendoodle!

Do you live with this breed? Let us know what characteristics you love about this breed!

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