Cockapoo is a mixed bred dog. He’s actually a crossbreed between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel. People have been looking for a way to combine the intelligence of a Poodle with the steadiness of a Cocker Spaniel. The result was a Cockapoo.
It’s worth noting that not all breeders successfully crossed the two breeds. Some some Cockapoo’s are submissive, fearful and frightened little dogs. However they not supposed to be like that, the Cockapoo is an adorable small dog, a great family friend and a good pet that gets along with any other kind of animal, person or child. He is very adaptable and settles in fine in an apartment.
Be it a dinner party, a family meeting or a normal day around the house the Cockapoo is ready to please, with his lively temperament and good energy. He loves to showoff his tricks either to new company or old friends. He’s just a dog happy to be alive.
Is the Cockapoo the right dog for you?
This dog is not much of a barker, if he might still bark at some new people when they come around the house. Another reason they might bark is separation anxiety. Like most dogs, when left alone for long periods of time they become frustrated that their owners haven’t come home and manifest this frustration through destructive behavior.
Should you live in an apartment be aware that they might bark excessively, which can be a problem for you and your neighbors.
The Cockapoo is the right dog for you if you love an semi-energetic dog who likes to lay, sit in your lap, and communicate with people. This dog is a low shedding dog, with little to no odor to speak of, even though he kind of looks like a Poodle.
The Cockapoo was originally bred as a companion dog, so he is accustomed to people, strangers or otherwise, other pets, as well as unusual and exotic animals.
Coat, care and size you can expect from Cockapoo
Cockapoos are bred in four different sizes: teacup Toy (he weighs less than 6 pounds and stands less than 10 inches), Toy Cockapoo (sturdier than teacup Toy, and just under 12 pounds), miniature Cockapoo (ironically he weighs 13 to 18 pounds and can stand 14 inches high) and the standard Cockapoo, who is slightly bigger than the rest.
As far as health concerns go the Cockapoo is susceptible to cataracts, hip dysplasia and allergies. He might also have liver diseases and ear infections, so be sure to check them regularly. You should know that health clearance cannot be issued to a dog younger than two years. This happens because some diseases don’t appear until full maturity.
Cockapoos are moderately energetic but they don’t lazy around all day. They need a good daily walk to satisfy their migration instinct and to keep them from getting overweight. Apart from that he will need at least 15 minutes of exercise each day.
Cockapoos are easy to train dogs because they’re highly intelligent and quite eager to please. They respond very well to reward and praise training. They’re not too energetic so they won’t be messy in apartments, and you don’t have to take them out all the time.
Finally, the Cockapoo has a long coat that can be either straight or curled but hardly to the level of a Poodle. In this sense, it required daily brushing but not nearly as much as their parent. They also require nail clipping occasionally.
Cockapoos are highly adaptable dogs that can live in both an apartment and in a house with a yard. They do best in a small sized yards but you shouldn’t get any complaints anyway. Have fun with your happy, lovable Cockapoo.
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