All the information you will ever need to know about Cockapoo’s
The first thing you need to know if you are thinking of buying a cockapoo is what exactly it is? A cockapoo is a cross-bred hybrid dog which is the offspring of an American or English Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. They are fun, friendly dogs and make an ideal family pet and if you want to see what they look like just have a look at the photographs of the adorable Chug Williams 3rd on this site, more of Chug later.
They are becoming increasingly popular pets and many people are choosing them rather than pedigree dogs and now second-generation cockapoos are being bred. Although they are not officially recognized as a breed yet by the national Kennel Clubs in a few years time and as the generations increase they will no doubt have to change their mind to keep up with the trend.
Some dog clubs are actively working towards getting cockapoos recognized as a breed by concentrating on breeding generation after generation of these robust little dogs who live longer than many pedigree breeds.
The cockapoo was first bred in the United States of America in 1950 but did not appear in the UK until around 1960. When they first appeared in America they were the first hybrid dog to be seen and were generally referred to as designer dogs.
It is believed that cockapoos have been around since the 1940s but there is no record of where the first one was born or whether they were even called cockapoos.
These sturdy dogs are now being bred all over the world and some have even been seen in the company of celebrities at red carpet events. Strangely enough they are not called cockapoos in Australia but spoodles, which is a completely different connotation to doodles, the common name for any dog that is bred from a poodle and any other breed.
Ashley Judd led her cockapoo along the red carpet to the delight of waiting photographers, Jennifer Aniston owns two cockapoos, one of which she got from a rescue shelter. Cricketer Michael Vaughan also owns a cockapoo and Billie Armstrong from the group Greenday has one called Rocky and often posts videos of them together on You Tube.
Similar Breeds to Cockapoos
Doodles are now being widely bred, these are any dogs that have been bred from a poodle and any other dog but there are seven breeds that bear a resemblance to the cockapoo. These are
Shihpoo – A cross between a Shih Tzu and a poodle
Cavapoo – A cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a poodle
Maltipoo – A cross between a Maltese Terrier and a poodle
Pomapoo – A cross between a Maltese Terrier and a poodle
Doxiepoo – A cross between a Dachshund and a poodle
Pekepoo – A cross between a Pekingese and a poodle
Llasapoo – A cross between a Lhasa Apso and a poodle
These cross-matches produce adorable puppies especially if one of the parents is a miniature poodle yet however small they are they are spunky little dogs, afraid of nothing or no-one and once one comes into your life you will never want any other breed.
The first reference to a cockapoo was there was one created in the 1940s according to Wikipedia, but there is no known reference to who created this hybrid dog. So all references to the history of this breed refers to the first one bred in the United States in 1950. They first appeared in the UK in the 1960s.
Cockapoos are now being bred all over the world with Cockapoo Clubs being set up and 2nd and 3rd generation cockapoos are now being bred.
The reason cockapoos are one of the most popular of the hybrid breeds is because of their temperament. They adapt naturally to being a household pet just as their parents made ideal family pets. They love to play and are very friendly dogs and hey also love water sports.
They have a very pleasant attitude to life and are very eager to please their owners which comes from the cocker spaniel side of the family, their amazing intelligence and quickness to learn comes from the poodle side. They do not require a lot of exercise but like to be stimulated by playing games, chasing a ball and dashing in and out of the water. If you live by the sea they will be in their element.
American cocker spaniels are more placid than English cocker spaniels although neither can be described as aggressive dogs. However as many cockapoos are first generation their overall temperament is still being discovered as every cockapoo is different.
If your cockapoo comes from a poodle and an English cocker spaniel you need to watch for any signs of aggression at an early age and immediately stamp it out. These dogs are desperate to gain favor from their owners and they will very quickly learn that aggression is just not acceptable.
Overall they are very happy and healthy dogs and live to the age of about 14 or 15 years-old. They will bond with their owners very quickly and will provide you with years of loyalty, fun and friendship.
No two cockapoos are the same as it depends on the size of their parents and also which was the bitch and which breed was the male. But the main characteristic that runs through all cockapoos is their huge affection for their human family and they are extremely faithful and loyal companions.
They accept all age groups from small children to grandparents and great-grandparents.They also get on well with other dogs and household pets. Their character is from from the spirited poodle and the sturdiness and love of outdoor life and water from the cocker spaniel.
The cockapoo seldom barks although it may alert its family if someone is approaching the house and they prefer to be with their human family twenty-four hours a day and do not being left for long periods. If they are they tend to bark or whine until their owner returns.
Size. Cockatoos come in all shapes and sizes depending on the size of their parents but there are three traditional sizes for cockapoos.
Toys – 10 inches tall at the shoulder or less
Miniature – 11-14 inches tall
Standard – 15 inches tall plus
The average height of a cockapoo is 10-15 inches (25-38cm) and the average weight is 12-24 pounds (5.4-11kg).
Head/expression Occasionally a cockapoo is born with a cocker spaniel head but generally the head is a mixed blend of both parents with a slightly rounded skull. The eyes are large, brown or dark brown with a very appealing expression that is irresistible to see. When you look into them you will see a most delightful, soulful expression. The hair round the eyes should be cut back so the eyes are never obstructed.
Sometimes cockapoos are born with long cocker spaniel ears, others have medium-length ears, both types should be well-feathered and hang down close to the dog’s head, cockapoos’ ears will never point upwards.
Brown dogs usually have a brown nose and dark amber eyes whilst light colored dogs will have a liver-colored nose. Any other colored cockapoo will have a black nose.
Cockapoo Neck/Top Line/Body
No two cockapoos are the same but the neck is always strong and rises from the shoulders arching slightly where it meets the head. Cockapoos are very proud, dignified dogs and carry their head high. Their chests are deep and the body is stocky and square with well-sprung ribs.
The coat varies on cockatoos but falls into three types. The first is the tight curly hair of the poodle, the second is a medium wavy coat and the third type is a long, thick, silky coat similar to the cocker spaniel.
Cockapoo Fore Quarters. The legs of the cockapoo are very sturdy and short to medium length.The shoulders are laid back to give the dog ease of movement and the elbow is below the point of the shoulder. Front dew claws can be left intact or removed and the cockapoo has well-balanced feet with arched toes.
Cockapoo Hind Quarters. are parallel to the sturdy body when you look at your cockatoo from behind and the rear toes which are also arched should be behind the dog’s rump. The back dew claws should always be removed but it is best to have this done by a veterinarian so the dog does not suffer any pain or discomfort.
Tail. In the old days it was customary to dock the tails of cockapoos but now this practice is frowned on so they are no longer docked and they are either carried straight or curled at the end. The normal way a cockapoo carries its tail is curled round but this can vary from dog to dog.
The joy of Cockapoos is that they come in such a variety of colors and markings depending on the color of their parents and that is why no two cockapoos are the same. The colors they can come in are:
Red or russet, bronze
Black with white markings
Beige or buff
Cafe au lait
They look like a teddy bear and can be one color all over such as black, white or brown but more often than not they have several markings on their coat.
If you have an apricot or black cockapoo the markings are likely to be white but you can get some interesting combinations such as chocolate and cafe au lait, cream and buff or even cream, buff and apricot.
Markings can come in black, white, brown, apricot or any other color and coickapoos which have a combination of colors usually have colored ears. They can also have colored spots or freckles or legs and splashes of color can also be seen above the eyes, on their cheeks, chest and under their tail.
Contrary to belief it is not the fur of dogs that causes allergies, it is the dead skin they shed which is known as the dander.
That is why cockapoos make such good pets for families where one or more members might be allergic to dogs but desperately want one as a pet.
Cockapoos are very hypoallergenic dogs which means they shed very little dander. This comes from the poodle side of the family as they also have a very low shedding rate. Most dogs shed skin and hair frequently, especially in the summer and that is what causes the allergic reaction.
Because cockapoos have a very low shedding and low dander coat their owners are highly unlikely to suffer an allergy to any size of cockatoo.
Cockapoo Training Techniques
Cockapoos are great fun to train as they are such intelligent dogs who are keen to learn and enjoy their training as much as their owners. If you make sure each training session stimulates your dog it will soon begin to look forward to each lesson
These dogs can achieve a lot in a very short time and it is best to start training them as soon as you get your new puppy home and the first thing to teach them is socialization, getting them used to other people and dogs.
The first few weeks will be spent bonding with your puppy as well as getting them used to other animals. Often veterinarians will hold puppy classes for their clients to help with this socialization and these are very valuable sessions. You can take your puppy along and get to know other owners as well as getting advice from the vet and the practice nurse.
Getting them used to a collar and lead even before they can go out for a walk is also important. Start by doing this in the house and lead them gently round from room to room. Extend the time slowly so when they are ready for their first walk after their second injection they will be used to their collar and lead.
If you intend to take your new puppy around with you get them used to the car as soon as possible, start with making it sit in the car, then drive a short distance, drive a little further each day and you will soon find your cockapoo looks forward to the car journey and you will be able to take it everywhere you go.
Start training with basics like heel, sit, down and stay and always use plenty of treat and rewards when your puppy gets it right. Always show plenty of affection too and never smack your cockapoo when it gets thing wrong. Remember it is only very young and just starting to learn.
You may have to teach your puppy to play as although it is very intelligent it may not have the natural instincts to immediately fetch a ball and bring it back to you. You can demonstrate what you want it to do by running to the ball and picking it up, your cockapoo will soon get the idea. Once it has realized you want it to pick up the ball you can tempt it back to you with treats and rewards.
It is important to house-train your puppy as soon as possible and to recognize regular mealtimes. Always feed the dog in the same place at the same time every day.
Because cockapoos are so intelligent they are ideal candidates for flyball and agility competitions. As soon as they have perfected their basic training sign up to your local dog agility club. This popular sport has classes in most major towns and cities.
Cockapoo is not a recognized breed and as such is not allowed to be registered with the American Kennel Club or the Kennel Club of Great Britain. Neither are they allowed to compete in any of the Kennel Club’s official shows. Because of this cockapoo clubs have been set up both in America and the UK.
Cockapoo Club of America http://www.cockapooclub.com
American Cockapoo Club http://www.americancockapooclub.com
North American Cockapoo Registry http://www.cockapoos.com
Cockapoo Club of Great Britain http://ww.cockapooclubgb.co.uk
Cockaboo Owners Club of GB http://www.cockapooowners-club.org.uk
The Cockapoo Club of America is dedicated to protecting and promoting cockapoos by encouraging and supporting their members and member breeders to continue promoting the cockapoo. Their entire aim is to get the cockapoo to be recognized as an official breed.
You can also rescue cockapoos on this site which is now affiliated to its sister club the Cockapoo Club of Germany.
The American Cockapoo Club is a registry for breeders, buyers and owners. They also have a rescue page as well as a list of cockapoo breeders where you can purchase a new puppy, This site is the winner of the Great Dog Site Website Award.
The Cockapoo Owners Club of Great Britain is a friendly online club run by owners for owners in the UK. It contains valuable information about cockapoos, breeders, breeding and health issues. It also contains tips on how to look after your cockapoo and has a members’ dog and group walks section.
North American Cockapoo Registry is a useful site to find registered breeders, information sbout cockapoos and a list of places where you can find available cockapoo puppies. They also answer frequently answered questions about cockapoos.
The American Cockapoo Club, formerly Cockapoo.US is a club dedicated to the preservation of cockapoos where you will find valuable information about the breed and how you can find a cockapoo breeder near you.
Rescuing a Cockapoo
Most of the above clubs have a rescue section and you know by going through one of them you will find a healthy and happy puppy or a dog that has been thoroughly vetted and checked. There are several unscrupulous breeders out there trying to cash in on the popularity of cockapoos.
If you live in the United States of America and would like to adopt a rescue a cockapoo then the best site to log on to is http://www.petfinder.com. You just type in your state or area, the type of dog you want (cockapoo) the age, sex and they will be able to tell you the location of your nearest center.
If you wish to purchase a cockapoo then it is best to contact either the Cockapoo Club of America or the Cockapoo Club of Great Britain and they will be able to provide you with a list of licensed breeders. In that way you know you are purchasing a healthy puppy. There are many cockapoo rescue sites listed on the internet but it is best to go through one of the registered clubs.
The Cutest Cockapoo Ever (Chug Williams)
If you want to see pictures of the cutest cockapoo ever born you are on the correct site. Chug Williams 3rd is the product of a male toy poodle and a female cocker spaniel and looks more like a spaniel than a poodle.
Chug was born around September 26th 2012 and arrived at his new home on Boxing Day 2012. He is probably the only dog that has his own Twitter page with a load of followers. If you are undecided about getting a cockapoo just look at the pictures of Chug and you will be hooked for life.
There are so many wonderful pictures of Chug on this site plus the cutest videos and you can even post your own comments. Why not become a friend of Chug on Facebook, he is about the only dog that has his own Facebook page.
You can register your cockapoo with any of the Cockapoo Clubs listed above but as it is not yet an official breed there is no real benefit in doing so. It is best to find the best deal for insuring your puppy from an early age for vets bills, third party and anything else but not all the above clubs offer pet insurance.
As you cannot join the National Kennel Clubs you cannot enter your dog in their closed shows anyway and you do not have to register your cockapoo to enter into any of the open shows or agility competitions, you may just have to join the club.