Is it a Teddy? Or is it a Poodle? Well, it looks like you are looking for a Cockapoo, Cockerpoo, or Cockapoodle. Like its name, this dog is irresistibly cute and surprisingly furry.
It’s like a tiny Teddy with a French Mustache and googly irresistible eyes. It’s like four dimensions of adorable and funny looking at the same. This designer pup is not shy of cameras either just look at some of its hilarious Poodle poses.
If you are planning to get a Cockapoo puppy and looking for a detailed guide on the breed, you are in the right place. In this article, you’ll find everything about the Cockapoo dog breed including features, temperament, health-related issues and much more.
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So, let’s begin with the breed’s history and introduction.
Introduction & History Cockapoo
You may already know that the Cockapoo isn’t a pure breed, but is a cross between the majestic Cocker Spaniel and the wonderful Poodle. However, what’s surprising is that no one knows whether these cuties were bred on purpose or by pure accident. According to the most recognized theory, it was first intentionally bred in the 1960s in the US by breeders who were trying to develop a mixture of both breeds with few or no inheritance diseases.
Despite being one of the oldest hybrid dog breeds and one of the most loved as well, the Cockapoo is still not recognized by the American and British Kennel Clubs. Today, owing to better technology and popular demand, dog lovers around the world are able to responsibly breed the Cockapoo in healthy numbers.
The Cockapoo is like a cute and furry Teddy Bear that is both intelligent and handsome. So, let’s have a look at some of the most distinct Cockapoo features below.
- Their coats can be straight, wavy or curled and are found in almost all colours, from cream to brindle.
- They can be one solid colour, parti-coloured or have beautiful multi-coloured markings.
- Cockapoos have cute floppy ears concealed under their long coats.
- These beautiful dogs come in four sizes, the teacup toy size, Toy Cockapoo, Miniature Cockapoo, and Maxi Cockapoo (medium-sized).
- Their bodies are sturdy and square-shaped with a high-set swishy tail.
- The Cockapoos have big brown eyes that are simply adorable.
- They have deep and wide chests and tiny legs with sharp claws.
- These pups also have a very handsome moustache.
- The Teacup Cockapoo can be as tall as 10 inches whereas the Maxi Cockapoo can be 15 inches tall.
- They weigh around 6 to 19 pounds depending on size.
Temperament and behaviour
The Cockapoo dogs are charming, people-oriented, and easy to train. They are also very affectionate which is why they are jokingly called the Velcro dogs- as they stick to their owners. They love to cuddle, play, and be house clowns.
You will be surprised by how comical these dogs are with their poo poses and bright smiles. However, these dogs aren’t just good-looking, but are also very intelligent and clever and will probably even outsmart you once or twice.
If trained properly through early socialization, the Cockapoo becomes a very obedient and loyal pup that will rarely ever bark or howl. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be naughty and mischievous because these pups love to crazily run around and play all day.
They are absolute power-houses and love to bounce around which is why they excel at ball games.
The Cockapoo’s personality makes it the perfect choice for first-time and novice dog owners who are looking for a loving companion they can snuggle with. However, this very nature of the Cockapoo makes it prone to separation anxiety that can lead to poor and destructive behaviour. So, don’t leave these teddies alone for too long, this behaviour can be taken care of with early training though.
Living with a Cockapoo
Since the Cockapoo is a small dog, it can easily adapt to living in a flat or a house. It loves to play outdoors but knows how to keep itself amused indoors as well.
These Doodles aren’t just sweet to humans but are also friendly with other animals and won’t chase your neighbour’s cat all day. The Cockapoo is a tiny pup and can be easily injured by small children so if you have small children in the house, it is best not to leave them unsupervised with these fur teddies.
If trained properly these fur babes will neither bark excessively nor try to chew away from your furniture.
Care & Grooming
All dogs demand attention, care and love and the Cockapoo isn’t any different either. This dog has very specific grooming needs that should be met regularly if you want a happy and good-looking dog.
Although these dogs have a low to non-shedding coat, they do require the daily brushing of the coat and the occasional haircut by a professional groomer to keep them handsome.
As a responsible dog owner, you should also frequently brush your Cockapoo’s teeth to avoid gum problems and take it out for exercise once a day. Since it is a companion dog it requires extra love, so don’t forget to give it lots of hugs and kisses.
If you are wondering what to feed these Teddies, we have got you covered. Cockapoos have several food allergies which is why it is best to give them dog food recommended for small breeds. You can also give them protein-rich foods like Salmon but in small portions because these pups have very sensitive stomachs.
We would also urge you to not feed these pups more than twice a day to avoid overfeeding and related obesity problems. But don’t forget to go crazy once in a while by giving them extra treats for good behaviour.
As with all hybrids, the Cockapoo is prone to several health complications due to which they only have an average life span of 10 to 11 years.
Like all small dogs, these poor teddies can have slipped stifles which is dislocation of the leg leading to lifelong crippling.
Cockapoos are also sensitive to ear infections as their floppy ears trap dirt and moisture so it is recommended to keep a check on their ears and make sure no foreign objects are stuck inside.
Liver diseases are another leading health concern in these pups so if you do get this Cockapoo don’t forget to frequently consult a vet on its health.
In the UK, you should expect to pay between £800 and £2700 for a Cockapoo puppy from a well-reputed breeder. Several factors determine the price of the Cockapoo puppy such as colour, gender, location, breeder’s reputation, etc.
In the US, a Cockapoo puppy may cost you between $1000 and $3000. The price determination factors are same as the UK.
In Australia, the price of the Cockapoo puppy is between AUD5000 and AUD9000.
One thing to remember here is that these prices may be less or more. But if a breeder is offering a puppy for an unbelievably low price, it may be a puppy mill/puppy farm/puppy factory. If you get a puppy in such a low price, the chances are higher that they puppy may inherit diseases from the parent breeds.
A dog is a man’s best friend and when your friend looks like a bouncing, barking teddy, it is impossible to not be happy. The Cockapoo is a delightful creature that can make excellent additions to families. So, go get your CockerPoodle now!
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