Is it a Teddy? Or is it a poodle? Well, it looks like you are looking for a Cockapoo, Cockerpoo, or a 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. So, if you are still wondering what we are talking about then keep reading.
Cockapoo isn’t a pure breed, in fact, these designer dogs are 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. We just know that someone in the 1950s or 1960s decided to mate the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, and Voila the Cockapoo was born.
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 the 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 us look at some of the most distinct Cockapoo features below.
- Their coats can be straight or curled and are found in almost all colors, from cream to brindle
- They can be one solid color or have beautiful multi-colored markings
- Cockapoos have cute floppy ears concealed under their long coats
- These fur babies come in four sizes, the teacup toy size, Toy Cockapoo, Miniature Cockapoo, and Maxi Cockapoo
- Their bodies are sturdy and square-shaped with a high set swishy tail
- The Cockapoos has big brown eyes that are simply adorable
- They have a deep and wide chest and tiny legs with sharp claws
- These pups also have a very handsome mustache
- The teacup poo can be as tall as 10 inches whereas the Maxi poo can be 15 inches tall.
- They weigh around 6 to 19 pounds depending on size
These pups are charming, people-oriented, and easy to train. Cockapoos are also very affectionate that is why they are jokingly called the Velcro dog-as they stick to their owners. They love to cuddle, play, and be the house clown.
You will be surprised how comical these dogs are with their poo poses and bright smiles. However, these poo aren’t just good looking they 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.
These poos our absolute power-houses and love to bounce around which is why they excel at ball games.
The Cockapoos personality makes it the perfect choice for first-time dog owners who are looking for a loving companion they can snuggle with. However, this very nature of the poo makes it prone to separation anxiety that can lead to poor behavior. So, don’t leave these teddies alone for too long.
Living with a Cockapoo
Since the Cockapoo is a small dog, it can easily adapt to living in a flat or a house. They love to play outdoors but know how to keep themselves amused indoors as well.
These Doodles aren’t just sweet to humans but are also friendly with other animals and won’t chase your neighbor’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.
All dogs demand attention, care, and love and so the Cockapoo isn’t any different either. These pups have very specific grooming needs that should be met regularly if you want a happy and good-looking dog. Although these dogs are non-shedding they do require the daily brushing of the coat and the occasional hair cut to keep them handsome.
As an owner, you should also frequently brush your Cockapoo’s teeth to avoid gum problems and take them out for exercise once a day. Since these pups are companion dogs they require extra love, so don’t forget to give them 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 a while by giving them extra treats for good behavior.
As with all hybrids, the Cockapoo is prone to several health complications due to which they only an average life span of 10 to 11 years.
Like all smalls dogs, these poor teddies can have slipped stifles which is dislocation of the leg leading to life long 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.
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. Cockapoo is a delightful creature that can make excellent additions to families. So, go get your poodle now!