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A cockapoo is a mixed breed dog cross between an American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel and a poodle. Also known as the Cockapoodle, Cockerpoo, or Cock-a-Poo. The cockapoo cross bread was developed as early as the 1940s! This breed is wildly popular in America.
Most cockapoo breeders want to make the cockapoo a purebred dog and use multigeneration crossing. The North American Cockapoo Registry is also working to establish the Cockapoo as a viable dog breed. A cockapoo is an adorable small dog with a big personality. These dogs are very affectionate and love to play all day. When it gets to be nap time you will find them right on your lap which is their preferred place to lay!
The cockapoo is bred in four different size groups.
Teacup toy: the teacup toy is less than six pounds in weight and they are also less than 10 inches in height
The toy cockapoo: this group weights around 12 pounds and less. Reaching about 10 inches in height.
The miniature cockapoo: this group weights between 13 to 18 pounds and they range between 11 to 14 inches tall.
The standard cockapoo: this group should weight right around or more than 19 pounds. They should also be at least 15 inches tall.
Cataracts: the dog’s eye will become cloudy and will the dog poor vision. This usually occurs in old age and it can be removed to improve the dog’s vision.
Patellar Luxation: the patellar is the knee cap and luxation means dislocation. Patellar luxation is when the knee joint slide out of its place causing the dog pain. The dogs may live normal lives with this condition without you knowing.
Hip Dysplasia: this is an inherited condition where the thighbone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip bone. This can cause bad arthritis on the dog if not taken care of.
Allergies: allergies are very common in all dog breeds. There are three types of allergies food, contact, and inhalant allergies. Treatments vary according to cause and may need dietary restrictions, medications, and environmental changes.
Ear Infections: this can become more frequent with a cockapoo because of their floppy ears that can trap more moisture, dirt, and debris. Ask your vet home to keep your dog’s ear clean.
Liver Disease: this is really all about genes because cocker spaniels are more prone to getting this just ask your breeder about the liver history of the parents.
A cockapoo has a great friendly temperament. A cockapoo does very well with young kids but usually does the best with older children. A cockapoo does very well with other dogs too. This is a very lovable dog who will keep you smiling all day long!
Cockapoos have a single long coat that can either be straight or lose curls. All cockapoos can come in different colors and color combinations. Most people like to keep their cockapoos groomed and haircut and the hair around the eyes should be trimmed so they can have better visibility. Their coats should be brushed daily. You should clean your cockapoos ears weekly to prevent ear infections. You should also trim your dog’s nails one or twice a month to prevent tears.
Most cockapoos have a moderate level of energy. They enjoy a good walk every day to help keep them from getting over weight. The best type of exercise for these dogs is a good play session outside in the backyard. They will need around 15 minutes of exercise a day!
Cockapoo Living Conditions:
The cockapoo is an extremely adaptable dog breed. They can live in apartments but they should never live outside in kennels. They are bred to be campaign dogs so if they are living inside they can suffer from separation anxiety when left for long periods of time.
Crate training is helpful because it will benefit the dog and you. This is a place where your dog can retreat for a nap. It is also a way for you to feel comfortable with them not making accidents in your house. Make sure you don’t keep your cockapoo in there all day. It isn’t supposed to be jail; just a place for your dogs to just spend a few hours. This breed of dog is meant to be around people not locked up in a crate or kennel all day.
The recommended daily amount of dog food this breed should have is ¼ to ¾ high quality dry food. How much your dog eats all depends on their weight, size, age, and build. Just like people they don’t all need the same amount of food. The quality of your dog food also makes a big difference. The better the food the more nourishment it will give your dog. Remember to feed your dog twice a day and give them plenty of water.