A small dog with a big, goofy personality. That’s the best way to describe Cockapoo puppies. The Cockapoo is not a true breed, but they are probably the first designer dog ever developed. They’ve been around since 1960, and not just a couple of years back.
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But, besides being one of the first designer dogs ever, what else is it that makes the Cockapoo special? How is their personality, are they high maintenance and most importantly are they healthy dogs?
These are all the questions we’re going to answer in this article.
Cockapoo puppies – Everything you need to know
The Cockapoo is a mix between the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. This hybrid is completely people oriented and the best part about them is that they are very intelligent and unbelievably easy to train!
When it comes to their size, it’s actually a bit difficult to say how big they’ll get. Generally speaking, this hybrid comes in four different sizes.
The Cockapoo is bred in four different size categories:
- The Teacup Toy – Less than 6 pounds in weight and less than 10 inches in height
- The Toy Cockapoo – 10 inches in height, weighs under 12 pounds
- The Miniature Cockapoo – weighs 13 to 18 pounds and ranges between 11 and 14 inches high
- The Standard or Maxi Cockapoo – weighs more than 19 pounds and is at least 15 inches in height
Obviously, their size varies and depends on the parent’s size.
But let’s take a closer look at their personality.
As mentioned above, this designer breed is very intelligent and eager to please their humans. This is why they’ll learn any command or trick very fast. They just want to make you happy!
Besides this Cockapoo puppies and grown dogs are very loving and happy! They love spending time with their humans be it on walks or just snuggling on the couch.
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Generally speaking they get along great with anyone, even strangers! They simply have so much happiness and love in them that they desperately want to share it with others!
Just like with any other breed or mix, the Cockapoo needs early socialization. From puppyhood, they need to be exposed to as many different people, animals, situations, sights, sounds, and experiences.
Before getting a certain breed or hybrid dog you should always do your research on their health and what health problems that breed or mix might face.
The Cockapoo is a quite healthy dog, however there are certain health issues you should be aware of.
Some health concerns your Cockapoo might face in their life:
- Patellar Luxation
- Hip Dysplasia
- Liver Disease
- Ear Infections
This is why it’s always important to buy your Cockapoo puppies from a reliable, good breeder. Someone who won’t hide anything from you and will show you health clearances for both your puppy’s parents.
Exercise and care
Cockapoos have a moderate level of energy. However, this does not mean they are couch potatoes. In fact, this hybrid breed needs around half an hour of exercise daily. This means walks, play sessions and also mental exercise.
Whatever it is, just make sure to incorporate exercise into their daily routine. This is also important to keep their weight under control.
Now, this breed is also quite low maintenance. Unlike many other breeds, the Cockapoo doesn’t have a double coat. Cockapoo puppies actually have a single, long coat that can range from straight to loose curls or waves. Their coat should definitely be brushed every day so it doesn’t get matted.
Breeders like to claim that Cockapoos don’t shed. Well, this is not quite true. There are no “nonshedding” dogs. However, the Cockapoo does shed less than some other dogs. Because of all the beneficial oils they have in their coats, the Cockapoo should only be bathed when really necessary.
Brushing teeth and trimming nails is of course a must too!