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Cockapoo

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Cockapoo puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Cockapoo please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Cockapoo puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Cockapoo puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Cockapoo breed is also commonly known by the names Cocker Spaniel X Poodle, Cockerpoo, Spoodle, Cockerdoodle.

Lifespan: 12 – 18 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Not Pedigree – Hybrid Dog Breed

Height
Males 25 – 38 cm
Females 25 – 38 cm

Weight
Males 5 – 10 kg
Females 5 – 10 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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Small (4/10)

Exercise

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high (8/10)

Training

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very easy (8/10)

Shedding

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Average (5/10)

Grooming

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very high (10/10)

Children

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very good (10/10)

Health

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average (6/10)

Cost to Keep

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Average (6/10)

Being Alone

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short periods (3/10)

Intelligence

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above average (8/10)

Introduction

Cockapoos were developed by crossing Cocker Spaniels with Poodles and were first bred in the United States during the fifties. They are one of the oldest hybrid dog breeds or “designer” dogs around and since they first appeared on the scene, Cockapoos have found a massive fan base. Cockapoos are loyal, energetic, affectionate and fun-loving dogs that make wonderful family pets and companions.

Cockapoos arrived on British shores around 10 or so years ago and as their popularity grew, the term “designer dog” became less associated with them. Today, there are F1, F1b, F2 and more Cockapoos being bred and all can be registered with the Cockapoo Club of Great Britain, although for the moment these charming dogs are not recognised by the Kennel Club (July 2107).

History

They were first introduced into the UK approximately 10 years ago and were an immediate hit with people all over the country thanks to their charming looks and kind, loyal natures.

The first mating of a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle produced an F1 Cockapoo which is still thought of as being the better and therefore more stable crossing of the two breeds. F1 Cockapoos tend to be a little taller than their parent breeds when they reach maturity. Many local breed clubs have been set up all over the world.

With this in mind it’s really important for potential owners to contact responsible breeders, such as Little Rascals, who routinely have all their stud dogs checked for problems which is the only way of reducing the risk of puppies developing any of the conditions. It is, however, worth noting that no matter how carefully bred a Cockapoo happens to be, there is never any guarantee how they will develop.

It’s also essential that any inbreeding is avoided which in short means checking the lineage of stud dogs before mating them together which is more likely to happen with Cockapoos that are bred together further down the line.

Appearance

Because Cockapoos are a cross-breed, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes with some dogs leaning towards the Cocker Spaniel while other inherit more Poodle traits whether it’s their physical traits or their temperaments. Some dogs may have the curly coat of a Poodle and others could have much straighter and longer hair because they inherited more of a Spaniel’s coat, so it really does depend on the luck of the draw as to how a puppy Cockapoo turns out.

They are small to medium sized dogs with most responsible breeders now using Toy Poodles to cross with either American or English Cocker Spaniels to reduce the chances of puppies inheriting any of the many disorders. Although most dogs are small in stature, this is not to say that some Cockapoos are larger than others because it really does depend on their parents as to what size they take after.

All variations of these charming dogs are always called Cockapoos, but because F1, F2, F3 etc crossings take place, the size of a dog, their shape and appearance as well as their temperament and intelligence can vary tremendously from dog to dog. It is also worth noting that their shedding rate and whether a dog has a hypo-allergenic coat can also vary a lot, bearing in mind that all Cockapoos shed dander which can also trigger an allergic reaction in people.

The Cocker Spaniel in Cockapoos

How a Cockapoo turns out is very dependent on which type of Cocker Spaniel is used in a breeding programme, namely the English Cocker Spaniel, the English Working Cocker Spaniel or the American Cocker Spaniel because all three are quite different in looks as well as natures. 

The Poodle in Cockapoos

Poodles come in diverse sizes which range from very small Toy Poodles to large Standard Poodles. However, the only two that are used to breed Cockapoos are the Toy and the Miniature Poodle. As a rule of thumb, Cockapoos with Toy Poodles as one of their parents can be a little lighter framed and smaller than those that have Miniature Poodles as a parent.

Colours

When it come to their coat, Cockapoos can inherit many different coat types and textures. The length of a dog’s coat depends on their lineage and parent breeds too. They can be a variety of colours, but the most commonly seen in these charming dogs tends to be as follows: Red, Blonde and all shades of Blonde, Chocolate and all shades of Chocolate, Black with spots referred to as Tuxedo, Black and all shades of Black, Tan, Beige or Buff, Brown – can vary from light to dark, Sable – with tipping and shading in Black, Cream, White, Silver, Brindle, Roan, Merle – Blue, Brown, shades can be mixed with Cream or White, Beige with Brown and Grey markings.

Temperament

Cockapoos are highly adaptable dogs and they are extremely affectionate and loyal to their families by nature. They are also highly intelligent, having inherited this from both their parent breeds. Poodles are among the smartest dogs on the planet and Cockers boast being very clever too although both the Poodle and the Cocker can be a little too clever for their own good, a trait that Cockapoos certainly know how to use to their advantage.

They are renowned for being happy, fun-loving characters that are a pleasure to have around. Cockapoos love playing interactive games and are known to be fast on their feet and very agile. Much like their parent breeds, a tired Cockapoo is a well-behaved, obedient dog and the best way to tire one of these charming, intelligent dogs out, is to give them a ton of exercise that includes lots of interactive playtime. 

Are they an appropriate choice for first time owners?

Cockapoos are a very good choice for first time dog owners thanks to their sweet, kind, amenable and loyal natures. They are easily trained because Cockapoos are intelligent dogs and they love the one to one contact they are given during a training session. They are one of the most amenable dogs around and like nothing more than to please which is just one of their most endearing traits.

What about excessive barking?

Being so intelligent, a trait Cockapoos inherit from both their parent breeds, these charming dogs can be taught not to bark excessively or for no reason, but this needs to be done when a Cockapoo is young and should be part of the limits and boundaries their owners set for them.

Do Cockapoos like water?

Most Cockapoos like being around water and are strong swimmers, but care should always be taken when a puppy first starts showing signs of wanting to be in water. It also pays to be extra careful when walking a Cockapoo anywhere near more dangerous water courses just in case they decide to leap in.

Intelligence / Trainability

Cockapoos are known to be very smart with both their parent breeds being high on the list of intelligent dogs. They also love to please and as such they are highly trainable. In the right hands, these charming dogs can learn new things extremely quickly. They are quite sensitive by nature and therefore do not answer well to any sort of harsh correction, nor do Cockapoos respond well to heavy handed training methods. 

The key to successfully training a Cockapoo is to start their education from day one and to establish ground rules and boundaries so that young dogs understand what is expected of them. The first commands a Cockapoo puppy should be taught are as follows: Sit, Stay, Come, Leave, Wait, Quiet and Bed.

Children and Other Pets

Cockapoos are known to be very good around children which is why they make such wonderful family pets and why they have been a popular choice with people. However, any interaction between dogs and younger children should always be supervised by an adult to make sure playtime does not get too boisterous which could end up with someone getting hurt.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Cockapoo is between 12 and 18 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

What about vaccinations?

Cockapoo puppies must have their first vaccination prior to being sold. After this, they need to be vaccinated again following the guidelines: 10 -12 weeks old, bearing in mind that a puppy would not have full protection straight away, but would be fully protected 2 weeks after they have had their second vaccination.

Some Cockapoos can suffer from skin allergies and it’s important to identify the triggers as early as possible. Allergies are notoriously hard to clear up once they flare up and it takes time and patience to establish what sets them off. The most commonly seen allergies in Cockapoos are: Atopy, Contact Dermatitis, Food Allergies.

Caring for a Cockapoo

As with any other breed, Cockapoos need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

However, for the first few days after arriving in a new home, a Cockapoo puppy may seem a little reserved which is understandable because everything is so new to them and they have just left their mothers and their litter mates.

Making sure there is always going to be someone around when a puppy first arrives home is essential because it would not be fair if they found themselves alone in a strange environment. It takes a while for a puppy to settle in and it’s best they have company.

Your puppy would have been wormed by us, which is information that will be included in their paperwork along with details of microchipping, but it is important for them to be wormed again when the time is right once they arrive in their new home. 

Puppies play hard, but they also need to nap a lot throughout the day, so it’s important to set up a quiet corner that’s not too out of the way for their crates or dog beds. Like other puppies, Cockapoos can sleep for up to 12 hours in any 24-hour period and it’s important for them to “recharge” their batteries so they can develop and grow as they should.

Grooming

Cockapoo’s can have many different types of coat with some dogs having a more Poodle-like coat whereas others might boast having sleeker coats much like their Cocker Spaniel parent breed. They are considered low-shedding dogs, especially if they boast having more of a Poodle coat, but this does not mean they don’t need to be regularly brushed because their hair tends to grow quite quickly. The only way to prevent tangles and matts from forming is to brush a Cockapoo on a regular basis especially if their coats are on the long side.

No matter what type of coat a Cockapoo may have inherited, they still need to be professionally groomed, trimmed or clipped several times a year. It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary.

Exercise

Cockapoos are energetic dogs and they are smart which in short means they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well-rounded and obedient dogs. They love being kept busy and enjoy nothing more than taking part in all sorts of exercise.

They need to be given anything from 40 to 60 minutes exercise a day. A shorter walk in the morning would be fine, but a longer more interesting one in the afternoon is necessary. These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden as often as possible so they can really let off steam. 

With this said, Cockapoo puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing and too much pressure on them could result in causing a dog a few problems later in their lives. They should not be allowed to jump up or off furniture nor should they be allowed to run up and down the stairs for this very reason.

Feeding guide for Cockapoo puppies

We would always make sure we give potential owners information on what we have been feeding the puppies and it’s best to stick to the same routine because as previously mentioned, it helps avoid any digestive upsets. The feeding schedule should include the following information:

The type of food they have been feeding the puppy and how many times they are fed every day. It is very important to stick the schedule for the first week or so, but a puppy’s diet can be changed once they are settled into their new homes providing it is done gradually and carefully over a period of 4 weeks making sure that puppy does not experience any digestive upset.

Average cost to keep/care for a Cockapoo

If you are looking to buy a Cockapoo, you would need to pay anything from £600 to over £1500 for a well-bred puppy. The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Cockapoo in England would be £18 a month for basic cover or a lifetime policy which would cost you £42 a month (quote as of March 2016). When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK and a dog’s age and whether they have been neutered or spayed.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry, to feed your dog throughout their lives making sure it suits the different stages of their lives, we recommend Royal Canin.  This would set you back between £40 – £50 a month. You will need to factor in veterinary costs this includes their initial vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying your dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Cockapoo would be between £90 to £100 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

Breed Specific Buying Advice

When visiting and buying any puppy or dog, there are many important things to consider and questions to ask of the breeder/seller. Make sure you see the puppy with its mother and litter mates and to verify that the puppy has been wormed and microchipped.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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