Why The Cockapoo?

History

The Cockapoo (sometimes called Cockerpoo) is a purposeful cross-bred dog. It was bred for the first time in the United States, by crossing a Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle (in most cases the miniature or toy poodle.

The first breeding may have been accidental, but the happy result was a litter of puppies that were intelligent, almost odourless, had the low-shedding coat of the Poodle and easygoing and loving nature of the Cocker Spaniel. These puppies were well received, and the Cockapoo was born.

The mix could be from three types of Cocker Spaniel; Show Style, Working & American; and two types of Poodle; Miniature & Toy; therefore the size, look, coat and colours can vary substantially.

The coat varies and can be as straight as that of a Cocker Spaniel to as curly as a Poodle, generally you will see two types of coat.

Wool-These coats are easily identified due to the tighter curls ( see Chip in the Gallery )

Fleece- This coat can be seen as wavy and can vary from very soft & silky to medium curl. It is the more likely coat as it’s a fair mix of both Cocker Spaniel and Poodle


NB –1st,  2nd & 3rd Generation puppies can all revert to type in their phenotype ( what they look like ) in other words can look just like a Poodle or just like a Cocker Spaniel. Its just the way that genes work

Characteristics

Cockapoos have become popular because they generally combine the outgoing, loving personality of the cocker spaniel with the low-shedding, low-dander qualities of the poodle, resulting in a loving, intelligent, very energetic and agile dog that sheds very little.  The poodle parent also contributes intelligence and a tendency to be very active. Cockapoos may jump on furniture or balance on the arms of chairs. They thrive when they can exercise regularly with a human who will walk them and play with them.

Cockapoos are very people oriented and affectionate. Most Cockapoos are easy to train and they work well as a children's dog. Overall, they are clever, mischievous dogs and resilient problem solvers.