Designer Dogs: Cockapoo


Several types of designer dogs have emerged into the world of family pets. The cockapoo is only one of them. An increased demand for designer dogs has led to a cost that is typically higher than that placed on a purebred. However, the specific characteristics that one can find in a crossbreed places the higher cost in the background.

A cockapoo is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. This breed, the cockapoo, exhibits some of the characteristics of each parent yet does not seem to show signs of the genetic defects that are often found in purebreds. This often leads to a healthier and happier dog.

Why is this? Many of a purebred’s problematic traits have a recessive nature. This means that the trait must exist in both parents in order for it to occur in their puppies. It follows, then, that crossbreeding has a tendency to eliminate many of the undesirable characteristics found in the parents. This is especially so if the crossbreeding involves 50% purebred Cocker Spaniel and 50% purebred Poodle.

The adult cockapoo usually weighs between 6 and 19 pounds depending on the particular type. Teacup toys usually weigh less than 6 pounds, toys usually weigh under12 pounds, miniatures usually weigh between 13 and 18 pounds, and a maxi adult cockapoo usually weighs over 19 pounds.

The cockapoo does not shed much and is therefore considered a perfect dog for someone with pet allergies. He acquires this trait of low shedding from the parent that happens to be a poodle. Grooming needs are moderate. Professional grooming is not required, but can be beneficial.

Typically, Cockapoos are mild mannered and have a sweet disposition, which they probably get from their Cocker Spaniel parent. A very patient and friendly breed, the cockapoo gets along well with children as well as adults. This is a very affectionate breed.

Cockapoos make loyal pets. Additionally, they are intelligent dogs that are easy to train. In fact, cockapoos are very eager to please and this trait makes them even easier to train.

Cockapoos have received recognition from the CCA (Cockapoo Club of America), ACC (American Cockapoo Club), ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club), and NACR (North American Cockapoo Registry).

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