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A Cockapoo or Cockerpoo is a hybrid, created by crossing a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, in most cases the Miniature Poodle. Also by breeding cockapoo to cockapoo of like generations. Breeders usually try to retain the small build of the spaniel, while retaining the wavy quality of the Poodle’s coat. See more pictures of cockapoos.
The cockapoo has a sturdy, squarely built appearance. The length from the body measured from the breastbone to the rump is approximately the same to slightly longer than the height from the highest point of the shoulder to the ground. The cockapoo has a long coat and is fairly curly. Somewhere between a cocker and a poodle, not too tight, not too loose. Cockapoo coats require a lot of grooming and must be brushed at least 2-3 times a week.
Size can be influenced by either parent’s recent background. Adult individuals 10″ at the shoulder or less are toy size. Dogs 11″-14″ at the shoulder are considered mini size, and those 15″ at the shoulder and over are standard size. Cockapoo size is judged by their height, not their weight. Two dogs who are the same size can vary considerably in weight depending both on their overall build and whether one is fat or thin.
Weights of individuals will depend on the factors explained above. To give a general idea of weight, a toy would ideally weigh under 12 pounds, a Mini 13-20 pounds and a Standard 21 pounds and up.
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The cockapoo is a very people oriented, outgoing, and happy dog. The clown like personality appeals to young and old alike. The cockapoo has a keen intelligence any adult can appreciate coupled with a forgiving nature that makes it unparalleled as a children’s dog. They are as much at home in an apartment as they are on the biggest farm. They are extremely easy to train to just about any situation, but are people dogs and should not be left alone all day on a consistent basis.
Cockapoos tend to have a lot less genetic problems than their parent breeds. This is due to what is called hybrid vigor (the increase in growth, intelligence, yield, or other characters in hybrids over those of the parents).
It is important to keep the ears clean due to the fact that they can be prone to ear infections. This is because of the long ears and is a problem in long eared dogs, especially cocker spaniels. Plucking the hair from inside the ear also helps.
The fact remains that the parent breeds do have some health issues and that it is important when breeding these dogs to use the healthiest dogs, and dogs that are good specimens of their breed. So testing is very important to make sure they are free from genetic problems, Eyes, hips, knees etc.
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The Cockapoo has been popular in the United States since at least the 1950s. It has become so common that many, if not most, Cockapoos on the market today are the result of breeding male and female Cockapoos rather than of a direct cross between the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle.
The Cockapoo is still under development. Strictly speaking, the Cockapoo cannot yet be described as a dog breed because it does not ‘breed true’. In breeders’ terms, ‘breeding true’ means that, when two specimens of the same breed are mated, the puppies have consistently predictable characteristics and will resemble their parents, rather than exhibiting random characteristics of the dog breeds in their parents’ ancestries. Further, the breed standards of breeds-under-development are invariably freer, more open to interpretation and cover more observable types than those of established or kennel club recognized breeds.