Designer Dogs 101: Cockapoo – First Designer Dog Cocker Spaniel Poodle Mix – Animal Facts

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An adorable small dog with the personality of a clown, the Cockapoo is the first of the “designer dogs”, dating back to the 1960s. Completely people-oriented, the Cockapoo is intelligent enough to train easily, hardly sheds, and is so affectionate that you’ll never feel alone. He’s happy running around an agility course, showing off his tricks to company, being petted as a therapy dog, or just hanging out on your lap, which is his, by the way. Hi, welcome to Animal Facts. Here are 10 fun facts about the utterly adorable, trail-blazer among hybrid dogs, the Cockapoo,

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Cockapoo10. Also known as the Cockapoodle [rooster crowing], Cockerpoo, Cock-a-Poo, or Spoodle, he is a cross between either an American or English Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. These charming dogs first appeared on the scene in the 1950’s when it is thought that breeders in the States decided to create a low-shedding dog. However, some people think they came about by pure accident. Today, the Cockapoo remains one of the most popular “designer dogs” around, thanks to his charming looks and his kind, loyal and affectionate natures.

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9. Because Cockapoos are a cross-breed, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes with some dogs leaning towards the Cocker Spaniel whereas 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.

8. Playful and affectionate, the Cockapoo makes a great family companion. He is sturdy enough to play fetch and ball with the kids and cuddly enough to curl up on your lap for a warm and rejuvenating nap. The Cockapoo bonds quickly with his family and believes that his people should be with him all of the time.

Cockapoo7. The Cockapoo is an exceptionally intelligent dog. He is easy to train because he has a strong desire to please his people. New owners are always shocked to see how quickly this crossbreed learns and responds to commands. Many enthusiasts report that by the age of six months, Cockapoos can sit, stand, stay, come, heel and sit up on command! This is a bright mixed breed, coming from pairing two of the brightest parents on the planet.

6. Cockapoos are active dogs and love to play and romp. A brisk walk through the neighborhood is a good thing for this hybrid dog but he also needs to run. A fenced and secure play area is necessary for him to stretch out and play hard. For those who don’t have yards, dog parks are a great place for the Cockapoo to exercise and they also excel in agility and obedience training.

5. The American Kennel Club does not recognize the Cockapoo as a breed at this time. The American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, North American Cockapoo Registry, Cockapoo Club of America, American Cockapoo Club, Cockapoo Club of Great Britain, International Designer Canine Registry and the Designer Breed Registry do recognize the Cockapoo as a viable breed.

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4. Since the cockapoo sheds infrequently, caring for his coat typically involves weekly grooming. Little vacuuming is required, creating the ideal situation for someone who doesn’t have the time to vacuum every few days.

3. Depending on the type, an adult cockapoo can weigh anywhere between six and nineteen pounds. Cockapoo types include maxi, miniatures, toys, and teacups. Maxi cockapoos are the largest ones, and they weigh in at nineteen pounds. Miniature cockapoos typically weigh between thirteen and eighteen pounds, while toy cockapoos weigh between seven and twelve pounds. Teacup toys are the smallest type of cockapoos, and they are less than six pounds at adulthood.

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Cockapoo2. The cockapoo is often healthier than either a poodle or a cocker spaniel simply because it does not have many of the genetic defects typically found in either breed. Since the animal is healthier, it is often happier as well. He is, however, predisposed to ear infections, simply because of his coated drop ears. He is also prone liver disease, cataracts, and kneecap dislocation.

1. You’ll have a long-lived companion in a Cockapoo. The average life expectancy of a Cockapoo is between 14 and 18 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate high-quality diet to suit his age.

Well, there ya have it, 10 cock-a-doodle cool facts about the charming, canine companion, the Cockapoo. We love hearing about your pets, so let us know about your Cockapoo in the comments below. Before ya go, take a moment to like and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. We publish at least twice a week, so hit that notification button to not miss a single fact. And as always, catch ya next time.

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