The Cockapoo is a mix of a Cocker Spaniel, usually English Working or Show but can also be American, and a Poodle, usually Miniature or Toy. The breed has been around since the late 1950s although it is not recognised by the Kennel Club. These dogs were the first of poodle crosses which now includes Goldendoodles, Cavipoos, Yorkiepoos and many more. It is widely believed that all Cockapoos are hypoallergenic but this is not strictly true so do your own research in this regard as you may be allergic to a dog’s skin or even saliva. Even the fur cannot be guaranteed not to cause allergies although the Cockapoo will usually have a low shedding coat.
They have a wonderful temperament, are relatively easy to train and make great family pets but don’t forget that Spaniels and Poodles are both working breeds so these dogs need lots of mental stimulation and exercise to stay balanced and happy. They thrive on human company and can form strong bonds with an individual and therefore can be prone to separation anxiety if this is not managed from a young age.
Whilst they are undeniably cute, this does come with several lifestyle considerations. As an active dog they will get very mucky and will require daily coat maintenance and brushing and regular trips to the groomer.
Life Span: 10 – 15 years
Colour: Black, White, Chocolate, Cream, Tan, Apricot, Golden, Brown
Size: Medium, 8 – 12 Kgs
Coat Length: Medium
Grooming: Regular brushing is a must and professional grooming recommended
Exercise: 2 x 45 minute off lead walks as a minimum
Temperament: Loyal, playful, and gentle. Energetic and eager to learn but need physical and mental stimulation.