Characteristics of Cockapoos
Cockapoos are a hybrid dog breed resulting from a cross between Cocker Spaniels and Poodles, dating back to the 1960's. They have the affection of a Cocker Spaniel and the intelligence and low or non-shedding coat from the Poodle. They come in a variety of coats, colors and sizes. Cockapoos are known for their merry dispositions and are sweet, trusting, and playful. They are very human-centric and eager to please, which makes them very loyal and loving family companions. They are great for families with children, as well as seniors. They love to be held and get along well with other animals. They are always up for an adventure. They enjoy walks and are capable of surprising speed and endurance. They’re happy running around an agility course, showing off their tricks to company, being petted as a therapy dog, or just hanging out on your lap. Your lap is theirs, by the way! They do well in either a country environment or in an apartment, as long as they are given lots of attention. Owning a Cockapoo is a wondrous joy and they enrich our lives in so many ways, but they are not the right type of dog for everyone. It is worth going through the following list and making an honest decision as to whether owning a Cockapoo is right for your current lifestyle and circumstances and is the right type of dog for you.
- Cockapoos usually have a long lifespan of approximately 14-18 years of age. Are you really prepared for such a long term commitment?
- Cockapoos require a regular grooming regime to keep their coats matt free. Their coats require regular brushing and combing and they need to be cut approximately every 8 weeks. A groomer will charge approximately $45-$75+ each time. If you don't keep up with the grooming their coats matt very easily, which then requires going to a groomer, and having their coat cut very short to remove the matts.
- Cockapoos are a low-shedding (usually non-shedding), low-dander breed and can be a good choice for people who suffer with allergies. However, it is misleading for breeders to describe them as being totally hypoallergenic, as people can have allergic reactions to the dogs skin, saliva and dander and not just the fur.
- Cockapoos are not meant to live outside.
- Since they are so people oriented they don't like to be left alone for long periods of time.