Description: The Cockapoo is a hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Cocker Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders. The Cockapoo has a personality that is very sweet in nature. They are known for being very loyal, affectionate, friendly, clean, healthy and long lived dogs.
Other Names: Cockerpoo, Cock-a-Poo
Height: Males and Females are between 9-13 inches
Weight: Males and Females are 12-18 pounds, Teacup Toy, under 6 pounds, Toy, under 12 pounds, Miniature/Mini, 13-18 pounds, Maxi, over 19 pounds.
Colors: Golden blonde or black are the most common, the color of the coat really depends on the parents.
Coat: Cockapoos are prone to low shedding.
Temperament: Very active, intelligent, loyal and affectionate. Also very eager to please.
With Children: Good, ideal dog for children.
With Pets: Good, they get along well with other dogs and other pets.
Special Skills: Intent observer.
Guard-dog: Very Low
Care and Exercise: Exercise is moderate, daily walks are recommended. Grooming is high, regular brushing is very important.
Training: Easy to train.
Learning Rate: High obedience and problem solving skills.
Activity: Indoor and outdoor activity is moderate.
Living Environment: Very adaptable to any environment. Ideal for apartments because of their small size.
Health Issues: Very low incidences for skin and hip problems, usually very healthy dogs.
Life Span: 14-18 years, some may live up to 22 years.
Litter Size: 4 - 6
Country of Origin: America
History: Originated in the U.S. in the 1960’s. It’s a cross between the American Cocker Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle.
First Registered by the AKC: Not registered by the AKC