Cockapoo

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Cockapoo
Cockerpoo.jpg
The appearance of Cockapoos may vary
Breeds Cocker Spaniel, Poodle
Other names Cockerpoo, Spoodle, Cockerdoodle (AU)

A Cockapoo is a designer dog. It is the cross of an American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel and a poodle (in most cases a miniature poodle or toy poodle).

History[edit]

A Cockapoo can be the result of mating either the American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle. They have been known in the United States since the 1950s.[1]

Purebred breed associations such as The Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club, or the Canadian Kennel Club, do not recognize the Cockapoo.

Due to their fashionable status, Cockapoos are one of the mixed breed dogs most susceptible to be bred by puppy farms or unscrupulous amateur breeders looking to maximize profit. Potential owners should carefully research where they are purchasing their puppy from in order not to support this industry.[2][3]

A healthy 12-week-old cockapoo.

Health[edit]

Overall Cockapoos are usually healthy and happy dogs.[citation needed] Mixed breed dogs are affected by genetic diseases equally as much as pedigree dogs. Together with other "designer breeds" like Labradoodles, PRA is present in Cockapoos.[4][5]

As with a lot of smaller dogs they tend to be quite long-lived, and it's not unusual for cockapoos to live to 15 years or more.[6]

However, both purebred poodles and cocker spaniels can suffer from luxating patellas (loose knees), and this can be passed on to their offspring. For this reason, an OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) exam is recommended to check for this problem before dogs are bred.

Purebred poodles and cocker spaniels can also suffer from a number of eye disorders, including progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). A CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) exam and DNA test for PRA should therefore be performed before breeding.[7]

Like many floppy-eared breeds, Cockapoos can be subject to ear infections, and it's important to keep their ears clean and dry.

Characteristics[edit]

Cockapoos have become popular because they generally combine the outgoing, loving personality of the Cocker spaniel with the low-shedding, low-dander qualities of the Poodle.[8] Cockapoos are active, and thrive when they receive regular exercise. Cockapoos can be very agile, excelling at "retrieve" games and enjoying activities such as swimming.[9] Cockapoos are frequently very needy dogs and as such are not suitable to be left alone for long periods as they frequently suffer from separation distress or anxiety.[10]

The Cockapoo is a cross-breed, not a purebred, and does not "breed true." In breeders' terms, "breeding true" means that the pups will have consistently predictable characteristics. Cockapoos, however, may inherit the characteristics of either or both their parent breeds. While some Cockapoos appear more similar to Cocker Spaniels, others will exhibit more Poodle traits, creating a variation in Cockapoo appearance and temperament.

A white cockapoo with brown markings

Cockapoos also vary in color.[11] They may be:

  • Black
  • Tan, beige, or buff
  • Red, including auburn and apricot colors
  • Brown, varying from light to dark
  • Sable, a brown color with tipping and shading in black
  • Cream
  • White
  • Silver
  • Brindle
  • Roan

Cockapoos can be one solid color or can have complex markings. They can be white with patches of any color. They can also have spots or freckles of color, called ticking.

Cockapoos are often active and agile.

Cockapoos may also have a merle coat, where random portions are diluted to create a mottled appearance.[12]

The coat of the Cockapoo will vary from dog to dog. Most will have a coat somewhere between the a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. However, some will have a coat more similar to the sleeker coat of the Cocker Spaniel, while others may have a curlier coat like a Poodle. Although their coat is usually low shedding it is fast growing and requires frequent grooming in order to prevent matting as the long, wavy coat will retain dirt and debris.

Cockapoo size and weight are a function of what type of dogs the parents were. Breeders usually use a toy or miniature poodle as the poodle parent. The following table describes the weights,[13][14] and heights[15][16] of toy poodles, miniature poodles, cocker spaniels and cockapoos, using AKC standards and other information.

Breed Average Height Average Weight
Toy Poodle 10 inches (25 cm) or less 7 to 10 pounds (3.2 to 4.5 kg)
Miniature Poodle 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 cm) 15 to 17 pounds (6.8 to 7.7 kg)
Cocker Spaniel 14 to 17 inches (36 to 43 cm) 25 to 34 pounds (11 to 15 kg)
Cockapoo 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 cm) 12 to 24 pounds (5.4 to 10.9 kg)

There are currently three Cockapoo clubs in America that are working towards developing the Cockapoo by breeding successive generations, and establishing it as a recognized breed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hot Dogs!. Barron's. 2007. pp. 36–45. ISBN 0-7641-3512-0. 
  2. ^ http://www.cockapooclubgb.co.uk/where-to-search.html
  3. ^ http://www.puppylovecampaigns.org/sellers.shtml
  4. ^ Bell, Jerold S. "Pure Breeds, Mixes, and Designer Breeds". National Animal Interest Alliance. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kennel Club welcomes study looking at health of all dogs". The Kennel Club. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cockapoo Information: About the Cockapoo Breed". American Cockapoo Club. 2008. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Choosing a Breeder for Designer Dogs". Dog Fancy. 2006-01-11. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  8. ^ "Characteristics of the Cockapoo". Cockapoo Club of America. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  9. ^ How To Swim With Your Cockapoo | Cockapoo Crazy | All About Cockapoos
  10. ^ Home Alone - Cockapoo Owners Club UK
  11. ^ "Cockapoo Coat Colors". Cockapoo Club of GB. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  12. ^ "Cocker Spaniels With Merle Coat Pattern". Zim Family Cocker Spaniels. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  13. ^ "The Poodle". Pet Guardian Angels of America. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  14. ^ "The Cocker Spaniel". Pet Guardian Angels of America. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  15. ^ "Poodle Breed Standard". American Kennel Club. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  16. ^ "Cocker Spaniel Breed Standard". American Kennel Club. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 

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