|Other names||Cockerpoo, Spoodle, Cockerdoodle (AU)|
|Foundation stock||Cocker Spaniel and|
|Breed status||Not recognized as a breed by any major kennel club.|
|Dog (domestic dog)|
A Cockapoo is a dog crossbreed bred from a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, most commonly the Miniature Poodle. The Cockapoo was first bred by designer dog breeders in the United States with the aim of producing a healthy companion dog. It is believed hybrid vigor prevents the crossbreed inheriting most of the health defects of both pedigree parent breeds. Cocker Spaniels and Poodles have been deliberately crossed in the United States since the 1960s.
As with most animal crossbreeds, there is a great deal of variability in the Cockapoo's dimensions and appearance. All colors or combinations of colors can be found and the coat can be straight, wavy, or curled. Individual dogs that weigh less than 12 pounds (5.4 kg) are labelled toy Cockapoos, dogs that weigh between 13 and 18 pounds (5.9 and 8.2 kg) miniature Cockapoos and dogs weighing over 19 pounds (8.6 kg) standard Cockapoos.
Media related to Cockapoo at Wikimedia Commons
- Oxford University Press (2019). "Cockapoo". Oxford Dictionary. Lexico.com. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
- Fogle, Bruce (2009). The encyclopedia of the dog. New York: DK Publishing. p. 393. ISBN 978-0-7566-6004-8.
- Morris, Desmond (2001). Dogs:the ultimate guide to over 1,000 dog breeds. North Pomfret, VT: Trafalgar Square Publishing. pp. 559–560. ISBN 1-57076-219-8.
- Gagne, Tammy (2007). Designer dogs. Neptune City, NJ: TFH Publications. pp. 11–12. ISBN 978-0-7938-3791-5.
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