04 Jun Cockapoo – The Designer Dog, Why Hybrids Are Now So Popular
Cockapoo Dog Breed
Information and facts about hybrid dogs
The Cockapoo also known as a designer dog is becoming one of the most popular breeds in the UK, these hybrid dogs are a mix of two purebreds to create the breed, the cavapoo is a mix of a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. They have actually been around since the fifties when they were first bred in America making them one of the oldest hybrid dogs around.
The Cockapoo is a very friendly, loyal dog, that’s mischievous bold and makes a lovely family pet, The Cockapoo has only been in the Uk for about the last 10 years, they can be registered with the Cockapoo club of great Britain but currently are not recognised by Kennel Club.
Fun Facts about the Cockapoo
- They’ve been around since the ’50s
- One of the oldest hybrid dogs
- They don’t smell
- They are classed as a hypoallergenic breed
These charming little dogs come in all shapes and sizes, this is due to the fact they are mixed between a cocker spaniel and a Poodle. Some can look more like a Cocker and have the traits of this breed whereas some can look completely different and have more traits and looks from the poodle. the same applies when it comes to their coats, they can come I’m many different lengths and textures such as curly, straight, or wavy. Each puppy can be completely different one another with none of them looking or acting the same, it’s completely luck of the draw when mixing breeds.
The Cockapoo is a small to medium size dog, originally they were a lot smaller, this was because they were using toy poodles to create teacup size dogs, however, more responsible breeders have now opted to use miniature poodles now as this prevents health problems.
When breeding there is F1, F2, F3, f$ as well as F1b and f2b, F1 is the preferred for litters as this is a cocker spaniel x with a poodle, F2 is when 2 cockapoos are mated and produce f2 puppies and so on down the line.
Cockapoos have a kind and loving face which makes them approachable, they are big bundles of fluff which are energetic, playful, and known for looking similar to a teddy bear.
Age and Size
The average life expectancy of a cockapoo is 12-15 years, by feeding them a quality dog food, as well as supplements and probiotics from an early age, will give your puppy the best start in life. By giving your dog regular exercise will also keep them fit and healthy.
The average cockapoo typically weighs 5.5-11kg and stands around 24-39cm tall, however this can vary massively as there are 3 types of poodles and 2 types of cocker spaniels so each one can vary enormously.
Food & Diet
It is important to find the right food for your dog, but it’s not always easy deciding which is the correct type to feed them, after all, we only want the best four our pooches, there are four main types of dog food to choose from:
- Dry biscuits(Kibble)
- Canned/wet food
You can always try a few different ones out to see what they do and don’t like but ultimately as well depending on your lifestyle and how much time you have should depend on what you feed your cockapoo, there’s no point cooking frozen food for them if you simply don’t have the time everyday, dogs need consistency and a diet they can stick to, changing their food all the time can upset their stomach so find a routine that suits both of you.
you need to take into consideration of any health problems your dog might have and also age and health play a big factor in the right food for you Cockapoo.
if you’re wanting more information on whats the best diet for your dog than its best to speak with your veterinarian, they will be able to give you the best plan on how much they should be eating and recommend what food is most suited for your Cockapoo.
When giving your dog snacks and treats remember to take it into account of their daily amount or reduce their amount of food, treats should not make up any more than 10% of their daily calorie intake. Snacks and treats can be high in calories and overfeeding your Cockapoo can lead to many health problems such as obesity.
Cockapoos are known for being happy go lucky fun dogs, they are energetic, playful, and very affectionate. they are very loving and loyal to their owners, and love going for walks, cockapoos need at least an hour a day of exercise to make them content, plus mental stimulation, this breed is very intelligent so like to play games and be challenged.
This breed of dog is very easy to train, they like to learn and are always wanting to please their owner, this breed thrives on human companion so are not a good choice for an owner who is out the house a lot, left for long periods of time can lead to your dog suffering from separation anxiety which can create behavioral problems and bring destructive round the house.
Cockapoos adapt very well to living arrangements they are happy to live in apartments as well as the countryside.
Do Cockapoos bark a lot?
No, fortunately, this dog is known for being very quiet, so is perfect if you live in an apartment, however, excessive barking can appear if the cockapoo is not given enough exercise and mentally stimulated, this dogs is highly intelligent and thrives on adventures, walks and exploring, they are agile, energetic and have lots of energy to burn, so need to be regularly walked and entertained to make them feel content, if not the cockapoo can start unwanted behavioral problems such as barking and be destructive in the house due to boredom.
Can a cockapoo be left alone?
It is never recommended dogs should be left for long periods of time on there own, however, some dogs are more accepting this than others, the cockapoo is a very family-oriented dog that loves nothing more than spending time with its family and being involved in everything. they are loyal, kind, and dependent on the family so do not like being left on their own.
being left on their own can lead a cockapoo to suffer from separation anxiety and become very distressed. these dogs are not suitable for owners who will be leaving them for long periods of time when they are at work they need someone who works from home or can give them a lot of time and attention.
Are Cockapoo good family dogs?
Yes, Cockapoo’s make great family pets, due to their kind nature, loving and gentleness they are perfect for first time owners and families, however, dogs should always be supervised when around young children. They love being silly and being around family members, as they are so intelligent and have lots of energy they are always wanting to play, which is great for children to learn new tricks with and run around with them.
Cockapoos are very sociable so get on with other dogs as long as they have been properly socialised and trained, they get along with other family pets too.
Care and Maintenance
Cockapoos are high maintenance when it comes to grooming, they need to brushed on a regular basis to keep their skin and coat healthy, as well as several professional trims to keep their coat manageable, Cockapoo’s fur is known for growing fairly quickly and needs to be cut to keep them cool in the hotter seasons.
By brushing them on a regular basis it also helps prevent the buildup of knots and matting. Some cockapoos have more of a poodle coat so their hair is shorter and sheds less, however, they are still required to be brushed regularly and groomed professionally.
Regulary check cockapoo’s ears to make sure they are dry and have no infections they are incredibly hard to clear up when they get infections. Because their ears are long air cannot circulate around the inner ear allowing moisture to build up making it the perfect breeding ground for yeast infections. They also suffer from buildup of wax which can also cause infections.
Cockapoo Health problems
As a pet owner, you only want what’s best for your pooch’s health but with any breed, there will always be some common health conditions, here is a list of the most common health problems in :
- Ear problems
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye problems
- Skin problems
- Heart disease
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Luxating Patella
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