Many people looking to buy a puppy are torn between choosing a Cockapoo or a Cavapoo. These are both beautiful types of dogs but which one is right for you?
We need to start off by pointing out that Cockapoos are a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Cavapoos, on the other hand, are a mixture between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle.
As you can imagine, this leads to both type of dogs looking simply gorgeous. However, you will want to base your buying decision on more than just their good looks.
At this point it is worth pointing out that neither the Cockapoo nor the Cavapoo is considered to be a pure breed dog. This means that predicting their coat colour, personality and intelligence can be extremely difficult.
However, there are some general guidelines that you can take into account when making your decision on which one to go for.
Getting the Right Size
If you see the size of your new dog as being important then you are going to see that Cockapoos are generally a little bit bigger than the Cavapoo. This is due to the mixture of breeds that they come from, although both types can vary in size to a degree.
Ideally, you will see any puppy you are interested in together with both parents. This will allow you to see how big he is likely to grow up to be.
The Cavapoo is classed as a small dog breed of around 12 inches or so in height, while the Cockapoo is typically a bit bigger. However, it is not unusual to see Cavapoos that are bigger than Cockapoos, so this factor isn’t likely to be among your biggest concerns when you make your choice of puppy.
Getting Your Puppy Trained
Generally speaking, the Cavapoo is usually a bit easier to train. First time dog owners or those who lack confidence in their training ability may find this type of puppy easier to teach the basics to.
That isn’t to say that Cockapoos are particularly difficult to train. Yet, they are a bit trickier and you will possibly need a larger degree of patience while they get to grips with what you are showing them.
Either way, it is also a good idea to consider going to an obedience school or dog training classes to get him up to speed. This might cost a bit of money and take up some time but everyone in your home will feel the benefits for years to come.
Usefulness as Home Security
As well as providing you with company and a lot of joy, the right breed of dog can also provide a great deal of peace of mind by acting as a watchdog. You can sleep more easily at night or go out without any worries if have a dog that you know is looking after the property.
While neither of these dogs is likely to terrify an intruder with their looks, the Cockapoo is especially useful in raising the alarm if anyone strange comes to your home. He is more likely to bark loudly at intruders (or visitors) than a Cavapoo is.
Looking after your dog should be a pleasure but what if you don’t have a lot of time for grooming and caring for them? The good news is that neither of their breeds is particularly troublesome or time-consuming in terms of their maintenance.
This doesn’t mean that they are completely maintenance-free, though. Indeed, both types of dog could be classed as medium maintenance.
This means that they will both need some time and money spent on their health and looks, so neither is perfect if you want a dog that doesn’t require any effort on your behalf.
Do you want a dog that you can enjoy an active, outdoor life with, or do you prefer a companion to stay at home with? If you want to get out and about then the Cockapoo is likely to be the best choice for you.
This dog needs more exercise than the Cavapoo and he loves nothing more than running about in the park or playing with a ball in the garden. If you don’t have so much time or energy then you might lean towards getting a more laid-back Cavapoo instead.
Having said that, both of them are also wonderful companions to have around the house when you just want some company and a good friend who won’t ever let you down.
How They React to Kids
The good news here is that both Cockapoos and Cavapoos are excellent with kids. They can grow up together with your children and become tremendous friends and companions.
As we saw in the last point, Cockapoos are more energetic, so some families with highly active kids might see this as being a point in their favour. However, you can choose either breed with confidence if you have young children in the house.
How They Adapt to Different Environments
Clearly, each dog is different and will respond differently to changes in their life. However, we can say that Cockapoos are regarded by most dog experts as being that bit more adaptable than Cavapoos.
What this means is that one of those cute little Cockapoos could be ideal for you if you are likely to be moving home or introducing some sort of changes to their routine now and then. On the other hand, the Cavapoo tends to prefer a settled life with little variation.
In either case, no matter what type of dog you choose you should always look to give them the comfort and security of a home routine that they can depend upon.
There are some powerful reasons for choosing either one of these gorgeous dog breeds. By putting some thought into it you can pick the perfect companion for your lifestyle.
Don’t forget to take the pup’s needs and wants into account as well as your own. In this way, you can get a dog who loves life in your home as much as you love having him there.