Are you kidding me? That’s like asking if babies like to poop, or if the Grinch hates Christmas. Cockapoos are natural born swimmers and will jump into anything holding even the slightest little bit of water.
In fact, they’re just as comfortable in muddy streams, and because their coats don’t shed too much, aren’t thick, heavy or collect debris, they’re the perfect swimming companion. While not all cockapoo pups take to it like ducks on water, if you train your furbaby to swim as soon as possible, then he’ll be more of a Michael Phelps than a Michael ‘Yelps’ when he gets older.
Some cockapoos are more otter than pooch once you teach them how to swim and they make for great swimming pool or lakeside companions. Most ‘poos are happy to paddle but with a little coaching they can become pretty good swimmers. We would suggest you teach your pup to swim when it’s warmer. Cockapoos, unlike bigger breeds, don’t have double coats so the cold water will get right into his skin, leaving him wet, cold and unhappy.
It’s also important to remember that just like people, not all cockapoos are the same. Some will love the water, while others will tolerate it. There’ll be those who swim really well and others that just aren’t as natural. It’s up to you to gauge the situation, and whatever you do, don’t force it.
Poodles were originally bred to retrieve animals and birds from the water, which probably explains why they enjoy being in the water so much. It could also explain why they have a tendency to ‘retrieve’ you from the pool too.
Cockapoos love to swim and if you have one that doesn’t enjoy being around streams, lakes, the sea and even the pool at home, there’s a good chance you’ve got an ‘impoochster’ on your hands.