Welcome to Cockapoo HQ! The main purpose and goal of this website is to help you decide whether or not it is the right kind of dog for you.
The cockapoo, as you may or may not know, is a crossbreed between a cocker spaniel and a poodle. Although their popularity has steadily increased in recent decades, they are actually the first so-called designer dog.
Combining the best parts of both their parent breeds, cockapoos are famous for their loyal, charming, intelligent and very lively nature, and because they are a low shedding dog. This has led to some people believing them being completely hypoallergenic, while that’s not true, they are often a great choice for allergy suffers.
This page serves as an introduction to the breed as well as the site. So, whether you definitely have your heart set on a cockapoo or are looking to adopt a dog but haven’t settled on a breed yet, we hope we can help you come to a conclusion.
Are You a New Owner or Thinking of Getting a Cockapoo?
Both of these questions are very important. If it is indeed your first time either owning a dog in general or this particular breed of dog, there is a lot you need to learn. before you can go ahead with your purchase or adoption.
We understand why you might feel you are ready, even with the sparsest amount of knowledge and the fact that they are one of the most popular dogs in general, let alone mixed breeds, may lead you to believe you will be fine. Yes, they are friendly, yes they are not particularly high maintenance (at least not in the grooming department thanks to their mostly hassle-free coat type), yes they are a great family pet (that can be especially good with children) and yes they have trainability in spades.
However, they are still a dog with a high activity level and even if you think they so adorable and cute as a puppy, you need to remember that one day they will be an adult dog. They require a lot of time, work and dedication. So whether you have one already or are still thinking it over, we would urge you to check out the following.
Cockapoo: About the Breed
An easy to fall in love with and incredibly cuddly dog, it was first bred as early back as the 60s. Although that is their most common name, they are also referred to, rather hilariously, as cockerpoos and spoodles. Some even call them cockapoodles.
Mostly, they are considered small to medium-sized designer dogs, but there is some scope for variety as they can be a mix of a cocker spaniel, whether its an American or English cocker spaniel and a poodle of any size.
Therefore, you will find some cockapoo puppies that had one parent that was either a toy, miniature or standard-sized poodle.
How Much Exercise Do They Need?
This is a very important subject, as all dogs need exercise. Even the laziest dog, needs the occasional walk to ensure they have good health in general. However, it is not actually as easy as you might think, because even within the same dog breed, individual dogs are different from one another.
Just because one dog needs one to two hours of exercise most days, it doesn’t mean all will be the same.
How Far Can They Walk?
As walking will be the predominate form of exercise you and your new furry friend are likely to engage in, this is another important point to consider. The crucial thing is actually not how far it can, but how far it should walk.
They are unfortunately prone to suffering from hip dysplasia. Meaning, if they are exercised too much before their bones develop fully, they can experience long-term health problems. Another issue sometimes is patella luxation which is to do with their knees.
Cost of Owning a Cockapoo
An important aspect of owning a dog is obviously how much it is going to cost. In this section we’ve broken down the various costs involved in owning a a dog. We break it down into the following categories, so you can get the information you need, quickly:
- Food (We have covered this topic in great detail, you find out more about the best food for the breed, the food you can feed them (other than proper dog food), the food you can’t feed them and also about raw food diets.)
- Pet Insurance
- Dog Walker and Sitter/Kennels
- Professional groomer/grooming at home tools
- Additional costs
To get the full costs, Click here.
It is worth noting immediately after the costs associated with the breed, that there are a number of health issues you should be aware of before taking on this breed. These are often inherited from the parents.
Some of the most common, therefore, that this particular breed, include:
From the Cocker Spaniel Parent:
- Hip dysplasia
- Heart Valve Disease
- Eye diseases, connected to the breed’s tendency to have bulging eyes
- Intervertebral Disc Disease, often discussed in shorthand as IDD
- Blood Disease
From the Poodle Parent:
- Mitral Valve Heart Disease, Often referred to as just MVD
- Patellar Luxation/Slipped kneecap (Though this only affects miniature and toy dogs)
- Kidney disease
- Eye problems
- Immune-related blood disorders
- IDD (Again, only affects toy and miniature dogs)
- Squamous Cell Disease
You can find out more about health issues here.
Cockapoo Dog Names
You don’t want to refer your dog as ‘dog, so giving it a name is important. Perhaps you already have one in mind. That’s fine, but to help give you some inspiration, we have put together a comprehensive list of great Cockapoo names, even breaking them down to different colours.
Coat Type and Colours
You will find if you have spent any time looking at pictures online of the breed, they come in a wide variety of coat types. Generally, you will find they have a curly coat, but even this can vary a little. The same is true of coat colours. Buff, beige or tan, champagne, cream, chocolate, white, golden and black are among the most popular. While reds are fairly common too. Mike, the owner of this site, has one that is apricot. We have a post that looks at some of the most common. You can use this as a guide to the kind of puppy or dog you might want to welcome to your home.
However it is important to stress that unless the breeder can categorically promise you will have a specific coat colour or type, it can be a bit of a lottery.
Are They Hypoallergenic?
Wally Conron has a lot to answer for. He kick started the whole trend of mixed breed dogs, with the view of producing a fully hypoallergenic guide dog for a blind woman he knew who had a husband with a terrible dog allergy.
The problem was that there was no purebred dog Wally found that fully fit the criteria. So he tried crossing poodle with a labrador retriever and thus the labradoodle was born.
Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Apart from the fact that not even labradoodles are 100% hypoallergenic. The thought process was based on the fact that pet dander is what causes most dog allergies.
Regardless of the dog breed, it will produce some dander.
There are some that produce less than others though, like the Poodle. The cocker spaniel, though, is not a low dander producer.
So, there is no certainty the dog you get will produce less. You also need to consider the fact that there are many other aspects of dogs that trigger allergies. To find out more about this topic, check out this post.
Can They be Left Alone in the Day?
As they are known to be very sociable, companion dogs, they are not happy when they are separated from their pack and their primary dog owner and care provider. Therefore, one of the most important considerations you need to make if you are going to take on a dog is if you have enough time to give it. In this section, you will learn all about how long you can leave a Cockapoo on its own and a number of other important factors such as:
- Does your dog have Separation Anxiety?
- How to Deal with it
- Short-Term Solutions
- What not to do
Separation anxiety is a serious issue with many dogs, but this breed, in particular, seems to suffer from it badly, if you are not taking the right measures to prevent it from developing.
Should You Get a Cockapoo if you Work Full Time?
Obviously, the ideal working situation for having a dog, whether it’s a Cockapoo or another breed, is to work from home. Ultimately, cockerpoos will not do very well if they are left alone for long periods of time. We understand that this is not always the case and that not everyone has the luxury of this and in this post, you will find out helpful information about whether you should get a dog if you work full-time hours.
But is the Cockapoo the Right Dog for You?
It’s all very well if you have done the research and know for certain that a it is the right dog for you. But, if you are relatively new to the breed, or dogs in general, it is worth comparing and contrasting it with other breeds, just to make sure if it is a good fit for your household and lifestyle.
In this section, therefore, you will find informative posts that look at them when compared to a variety of different breeds, including:
- Cockapoo Vs. Cavapoo – These are very closely related, so to help make distinctions between them, we compare both, considering various factors.
- Cockapoo Vs. Labradoodle – If there’s one hybrid dog that is almost as popular as the Cockapoo, it is the Labradoodle. We look at both to help you choose the one that’s right for you.
- Cockapoo Vs. Cavachon – In this section, we look at how they are compared to another Spaniel crossbreed, the lovely Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Friese.
- Cockapoo Vs. Mini Goldendoodle – The Mini Goldendoodle is an adorable mix of a Golden Labrador with a Miniature Poodle, but is it better for you than a Cockapoo?
- Cockapoo Vs Pug – Given their popularity, it would be unfair to leave Pugs out of this discussion. How do the jokers of the dog world compare to Cockapoos?
- Cockapoo Vs. Maltipoo – They are gaining popularity, so it’s worth seeing if this breed might be better for you than a Cockapoo.
Need Help finding a Breeder?
If you definitely know that you want to take on a Cockapoo as your brand-new family member, you need to think about how you are going to acquire one. Unlike purebred dogs, they are not registered with the Kennel Club.
There are obviously two ways of doing this, buying a Cockapoo puppy through a breeder or adopting from a rescue centre.
If you are going down the breeder route, you need to make sure they are a reputable breeder that uses effective and safe breeding practices. A good breeder with a reasonable reputation to uphold should be more than happy to welcome you into their home so you can check out the surroundings your new puppy has been raised and looked after in those first few weeks of his or her life.
To find out more about breeders, as well as check out out our page about reputable breeders, you could also take a look at their social media profiles and whether there are testimonials. In the local community or even local community relevant to this breed you will find it quite easy to find a breeder you can trust.
Before buying though, it is also a good idea to consider the other option, adopting. Not only is a lot cheaper overall, but it is also just a really nice thing to do. Lots of dogs end up in rescue centres looking for new homes and loving owners.
If you want to find out more about rescuing this breed, check out the Facebook Doodle Adoption page here and the Adoption and Rescue pages on this site.
Are You Having Behaviour Problems?
If you have already taken the plunge and got yourself a cockapoo puppy and noticed he or she is not behaving as you imagined. The important thing is not to panic.
Although they are known to be very friendly, warm and easy-going animals. However, like any other dog, they do come with the risk that they will manifest some behavioural issues. Often these can be dealt with easily, especially if you figure out the route cause. Some take a lot more work though. In this section you will find post concerning the most common behavioural problems.. These include:
Constantly Jumping and Biting – You can find out more about why they jump and bite excessively and also ways you can combat this problem.
Why are they Growling? – It’s natural for dogs to growl, you just need to understand what each kind of growl means. In this section we discuss various types of growls including:
- Play Growls
- Pleasure Growls
- Frustrated Growls
- Warning Growls
- Aggressive Growls
- Fighting Growls
Barking – How to deal with it and stop it – Much like growling, barking is a form of communication that dogs use. In order to know the difference though between healthy and unhealthy barking, we will look at the different reasons and scenarios where your dog might bark, such as:
- When they are alarmed
- When they are anxious
- When they are excited
- When they want attention
You will also find tips for how to stop it.
Is Your Dog Bored? Keep Him Stimulated – They are known as being very fun-loved and lively dogs and therefore have a high activity level that needs to be met. They are also very intelligent. As a result, they need to be stimulated regularly you need to be careful to look out for the signs and keep them busy. In this section you will find help for all things related to preventing and dealing with bored Cockapoos. Subjects covered include:
- The signs that your dog is bored
- How to keep your dog busy and stimulated
Temperament Problems – This is a more general discussion of the Cockapoo temperament. We discuss how each dog is different, the main problems with them and how to deal with these problems.
How to Stop your Cockapoo Digging – All dogs love to dig. But as owners, we don’t want them doing it because it can ruin our gardens and also trample dirt into our homes. This section will help you understand why your dog might be digging and offers solutions to stop them doing it.
After Some Product Recommendations?
When you are bringing a new dog into your home, whether it’s a Cockapoo or other dog breeds, you not only need to pay out on the dog itself but also a variety of different products. In this section of the website, you will find various products we have reviewed and recommended. This includes:
Best Food – One of the most important decisions you need to make with your Cockapoo health and well-being in mind, is the kind of food you are going to give him or her. In this part, you will find advice about what the best food might be. We cover:
- Whether your dog should have a carnivore or omnivore diet
- Whether your dog should have wet food or dry kibble
- The best food for Cockapoos by age
- Suitable snacks and treats
Recommended Chew Toys for A Teething Puppy – When your puppies teeth start coming through, they have an insatiable urge to bite into everything and anything. That is why you need to invest in chew toys and in this post, you will find our recommendations for the most recommended chew toys available for puppies.
How to Keep Your Car Clean from a Muddy Dog – It is fun to take your dog out in the car, especially if it’s to a local park or the countryside to go for a walk, or just to the beach. However, one of the biggest problems with taking your dog out in the car, is muddy paws on your car’s upholstery and well, just about everywhere. In this post you will find recommendations for products to help you deal with a dirty and muddy dog.
10 Must Have’s Before You Take Your Cockapoo Home – Bringing a new dog into your home is an exciting time. However, do you have everything you need? In this post we have put together a comprehensive guide to 10 of the most important things you should already have in your home before your new family member arrives.
Top 10 Toys That Your Cockapoo Can’t Destroy Within an Hour – All dogs love playing, but if you are not careful all that rough playing can cost you a lot of money. Especially if you are having to replace their broken toys every couple of weeks, or even days. To help you out, the following post highlights some very durable toys that won’t break within one hour of your dog playing with them.
Best Harness? – Another aspect of dog ownership, whether you are aiming on taking on a Cockapoo or not, that is important is choosing the right one. This deserves some considerable time and thought, because you want one that will help you to keep your dog under control, without restricting his or her movement too much or hurting them or feeling uncomfortable.
Cockapoo Gifts – Whether you are looking for a gift to buy a Cockapoo lover or just want to spoil yourself a little bit, this is the post for you.
So, we hope you have a look around and find the site an informative, helpful and entertaining resource whether you are deciding to take on one of these fine animals or already have one in your home and need some assistance. You can also find more from The Cockapoo Club