Cockapoo, should you get one?    

We all love cute dogs.  The cockapoo is no different. A mixed breed that is a cross between the cocker spaniel and the poodle breed, this cute dog is a walking teddy bear.  The cockapoo’s physical appearance makes them an absolutely great pet, you can cuddle and pet your cockapoo without the worry of him shedding on the carpet and all over the house, this is also beneficial for people with allergies! Cockapoos come in various colors; solid black, beige and brown, sometimes with markings.  The adult cockapoo averages between 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 cm) weighing about 12 to 24 pounds (5.4 to 10.9 kg).

Do your research

Getting your first dog can be exciting and scary at the same time; therefore before getting your first cockapoo, you should carefully research where you are purchasing your puppy. This is because there are some unscrupulous and amateur breeders out there looking to dupe you. Getting puppies that are not properly bred can be really dangerous to the puppy and you may end up getting a sick dog rifled with irreversible health conditions. This does not mean that sick dogs don’t deserve our kindness, but buying from such breeders ensures they remain in business.

The cockapoo is a pretty fashionable and trendy dog, so you’ll definitely look good walking with one. The cockapoo are outgoing and loving dogs naturally. They are somewhat active and possess skills such as agility and retrieval of objects and as such they make good playmates when it comes to games of “fetch”.  The cockapoo are generally more needy than others dogs and as such they require a lot of attention. This is definitely not the dog for you if you are busy and away a lot of time. If left alone for a long period of time they may suffer from separation distress and anxiety. The temperament, attitude, and personality of your cockapoo will of course depend on its parents. The poodle temperament and cocker spaniel temperament are both friendly and loving, so it is extremely likely that your cockapoo puppy temperament will be too. But as far as temperament goes, the majority of cockapoos are friendly, people-oriented, highly intelligent and easy to train.

Before getting a cockapoo, it is imperative that you are aware of some of the illnesses that may affect your dog. These can include luxating patellas (loose knees), eye disorders such as progressive retinal atrophy, eye infections and ear infections. Therefore you should regularly ensure their ears clean.

Death is a normal part of life and we will all die at some point and your dog is no different. The cockapoo like many other breeds of that size has a lifespan of 14 to 16 years.

Cockapoos are great pets especially if it is your first time getting one. Their friendliness and outgoing nature makes them a perfect companion. If you are into looks and appearance, the cockapoo definitely meets this criteria. The cute and fluffy appearance and loving personality of the cockapoo has made it one of the most popular breeds around. I would personally recommend getting a cockapoo however if you’re a busy person who cannot spend a lot of time with your dog, a different breed or pet may be a better choice.