The Cockapoo -- Combining The Poodle and Cocker Spaniel Breeds

Poodles are a very popular breed to have as a pet and also very popular to breed with other dog breeds. For more information about the popularity of the poodle see the article on this site at Poodle Popularity.

Although there are not Kinds of Poodles, there are plenty of Poodle mixes. One of the most popular poodle mix is the Cockapoo described in this article.


By mixing the variety of poodle with the variety of Cocker Spaniel, a Cockapoo is established. The Cockapoo is not 14 breed, rather it is a mixed breed and theoretically takes all the desirable qualities of their parents. In reality one hopes the mixed breed dog will take the desirable characteristics of the purebred dog.

From the Cocker Spaniel, the mixed puppy will hopefully take Cocker's characteristics of being cool, friendly, having a pleasant personality and a sturdy build. The Poodle selectively bred characteristics wanted are brains, cleverness, and a non-shedding hypoallergenic coat.


The poodle's coat is a major reason the poodle is combined with other breeds. The poodle's coat does not shed and is hypoallergenic, meaning the poodle is (in my opinion) the best breed of dog to have if you suffer from allergies. Most people will not have an allergy to a poodle.


By mixing two breeds Cockapoo Puppies become less prone to ancestral disorders. Poor reproduction, like mating a brother and sibling, is a cause of ancestral disorders. Reproduction with a different bloodline from a different breed firms the gene pool of the puppies.

When Poodles became a popular dog, this caused a very sought after for poodle puppies. Poodles were generated for the money not health. Inbreeding and unhealthy reproduction occurred rampantly causing ancestral health problems for future generations of these poodles. The same poor reproduction was carried out with Cocker Spaniels as their popularity grew. Known health ailments are associated with each breed due to reproduction to meet demand Cockapoo versus reproduction to advance the standard of the breed.

It is possible to obtain a healthy purebred. Proper reproduction was also done at the time of the breed's popularity. By researching the bloodline of the parents, and/or having both sire and dam registered with the AKC can insure healthy ancestral bloodlines for the purebred puppy.


Remember, by mixing the breeds, the characteristics you like about a breed will not necessarily be passed about the kitten. Combining the best characteristics of both breeds is the goal. Some of the mixed selectively bred puppies will have the desirable characteristics, or may have one or two of the desired characteristics.

It is anticipated that by mixing a poodle with a Cocker Spaniel, the cockapoo will have a coat that is non-shedding and hypoallergenic, be very intelligent, be friendly and have a sturdy build. Some cockapoos will have a less shedding coat and you will be more unlikely that to cause allergy symptoms. Some cockapoos will have a shedding coat and will cause allergenic reactions. The same will additionally apply to all the characteristics.

Cockapoos are not an accepted breed of dog. At least not yet. If cockapoos with the desired characteristics are selectively bred with other cockapoos with the desired characteristics from a different bloodline, then over time the cockapoo will have predictable characteristics. For example, all pure selectively bred poodles have a not for shedding coat and is hypoallergenic. The pure breed Cocker Spaniel has a shedding coat and will cause allergy symptoms. Nowadays, cockapoos may or may not have a not for shedding coat, or a coat that garden sheds less than the Cocker Spaniel. Researching the breeder of the cockapoo and seeing the parents is the best indication of the characteristics of a specific cockapoo puppy.

The mix of characteristics will be in each kitten and puppies in the same kitten could have different characteristics. It's possible to have a shedding coat and one may have the non-shedding coat. One puppy is extremely active and another tranquil.


Well selectively bred cockapoos are calm, fun, cool and loving. They are pleasant, show patience and extremely sweet. Their brains helps them learn and entertaining.

A personality of a dog is dependent on the parents. To predict personality fulfill the parents and make the time to get to know them. There are Cocker Spaniels and Poodles that are skittish, nervous and not friendly, that will pass around these undesirable characteristics. There are known health issues for each breed that will pass around the ancestral tendency for that medical condition.

By hanging out with the puppy before committing a great deal of heartache can be avoided.


Cockapoo puppies can be taken care of with every week washing, scrubbing and clipping out of nails. They can live a healthy and a long life with proper nutrition, health care bills and good living conditions.

Cockapoo puppies use a good immune system so they really are less prone to diseases. They remain healthy with regular physical exercises. The cockapoo needs basic activities and likes to play. To begin with take them for a daily walk, and have space for them to run and play or take them to 14 park.


The character of Cockapoo make them ideal for kids. They adore to be with children and you will be an excellent companion. The personality characteristics of stillness and patience can make the cockapoo an excellent choice for a child with emotional challenges, such as being taken or autism. The cockapoo can make an excellent therapy dog.


Cockapoo breeders can become state licensed or register with the American Cockapoo Club as a way to show they are knowledgeable breeders. Cockapoo breeders breed healthy well socialized puppies in a number of colors and applications. Research the breeder and have lots of questions unless you feel confident about the puppy you are about to buy. Saying 14 is a Cockapoo does not exactly imply purebred Poodles and Cocker Spaniel parents. Many cross kinds of poodles have more than one breed in the bloodline. See if the breeder has a hereditary chart of the parents, called the sire and dam.

It is worth spending some time to examine breeders. Be sure the cockapoo is healthy and pleasant mannered. A well breed cockapoo will be a loving wonderful addition to your home.

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