History: The Cockapoo originated in the United States and became a popular designer breed in the 1960’s. The are a cross between the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle and were established specifically as a companion dog. They have become a popular and highly prized companion for families in the United States. Because the are not a pure bred dog, they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Temperament: The Cockapoo is an intelligent, friendly, and easy to please dog breed. The tend to be very outgoing and always happy to greet you. This breed usually gets along with everyone including strangers and children if properly socialized. Their energy level can range from couch potato to very active. They would prefer to be with their owners at all times and may develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long, becoming destructive. Be sure to start crate training your Cockapoo at a young age to ensure they are comfortable being alone when you are gone. The Cockapoo needs an owner willing to take them for daily walks to relieve their energy during the day. Enrolling your dog in obedience classes at a young age will help to make sure they are well-mannered dog for you and your family.
Health/Grooming: The Cockapoo has a long coat that can be anywhere from straight to loose curls. They are supposed to be odorless and non-shedding and only need to be bathed when necessary. Brushing every so often to avoid matting of the long fur will help to ensure their coat is looking its best. The Cockapoo may be more prone to health issues such as cataracts, patellar luxation, allergies, and liver disease. The most common issue found in Cockapoos is ear infections because of their floppy ears that block their air flow. Because of this issue, be sure to check and clean their ears weekly to prevent any infections occurring.