Cockapoos are interesting dogs, and there is so much to learn about them. If you own a Cockapoo or thinking about adopting one into your family, here are a few fun facts about these dogs.
Cockapoos are Mixed Breed Dogs – Cockapoos are mixed breed dogs called hybrids. Unlike mutts whose parentages are usually unknown, Cockapoos are the result of breeding a cocker spaniel with a poodle. The goal is to produce offspring with the best traits of both breeds such as low-shedding coats, sturdy builds, and friendly playful temperaments. Additionally, like mutts, hybrid breeds are usually hardier and less prone to health problems that commonly strike pure breeds.
Cockapoos are Allergy-Friendly Cockapoos have hair, so they are not completely hypoallergenic. However, they are low-shedding dogs and have less dander; therefore, the instances of allergic reactions are minimized. Regular grooming can further reduce the amount of dander and hair the dog leaves around the house and over clothing. All in all, Cockapoos are good pets for people with allergies. Before purchasing the dog, though, it’s important to spend time with it to make sure the animal is safe to be around.
Cockapoos Vary in Size Cockapoos come in different sizes, so you have to be careful when adopting one. Some breeders will only pair small poodles and cocker spaniels to get dogs that weigh no more than 15 pounds. Other breeders specialize in bigger dogs and may pair couples to produce offspring that get as large as 30 pounds. Be certain to ask about the size of the parents when adopting a Cockapoo. If either or both parents are large, expect the pup to grow big as well.
Cockapoos Live a Long Time – Different breeds age at different rates, and the average years a dog will live depends on its size. For example, small dogs live an average of fifteen years while giant breeds last only about eight years. Cockapoos who are well cared for will live anywhere from thirteen to twenty years, so plan on having your canine friend around for a long time.
Cockapoos are Smart – Cocker Spaniels and Poodles are pretty smart breeds, so naturally their offspring would be highly intelligent too. The combination of smart parents, longevity, and natural curiosity lands Cockapoos pretty high on the smart dog scale. Don’t be afraid to train your dog to do tricks or take it exploring. It’s a sure bet he or she will love the mental stimulation.