Frequently Asked Cockapoo Questions

Why Breed Cockapoos Beyond The First Generation?
The simple answer is that as we breed to the Standards down the generations, we develop a replaceable dog and become a breed. 1st generation Cockapoos are not a breed but a hybrid mix commonly called “mutts.” Although a 1st generation Cockapoo should make a good pet, genetically speaking there is a lot of variety in appearance of the offspring. Some may even shed and have doggy odor. In terms of the laws of genetics, statistically, out of four pups, one will look like a Cocker or some variation thereof, one like a Poodle or variation and two will look like Cockapoos. Then if a breeder takes the two Cockapoos, breeds them with unrelated Cockapoo looking dogs, there will be about 1 in 4 of the second generation will look unusual.

Then the breeder takes the best of the second generation, breeds to an unrelated second generation, the odds become much more reliable with only a 1 in 8 throwback to the parent breeds. Similarly, the best 3rd generation bred to another unrelated third generation will produce 1 in 16 that do not look like Cockapoos.

There are other factors which influence: The prepotency of the stud, or mixing of the generations. By the 4th generation almost all predictably look like Cockapoos and have the qualities of personality, low/non shed and looks firmly set. ONLY with this type of
selective breeding does one get dogs who reproduce reliably.

Some AKC registration provable 1st and second generation look more like some other type of cross such as Dacshund x Cocker and may shed and have doggy odor. One of the most prominent faults are dogs with long coats and short hair on their heads
and faces. For a more scientific explanation we include the views of a biologist with support for our statements and also support for our strong position on not breeding related pairs.

What Does Cerf mean?

CERF is the acronym for Canine Eye Research Foundation: Veterinary Ophthalmologists submit results of eye exams to the Foundation. The data are stored for the various recognized breeds. However, Cockapoos are not yet included in the database. When we use the term “CERF” or CERF or CERF’d it means that the breeding stock being used by a particular breeder has passed the Ophthalmological exam. The Ophthalmologist looks for a host of inherited eye diseases found in dogs. Many breeds, including Cocker Spaniels and Poodles, have high rates of inherited eye disease. PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) is perhaps the most common disorder, and results in dogs that develop cataracts and glaucoma early in life. We have seen Cockapoos develop it at 5-8 years. Glaucoma can be very painful and is treated with constant and expensive eye drops or by enucleation (I.E.removal of the eye.) Cataracts sometimes can be removed by Vet Ophthalmologists with sight being restored, but again is very expensive.

These diseases are ALMOST totally preventable if the breeder has his/her stock CERF’d annually. The exam is painless. Even with clearances, pups may develop disease later from hidden recessive genes. That is why breeder followup is so important. Scientists are working on DNA and genetic markers so that in the not too distant future, breeders will be able to eradicate the disorders from their lines. The Cockapoo Club of America, in the near future, will only accept breeding dogs for registration and show who have current eye exams.

WHEN WILL THE COCKAPOO BE ACCEPTED BY THE AKC?
We do not plan to be associated with the AKC as our focus and purposes are different. We breed a remarkably different dog whose “work” is primarily intended to be the perfect family pet, which means focus on the unique personality, health, temperament and longevity with a much less important focus on “beauty.”

WHY CAN’T I FIND A “REAL” COCKAPOO AT MY LOCAL SHELTER?

Because Cockapoos are so popular and in such great demand, people do not “get rid of them” and because our good breeders guarantee to take back any dog they have bred rather than see it wind up in a shelter. Again, good breeders usually maintain a waiting list of people wanting adult dogs. And Cockapoos in shelters, if you do find one, may not truly be a Cockapoo but may make a fine pet. We encourage people who are not fussy about parentage to adopt from the pound.

ARE COCKAPOOS HEALTHIER THAN THEIR PUREBRED ANCESTORS?
Yes, definitely. Our wider genetic pool enlarges the possibility of lower defect rates and this is maintained through deliberate out breeding. Also, the best breeders will have their dogs tested for Inherited Eye Diseases (called CERF) because eye disease (Progressive Retinal Atrophy and others) is so prominent in Cockers and Poodles. We also encourage testing for Hip Dysplasia, Luxating Patella’s and elbow problems, although these are less common. The American Cocker has a list of at least 53 genetically transmitted problems, the English 22 , the miniature Poodle 43, and the toy Poodle 48. The breeds with the highest number of problems are the German Shepherd and the Springer Spaniel, which exhibit more than 63. The breed with the least number of problems (at 2) is the Jack Russell Terrier, whose Club has not allowed any inbreeding or line breeding. Source: Canine Consumer Report, published by the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, PO Box 6269, Vacaville, CA 95696-6269. Printed 1996.

Cockapoo Club of America – Breeder Star Ratings

The CCA standards and breeder Code of Ethics have now been in place on the website for some time. For many years, Lt/Col Mary D. Foley, USA (ret), researched and found breeders all over the nation to try to accommodate the many calls that she got from clients from states outside of California. As a 17 year breeder and Founder of the Cockapoo Club of America, she provided a free referral service for these breeders.

The CCA has developed a “star system” of rating breeders with several measurable criteria. Breeders will be expected to provide proof of their statements to the CCA office i.e., copies of AKC papers and CERF certificate, OFA patellar luxation, elbow and hip certificates.  They will also need to show proof that they are starting to develop beyond the 1st generation.

Breeders who do not respond, will not be given a Star Rating, and will not be listed on the CCA Website.   
**Cockapoo BREEDERS WHO QUALIFY FOR THREE STARS OR ABOVE WILL BE PROVIDED A FREE LISTING AND A FREE LINK TO THEIR EXISTING WEBSITE ON THE COCKAPOO CLUB OF AMERICA WEBSITE!
**BREEDERS WHO SUBMIT AKC DOCUMENTS, OFA PATELLAR LUXATION & CERF DOCUMENTS FOR ALL THEIR BREED DOGS   TO THE CCA OFFICE, WILL RECEIVE A FREE LISTING AND A FREE MINI WEBSITE LINKED TO THEIR LISTING ON THE CCA WEBSITE’S STAR RATED BREEDER PAGE.
The CCA will continue to offer breeder lists to the public, but only star rated breeders will be listed on the website.  All breeders must submit the signed Breeder Code of Ethics, copies of supporting AKC, CERF, and OFA documents (if applicable).

The CCA Breeder Star Rating system is designed as an incentive program to give specific quality guidelines to identify and bring recognition to breeders who aspire to the goals and purposes of the CCA.  Here we identify specific criterion providing a star reward system for breeders, and a tangible way for a puppy purchaser to find a breeder who will meet their needs.  Below are the qualifications to earn stars and a list of Star Rated Breeders will follow.

Each breeders situation is unique to the breeding stock they own and that can vary from litter to litter depending upon which dam and sire are used.  The star rating given below is based upon the information the breeder submitted to the CCA office for qualification.  The Star Rating System was designed to help provide guidelines and encourage breeders to earn as many stars as they wish based upon what they feel is important in their breeding program.  The flexibility allows for individual differences among stock and values of individual breeders.  The star rating of each breeder can be updated according to new qualifications recently met as soon as the documentation is submitted to the CCA office.

Keep in mind the goal of the CCA is to breed down the generations of unrelated AKC provable American Cockapoos™ to establish the American Cockapoos™ as a breed keeping good ethics, health and temperament first and foremost.

BREEDER STAR RATINGS

Following are the criteria to qualify for the various star ratings.  Add up all that apply to a specific breeders individual stock.  A list of star rated breeders and the items they qualify for will follow.

1 STAR  Breeding to the established standard and have signed and observe the Breeder Code of Ethics. Have acceptable environments for their dogs and pups, and welcome site visits by CCA officials.

1 STAR  Breeding AKC clear registered American Cocker Spaniel or AKC clear registered English Cocker Spaniel to AKC clear registered Poodle producing 1st generation American Cockapoos™ or English Cockapoos™.  AKC documents on file with the CCA office.  3 generation pedigrees on file with the CCA office.

1 STAR  All breed dogs are registered with the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) annually, and only dogs with normal CERF results are bred.  CERF documents on file with the CCA office.

1 STAR  All breed dogs certified free of genetic patellar luxation by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).  (Animal must be one year of age at the time of exam).  OFA documents on file with the CCA office.

1 STAR  (OPTIONAL)  All breed dogs certified free of elbow problems by OFA (animal must be two years old at the time of exam).  OFA documents on file with the CCA office.

1 STAR  (OPTIONAL)  All breed dogs certified free of hip dysplasia by OFA (animal must be two years old at the time of exam).  OFA documents on file with the CCA office.

1 STAR  (OPTIONAL)  All breed dogs DNA tested for proof of parentage.

2 STARS  Using AKC provable stock, producing 2nd generation American Cockapoos™ or English Cockapoos™.  3 generation pedigrees on file with the CCA office tracing back to the original breeds.

3 STARS  Using AKC provable stock, producing 3rd generation American Cockapoos™ or English Cockapoos™.  4 generation pedigrees on file with the CCA office tracing back to the original breeds.

4 STARS  Using AKC provable stock, producing 4th generation or beyond American Cockapoos™ or English Cockapoos™.  5 generation pedigrees on file with the CCA office tracing back to the original breeds.

IMPORTANT  Please note that for the Cockapoo Club of America’s meticulous record keeping, all generations will be recorded one generation higher than the lowest generation American Cockapoos™ or English Cockapoos™ bred.  For example a 1st generation American Cockapoos™ or English Cockapoos™ bred with a 3rd generation Cockapoo will produce a 2nd generation American Cockapoos™ or English Cockapoos™, not a 4th generation American Cockapoos™ or English Cockapoos™.

No limited AKC Registrations will be recognized.  Only dogs with clear AKC registration papers may be considered for American Cockapoos™ or English Cockapoos™.

For clarification: The number of stars a breeder can accumulate for breeding down the generations of AKC registration provable American Cockapoos™ is the number of the highest generation of American Cockapoos™ produced.  For example if a breeder produces first, second and third generation Cockapoos she/he would get 3 stars for breeding to the third generation total, for that part of the star rating, plus any other stars she/he would qualify for.

STAR RATED BREEDERS

PLEASE NOTE:  THE PURPOSE OF THE CCA IS TO EDUCATE BOTH THE BREEDER AND THE CONSUMER TO RAISE THE BREED STANDARD OF THE American Cockapoos™ AND THE ENGLISH COCKAPOO™.  IT IS THE CONSUMERS RESPONSIBILITY TO VERIFY AKC, OFA PATELLAR LUXATION CERTIFICATION AND ANNUAL CERF EXAM PAPERWORK WITH THE INDIVIDUAL BREEDER.  IF THE DATE OF THE LAST CERF EXAM IS NOT WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF PURCHASE OF YOUR PUPPY, REFUSE TO BUY THE PUPPY UNTIL THE CERF EXAM IS UP TO DATE.  THE CCA DOES NOT HAVE THE MAN/WOMAN POWER TO VERIFY THAT ALL CERF’S ARE KEPT UP TO DATE ON ALL DOGS WITH ALL BREEDERS ANNUALLY.  ALSO, PERMANENT IDENTIFICATION OF THE PARENT DOGS SUCH AS A MICROCHIP, DNA TESTING, OR TATTOO IS ADVISABLE TO PROVE THAT THE PAPERWORK APPLIES TO THE DOG THE BREEDER IS REPRESENTING THAT IT DOES.  THE CCA CANNOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR LACK OF APPROPRIATE PAPERWORK AND OR CERTIFICATION FROM THE BREEDER.   IF THE BREEDER CANNOT PRODUCE SUFFICIENT DOCUMENTATION, THE CCA RECOMMENDS THAT THE CONSUMER REFUSE TO PURCHASE THE PUPPY AND NOTIFY THE CCA.  IT IS THE BREEDERS RESPONSIBILITY TO UPDATE PAPERWORK IN THE CCA OFFICE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS ON ALL OF HIS/HER BREED DOGS AND TO KEEP ANNUAL CERF EXAM PAPERWORK UPDATED OR LOSE THEIR STAR RATING.

8 STARS   Merydith Fox, Cockapoo Corner, Aptos, CA 95003
Website: www.cockapoocorner.blogspot.com
Email:  cockapoocorner@gmail.com  Phone: 831-708-2445
7 brand new puppies arrived on 12/3/11, click on website for pics. 
“Our puppies qualify for the Cockapoo Club of America Registry as CCA American Cockapoos™”
CERF papers on file expire for Jazzy 9/23/2012.
Check individual dog’s papers online at www.offa.org to see a list of certifications.
Star Qualifications:
1 STAR  Breeding to the established standard and have signed and observe the Breeder Code of Ethics. Have acceptable environments for their dogs and pups, and welcome site visits by CCA officials.
3 STAR  Using AKC provable stock producing 2nd generation American Cockapoos™.  AKC documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs are examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist registered with the CERF annually, and only dogs with normal CERF results are bred.  CERF documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs certified free of genetic patellar luxation by the OFA.  (Animal must be one year of age at the time of exam).  OFA documents on file with the CCA office. 
1 STAR
 Bailey Ann (Dam) is certified free of Congenital Heart Disease by the OFA.  (Animal must be one year of age at the time of exam).  OFA documents on file with the CCA office. 
1 STAR All breed dogs DNA Tested for parentage.
Puppies are pet quality or breed quality providing they meet the CCA breed standard.

7 STARS  Debbie Clayton San Jose, CA 95124
Email: dtclayton@sbcglobal.net
Stud service for CCA breeders of American Cockapoos™.
Sorry no puppies available. 
“Our puppies qualify for the Cockapoo Club of America Registry as CCA American Cockapoos™”

CERF papers on file expire 9/27/12.
Check individual dog’s papers online at www.offa.org to see a list of certifications.
Star Qualifications:
1 STAR  Breeding to the established standard and have signed and observe the Breeder Code of Ethics. Have acceptable environments for their dogs and pups, and welcome site visits by CCA officials.
3 STARS  Using AKC provable stock producing 3rd generation American Cockapoos™.  3-generation pedigrees on file  with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs are examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist registered with the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) annually, and only dogs with normal CERF results are bred.  CERF documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs certified free of genetic patellar luxation by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).  (Animal must be one year of age at the time of exam).  OFA documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR All breed dogs DNA Tested for parentage.
Puppies are breed or pet quality. 

7 STARS  Debbie Cowdrey, Starlos Cockapoos, Christmas Valley, Oregon
Website:  http://www.starloscockapoos.com
Email: puppies@starloscockapoos.com  Phone: 541-576-2493
All CCA American Cockapoos™  puppies available now..
  Third generation puppies arrived.  6 beautiful babies born 8/26/11.  Click on the website to see the puppies. 
“Our puppies qualify for the Cockapoo Club of America Registry as CCA American Cockapoos™”
CERF papers on file expire 10/15/2012.
Check individual dog’s papers online at www.offa.org to see a list of certifications.
Star Qualifications:
1 STAR  Breeding to the established standard and have signed and observe the Breeder Code of Ethics. Have acceptable environments for their dogs and pups, and welcome site visits by CCA officials.
3 STAR  Breeding clear AKC registered American Cocker Spaniels to clear AKC registered Poodles producing 1st generation American Cockapoos™.  Also breeding AKC provable stock producing 2nd generation American Cockapoos™.  Using AKC provable stock producing 3rd generation American Cockapoos™  AKC documents on file with the CCA office.  3 generation pedigrees on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs are examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist registered with the CERF annually, and only dogs with normal CERF results are bred.  CERF documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs certified free of genetic patellar luxation by the OFA.  (Animal must be one year of age at the time of exam).  OFA documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  Gracie, AKC registered Standard Poodles, is  certified free of hip dysplasia by the OFA
Puppies are pet quality or breed quality providing they meet the CCA breed standard.

 

6 STARS  Chris Michels, Kiki’s Cockapoos, Sacramento, California
Email: michels@surewest.net    Phone: 916 359-3278
Sorry no puppies available at this time.
“Our puppies qualify for the Cockapoo Club of America Registry as CCA American Cockapoos™”
CERF papers on file.
Check individual dog’s papers online at www.offa.org to see a list of certifications.
Star Qualifications:
 
1 STAR
  Breeding to the established standard and have signed and observe the Breeder Code of Ethics. Have acceptable environments for their dogs and pups, and welcome site visits by CCA officials.
2 STARS Using AKC provable stock producing 2nd generation American Cockapoos™.  AKC documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs are examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist registered with the CERF annually.  CERF documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs certified free of genetic patellar luxation by the OFA.  (Animal must be one year of age at the time of exam).  OFA documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR All breed dogs DNA Tested for parentage.
Puppies are breed or pet quality.

5 STARS   Pam Kennedy Hunt Davis, CA 95616-2701
Email:  pamkennedyhunt@hotmail.com Phone: 530-756-4285
Sorry no puppies at this time.
“Our puppies qualify for the Cockapoo Club of America Registry as CCA American Cockapoos™”
CERF papers on file expire 6/13/12.
Check individual dog’s papers online at www.offa.org to see a list of certifications.
Star Qualifications:
1 STAR
  Breeding to the established standard and have signed and observe the Breeder Code of Ethics. Have acceptable environments for their dogs and pups, and welcome site visits by CCA officials.
2 STAR  Using AKC provable stock producing 2nd generation American Cockapoos™.  AKC documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs are examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist registered with the CERF annually, and only dogs with normal CERF results are bred.  CERF documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs certified free of genetic patellar luxation by the OFA.  (Animal must be one year of age at the time of exam).  OFA documents on file with the CCA office.
Puppies are pet quality or breed quality providing they meet the CCA breed standard.

4 STARS  Janae Wallace, Queen Creek, Arizona
Email: dcwallac@hotmail.com  Subject: CCA Puppies    Phone: 480-813-3511
Sorry no puppies available at this time.
“Our puppies qualify for the Cockapoo Club of America Registry as CCA American Cockapoos™”
CERF papers on file expire 3/2012.
Check individual dog’s papers online at www.offa.org to see a list of certifications.
Star Qualifications:
1 STAR  Breeding to the established standard and have signed and observe the Breeder Code of Ethics. Have acceptable environments for their dogs and pups, and welcome site visits by CCA officials.
1 STAR  Breeding clear AKC registered American Cocker Spaniels to clear AKC registered Poodles producing 1st generation American Cockapoos™.  AKC documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs are examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist registered with the CERF annually.   CERF documents on file with the CCA office.
1 STAR  All breed dogs certified free of genetic patellar luxation by the OFA.  (Animal must be one year of age at the time of exam).  OFA documents on file with the CCA office. 

NOTE:  Many quality breeders are in the process of submitting documents to the CCA office.   Breeders will be added as their documentation is received.  The CCA continues to offer a breeder information packet for non star breeders in all regions of the country.  The breeder list above is provided as a free service to the above breeders in an effort to support star rated breeders and to encourage AKC, OFA and CERF. 

 

Cockapoo Club of America Breeder Code of Ethics

GENERAL:
1. These policies set forth Breeding Standards and outline the ethical behavior expected from all member breeders.
2. Breeder(s) signatures at the bottom of this statement reflect their agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics set forth herein and to welcome site visits and inspection of the premises and records.
3. All breeding stock must be registered in the CCA registry.and database.

BREEDERS AGREE TO:
1. Truthfully represent the quality of their dogs and to refrain from any deceptive advertising and/or maligning of their competition by making false or misleading statements about person’s or their dogs.
2, Be fluent with and breed with the Standards in mind.
3, Refrain from selling puppies to pet stores, commercial brokers or dealers, puppy mills, or to offer any as door or raffle prizes.
4. Be willing to take back any dog they have bred, for any reason, in their lifetime (or make suitable arrangements) rather than see it placed in a shelter.
5. Keep all dogs under clean and sanitary conditions, including housing appropriate for the climate, adequately sized run areas and encourage temperamental soundness and well being through regular daily personal contact.
6. Provide a system of identifying each dog (if over 10 dogs) by collar and tags, tattooing or microchipping. Males must be kept separate from the females so that there is no chance of breeding errors. Meticulous records must be kept.  Dogs and business should be properly licensed in accordance with the laws of the community. See “Record Keeping Details.”
7. Provide a high quality diet, and promote optimal health through regular worming, inoculations and periodic veterinary checks.
8. Maintain a minimum standard of yearly eye checks by a veterinary Ophthalmologist (CERF) as required to prevent the host of heritable eye disease so common in the parent breeds.  Breeders who, in addition, elect to have vet checks done for hips, elbows and patellar abnormalities demonstrate that they have made every effort to assure that their dogs are healthy and have special recognition from the CCA.
9. Breed only a limited number (less than 5) of Breeds at one time.
10. Be a mentor and help breeders with less experience, remembering that once, we were all novices also.
11. Breed only non related pairs of the healthiest, best tempered dogs.
12. Breed only dogs who have reached at least the age of 1 year and until they are 8 years. Over 8, veterinary health checks are strongly recommended prior to breeding.
13. Breed only one stud dog to one female during a season. Should a second stud breed unintentionally, the pups must be sold without registration papers.
14. Consider a semiannual test for Brucella on their breeding stock.
15. Breed only dogs who are CCA registered.
16. Have a written, dated and signed contract for outside stud services between the owner(s) of the male and the female which details type of remuneration expected. (see CCA sample stud agreement)

SALES AND MARKETING:

1. Carefully screen all potential buyers, educating them and making sure that they can provide suitable homes for a Cockapoo and that they know about the lifetime commitment of love, caring and funds necessary to properly have a dog as part of their family.
2. Be clear about and truthfully represent the qualities and deficits of the breed.
3. Provide the new owner with a copy of the sales and warrantee contract (CCA sample available) before pickup if possible.
4. Spay or neuter any dog with a known genetic defect. Sell only as young pups with a spay/neuter agreement by withholding registration papers until the owner presents evidence that this has been done. Spay or neuter retirees before placing them in homes.
5. Refrain from letting puppies go to new homes before 6 weeks of age, preferably 7. Only ship pups who are at least 10 weeks old because of the fear period between 8 and 10 weeks.
5. Give the new owners written instructions (see sample CCA puppy instructions) on the care of the pup, along with a sample of the food if needed, and a record of worming and shots.
6. Provide the buyers with the application and information on CCA registration except as noted in item 3 above.
7. Use sales or special contracts to cover any other agreements made between breeder and owner.
8. Actively encourage owners to contact the breeder for questions, comments or problems.

I have read and agree to abide by and comply with the CCA code of breeder ethics:

Signed:_____________________________
Date:_____________

The American Cockapoo and The English Cockapoo

The Cockapoo Club of America’s goal is to help the Cockapoo become a recognized breed by selectively breeding unrelated pairs bred for health and temperament down the generations.  To do this we encourage breeders to breed stock with quality, clear, AKC registration provable backgrounds.  There are three separate breed categories of Cockapoos in the Cockapoo Club of America Registry (to open in the future).  The first is the American Cockapoo™, the second is the English Cockapoo™ and the third is a temporary Cockapoo (non-provable) category that will remain in place for a limited time.

AMERICAN COCKAPOO

The American Cockapoo™ is a Cockapoo, bred by a breeder-member of the Cockapoo Club of America, that traces back to half AKC clear registered American Cocker Spaniel and half AKC clear registered Poodle (of any size) who before breeding have been CERF’ed annually and found free of inherited eye disease, and who have been OFA certified free of genetic patellar luxation at a minimum.  These “American Cockapoos™” are being selectively bred for health and temperament down the generations of unrelated pairs and are being carefully documented to establish the American Cockapoo™ as a breed of it’s own.  

In order for an American Cockapoo™ to be registered in the CCA Registry database (to open in the future) the dam and sire must have the following on file in the CCA office:  

  • A current annual CERF exam
  • Copies of OFA patellar luxation documents 
  • AKC papers of the originating American Cocker Spaniel and Poodle
  • A current pedigree tracing back to the originating breeds.  A three generation pedigree is preferable or beyond.  
  • Excellent health and temperament
  • Completed CCA Stud Certificate for the American Cockapoo™  if the breeder does not own the sire.
  • The American Cockapoo™  must be half AKC American Cocker Spaniel and half AKC Poodle and the proceeding American Cockapoo™ generations must be from stock that are half and half of the originating breeds.
  • If an American Cockapoo™ is bred, it must only be bred with an unrelated, qualifying, American Cockapoo™ to be included in the CCA Registry database.  It may not be crossed with an English Cockapoo™ or a non-provable Cockapoo nor with a Cocker or a Poodle.
  • All colors and color combinations, and all size categories are acceptable Teacup Toy, Toy, Miniature, Mini Standard and Standard.
  • OFA elbow and hip dysplasia certification is optional.
  • The breeder must be a current member of the CCA in good standing and must have signed and adhere to the breeder code of ethics in order to use the CCA name American Cockapoo™ (we have applied for a trademark).

Either breed can be the dam or sire but usually due to differences in size, the American Cocker Spaniel is the dam and a Toy or Miniature Poodle is the sire.  An annual Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) exam performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist, is required for every dam and sire, and Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) patellar luxation registration is required to certify the dam and sire to be free of this genetic problem..  OFA elbow and hip dysplasia certification is optional.  

ENGLISH COCKAPOO

The English Cockapoo™ as you may have already guessed, is a Cockapoo, bred by a breeder-member of the Cockapoo Club of America, Inc., that traces back to half AKC clear registered English Cocker Spaniel and half AKC clear registered Poodle (of any size) who before breeding have been CERF’ed annually and found free of inherited eye disease, and who have been OFA certified free of genetic patellar luxation at a minimum.  These “English Cockapoos™” are being selectively bred for health and temperament down the generations of unrelated pairs and are being carefully documented to establish the English Cockapoo™ as a breed of it’s own.  

In order for an English Cockapoo™ to be registered in the CCA Registry database (to open in the future) the dam and sire must have the following on file in the CCA office:  

  • A current annual CERF exam 
  • Copies of OFA patellar luxation documents 
  • AKC papers of the originating English Cocker Spaniel and Poodle
  • A current pedigree tracing back to the originating breeds.  A three generation pedigree is preferable or beyond.  
  • Excellent health and temperament
  • Completed CCA Stud Certificate for The English Cockapoo if the breeder does not own the sire.
  • The English Cockapoo™  must be half AKC English Cocker Spaniel and half AKC Poodle and the proceeding English Cockapoo™ generations must be from stock that are half and half of the originating breeds.
  • If an English Cockapoo™ is bred, it must only be bred with an unrelated, qualifying, English Cockapoo™ to be included in the CCA Registry database.  It may not be crossed with an American Cockapoo™ or a non-provable Cockapoo nor with a Cocker or a Poodle.
  • All colors and color combinations, and all size categories are acceptable Teacup Toy, Toy, Miniature, Mini Standard & Standard.
  • OFA elbow and hip dysplasia certification is optional.
  • The breeder must be a current member of the CCA in good standing and must have signed and adhere to the breeder code of ethics in order to use the CCA name English Cockapoo™ (we have applied for a trademark).

Either breed can be the dam or sire but usually due to differences in size, the English Cocker Spaniel is the dam and a Toy or Miniature Poodle is the sire.  An annual Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) exam performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist, is required for every dam and sire, and Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) patellar luxation registration is required to certify the dam and sire to be free of this genetic problem..  OFA elbow and hip dysplasia certification is optional.  

The CCA created this category for those who are interested in breeding English Cocker Spaniels with Poodles.  After much thought and discussion, the two breeds were separated due to the physical differences between the American and the English Cocker Spaniel.  After all they are two separate breeds.  In order to establish the Cockapoo as a breed, we need to breed to a predictable physical breed standard.  If the gene pool included three separate breeds (the American Cocker Spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle) the gene pool could be too diverse to get a predictable physical breed standard.  We will be keeping meticulous records down the generations and will require a three generation pedigree for each dog to be registered in the CCA registry.

COCKAPOO (NON-PROVABLE)

The CCA conducted extensive research across the nation, and communicated with hundreds of Cockapoo breeders.  We discovered that for decades Cockapoo breeders had no common breed standard to breed to, so each individual breeder did his or her “own thing”.  As we struggled to create categories in our CCA Registry database, we found great diversity among the breeders.  Here are some of the observations we made that we would like to share with you. 

  • Some breeders were breeding first generation Cockapoos using non registered Cocker and Poodle without knowing their backgrounds or the health and temperament of the line.
  • Some breeders used one AKC registered dog with a non registered dog.
  • Some breeders bred a Cockapoo to a Poodle producing a “Cock-a-poo-poo” that is 3/4 Poodle.
  • Some breeders bred a Cockapoo to an American Cocker Spaniel or an English Cocker Spaniel producing what we affectionately call a “Cock-a-doodle-poo” that is 3/4 American Cocker or 3/4 English Cocker.
  • We found every combination you can imagine and all of these dogs were being called “Cockapoos”!
  • Only a handful of the breeders were doing any genetic testing and many were adamantly opposed to any genetic testing at all, even though the cost for a CERF exam is only $33.00 per dog and an OFA patellar luxation exam is included in the cost of an annual health exam, which costs about $32.00 for the first dog and usually discounts are given for multiple dogs!

We created this temporary “Cockapoo” (non-provable) category in the registry for these breed dogs since as you can see they were too diverse to categorize.  The temporary category was created to provide an opportunity for breeders who are breeding these dogs to register their present breed dogs, and  to register their offspring with spay and neuter contracts.  When these breed dogs are beyond their breeding age (eight years old) the CCA recommends replacing them with only AKC registration provable CERF’ed and OFA certified stock who will qualify as CCA American or English Cockapoos™.  If the offspring of the non-provable Cockapoos who were sold with spay and neuter contracts are bred, the puppies will NOT be registrable in the CCA Registry. These dogs are not recommended for breeding by the CCA.

The CCA recommends only breeding American Cockapoos™ or English Cockapoos™ down the generations who have been selectively chosen for health and temperament and who have passed annual CERF exams and OFA patellar luxation exam (at a minimum) and that meet the breed standard for American or English Cockapoo™.