What is a Cockapoo?
A true cockapoo has only Poodle and Cocker Spaniel in it's pedigree.
A 1st generation is the result of a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. A 2nd generation is a result of two 1st generation Cockapoos and so forth.
The size of a cockapoo is detirmined primarily by height.
Height is measured to the top of the shoulder in a standing position.
TOY: 10" or less and approximatly 12 pounds.
MINI: 11" to 14" and between 12 and 20 pounds.
STANDARD: 15" or more and over 20 pounds.
COLOR AND MARKINGS
STANDARD: Black, white, buff, cream, apricot, red, chocolate.
PARTI: Two or more solid colors.
PHANTOM: Black body with brown color on legs, under tail, eyebrows and the side of the face.
SABLE: Black or dark brown at birth. Later it lightens to a mix of gold, silver, brown, tan or red with darker points in their coloring.
TRI COLOR: Parti with tan markings.
MERLE: Lighter colors swirled with darker colors.
ROAN: White hairs or patches intermingled with the base color.
Cockapoos are very inteligent and highly trainable. They are curious and eager to perform. They are outgoing and happy. They love children and do well with single owners as well as families. Most cockapoos are good with children, but training is very important.
Choosing a male or female depends on your preference for your family. The only time gender really matters is where breeding is concerned.
SPAYING OR NEUTERING
Benefits of spaying your female: No heat cycles, less desire to roam, reduces or eliminates risk of tumors or cancer if done before the first heat cycle and reduces the number of unwanted puppies.
Benefits of neutering you male: Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying or marking, less desire to roam, eliminates risk of tesicular cancer, reduces risk of prostate disease, reduces the number of unwanted puppies and decreases aggresive behavior.
Their hair is usually dense. It is many times wavy or even curly. They do not usually shed. They are usually hypoallergenic.
You must brush your dog regularly to prevent matting. As your puppy matures to an adult he or she will require clipping every 2 to 4 months.
Their tails may be docked or undocked depending on the choice of the breeder. We do not dock the tails of our puppies.
They usually live between 14 and 18 years. Some can live up to 20 years.
Their activity level is moderate. They adapt well to all types of homes. They do not function well as outdoor dogs.
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