|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
A Cockapoo or Cockerpoo is a
created by crossing a
Cocker Spaniel and a
Poodle, in most
cases the Miniature Poodle. Breeders usually try to retain the small build of
while retaining the wavy quality of the Poodle's coat.
Cockapoos generally weigh between 20 and 24 pounds (9 to 11 kg) and stand
about 14 or 15 inches (35 to 38 cm) at the
their originating breeds, Cockapoos come in a variety of coat colors, both solid
colors and combinations. The general shape of the Cockapoo, in particular its
ears, mostly resembles the Spaniel, but the coat and face are usually more
reminiscent of the Poodle.
They do not shed, are loyal, and don't cost more than a cat to feed. They are
as odorless as a dog can be and they don't slobber.
Cockapoos are well known for their loyalty to their owner, and are known to
get jealous if he/she pays attention to anything else. Like most spaniels, they
can be very energetic, but this can vary widely from dog-to-dog. They shed
little to no hair.
Cockapoos are generally well off in the health-risks lists, so vet bills are
usually not an issue. However, they can suffer from problems associated with
either the Cocker Spaniel or the Poodle.
The Cockapoo has been popular in the
United States since at least the 1970s. It has become so common that many,
if not most, Cockapoos on the market today are the result of breeding male and
female Cockapoos rather than of a direct cross between the Cocker Spaniel and
The Cockapoo is still under development. Strictly speaking, the Cockapoo
cannot yet be described as a
because it does not 'breed true'. In breeders' terms, 'breeding true' means
that, when two specimens of the same breed are mated, the puppies have
consistently predictable characteristics and will resemble their parents, rather
than exhibiting random characteristics of the dog breeds in their parents'
ancestries. Further, the
breed standards of breeds-under-development are invariably freer, more open
to interpretation and cover more observable types than those of established or
kennel club recognized breeds.
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