Author: Arslan Hassan
Cockapoo dogs, also referred to as “Cockapoodles,” are designer dog hybrid breeds that are a mix of Poodles and Cocker spaniels. They’re perfect for families that are active, caring, and sociable.
However, sometimes their character traits and appearances can differ based on the type of poodles used in breeding.
Most Cockapoo dogs weigh about 6-9 pounds when they’re fully grown. They have a coat of long flowing curls that have to be frequently brushed. Many of them have different shades of coats, such as chocolate, red, blue, and white.
Their cute faces are framed by their little flabby ears that complete the look. Cockapoo dogs also don’t shed a lot of hair which is perfect for people with allergies. Of course, most of the time, it depends on the type of poodles that they’re bred from. For example, cockapoo dogs that are about 10 inches tall and weigh between 6-12 pounds are normally bred from toy poodles, and standard cockapoos that weigh more than 19 pounds and are 15 inches tall are the offspring of standard poodles.
Temperament and Personality
Cockapoo dogs are generally very loving and are known to have joyful personalities. They’re also very intelligent and love socializing with everyone, from family members and friends to their pets. While they get their easy-going and gentle nature from Cocker spaniels, they get their intellect from poodles.
Despite their sweet personality, it’s important to keep in mind that cockapoo dogs get very attached to their owners. They’re very sensitive and can’t be left alone for too long otherwise, they can develop separation anxiety. That’s why it’s your responsibility as an owner to avoid this from happening and to take good care of your cockapoo dog.
Many owners don’t face any difficulty when it comes to training their cockapoo dogs. This is because cockapoo dogs are fast learners and pick up things that you teach them very quickly because of their excitement to satisfy their owners.
According to research, cockapoo dogs can learn commands such as sit, stay, come and sit up when they’re just 6 months old. However, it’s important to remember that no matter how easy it is to train a cockapoo dog, you must make sure to train it using positive reinforcement, rewards, and motivation.
If you train your cockapoo dog by scolding it and giving it punishments, you can leave a negative impact on its mental health and ruin your relationship with it by causing it to fear you. This can also lead to it developing destructive behaviors such as barking and biting and even mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
How To Care For Your Cockapoo?
When you adopt a cockapoo dog or puppy, it becomes your responsibility to look after it and care for it. There are specific things you should know to keep your Cockapoo happy. Such as:
Food and Water
When it comes to feeding Cockapoo puppies, some people can become careless and think that they can feed their dogs just about anything. This is wrong as it can cause serious health problems to the dog, such as food poisoning and indigestion.
Avoid feeding it leftovers and other cooked foods that have fat in them, such as marinated or fried meat and bones. You must feed your cockapoo dog foods containing the perfect balance of vitamins and minerals that help it digest the food and not cause an upset stomach.
It’s also important to make sure that your cockapoo dog drinks lots of freshwater to stay hydrated. You should also thoroughly wash the bowl that you give your dog water in before and after it drinks, as sometimes bacteria can crawl inside it and get transferred to the dog when it drinks from it. This can cause the cockapoo dog to fall sick.
Exercising is a basic necessity for active breeds like cockapoos. Cockapoo dogs need fresh air and a way to burn off their excess energy. Hence why you should let them play outside in your backyard for an hour or 2. If you don’t do that, they’ll look for other ways to burn off energy in your home, resulting in a messy home.
That’s why you should make a routine of taking your cockapoo dog out for walks in the neighborhood or dog parks 2 times every day. You should even let it run around for a bit in the parks; just make sure to keep a leash on it so that it doesn’t wander off and get lost.
One of the most important things that you need to care for in a dog is its hygiene, and the best way to do that is by grooming it. A cockapoo needs to be groomed quite frequently. However, the number of times that you groom your cockapoo dog can also depend on the type of fur that it has. There 3 types of fur coats that a cockapoo dog can have:
Cockapoo dogs that have flat fur coats don’t require a lot of grooming. They shed very little fur that doesn’t need to get clipped as often either. Their fur should be brushed at least 2-3 times a week.
Straight fur coat cockapoo dogs shed a bit more fur when compared to cockapoo dogs that have flat fur coats. They require grooming more frequently and need clipping and fur brushing at least 3-4 times a year.
The cockapoo dogs that have this type of fur coat require a lot of maintenance. Although they don’t shed their fur, they still molt twice a year; that’s they need to be groomed more frequently to avoid matting.
Now You Know Everything About the Cockapoo
Cockapoo dogs are an energetic and sociable hybrid breed that can fit well into any loving household. This breed can be trained as early as 6 months old. With enough time and proper care given to your cockapoo puppy, you’re adding another healthy and helpful member to your family.