Cockapoo Puppies For Sale In Pa.

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Cockapoo Information

Lifespan

The modern Cockapoo is considered to be a “designer dog,” or rather, a planned mixed breed. It is, in fact, a crossbreed of the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel. Their size can vary depending on the size of the Poodle they were bred from. They can grow anywhere from 10 inches tall to 15 inches. They normally weigh anywhere from 10-30 lbs. Cockapoos live for about 14-18 years. Puppies are normally born in litters of 4-6, and do not necessarily look alike due to their hybrid genes. One puppy can be born with completely solid coloring and features that are more “Poodle-like,” while its brothers and sisters may be tri-colored and look more like a Cocker Spaniel.

Temperament

Cockapoos have been around since the 1960’s, and are still valued as one of America’s favorite crossbreed pets. They have a reputation for being intelligent, loving, and playful. This breed in particular is said to make an excellent family pet, as it is good with both children and other animals.

The Cockapoo is said to have many positive traits, including a friendly and companionable nature. This is an outgoing dog that is very “people oriented.” The breed is said to have a curious nature. They are very smart and able to learn a variety of tricks.

The Cockapoo is a breed that should not be left alone for long periods of time, as it can cause anxiety and behavior problems such as barking, digging, or chewing. It is important to make sure the breed will have ample time with its family or owners throughout the day.

There are no accounts of the breed being particularly territorial or aggressive. As a matter of fact, the Cockapoo seems to be willing to get along with everyone, including visitors, strangers, and other dogs. This makes it an ideal pet for trips to the dog park, beach, or outdoor mall.

Care

The Cockapoo has a hybrid coat featuring characteristics of both parent breeds. The coat comes in 3 types. The fur may be tight and curly, shiny and wavy, or shiny and flat. The coat is usually longer and quite silky. The breed will require regular trimming around the ears and eyes in order to prevent discomfort, and occasional visits to the groomer for an all-around “tidying up” of the coat are suggested. The tails are either kept full or docked. Full tails will also need to be trimmed. Weekly brushings do well to keep the coat in excellent shape. Cockapoos do need to have their nails trimmed occasionally, and regular dental care should also take place.

The Cockapoo is considered to be a “low shedder” and “hypo-allergenic.” While the dog does not have much dander, there is no proof that it is actually hypoallergenic; though many people with dog allergies have claimed that the Cockapoo’s coat does not cause symptoms.

The Cockapoo’s ears, however, do require regular care, as they have inherited the tendency toward ear infections from the Cocker Spaniel. Ears will need to be checked frequently for signs of irritation, redness, or infection. An ear wash solution obtained from the veterinarian can help to keep ears clean and prevent the spread of infection. Cockapoos can also experience some tear staining around the eyes. Gentle wiping with a soft, damp cloth can help to prevent build- up.

Despite being a relatively healthy breed, due to what is called “hybrid vigor,” the Cockapoo still has some potential health ailments inherited from both the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel. These include Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, and Legge-Calves-Perthes Disease, which is a bone disorder. Regular vet care is recommended.

The Cockapoo is said to require only a moderate amount of exercise, though they are described as an active and playful breed. Walks and play time in the yard are excellent ways to keep the dog in shape. Because it is so smart, the Cockapoo is a breed that does well learning new tricks and even agility skills.

This breed is also said to be highly trainable. The Cockapoo learns quickly, responds well to praise, and is eager to please. They are said to be fairly easy to housetrain, and do not seem to have the same difficulties with barking that other smaller breeds do. Because of their sweet personalities, Cockapoos respond well to consistent, gentle training. This is not a breed that needs to have a “pack leader” established or firm commands. They are happy to follow directions and learn just because it pleases their owner.

Owning a Cockapoo

If deciding to purchase a Cockapoo puppy, potential owners need to be aware of the current breeding practices. There are currently three schools of thought, or “breeding philosophies” in regards to breeding the Cockapoo, as certain clubs are striving to create a breed standard.

The first breeding philosophy is based on multigenerational breeding. This means that Cockapoos with desired traits are bred with other Cockapoos that may be older or younger.

The second philosophy is based on the belief that a “true” Cockapoo can only be bred from a purebred Poodle and a purebred Cocker Spaniel.

The third philosophy is a mix of the first two. In an effort to create a breed standard, 1st or 2nd generation Cockapoos are bred to either a purebred Cocker Spaniel or Poodle featuring the desired traits.

While the outcomes of each type of breeding are varied, it is important to know what practice the breeder is using before purchasing the puppy. Because the Cockapoo is a hybrid, and does not yet have a set standard or records, it is important to make sure the breeder is reputable and licensed. If possible, see if the puppy’s bloodlines can be traced, or if there is any type of health history.

While they do not often end up in pet shelters or adoption centers, it is possible to adopt an adult or older Cockapoo. Although older, these dogs are still trainable and make wonderful additions to the home.

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