The Cockapoo came about during the 1960s and was one of the few original designer breeds. This mixed breed is a cross between an American Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. The Cockapoo can also be known as a Cockapoodle, Cockerpoo or Cock-a-Poo, Cockerdoodle, or a Spoodle. However, the Spoodle is the name of the breed developed between the English Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. The Cockapoo was bred to create a dog that was hypoallergenic and exhibited a sweet disposition. They succeeded because the Cockapoo is an extremely happy, affectionate, and loving breed. It seems “Happy” is their first, middle, and last name. They are also very intelligent, and therefore easy to train. A Cockapoo would do well living in an apartment if they are the smaller breed using the smaller sized Poodle, like a Miniature or Toy Poodle. New dog parents would be great with this breed due its easy going and forgiving nature. Due to the Cockapoo being bred to be a companion it does not like to be alone, and subsequently can suffer from separation anxiety. Cockapoos are very affectionate with everyone; the elderly, children, and even other pets, but they are better suited with older children. It would also be important for the pup to have early training and socialization to discourage any bad behavior. The breed has a single, long coat that can be curly or straight, with a varied mix of colors, such as black, brown, red, apricot, cream/white, and with assorted patterns. Their coat does not shed so it is essential to brush it daily to avoid matting. Cockapoos only need to be bathed when absolutely necessary, and their nails trimmed 2-3x/month. It is important to handle your puppy's paws when they are young to get them used to being handled. The Cockapoo is typically under 10 inches to over 15 inches, and usually weighs from under 6 pounds to over 19 pounds, with a life span of 12-15 years. With routine veterinary visits, care, and love your Cockapoo should live a long and happy life.
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