The Cockapoo is a hybrid dog breed resulting from the cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, popular for its friendly character and charming appearance. It is a relatively new breed, appearing in the United States in the 1950s.

General details

Their size and weight can vary considerably, but they generally weigh between 5 and 12 kg and are between 25 and 38 cm tall at the withers. Their average life expectancy is 13 to 16 years. * This breed is not recognized by the International Canine Federation (FCI) and is not currently considered a purebred breed. Several canine associations classify it as a mixed breed or hybrid breed. It originates from the cross between American Cocker Spaniel and Poodle Miniature.

Breed history in brief

The Cockapoo is a designer dog breed (or "mix") that originated in the United States in the 1950s. It was created by crossing a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, with the goal of combining the intelligence and loyalty of the Cocker Spaniel with the lack of shedding and hypolergenicity of the Poodle. During the 1960s and 1970s, Cockapoos became very popular in the United States and later in the United Kingdom. Today, they are considered a companion breed and have been used as therapy and assistance dogs.

Breed characteristics

It is a breed of dog characterized by its small to medium size. They have a well-proportioned physical structure, with rounded head, and large and expressive eyes. Their coat is curly or wavy, and can be of different colors, such as white, black, golden, chocolate or cream. In general, the coat requires special care to keep it in good condition. The temperament of the Cockapoo combines the best of both breeds, being a loving, sociable, intelligent and energetic dog. Their friendly and adaptable nature makes them excellent companions for people of all ages and lifestyles.

Common health problems

The Cockapoo is a hybrid breed of dog that can inherit certain diseases from its parent breeds, such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy and heart disease. As a relatively new breed, information on the most common diseases in the Cockapoo breed is limited.

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