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Cockapoos have been bred since 1950 starting in the United States. Cockapoos have become popular because they combine the outgoing, loving personality of the Cocker Spaniel with the low-shedding, low-dander qualities of the Poodle.
The Cockapoo is a cross-breed, not a purebred, and does not “breed true”. In breeders’ terms, “breeding true” means that the pups will have consistently predictable characteristics. While some Cockapoos appear more similar to cocker spaniels, others will exhibit more poodle traits, creating a variation in Cockapoo appearance and temperament. Over the last 60 years with Cockapoos becoming more and more popular there have been recognisable traits, looks and character of the breed developing true.
Cockapoos can be one solid colour or can have complex markings. They also may have spots or freckles on the muzzle or legs. In addition, they may have patches over the eyes, on the cheeks, on the chest or under the tail. Cockapoos may also have a merle coat, where random portions are diluted to create a mottled appearance. This is because of the varied colours of both spaniels and poodles and the colours you can cross together.
We are often asked about why there are so many variations in Cockapoo looks and if we can advise on the looks of the cross breed. The look of the Cockapoo will depend on the generation and the parents. The general rule is Cockapoo puppies will slightly favour the looks of the mother. For this reason we breed with a Cocker Spaniel mother and a Poodle father. Here at Rosedale we breed F1 Cockapoos with an English show Cocker Spaniel mother and a miniature or toy Poodle father. Please see the gallery images. We have also introduced the F1b Cockapoos with a Cockapoo mother and a Poodle father. They have a curlier coat and are slightly smaller than the F1 Cockapoo. They will be non shedding and are perfect for those looking for a curly coated Cockapoo.
Cockapoo size and weight are a function of what type of dogs the parents are, the Miniature Cockapoos will usually grow between 13 – 16 inches and the Toy Cockapoo’s will be 13 inches or less. So generally they will be smaller than the average Miniature Labradoodle.
Cockapoos are an energetic and intelligent breed of dog. They need regular ‘off lead’ exercise and would suite an active or busy family. With their intelligence they respond to strong leadership and really thrive with training. With this they are a fun, intelligent and affectionate dog. They love people and other dogs and make a wonderful addition to the home. Some of our F1 Cockapoos have gone to be working dogs, companion dogs and hearing dogs. They do really well in training for this and are popular due to their characters and low moulting coats.
Here at Rosedale we have bred healthy Cockapoo puppies since 2005, all with very similar looks and characteristics. We pick all our mothers for their natures and good breed type. We breed mainly F1 Cockapoo puppies. We have also started to breed F1b Cockapoos due to requests and research.
- Silky wavy fleece coat
- Regular brushing and grooming
- Low to non- shedding
- Low to no odour
- Miniature height to 13-16”, Toy height up to 13”
- Breed standard Cockapoo looks
- Medium to high energy levels need regular exercise and training
- Curly fleece coat
- Regular brushing and regular grooming
- Very low shedding and hypo allergenic coats
- Low to no odour
- Slightly smaller than the F1 Cockapoos
- Cockapoo breed standard looks with a curlier coat
- Medium energy levels
As one of our three most popular breeds we usually have litters of Cockapoos all year round and do have waiting lists for certain colours and genders. As for temperament differences between boys and girls we say that each puppy is different, neither is more or less dominant than the other although we always advise if you already have a dog / bitch to get the opposite sex as the same sex can clash.