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What A Family Should Know When Considering Cockapoo Puppies

By Jill Faulkner

Cockapoo puppies are known as the first of the designer dogs now so popular. These offspring of the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle are small and adorable. They offer a beautiful face with a wonderful personality.

These pets are generally affectionate and accepting of everyone, including the elderly, kids and pets of all kinds. They are small in size and love to cuddle but also large enough the romp and play with bigger dogs. Their zeal for life spreads to all around them. While they do well with kids of any age, most prefer older children.

In many ways, these pets have the best traits of both Cocker Spaniels and Poodles. They have a sweet and stable temperament from the Cooker and an orientation to people from the Poodle. Another advantage is that these dogs require less grooming than poodles.

In the beginning, breeders were wanting to create a type of dog that offered the personality to get along well in a small home that was also hypoallergenic. These qualities remain the primary concerns. Top breeders do not offer discounts for variations in height or head shape because the primary characteristics are more important.

Most of the time, these dogs are not known for their barking. They will alert the owner if they hear or see someone approaching their house or territory. In addition, if left alone for an extended period, the dog may bark out of sheer boredom.

These pets shed very little hair and can live in a home without covering all one’s belongings in dander. They are an ideal choice for individuals who love dogs but have allergies to them. The cross is known for having little odor to the skin and coat. However, they will require daily brushing and need to have their hair cut every six weeks or so. Otherwise, they require little maintenance.

The breed is available in four different size categories. A standard is above 15 inches in height and weighs 19 pounds or more. Miniatures in the breed are 11-14 inches in height and weigh 13-18 pounds. Toys in the breed are those dogs less than 10 inches tall, have a sturdy build and weight 6-12 pounds. The Teacup toys have the same height standards as the toys but weigh less than 6 pounds.

All but the standard dog adapt well to living in a small home or apartment but must be exercised. In an ideal situation, the pet will have a small fenced yard in which the do can play, but the smaller versions do well as long as they are provided with daily walks to prevent them from becoming overweight.

Cockapoo puppies are the first of the designer dogs, but are not a true breed. They are the cross of two recognized breeds. While generally lovable and affectionate, before taking one of these dogs an individual should understand that size, looks and even temperament may be less predictable than a purebred. However, most owners quickly fall in love with the new ball of fur that quickly takes over the home.

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