English or American?
Many people considering taking on a Cockapoo puppy ask the differences between an English Cockapoo and an American Cockapoo. English Cockapoos are bred from an English Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. American Cockapoos are bred from an American Cocker and a Poodle. American Cockapoos lend themselves to the appearance of their American Cocker parent, they are usually smaller in height ( 13” + ) have a shorter nose, a smaller more rounded head, are a little more compact and have a thicker coat. English Cockapoos are usually 14” – 16” high, have a broader head and nose, a looser curl to their coat and appear more athletic. In our opinion there is no distinguishable difference in temperament between English or American Cockapoos.
Do you breed from ‘show type’ or ‘working type’ cockers?
All of our girls are show type cocker spaniels. Although both the same breed, working spaniels and show type spaniels can look like two completely different dogs. The working cocker is bred to be small, agile and with plenty of drive. Show type cockers are usually taller, heavier built and have a longer more feathered coat. A couple of our girls are a show bred with a small amount of workers in their pedigree. In their pups we have seen no difference in size, coat, temperament or suitability as a pet.
Are Cockapoos good with cats?
Yes – Like most dogs the Cockapoo and cats can co-exist quite well. Although we do not have cats in our home, feedback has shown our puppies settle in well with cats once in their new homes. We recommend gentle socialisation from an early age with both cats and any other resident family pets.
To crate or not to crate?
Dogs are den dwelling animals and take comfort from being in a confined space. As well as offering a secure and safe ‘den’ for a puppy crate training is an effective and speedy way to house train your new additiom. A puppy will instinctively want to relieve itself away from where it sleeps. Confining the puppy of a night and for short periods of time where he or she will be unsupervised encourages the puppy to hold on until it can be taken outside.
Can i buy two puppies?
No. We advise against taking two puppies of the same age of from the same litter. The amount of work involved in socialising, rearing and training one puppy is considerable. For families wanting more than one dog we recommend introducing a new puppy around 10 – 12 months after bringing home your first.