Buying a puppy
We urge anyone considering buying a puppy to do their research. It is important the qualities and attributes of dog you are interested in best suits your family and lifestyle, it is essential to also consider the qualities of Cocker spaniels and Poodles.
There are attributes of the cockapoo that are present in many other existing KC registered breeds so take care to ensure that your end decision is an informed one. Ensure you are choosing a established breeder with both the experience and reputation for rearing healthy, quality puppies. A good breeder will be in high demand and may not be able to provide you a puppy straight away.
Beware of breeders without references or with more than two or three other breeds. Insist on seeing pups with their mother and litter mates and always avoid ‘free adds’ sites selling puppies at discount prices. As a breeders we have to be 100% happy with potential owners therefore cannot understand what type of breeders are supplying pet shops or puppy supermarkets who buy in puppies to re-sell.
What you may save in money on the day you may pay for long-term. As the Cockapoo’s popularity grows, so do the number of ‘Backyard Breeders’ and unscrupulous people selling crossbreed puppies.
It is important your new puppies family tree is recorded and traceable thus avoiding disappointment when the cute curly puppies your bring home mature into something quite different. Puppy farming and mass producing puppies is nothing new and there is no quick fix to make this awful trade go away.
The internet is a great tool for researching Cockapoos and breeders alike. We encourage people to take a look at online forums like ‘I Love My Cockapoo’ and clubs like the Cockapoo Club of GB. This can be a great way to find out more about Cockapoos in general and chat to people about all things Cockapoo related – from what to look for in a breeder, to advice on training and socialization in the early days.
Although conveniently low shedding, the Cockapoos coat comes at a price. Compared to other breeds, the Cockapoo can quite fairly be described as high maintenance. Sharing many of the benefits of the poodle type coat, this also extends to the maintenance and management of a coat that does not shed its dead hair. Hair that does not leave the coat through moulting will stay in the base of the coat and eventually build up and mat. Brushing and combing is advised at least once a week to maintain a knot ant mat free coat. If left unattended the coat will continually grow so it is advised to decide on a length and style that suits your dog and suits your lifestyle. To achieve this we recommend the services of a professional dog groomer every 4 – 8 weeks from the age of 6 months. The longer your dogs coat, the more regular it should be maintained. As there is no breed standard for the Cockapoo, there are lots of accepted styles in which to have your dogs coat clipped. Take time when explaining to your groomer about what you want and be clear about what you don’t want. As with most curly and long coated breeds the coat should be preferably scissored and shaped into a preferred style as apposed to clippered. The majority of ‘Poo owners like to accentuate the features that make the Cockapoo so special, their eyes and expression, fluffy heads, long ears and shaggy beards while still maintaining a practical length i.e easy to dry and less likely to pick up grass and twigs.
A coat that is left ungroomed can potentially mat and where mats go un-noitced the only option can be to shave your dogs coat right down.
The Cockapoo is not an incredibly demanding dog but like all dogs does require moderate exercise.
The Cocker Spaniel is a gundog breed and was used for finding and retrieving woodcock, it is an active dog able to hunt in most environments including water. The poodle is classed as a utility breed. Although famous for its intelligence and trainability it was originally used to retrieve game from water. Needless to say Cockapoos do enjoy swimming and this can be a great way to exercise your dog.
With the Cockapoo having two active and able parent breeds in its makeup its essential that apart from regular exercise dogs must but kept stimulated. A Cockapoo left alone for long periods of time will become bored and will quite often develop into behavior issues which can be hard to correct.
Many of our owners participate in obedience, agility, flyball, water activitiy and search dog clubs to keep their dogs fit and active.
Cockapoos are intelligent and able little dogs.
They require firm and continuous basic training and like all dogs, need boundaries and limitations to fit into a family dynamic.
We recommend puppy training classes from the age of around 12 weeks.
This is a great chance for your puppy to socialize and learn basic obedience in an environment where there are other dogs and many distractions.
Training will be a working progress, the more time you invest, the better the result. In my own experience Cockapoo’s ‘adolescent stage’ can last well into their second year of life. Be patient and enjoy your ‘Poo while they’re young.
We treat our dogs and the puppies we breed as just that, dogs! We do not allow them on the furniture, up the stairs or near the dinner table while we are eating.
A dog is happiest when he or she knows where they are in the pack.
It is important with any dog to have clear boundaries and to be able to correct undesirable behavior in a way the dog can understand.
Not just a pretty face! The Cockapoo is famous for its temperament. They are affectionate, intelligent and loyal dogs. Cockapoos thrive on human interaction hence their reputation as the ‘perfect family dog’
Cockapoos are tolerant, placid, cheeky, loveable, fun, devoted dogs. Cockapoos are known to be extremely patient with children, one of the most important things for families looking for their first dog.
Due to years of careless breeding both Cocker Spaniels and Poodles temperaments have suffered as a result.
Some poodles have a reputation of being highly-strung or snappy. Many Cockers at the height of their popularity in the 70’s and 80’s inherited terrible temperaments making them unpredictable and in some cases aggressive. This was known as ‘Rage Syndrome’ and although not only associated with Cockers and thankfully, is almost unheard of in Cockers of today, it is a prime example of careless breeding leading to something that can damage a breed and its reputation for a life time.
The Poodles and Cockers of today are once again appreciated for their intelligence and soft natures.
We are very selective about the dogs we breed from as the parents temperaments and dispositions are passed on to their puppies.
In any case we strongly advise, where possible, meeting both parents of the litter you are interested in. Spend time assessing their nature and behaviour. Make sure mother is confident and comfortable with your presence and watch the puppies interaction.