Cocker Spaniel Mixed with Poodle
As with a lot of smaller dogs they tend to be quite long-lived, and it's usual for cockapoos to live between the lifespan of 14-18 years.
However, both purebred poodles and cocker spaniels can suffer from luxating patellas (loose knees), and this can be passed on to their offspring. For this reason, an OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) exam is recommended to check for this problem before dogs are bred.
Purebred poodles and cocker spaniels can also suffer from a number of eye disorders, including progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). A CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) exam and DNA test for PRA should therefore be performed before breeding.
Like many floppy-eared breeds, Cockapoos can be subject to ear infections, and it's important to keep their ears clean and dry.
Cockapoos have become popular because they generally combine the outgoing, loving personality of the Cocker spaniel with the low-shedding, low-dander qualities of the Poodle. Cockapoos are active, and thrive when they receive regular exercise. Cockapoos can be very agile, excelling at "retrieve" games and enjoying activities such as swimming. Cockapoos are frequently very needy dogs and as such are not suitable to be left alone for long periods as they frequently suffer from separation distress or anxiety.
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. Cockapoos, however, may inherit the characteristics of either or both their parent breeds. While some Cockapoos appear more similar to Cocker Spaniels, others will exhibit more Poodle traits, creating a variation in Cockapoo appearance and temperament.
ColorsA white cockapoo with brown markings.
Cockapoos vary in color. They may be:
- Black With Spots
- Red, including auburn and apricot colors
- Brown, varying from light to dark
- Sable, a brown color with tipping and shading in black
- Beige with brown and grey markings
Cockapoos can be one solid color or can have complex markings. They can be white with patches of any color. They can also have spots or freckles of color, called ticking.Cockapoos are often active and agile.
Cockapoos may also have a merle coat, where random portions are diluted to create a mottled appearance.