The Cockapoo is the result of crossing a Cocker Spaniel with a Toy Poodle or a Miniature Poodle.
The Cockapoo is one of the most popular hybrid dogs out there, with owners loving the combination of the Cocker Spaniels’s personality and energy with the non-shedding coat of the Poodle.
This small to medium sized dog is very active, who loves to be outside. However, they are also friendly and caring, liking just as much to curl up on your lap and to watch TV with you!
These smart and affectionate dogs are great for the family and, if you’re interested in learning more about this adorable little pup, read on below.
The Cockapoo has two very popular parents — the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle — so it is no surprise that the Cockapoo hybrid is also popular. These dogs can be used as working dogs such as guide dogs, although they were originally intended to be companions, especially for those with allergies who needed a dog with a low-shedding coat.
The Cockapoo is a very energetic pup that loves to be outside exercising. They make an excellent running or hiking partner and also loving swimming and playing games with you such as “fetch”. Really, they just want to please you and be around you, so wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, they’ll be happy to follow and join in!
How Long Do Cockapoos Live For?
The Cockapoo has a long life expectancy. These dogs are expected to live to anywhere between 14 and 18 years old.
The Poodle Mixes lifespan is another of the many bonuses of buying a Doodle as your newest family member. It’s been proved that mixing a pure-bred dog with a Poodle results in Hybrid Vigor.
Hybrid Vigor is the increased vitality and longevity that is often seen in hybrids ( crosses between two different breeds of plants or animals). It is thought to be caused by the heterosis effect, which is when the offspring of two different breeds are more fertile and healthier than either parent.
Hybrid Vigor aids in the extended longevity of your Doodle, particularly in larger Doodle breeds, as the Poodle’s genetics help to minimize problems such as bone density that lead to hip issues later on.
Other factors, such as the amount of exercise your dog gets, the quality of food you feed it, and the quality of care it receives from a Veterinarian all play a role.
On the whole, Doodles have a longer life expectancy and fewer health concerns than most Pure Breeds.
HOW TO HELP YOUR DOODLE LIVE A LONG & HEALTHY LIFE
One of the most important things you can do for your Doodle is to provide it with a good diet and plenty of exercise. Feed your dog high-quality food, and make sure it gets plenty of exercise – at least 30 minutes per day.
Regular vet checkups are also important, as they can help catch any health problems early on.
KNOWN HEALTH ISSUES IN COCKAPOOS
Due to the fact that these dogs are a mixed breed, they have fewer health concerns than many pups. However, unfortunately, they can still be prone to some health problems that their parent breeds are prone to.
The Cockapoo can be prone to Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) that both their parent breeds have also been known to develop. This is an eye disorder that eventually causes blindness from the loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye.
Patellar Luxation is another condition the Cockapoo may inherit from their Poodle parent. This is a common condition in smaller dogs and is caused when the patella is not properly aligned. This can cause lameness in the leg or an abnormal gait, sort of like a skip or a hop.
Regular vet checkups and keeping an eye on your dog will ensure you can catch any of these issues before they become untreatable.
Remember — buy from a reputable breeder and the chances your dog will suffer any health conditions will be greatly reduced. Trusted breeders will do health checks on both parent breeds and will not crossbreed if there is a chance of passing on any severe issues to offspring.