The Cockapoo Is A Great Family Dog

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  • Author Sandy Oberreuter
  • Published April 1, 2008
  • Word count 395

Want a great family dog? The Cockapoo is a great family dog. The Cockapoo is also known as cockerpoo, spoodle and cockerdoodle. They have been popular in the United States since the 1950's.

The Cockapoo is what is known as a hybrid dog. They have the best qualities of the American Coker Spaniel and the Poodle (usually a miniature or toy poodle). This, of course, is assuming these dogs are not bred from defective cockers or poodles.

Cockapoo's are noted for being happy-go-lucky and their wonderful dispositions. These dogs are intelligent, sweet natured, very affectionate, friendly and mellow. They have a forgiving nature that makes them an ideal dog for children. Their personality is unparallel in their ability to relate to people especially children. Therefore, they make great family pets and make ideal companions for seniors. They enjoy the company of other pets and dogs, too.

They are eager to please, non-destructive and easily trained by using a consistent approach.

These dogs love to play and do require a daily walk if they don't have a small yard to run around in. This also helps to keep them healthy since they have a tendency to overeat.

Cockapoo's have low shedding coats with very little dander which is the culprit in allergies people have to dogs. So they make a great choice for these people.

Cockapoo's have a lower incidence of genetic defects than their parental breeds. You do need to keep their ears clean because they are prone to ear infections. They tend to live a long life….18-22 years.

These dogs come in four sizes:

Teacup - under 6 pounds

Toy - under 12 pounds

Miniature - 13-18 pounds

Maxi/Standard - over 19 pounds

A cockapoo has a sturdy appearance. Their eyes are large, round, well spaced with an intelligent expression with eyes that can be dark brown or hazel. Ears hang fairly close to their head and are feathered. Their tails can be docked or well featured and full coated if long.

The have three different coat types - tight curly, medium curl or flat coat. They come in many colors: any solid color, Parti color (solid with white), phaniton (brown, black, silver body with contrasting color on legs), tri-color, merle or roam.

As always purchase your dog from a reputable breeder to insure a healthy dog. Check the NACR Breeder Listing for registered breeders.

Sandy has a web site on small dog breeds with information on different breeds including pages on dogs good with children and the elderly,most popular dogs, choosing a dog and breeder, vet, dog clothes, dog houses and much more. http://www.small-dogbreeds.com

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