If there was ever a mixed breed to steal the show, it’s definitely the Cockapoo (sometimes called a Cockapoodle). Although it wasn’t the first doodle breed (that title goes to the Labradoodle), the cocker spaniel/poodle mix is certainly one of the most popular, and for good reason: they’re absolutely fabulous pets. Although can someone please explain why “cockadoodle” didn’t catch on as a breed name?
Here are a few things you may not know about the Cockapoo. Or if you’re a big enough fan, maybe you do…
1. Cockapoos are one of the friendliest dog breeds you’ll find
It’s hard to know exactly where certain traits in dogs come from, but for whatever reason, this mix tends to create some of the friendliest dogs on the planet—and it has one of the best smiles, too. This is a dog that will happily greet you at the door, eagerly follow you around a room, and happily curl up next to you on the couch or directly on your lap. Wherever you go, the Cockapoo will follow.
It’s this friendly, sociable personality that makes these dogs excellent therapy dogs. And their small size (they only grow to be about 20 lbs) makes them great for people who can be a bit nervous around dogs or for patients who struggle to move from their hospital beds, for example.
2. They’re extra smart
You’ll get way more out of a Cockapoo than sit, down, and stay. These dogs live for more complicated routines, as this Cockapoo who can do 20 tricks in under three minutes shows. Cockapoos have even been known to break out a dance move or two, and love a good dog puzzle. So yes, they’re happy to be show-offs and prove exactly what they can do.
3. Admittedly energetic fur balls
Although they don’t need a ton of exercise every day, Cockapoos are super energetic. They walk with a pep in their step, and you’ll see them run in circles on a regular basis. Some Fetch? They’re pretty much always happy to play, whether it’s across a living room or across a park. Some people say they never really lose their ‘puppy’ personality. Don’t be surprised if their enthusiasm rubs off on you—it’s hard to see their happy, excited faces and not feel a bit better about the world in general.
4. Their ears need extra TLC
While the Cockapoo’s droopy ears are really cute, they can also lead to ear infections if not properly maintained, since not as much fresh air is getting to them. The veterinarian can help advise Cockapoo parents on how best to clean their ears. Making sure the groomer is clipping excess hair in that area can help, too.
5. If you want fresh dog kisses, you’ll need to regularly brush their teeth
Small dogs tend to have tartar buildup and other dental issues that lead to loss of teeth more often than larger dogs, according to the American Kennel Club. The Cockapoo is no exception. Keeping their lovable smiles healthy takes dedication in the form of daily tooth brushing and regular check-ups with the vet to avoid any dental problems. The reward is a happy, healthy pet who can give you all the sloppy face kisses you desire—without the worst dog breath.
6. Cockapoos don’t shed much
Like poodles, their coats tend to be wavy or curly and their fur tends to stay on their body more than on your carpet or hardwood. While it won’t make your house allergy-free (sorry about that), it can cut down on how much dog hair is floating through the air at any given moment.
7. They come in many colors
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While you may be most familiar with a white or cream-colored Cockapoo, these lovable pups can actually vary in shade, from white to black to red and many colors in between. It’s hard to predict what color Cockapoo puppies will be until they’re born, but the good news is that whatever color their outside is, they’re all sweethearts on the inside.
8. Get ready to lose all your resolve
Maybe it’s because they are so sweet and energetic 95 percent of the time, or maybe it’s because we’re all suckers on the inside, but if there was ever a dog that was hard to say no to, it’s this one. I mean, look at that face. Wouldn’t you do pretty much anything in the world to make that face happy again!?
Featured image via by Sally Wynn from Pixabay