Why are Cockapoos so Popular?
The cockapoo has fast become one of the most popular dogs of choice in the UK many dog owners now choose them over other traditional purebred pedigree dogs. Why does the cockapoo have such a strong following? Holidays4Dogs finds out more about cockapoo popularity.
What is a cockapoo?
In case you weren’t already aware, a cockapoo is a hybrid dog that comes as a result of a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle. In the past, cross bred dogs were regarded as ‘mongrels’ or ‘mutts’. However, dedicated breeders of cockapoos put a lot of thought and effort into breeding puppies with excellent temperaments and health.
The cockapoo originated in the United States in the early 1960’s. The first litter produced was an accidental mating, but this particular cross was quickly established and their popularity grew. In the U.S., as here in the UK, many cockapoo clubs sprang up. Many have campaigned for official recognition of the breed and some clubs have formulated their own breed standard.
Cockapoos are not recognised by the UK Kennel Club, (neither are they in the U.S.). Thus there is no formal breed standard to adhere to. This means cockapoos vary in their appearance and personality; but this is undoubtedly one of the attractions of these super little dogs. In fact, many people argue that going down the official breed standard route, might spoil the breed’s uniqueness and possibly create further health issues.
While many people believe that cross bred dogs possess ‘hybrid vigour’ there are, nevertheless, several genetic diseases that can already affect cockapoos.
These are the conditions potential owners should be aware of if they are considering purchasing a puppy;
- Hip-Dysplasia, Familial Nephropathy (a condition suffered by English cocker spaniels),
- Retinal Dysplasia,
- Von Willebrand disease Type 1.
Cockapoo – no 1. in the personality stakes!
Their adaptability means that cockapoos are good at fitting into a variety of roles from companion dog to therapy dog; agility dog to sniffer dog. They generally adore people and other dogs and can usually get on with other pets in the household. As with any breed, however, introductions should be taken carefully.
Cockapoos are highly intelligent dogs. Despite their small stature they do need a fair amount of exercise and mental stimulation. Both cocker spaniels and poodles are intelligent breeds and a combination of the two means that the cockapoo is as bright as a button and raring to go.
They are quite easy to train and very happy to be engaged in games and activities. Because they bond with people so well, they can sometimes suffer from separation anxiety; although this very much depends on the temperament of the parents.
Cockapoo popularity – Conclusion.
These cute little pooches really are superb little dogs that make excellent pets. Its no wonder cockapoo popularity has grown. Although they are fairly small, they have huge personalities. They are friendly, sociable and easy to train. Their size means they are great for sofa cuddling, relatively easy to pick up, but not too small that they can’t enjoy a good romp around with other dogs. It is hardly surprising then, that these gregarious little dogs are so popular with families. They make great buddies!