Cockapoos are a hybrid dog breed resulting from a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. Although the Cockapoo breed is not recognized by the AKC, they have become a very popular dog in a relatively short period of time. While the precise origins of the Cockapoo breed are unknown, they have become increasingly common since the 1960’s. Cherished for their even temperament, low shedding hair, and small size, Cockapoo’s pack a lot of personality and style into a small package.
Cockapoos have been bred since the 1960’s with an eye towards creating a breed that combines the best characteristics and personality traits of both the Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. From Poodles, Cockapoo breeders hoped to bring its curly, hypo-allergenic, and low-maintenance coat. Additionally, they wanted to draw from the Poodle’s innate intelligence and demeanor. From the Cocker Spaniel side, breeders hoped to bring the Spaniel’s love of people and family, as well as their small, sturdy stature, and easy-going temperament.
Today’s Cockapoos may be first-generation, being direct descendants of a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, or both parents may be Cockapoo’s. Depending on the height of the Cockapoo, it may be considered a teacup variety, measuring about 10” tall or less, up to a standard Cockapoo, measuring 15” tall or more. Being a hybrid breed, Cockapoos can also have coats that encompass the broad range of coat colors of both Cocker Spaniels and Poodles, resulting in a multitude of beautiful combinations.
Cockapoo Temperament & Personality
Cockapoos have generally inherited the Cocker Spaniel’s easygoing and mild-mannered temperament. As such, Cockapoos are known as affectionate family dogs that love their owner or family. They are considered very social animals and do well with others of both the two and four-legged variety. Owners describe their Cockapoos as being extremely intelligent with a friendly and cheerful personality. However, the high intelligence inherited from their Poodle lineage has both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, Cockapoos take to training well and are quick learners and eager to please their owner. On the other hand, Cockapoos that are not given the attention they need and become bored have been known to exhibit destructive behavior. Nonetheless, Cockapoos are great family dogs and are considered excellent companions for those living in apartments or condos, or those that live in an urban environment.