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10 Fascinating Cockapoo Facts You May Not Know

Melissa Gunter

By Melissa Gunter

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Cockapoos have a way of sneaking into our hearts and winning us over without a lot of effort. They are one of the few dog breeds that can show unconditional love to their owners and adapt to any lifestyle you lead. Still, before you bring one of these cute little dogs into your life, you should learn all you should about them. Here are a few facts about the Cockapoo that you may have never heard before.

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The 10 Facts About Cockapoos

1. They Aren’t Really Hypoallergenic

Dog lovers often try to find a dog that is hypoallergenic to help reduce allergies. You’ll see claims of dogs being hypoallergenic, especially Poodles, which are one of the parent breeds of the Cockapoo. People even say that Cockapoos themselves are hypoallergenic. Unfortunately, no dog is completely hypoallergenic. However, Cockapoos are light shedders. This means less dog dander, which is what causes dog allergies, floating around your house. If you keep a Cockapoo well groomed and vacuum regularly, these dogs could be the perfect pet for people with allergies.


2. Cockapoos Are One of the Friendliest Dog Breeds

Cockapoos are easily considered one of the friendliest dog breeds around. Both parent breeds, the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel are considered friendly dogs overall but when you combine them, the result is a bundle of fur that every owner loves. The Cockapoo does great with small kids, active adults, the elderly, and anyone who needs a pup in their lives. Cockapoos also do great as emotional support animals due to their ability to pick up on their owner’s emotions and try to care for their needs with love and kisses.

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3. Cockapoos Don’t Smell

Yes, you heard that right. Cockapoos don’t have the dog smell all dog lovers have become accustomed to. You won’t have issues with odors on your furniture or around your house with a Cockapoo as your chosen pet. It’s best to keep up with their routine baths and grooming needs, however, if you want to keep it this way.


4. Cockapoos Come in Various Colors That May Eventually Change

Cockapoos come in a variety of colors. If you have your heart set on a particular color when choosing a new puppy to share your home with, Cockapoos can oblige you. You’ll find dozens of colors available when it comes to these dogs. Black, brown, golden, red, or mixes and variations are all possible but don’t be shocked if your Cockapoo’s coloring changes over time. Poodles have a fading gene that can make solid coats fade or become multi-colored. The same can happen with a Cockapoo.

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5. Bundles of Energy

Cockapoos have the uncanny ability to adapt to the type of lifestyle you lead. If you want a dog that is active and playful, they’re perfect. Don’t let this worry you, however, if you’re older or prefer a more relaxed lifestyle. Cockapoos can spend time being couch potatoes and lounging with their owners as long as you ensure they get the mental stimulation and exercise they need to stay healthy.


6. Cockapoos Can Lead a Long Life

Saying goodbye to our best friends is difficult. It’s also something we know we’ll face eventually. Luckily, for the families with Cockapoos, they lead long lives if they are cared for properly. Cockapoos have been known to live up to 18 years. If you want your best friend to be by your side for a lot of years, take them to the veterinarian regularly and provide them with the nutrition, care, and love they require.

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7. Cockapoos Like to Swim

Thanks to the Poodle in them, Cockapoos often take a liking to the water and love to swim. This is great for families that live near the water or love to vacation in those areas. Poodles were once used as water retrieval dogs and passed this down to the Cockapoo. You’ll even find that some Cockapoos are born with webbed feet like the Poodle making them great in the water when introduced to it early in life and in the proper way.


8. Cockapoos Are Highly Intelligent Dogs

We already mentioned that Cockapoos have the uncanny ability to understand their owner’s emotions and react to them, that isn’t where their intelligence ends, however. Cockapoos are known as smart dogs. They can be trained easily and work well with praise and positive reinforcement. You’ll also find that your Cockapoo needs mental stimulation. Puzzle toys and treats will help keep their minds sharp and fight boredom.

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9. They Are Considered the First Designer Dog

Today, designer dogs are all the rage. All those dogs and their owners can thank the Cockapoo for that. Cockapoos are often considered the first designer dogs. Originally bred in the 1950s, these dogs brought together the best traits of their parent breeds, the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel, perfectly. Their loving dispositions and happy nature has made them one of the most popular designer dogs ever.


10. Cockapoos Come in Various Sizes

Did you know Cockapoos come in various sizes? While we’re used to seeing Cockapoos as small to medium in size, they are also available as teacups. This only helps to make these dogs more adaptable to life with their owners. If you have a smaller home and need a smaller pooch, a Cockapoo can easily fit into your life.

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Conclusion

As you can see, there’s a lot to love when it comes to the Cockapoo. If you’re considering one of these adorable dogs as part of your family, hopefully, these 10 facts can help sway your decision. Cockapoos are ideal companions and deserve to have loving homes to call their own. If you reach out to a breeder to bring a Cockapoo into the family, make sure to choose one with a good reputation. Keep in mind, however, as the Cockapoo is considered one of the first designer dogs in existence, you can often find these dogs at rescues and shelters waiting for the perfect family to call their own.

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