A Cockapoo is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, sometimes described in the media as ‘designer dogs’ they have been known in the UK for over 10 years. They are increasing in popularity as their reputation grows for being affectionate, fun-loving, energetic, intelligent and adaptable companions. The dogs most frequently used for breeding Cockapoos are working or show cocker spaniels (the latter allegedly being less energetic) and miniature or toy poodles.

F1-Cockapoo

Scully @ 18 months

Scully an F1 Cockapoo at 18 months

Scully is a first cross, her mother is a working Cocker Spaniel and her father a Miniature Poodle. She has the energy, enthusiasm and ‘willingness to please’ of her mother, and the good looks, intelligence and non-shedding coat of her father

 

F2 – Cockapoo

We are planning to mate Scully with another F1 cockapoo. Her mate will be a complete outcross, thus maintaining “hybrid vigour” and we are looking forward to an interesting litter of F2 puppies. We expect this litter to include some puppies with stronger spaniel characteristics, some who are more poodle like, and others in the middle who more closely resemble their parents.

Cockapoo coats

Flat coat. Very similar to the Cocker Spaniel and as such is very low maintenance. This coat will be low shedding and will not need clipping.

Straight coat. Growing in loose waves, is sometimes described as ‘medium maintenance’. It needs regular grooming and will need clipping 3 to 4 times a year; this coat will be low/medium shedding.

Wavy ringlet coat. This is Scully’s coat and is the classic Cockapo ‘teddy bear coat’. It is high maintenance, and needs regular grooming with clipping or trimming to prevent matting, Scully’s coat is non-shedding.

Poodle type coat. This is a tighter corkscrew coat that will need to be kept well groomed, clipped and trimmed. This is also a non-shedding coat.