"Cockapoo is the dog for you," Hey, I am a poet, and I didn't even know it!
Owe dear, where is this post going?
Back seriousness of the review of :Cockapoos is a fantastic breed of dog. Cockapoos are one of our most loyal customers; they love our OVO EGGS... They are Crazy about them.
So, owning a Cockapoo is full of Joy they make us smile each day, and they really do enrich our lives; however, a cockapoo or any dog in that matter is not right for everyone.
Take a Jump?
Before making this life-changing jump for joy and happiness before sourcing a breeder, it's worth going through this list of things to consider before leaping into long term commitment and ensure you make an honest decision is whether a Cockapoo is right for you.
Do you currently have a lifestyle, and are your circumstances OK to add a new family member like a busy little cockapoo?
A Dog is a massive commitment, and owning one should be an enjoyable privilege, not a chore. You should only consider getting a dog if you can fulfil his/her needs and had real long think are you ready?! Can you bring joy to these puppies live will this puppy bring joy to you or your family?
We are seeing a considerable amount of cockapoos being bred as their popularity continues, but also a rise in the amount up for re-homing.
Things you should consider before making this leap
Can you offer life long commitment to a real-life four-legged cuddly dog?
A Cockapoo can live around 10-16 years are you able to commit your time providing food, shelter, and exercise as well as training, Grooming, and MOST important LOVE!
Will you Care for him for all these years every single day? You will need to make provisions for when you are on holiday abroad, or if you have an active social life or spending too many hours at the office, anything that takes you away from your puppy, your dog will need to be looked after.
Do you have time & patience to train your Puppy Dog?
Puppies can be hard work stressful just like a newborn, except they BITE!
When you first bring them back home, they will need time to settle, and you need to help them establish a routine. Routine is KEY to stress-free puppy and stress-free for you!
Most important is to toilet train your new baby cockapoo, which won't happen overnight and learn about bite inhibitions; get some GOOD teething toys!
Teach basic commands, ensure they are well socialised and have plenty of recall training, Puppies in my experience when you think you have them trained they dart off to a funky smell they have in their tracks.
Puppy nipping is one of the most stressful stages during the puppy development stage, especially as pups go through teething just like a human baby; they find it painful at times and uncomfortable. Get them a teether set from www.naturalrubberpettoys.co.uk; this will soothe their pain, money-back guarantee. Our toys are Made for babies too, so NO toxins in our toys, just flexible, durable teething aids.
Training continues as pups go through adolescence, a period you have to reaffirm the training that you have already taught. They can pretend to forget, but you must carry on the routine of discipline.
Do you have time to groom or take him her to the pet groomers?
Cockapoos need Care and attention to ensure their coats are matt free.
When they turn to adults, they need regular maintenance and require regular brushing and combing they need to be cut either clipper or scissor cut approx every 8 weeks
The groomer will generally charge between £20-£50 If you don't keep up with this, it can be excruciating for your dog and not kept up in check may have to get a shorter cut when they do go for trim due to the matt in the hair.
These dogs sometimes like to make your life a little harder as love to get dirty, loving the mud and puddles, and dare I say it in poo!
Their coats also are a magnet to sticks, grass seeds burrs, and anything else that their lovely coats can gather. So you may need to sit after a long walk like a monkey picking these out your dog.
Be aware grass seeds can also be dangerous, and often they get embedded in their ears and paws and require the vet to remove. This could even mean a sedation/ Big vet bill. Or worst-case scenario, the seed can travel up the leg and into other areas, and operation is more extensive and expensive.
After each walk, ensure you have a good check over your pet's coat for the likes grass seeds, ticks, and sticks to keep the general well being of your dog well.
Do you have time and mind for exercise?
Cockapoos are active dogs with lots of energy to burn and require a good amount of daily exercise. They also like to be free and off the lead, free to roam, sniff and explore they live.
This breed isn't daft; they are very intelligent and can easily get bored, so teaching playing catch and play games, teaching new tricks doing other activities like fly ball will be good for mental stimulation. While you may think they are happy just to sleep the days away, you must bear in mind these are active dogs.
Funds for Insurance to cover treatments
We recommend that you take out dog insurance to cover not only illness but any accidents the dog has or may cause to others. Some things will not be covered by Insurance, such as routine trips to vets for things like worming, flea treatments, neutering. So you will need money to pay for these over and above your insurance premiums. Cockapoos are also prone to ear infections due to their pendulous ears.
Are you are looking for an independent dog, if so this may not be the breed for you.
Cockapoos live, and breath for humans can come very attached to their owners a bit like velcro. They love to be around you; they worship the ground you stand. They just love to be around you.
This attachment and worship may be delightful; however, due to close bonds, you and your pet could have they some can be prone to separation anxiety tendencies when left alone. Therefore it's good to get them used to be left alone from an early age, build up the time left in small stages.
Do you want a cockapoo due to being good allergic to dogs?
It is misleading for breeders to describe them as being hypoallergenic, as people can get allergic reactions to the dogs' skin, saliva and dander and not just the fur.
Variations in coats of the cockapoo aren't 100% predictable could be either poodle or the cocker, maybe even a bit of both.
The appearance could be of the poodle or cocker or, again, a bit of both.
Whilst Cockapoos can inherit the low moulting coats of the poodle, it is not a given, and whilst there are many people with allergies who do not react with Cockapoos it is advisable that if you are an allergy sufferer, time is spent with a Cockapoo to see if a reaction does occur, preferably over a period of time. Maybe ask a breeder if you could visit both puppies and adults to see if any reactions do occur or an owner who is willing for you to spend time with their dog, Also try and ensure no other pets are present so that any reactions are not down to them.
Info from Hearing Dogs:
The allergens in a dog called Can F1, Can F2, Can F3 and Can F4, and comes from the saliva which can get onto the coat when a dog cleans itself, its urine and sebaceous glands onto its hair. Allergen levels tend to be worse in winter when dogs are more likely to be kept indoors
There is no scientific evidence that some breeds are more allergenic than others as it is not influenced by whether they molt but by their saliva. You cannot predict allergenicity of the saliva by breed/type. Some dogs will produce fewer allergens than others.
Do you want a moult free dog?
Cockapoos can shed hair, although not of it, especially if they take on the poodles coat. There is no guarantee of 100% if it has a poodle coat, so expect some hair to shed, especially those more like a cocker appearance; they will have less curly hair.
These dogs are just too cute
Yes, they unbelievably cute; there is no getting away from that. However, as with any dog can have a wide variety of temperaments, and these dogs require a good amount of exercise, grooming, and mental stimulation.
Want a clean, pristine dog?
Yes, when they have just had a cut, they are clean, pristine dogs, but when they see that puddle or a lake to jump into or poo to roll in, they will go that extra mile and jump right in.
A healthy breed they have there issues like us all.
You must ensure when buying that at least one of the parents has been DNA tested clear for GPRA. This is a condition that affects the retina of the eye and can lead to blindness.
Conditions that affect the poodle or cocker can also change your cockapoo.
Cockapoos can also be affected by but not limited to:
Eye issues such as Cataracts
Allergies .i.e. Pollen
Do you work full time
Many dog owners work full time, so don't worry too much, but you do need to consider the length of time the dog is going to be left alone, especially during puppy and adolescent stages of development.
If you use a crate, we do not recommend your dog is left alone for long periods of time.
Again make adequate provisions such as having a family member or friend or dog walker pop in during the day to take them out for a walk, play, and check he or she is ok.
For puppies we strongly recommend taking some holiday time from work to spend during their first weeks with you, it will help you bond and be there to help them settle in and start their training such as toilet training
For adult dogs, If you can take them out for a long walk before going to work, they may be fine till you return home or may need just someone to pop in and check on them and let them out in the garden.
Next, if that hasn't put you off getting your dog, go and get her!
However, research breeders, if its to good to be true, it probably is!