Considering a Cockapoo

A Cocker Spaniel-Poodle mix is not a breed of its own, but a mixed-breed dog.


Q. What can you tell me about a FB1 Cockapoo? I noticed one for sale and may be interested in purchasing. Do you know what they usually cost or what should come with the purchase of such a dog? I have never purchased a dog, but was given one as a gift.
We used to have a Poodle-Terrier mix who passed away a few years ago. He did not bother my allergies, was one of the most precious little family members and is greatly missed.

A. I can tell you that this is not a “breed” but a dog that is part Poodle (which doesn’t shed) and part Cocker Spaniel (which does). You will also probably be charged many hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars more than a mixed-breed dog with a clean bill of health from a local shelter would cost you.

If you want a purebred dog, I recommend going to an established hobby breeder or a breed rescue group. You can find both by visiting the websites of national breed clubs, and from there, being guided to local groups dedicated to your breed. For a mixed-breed dog, visit your local humane society or shelter.


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Kaity   Bennington, NE

5/21/2012 2:25:57 PM

We were given an 8 year old cockapoo after a friend could no longer care for her. After a few classes to help with fearful behavior, she is a happy and sweet-tempered dog with endless love to give. Consider a cockapoo as a family pet, but I would recommend a shelter or a rescue before turning to a breeder.

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jennifer   oshawa, CA

12/11/2011 4:32:30 PM

My husband and i just got a cockapoo she is 6mths and she is amazing gets along great with our other dog who is pure cocker.I just find it hard to get her groomed she gets scared of the noise. we wouldn't go with any other breed now that we experienced the two,but how do i get her used to the grooming?

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julia   maumee, OH

6/15/2010 5:31:18 PM

COCKPOOS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bela   New York, NY

4/28/2010 9:32:02 AM

I have a nine mo. old cockapoo Nico and I agree with all the previous comments. Everybody is asking us (me and my boyfriend) what kind of dog is it and where to get them. We call him our "bunny". He loves to jump around and he is incredibly fast! He loves other dogs and he is the most gentle when it comes to treating people. He makes children and adults smile or laugh out loud on the street when we take him out for walks because of how cute and sweet he behaves. He loves to play with much bigger dogs especially, he jumps over them, under with the speed of lightning:).He is placing his bunny paws on faces of huge dogs and makes everybody's hearts melt...He chases petals of flowers outside like kittens do mice, he is just so cute and sweet and funny! Also, my boyfriend is allergic to dogs but not to Nico..He is a very quick learner as well.My boyfriend wanted a big dog before we've got Nico but now he says there is no better dogs than cockapoos are:)As much as I love all the dogs and had few different breeds in the past, I absolutely agree..Cockapoos need a lot of hugs and kisses though, so if you can't provide that, don't get a cockapoo!!!:)

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