The Cockapoo

Black cockapoo puppiesOne of the advantages of owning a Cockapoo is that they are hypoallergenic dogs; this means they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in humans.  By bringing a hypoallergenic dog into your household you are reducing the risk of the dog triggering an allergic reaction.

The Cockapoo Coat

The poodle has a low dander count and a very low-shedding coat, and these characteristics are inherited by the Cockapoo.  Many people with asthma and eczema are therefore able to live closely with a Cockapoo without being troubled by allergic symptoms at all.

The coat type of the Cockapoo will vary as characteristics are inherited from both the poodle and the cocker spaniel.  There may even be some variety within a litter.  The three possible coat types are a tight curly coat, a loose wavy/ringlet coat and a straighter coat.  We will be able to suggest what type of coat a puppy may have when the puppies are just a few weeks old it is possible to see the coat type starting to develop.

The texture of the Cockapoo coat usually consists of dense, soft or silky fur, unlike the coarser fur found on many dogs, and all three coat types of the F1 cockapoo will be low-shedding/dander with low-allergen qualities.

Grooming and Maintenance

The puppy coat of the Cockapoo is relatively easy to look after regardless of the Coat Type Variations. So for the first six months a very simple grooming regime of regular brushing sessions of 10 minutes or so, four to five times a week should keep your puppy in good order. A simple grooming kit consisting of a comb, a brush, nail clippers and a slicker brush will be all the tools you will need for these first months. Intermingle treats and praise with the grooming to make this a pleasant experience. Even though your puppy may not really need this recommended amount of grooming, it will later on when the adult coat ‘comes in’ so it’s a valuable time to familiarise your puppy with being groomed. All dogs nails will need trimming every 2-3 months with nail clippers.