All You Need To Know About The Cockapoo
Over the years poodles have become one of the most popular types of dogs to have as a pet and to breed with other dog breeds. While there are not many breeds of poodles, there are several types of poodle mixes including the labradoodle and the cockapoo. Breeding a dog does require a careful procedure, but if the breeding is accurate and effective the dog can be an ideal pet. Of course, there are several factors that you need to take into account before ownership. This article will provide information on the cockapoo.
• The Breeding
This type of dog breed is a combination of the popular poodle and the cocker spaniel. As a mixed breed, the cockapoo will have, in theory, all the desirable qualities presented by its parents. In reality, one hopes that the puppy will inherit the desirable qualities because breeding is not an exact science when it comes to temperament or appearance.
Ideally, the puppy will inherit the cocker spaniel parent’s character of being friendly, mellow and having a pleasant personality. It would also inherit the cocker spaniel’s sturdy build instead of the poodle’s smaller build. The poodle traits desired include intelligence, cleverness and a non-shedding coat useful for individuals with allergies.
It is essential that one remembers there is no guarantee of traits in this breed of dog because it is a mixed breed. By combining the parent canines one can only hope for the desired traits, but it is possible that the puppy will only have a single trait or no desired traits at all. For example, while a poodle does present with a hypo-allergenic coat (one that does not shed); this may not be present in the cockapoo puppy. Instead, the puppy may present with the cocker spaniel coat that is shedding which can be problematic for owners with allergies.
• Health And Genetic Disorders
By combining the two breeds, this particular type of canine becomes less prone to genetic disorders. Of course, the breeding procedure does influence the tendency toward genetic conditions. For example, if a brother and sister are bred there is a chance of genetic disorders. However, by breeding with completely different bloodlines from different breeds there is no chance of disorders and the gene pool can be strengthened.
When the poodle became a popular dog, it caused a high demand for the breeding of poodles and these animals were bred for money without concern for health. Inbreeding occured in many cases and genetic problems became apparent. Unfortunately, the same was seen when cocker spaniels become popular and genetic conditions became rifer in this breed. Known health problems were associated with each breed due to breeding for demand versus breeding to advance the quality of the animal.
While it is possible to obtain and breed a healthy pure-bred poodle and cocker spaniel, this is becoming more difficult. Through research of the parental bloodlines, it can be seen that many of these animals present with mixed breeding in some area and a tendency toward genetic conditions. This can negatively influence the health of the discussed poodle/cocker spaniel mix and increase the chance of genetic disorders.