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FAQ's About the Cockapoo Breed
 
Q: What exactly is a Cockapoo?
A: A true Cockapoo is a dog that has only Cocker Spaniel AND Poodle in its pedigree. If the Cockapoo is specified as F1, F2, etc., that is the generation. If it says F1b, that means a Poodle is bred back to a Cockapoo. This is an acceptable breeding practice and is usually done to enhance the puppy's coat texture and/or color.
 
Q: What is a "first generation" Cockapoo?
  A: A first generation Cockapoo (F1) is a dog or puppy resulting from the breeding of a Cocker Spaniel to a Poodle.
   
Q: What is a "second generation" Cockapoo?
A: A second generation Cockapoo (F2) is a dog or puppy resulting from the breeding of an F1 Cockapoo to another generation of Cockapoo. If an F1 is bred to an F3 or higher generation, the puppies will still be F2.
 
Q: Which is better - first or second or higher generations?
A: Our parents are F1, F2, F3 and F1B. We have not seen any difference in sizes or personality in any of the generations from any of our litters (size usually depends on the size of the parents). However, usually the farther down the generations we breed, the more stabilized our puppies' coats tend to be (our goal is to have all low-to-non-shedding puppies). Individuals with allergy sensitivities should probably consider choosing a puppy with a curlier coat, as they more frequently tend to be low-to-non shedding. When the puppy is six to seven weeks old, we do a "shed test" to see how many hairs come out when we pull a section of hair on the puppy's body. Before 6-7 weeks, it is not likely that a breeder will know how much a puppy will probably shed.
 
Q: Do Cockapoos require much grooming?
A: You must keep your dog brushed on a regular basis or the hair will become matted. The hair varies from dog to dog, but brushing frequently will insure that your dog always looks well groomed. As your puppy matures to an adult, he/she will require clipping - approximately every two months.
 
Q: Do Cockapoos shed much?
A: Because they have Poodle in their lineage, most Cockapoos have little-to-no shedding; however, some Cockapoos do shed more than others. Most people with pet allergies are not bothered by Cockapoos, but if allergies may be a problem, you should try to expose yourself to a Cockapoo before you make the final decision to purchase one. As a general rule, the straighter-haired puppies tend to shed a little more than the wavy-to-curly coats. Before 6-7 weeks, it is not likely that a breeder will know how much a puppy will probably shed.
 
Q: What is their temperament?
A: Cockapoos are highly trainable with a keen intelligence. They are curious and eager to perform. They usually do well with one-person owners as well as families with young children. They are very people-oriented, outgoing and happy dogs. Cockapoos are a very loving and playful breed. The mix of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle has brought out the best of the two breeds. They are "people" dogs and don't like to be left alone for long periods of time. They do well in a country environment and also in an apartment, as long as they are given lots of attention. They LOVE people!
 
Q: Are Cockapoos good with children?
A: Most Cockapoos do extremely well with children and have an easy-going personality. They want to be around people and are very affectionate and intelligent pets. However, training is VERY important, especially in a home with children. Read training books and/or watch training videos before bringing a new puppy into your home!
 
Q: Is male or female better?

A: Choosing a male or female for your family depends entirely on individual preferences, but as a general rule, gender really only matters if you plan to breed your dog (we require a spay/neuter agreement in our contract). For more information on deciding between a male or female, click here.

 
Q: Should their tails be docked?
A: The standard for Cockapoos is to either dock the tails or leave them in their natural state; both methods are totally acceptable. We choose NOT to dock the tails of our puppies because we believe it is unnecessary, and we like to see their tails wagging when they greet us.

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