The Cockerpoo: An Affectionate and Fun-loving Dog Breed

A handsome mix of the energetic Cocker Spaniel and the affectionate and intelligent Poodle, the Cockerpoo is one of the most popular hybrid dogs in the world.

Did you know, the Cockerpoo is one of the oldest ‘designer dogs’ and has been in existence for over 50 years? Though many breeders claim this is a hypoallergenic ‘low-shedding’ breed, this won’t be the case for every individual.

Affectionate and fun-loving, the personality of the Cockerpoo makes it an excellent family pet. They slot well into the lives of families who like to be outdoors and active. If well socialised from a young age, these dogs are usually very tolerant of children.

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For most, a minimum of an hour’s exercise is needed every day. Under-exercising these dogs can result in behavioural issues such as furniture chewing and excessive vocalisation. Clever and quick to learn, don’t skimp on the mental stimulation and environmental enrichment. Cockerpoos love to participate in daily training sessions, sniff out hidden treats and complete mini agility courses in the home or garden.

Health Conditions in Cockerpoos

It is generally true that cross-breeds are healthier than pedigrees due to their wider gene pool. However, this does not mean the Cockerpoo is immune to becoming unwell. In fact, there are a number of health conditions that we see more frequently in the Cockerpoo than in other breeds.

  • It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that allergic skin disease can be one of the most frustrating and disheartening conditions to manage. Just when we think we’ve gotten on top of things, a dog may experience yet another flare up of pink and itchy skin. Cockerpoos can be allergic to a range of things including foods, pollens, grasses and house dust mites. It can be worthwhile pursuing allergy testing and immunotherapy, especially in younger adults. Keep in mind, diagnosing allergies can be an expensive process and owners will end up spending thousands of pounds on their allergic pets through the years.
  • Ear infections (Otitis Externa). Ear infections can go hand in hand with allergies, though also occur on their own. Unfortunately, the thick and pendulous ears of the Cockerapoo mean ear infections are common. Signs can include head shaking, a foul smell and bright red ear canals. Treatment will usually consist of medicated ear drops and oral anti-inflammatories. Owners can help prevent infections by regularly cleaning ears and ensuring they are thoroughly dried after bathing or swimming.
  • Eye Disease. There are a number of eye diseases that occur within the Cockerpoo breed. Progressive retinal atrophy and primary glaucoma are just two of the inherited conditions that can occur. Ideally, parent breeds would be screened for these conditions before breeding. 
  • Hip dysplasia. As this orthopaedic disease is common in both the Poodle and Cocker Spaniel, it is little wonder the Cockerpoo is often affected. This is a chronic, debilitating condition that leads to joint pain and mobility issues. Early signs can include ‘bunny hopping’ when running and a reluctance to exercise. Affected dogs are typically managed with ongoing pain relief and anti-inflammatories. Adjunctive care including canine massage and hydrotherapy may help too. Depending on your insurance policy, the cost of this may be covered. Remember, it is important that affected dogs are not bred from.
  • Patellar Luxation. When the knee cap pops out of place, it is said to be ‘luxated’. For some affected Cockerpoos, signs are sporadic and mild. For others, however, they experience a great deal of discomfort associated with the condition. Diagnosis of patellar luxation is with an orthopaedic exam and knee x-rays. For many, surgery will be required to get the best results. Surgery alone will cost from £2,000 to £4,000 for one knee.

Most Cockerpoos enjoy good health and will live into their early teens when well cared for. Their ‘teddy bear’ good looks, cheerful personalities and zest for life mean they are likely to remain a popular companion dog for many years to come.

Looking for Cockerpoo Insurance?

As with any pedigree or cross-breed, it’s always a good idea to have a dog insurance policy in place to help with unexpected vet fees.

If you’re introducing a Cockerpoo puppy to your home, why now take a look at our four weeks’ free WalkawayCover* created especially for new pups aged 8 weeks to one year?

*Puppy must be between 8 weeks and 1 year old and is subject to a CVS health check. WalkawayCover covers illness and accidents instantly. Not all breeds of dog are eligible.

 

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