Cockapoos are an incredibly popular choice and it isn’t difficult to see why! With their friendly nature, intelligence and gorgeous teddy bear looks, cockapoos easily steal your heart. But being crossbreeds, the appearance of cockapoos varies. If you are about to choose a new puppy, it is a good idea to acquaint yourself with the possibilities as you may have a preference for a particular look.
An F1 cockapoo is the result of breeding a cocker spaniel with a poodle. The spaniel could be an American show cocker, an English show cocker or an English working cocker. The poodle may be a miniature poodle or a toy poodle. The miniature poodle is larger than the toy poodle and so will result in larger cockapoo offspring.
Cockapoo coats vary greatly and will depend on the characteristics of both parents. This is especially true if the dog is an F2 cockapoo. These are dogs which are the offspring of an F1 cockapoo and another cockapoo of any generation. Tight curly coats, loose wavy coats and straighter coats are all possibilities with F1 puppies. All three types of coat will be hypoallergenic and low-shedding and can be almost any colour or combination of colours.
An F1b cockapoo, that is a cockapoo bred back to a poodle, will be more likely to have a tight curly coat as there are more poodle genes in the mix. On the other hand, a cockapoo bred back to a spaniel would most likely have a straighter coat. The curlier the coat, the less likely it is to shed which could be a consideration. But all cockapoos will require regular grooming to prevent matting and to maintain their coat at an appropriate length.
F2 cockapoos can exhibit a wonderful variety of coats, each being highly desirable. The coats of puppies in the same litter can vary but breeders should be able to give you a good indication of what to expect, even if the puppy is very young when you first view it.
The Advantages of the Different Coats
A flat coat which looks similar to that of a cocker spaniel is extremely low maintenance and will rarely require clipping. A straighter coat but with loose waves will require a little more maintenance and will need regular grooming together with clipping 3 or 4 times each year. A wavy ringlet coat produces the teddy bear look but is much higher maintenance and will need regular grooming and clipping to prevent matting. Finally, the poodle type coat of tight curls won’t shed at all but must be kept well-groomed and trimmed.
Choosing Your Puppy
If you are adopting an adult dog, then it’s coat will be fully developed and there will be no question about its appearance. However, a puppy’s coat develops over time and so it isn’t always clear what a very young dog will eventually look like. For this reason, it is best to view puppies when they are at least 6 weeks old and to ask the breeder for their best advice as to how the puppies are likely to turn out.