Welcome to Cockapoo HQ, the number one place on the internet to find out everything there is to know about this cute and cuddly type of dog. You will find out all about Cockapoos here in order to be able to decide whether or not one is perfect for you.
Clearly not all Cockapoo breeders offer the same sort of service and level of professional approach. While starting off by looking at their website is a good move, you should be prepared to dig a bit deeper to find out more about their reputation.
For example, when you search for them online do you see generally positive reviews about their service and their puppies? Or perhaps you see people complaining about being conned by them?
You can ask around in forums or dog clubs to see which breeders are particularly highly recommended and which should probably be avoided. Vets in your area might also be able to give you some useful information about which companies can be trusted.
Consider the Size of the Breeder
The latest UK Government guidelines suggest that all dog breeders with 3 or more litters each year should be registered. At the time of writing this isn’t yet the law but it could very well be soon.
In this case, going with a registered and licensed breeder gives you peace of mind that you are dealing with a serious business. Registered breeders are inspected and licensed by the local authorities, meaning that you can feel more confident about the quality of their premises and the health of their dogs.
The big, commercial breeders are often large businesses that have lots of pups for you to look at. This is great when it comes to making a good choice but maybe you will feel that their way of working is a bit too commercial and business-like for your taste.
At the opposite end of the scale, you may like the homely approach taken by small breeders who only offer a very limited number of Cockapoo puppies for sale each year. You won’t have as much choice with this kind of breeder but you may find it to be a more relaxed and enjoyable way of adding to your family.
Check Out Their Installations
Once you get to a breeder’s property you will want to be sure that everything looks right. Is it the sort of clean and healthy-looking place where you would feel confident that the puppies are being well looked after?
If the set-up doesn’t convince then it is worth checking out somewhere else to be able to compare the two. Indeed, even when you fall in love with the first puppy that you see it can make sense to carry on looking around at other breeders before making your final decision on the matter.
Prepare to Ask Plenty of Questions
If this is your first time buying a pup then you will want to put some thought into the questions that you need to ask the breeders. To get started you can ask them about the parents, whether they are healthy and whether you can see them together with the puppies.
Look for proof of any health tests that have been carried out. If you can’t see at least the mother with the pups then this is a worrying sign that you will want to take into account.
The more questions you can ask the better, so try doing some online research to see what you should be asking. For example, you can ask if the puppies in the litter have had their vaccinations or any other type of treatment that you should know about.
Have they been given treatment for fleas and worms? If so, is there paperwork to back this up and to let you know the exact dates?
You can also ask whether they are microchipped and how accustomed they are to noise, to children and to other dogs.
Expect to be Asked Questions
A good, responsible Cockapoo breeder will usually also want to ask prospective buyers a few questions of their own. After all, they will have a special link with all of their dogs and won’t want to see any of them going to an unsuitable family.
Therefore, you shouldn’t be offended if you are asked some questions that are designed to make sure that you are going to give your new Cockapoo a great home. In fact, you should probably look on this as being a sign that the breeder is doing a great job and should be more highly trusted.
If everything looks good so far then you probably feel that you are edging closer to completing the transaction and a buying a lovely little Cockapoo puppy. If this is the case then your next question should be around whether you will be signing a formal contract once you hand over the money.
Be sure to find out what the terms of the contract are if you are going to be signing one. Also, some breeders will give you a useful pack with all of the paperwork and certificates together with something that has the scent of their mother on it. Some even give accessories such as a collar and lead or a bowl.
There is some research that needs to be done in order for you to feel completely comfortable about the choice of breeder that you make. You can pretty quickly find out enough information to get a feel for the breeders that you plan to speak to.
Of course, this is a situation in which listening to your gut instinct will also play a part. If you go to see a breeder and everything feels right then you will probably be happy going ahead with the purchase of your beautiful new Cockapoo puppy from them. If you want to do some futher reading check out the Cockapoo Owners Club UK website.
Show me a Cockapoo that doesn’t love his walks and I’ll show you a couch potato dressed like one for Halloween! Dogs love ‘walkie’ time with their human, and will go for as long as necessary, if it means time with you.
So, rather than asking how far your Cockapoo can walk, you should instead be asking how far he or she should walk, especially if it’s still a puppy.
You see, Cockapoos are one of the dog types that are disposed to hip dysplasia. This means too much exercise before their bones are fully developed can lead to serious long-term health issues. But, on the other hand, no exercise at all is just as unhealthy.
So where is the happy medium? And what should you keep in mind when walking your pooch?
Walking your Cockapoo Puppy
Experts recommend that you walk a puppy for five minutes per month of his age until he is fully grown. So, for example, 15 minutes at three months old, 25 minutes at five months, and 40 minutes at eight months. If necessary, these walks can be split up during the day so that your puppy doesn’t get over-tired.
Before 12 weeks old
Have you noticed, if your puppy is still with its mom, how she keeps it from wandering off too far? This allows pups to explore just enough without getting into too much trouble, and also gives them the opportunity to find their feet.
Rather than walking, puppies should get enough exercise from regulated play time, with lots of rest in between at home and in the garden. Remember, your puppy shouldn’t be going for walks until he has had all his jabs, which is usually around 12 weeks old.
12 to 16 weeks
This is the time when you can start getting your Cockapoo used to a leash. It is best to put it on when there are other things to keep him occupied, like playtime, or dinner time. It is also a good idea not to turn it into an event.
As soon as he looks comfortable with it on, you can start holding the leash. But don’t try and get him to ‘heel’ immediately. And don’t get annoyed. Take it slowly and let him come to you on his own, and include a lot of praise and a treat or two when he does.
16 weeks to 9 months old
This is where the fun begins.
At this stage, you and your pup can hit the road for proper walks. But don’t go all gung-ho and expect him to walk for hours. It is important that you slowly start building up his exercise time.
To do this, you can keep a diary, or make use of any one of these great walking apps to check you are pacing your pup correctly. Keep an eye out for signs that your Cockapoo is getting tired, and if necessary, carry him home or pop in the car.
9 to 18 months old
At 12 months your pooch has gotten into the full swing of walks, but even at this age his joints are still growing, so it is important to keep him from over-exercising. By 15 months however, his bones and joints will be fully developed, and you can now let him walk (and run and play) until he is all ‘cockapooped’ out.
As a guide, you should walk an adult one hour for every 30 pounds, so if your Cockapoo is around 15 pounds, a 30 minute walk is advised. If your dog prefers longer or shorter walks, then you can adjust accordingly. After all, no one knows him better than you do.
In cases where your pooch is out of shape, hasn’t walked for a while or is overweight, we suggest you start with short walks and slowly build up.
A Few Handy Tips for Walking Your Cockapoo
Make sure you have a poo bag with you on your walks. It really is just common courtesy to clean up after your pooch.
If you are making a day of it, plan a route with stops that are dog-friendly. Remember basic ‘petiquette’ when you are out in public with your pup. This means making sure he is tagged , has a collar and leash, for example.
There are some incredible places to walk your dog around the UK. Spend a little time online to find new and exciting spots to explore, including Canal and River Trust, the Woodland Trust, British Waterways as well as Walkies, a website that features walks for you and your furry pal by area.
Ask any Cockapoo why they lick so much, and you will hear “because I can” or “because my human tastes so good.” Ask a vet or animal behaviourist, and they will explain that there are a number of reasons for your dog licking. For example, it is a way for your pooch to communicate with you, it is their way of exploring their environment, and quite simply, it is because you taste so good.
Nothing beats a good licking when you get home after a stressful day at the office. That together with crazy tail-wagging, yelps of delight and frantic sniffing lets you know you are home, that you were missed and that you are loved.
But if you think there must be more to your pooch’s licking, you are correct.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons your Cockapoo licks.
It is your Cockapoo’s way of communicating with you
Humans communicate in different ways, using language as well as sound, hand gestures and body language. It is the same with pooches. They bark, use face gestures, their tails, and yes you guessed it, licking.
When your Cockapoo licks you, they could be asking for water or food, a walk or a game of tug of war. The more time you spend with your furry friend, the more au fait you will become at recognising exactly what Doug (your dog) is trying to tell you.
It is your Cockapoo’s way of showing you affection
There is no way of accounting how some creatures interact. Just like dogs sniff each other’s butts, they lick you to show their affection.
When your canine companion licks you, his brain releases endorphins or what we know as “happy hormones”. These hormones calm your pup down and give him a feeling of reassurance, which is similar to what a child feels when his parents give him a hug or a kiss.
Your Cockapoo could also lick you when you are feeling a little down or sick.
It is your Cockapoo’s way of looking for attention
No one in the world will love you more than your Cockapoo does and he will do pretty much anything to get your attention and be loved in return.
You might notice when you are paying someone, or something else more attention, your Cockapoo will jump on you, wag its tail (more than usual), bark and even lick you. Give him a treat or a tummy rub, so he knows he is loved.
It is their way of showing you they are submissive
In a pack, when one animal licks another, it is a sign of submission and their way of saying they understand the pecking order. When your Cockapoo licks you it is his way of showing you respect.
Your Cockapoo will do this with other family members, other animals and people who they have grown to love.
It is their way of exploring
Have you ever watched a baby? It puts things in its mouth, licks and tastes as it discovers its environment. Dogs do the same thing too, using their sense of smell and taste to distinguish good from bad, recognise familiar objects and identify new ones.
It is your Cockapoo’s way of identifying you
Your dog not only knows you by your unique smell, he will also over time, know what your sweat tastes like. They are able to identify different people this way as well as remember who they are.
Some dogs like the salty taste and will also lick.
It is your Cockapoo’s way of grooming himself
Dogs, like cats, will lick to clean themselves. We suggest you keep an eye on this, especially if your Cockapoo is licking around his anal area excessively. This could be a sign that there is a problem with these glands.
It is your Cockapoo’s way of cleaning a wound
If your dog has an injury, his saliva contains enzymes that kill off any germs and bacteria. The licking action will also remove dirt and dead tissue. But you need to watch this too; too much licking can reopen a healing wound.
Your Cockapoo thinks you like it
If your Cockapoo thinks you like being licked, he is going to carry on doing it. To you, and everyone else. But if you let him know that it isn’t acceptable behaviour, he will stop.
In some cases, excessive licking can be indicative of an underlying issue, related to your Cockapoo’s health. For example:
If your dog is incessantly licking his skin, it could be as a result of allergies
If you notice your Cockapoo is licking excessively in a specific area, like around the anal glands, it could be a sign of an infection. You should follow this up with a checkup at the vet
If your dog is licking his joints, it could be a sign of osteoarthritis or arthritis
If you notice your dog licking odd surfaces, and not himself, it could be as a result of gastrointestinal problems. In cases like this, you should consult with your vet
Dog lovers won’t mind being licked. In fact, we know a few that don’t only enjoy a big sloppy greeting, they actually get down on all fours to (literally) immerse themselves in the experience. These are our kind of people.
For the few who don’t like it, and want to know how to stop a dog from licking, well, that is another article altogether.