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Finding the perfect puppy for you is an exciting time but also needs some careful thought and planning. The cute little Cockapoo puppy will soon grow into an adult dog and will hopefully be part of your life for approximately 12-18 years. Deciding what variation of Cockapoo is right for you is key and you can help narrow down the choice by looking at the following:The size of Cockapoos can vary dramatically and will depend on the type of the parent dogs used. For example, if you prefer a smaller Cockapoo then look at Toy Poodles crosses or American Cocker crosses. If you want a slightly larger Cockapoo then look at Miniature Poodle crosses etc.. However, remember this is only a guide and individual dogs can vary. Your breeder should be able to give you an indication of the size the puppy will grow into but the best guide of all is to see the size of the parents. There are several variations of Cockapoo so clarified here are some of the terms that you may encounter: F1 F1 denoting the first cross between any Cocker Spaniel and a Toy or Miniature Poodle.
F1 American Toy Cockapoo - the cross breeding of an American Show Cocker Spaniel with a Toy Poodle.F1 American Miniature Cockapoo - the cross breeding of an American Show Cocker Spaniel with a Miniature Poodle.F1 English Toy Cockapoo - the cross breeding of an English Show Cocker Spaniel or English Working Cocker Spaniel with a Toy Poodle.puppies for sale ripley wvF1 English Cockapoo - the cross breeding of English Show Cocker Spaniel, English Working Cocker Spaniel or a Show x Working Cocker Spaniel with a Miniature Poodle.fennec fox kits for sale californiaF1 Show Cockapoo - the cross breeding of an English Show Cocker Spaniel with a Miniature Poodle.teacup yorkies for sale brisbane
F1 Working Cockapoo - the cross breeding of an English Working Cocker Spaniel with a Miniature Poodle.F2, F3 etc and 'b' F2 denoting a breeding cross of F1 x F1. The F number increases by one position with each generation. The F generation will only increase by one position from the lowest F number denominator. For example, F2 x F4 results in an F3.If any of the F2, F3 etc Cockapoo variations are then subsequently ‘bred back’ to one of the original Cocker Spaniel or Poodle breeds the resulting Cockapoos will carry a suffix of ‘b’. For example, if an F1 Cockapoo is bred back to a Cocker Spaniel or Poodle the result will be an F1b Cockapoo.A Cockapoo that is already suffixed with a ‘b’ cannot be bred back again, and therefore must be bred with another Cockapoo of any generation from F1 onwards.EXTRA DNA HEALTH TESTING MAY BE NEEDED FOR THESE LATER GENERATIONS, CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSCockapoos can come in all sorts of colours and markings. Take a look at our Coat Colour Gallery to see a large variety of coat colours.
The type of breeder you choose to buy from will be a personal choice. Some breeders will only produce one type of Cockapoo, others may produce a variety of the different types. Breeders are often categorized into three types:The most important requirement is that the breeder genuinely cares for the health and welfare of both their puppies and their breeding dogs and follows good breeding practices. Here at the Cockapoo Club of Great Britain we believe health testing is essential to ensure your puppy does not inherit certain genetic conditions that can exist in Cocker Spaniels and Poodles.Ideally you should make a shortlist of your preferred breeders and visit them to find out more information and to meet the parent dogs to see their temperament and size. A good breeder would never refuse a visit for fact finding and research. If you visit a selection of breeders, you may well see a cross section of different types of housing used for the breeding dogs. It is important that the breeding bitch is in an environment that she is comfortable with.
For example, if she is a house pet then to have her pups in the solitude of an outside kennel may well be stressful for her. On the contrary, a kennelled bitch may feel equally stressed by having her pups in the hustle and bustle of a home environment. The environment therefore needs to be appropriate for each individual situation. It is wise not to take your wallet or purse with you on your fact finding tour otherwise you may be tempted to buy the first puppy you meet! Our guide of What To Look For and what questions to ask may be helpful in making your final breeder selection. One off home breederThis usually applies to a one off mating (planned or accidental) simply because the owner wants their own dog(s) to be a parent or because they want a puppy from their own dog(s). This type of breeder is not likely to have carried out any sort of health tests. However, the puppies will usually be raised in the home by dogs that are family pets rather than breeding dogs. They may or may not have any experience in good breeding practices.
Always check with the individual breeder.Hobby breeders usually raise puppies in the home and are legally allowed to have up to 4 litters per year. The Dam (the bitch who will be Mum) usually lives in the home and the Sire (the dog who will be dad) may live in the home or be a Stud dog from elsewhere. Some hobby breeders will health test their breeding dogs but not all. Always check with the individual breeder. Larger breeders who have more than four litters per year require a breeding license from the local authority. There will usually be a larger number of breeding dogs in this type of environment and they are more likely to have a resident Stud dog or dogs. Some are born and raised in the home and some outside of the home in special accommodation. Licensed breeders are more likely to have health tested most or all of their breeding dogs. Getting the timing right to welcome your new puppy home is often overlooked. Caring for a new puppy is very time consuming, particularly when house training.
Think carefully about how much time you will have in those first few weeks and the practicalities of getting your home and garden prepared. More information regarding this is on the Taking Puppy Home page. Please note that if you have thought about the timing and have a specific period of time in mind, it might narrow down your breeder choice because you will be governed more by time and therefore fewer litters may be available for collection at the time that suits you. Starting your search - Your Puppy Buying Checklist This checklist is relevant whether you are considering a home, hobby or licensed breeder. There are some important questions to ask and things to do before considering visiting breeders that will help you narrow your search down to 2 or 3 preferred breeders:1. Google the breeder name and check out at least the first 3 pages.2. Use Google earth and street view to see what the premises looks like. It's not always up to date but it is a good starting point.3. Telephone rather than emailing so you actually talk to someone then start with the following questions:
Extract from: Social Development of Puppies Early Social Investment Pays Major Dividendsby Wayne Hunthausen, DVM. /BhvArticles/pup_socialization.htm The influence of the environment may actually come into play prior to birth. In fact, studies have shown that when pregnant rats are subjected to stimuli that maintain a constant state of fear, the offspring show a higher incidence of fearful behaviors, decreased learning and poor reproductive behavior of the offspring when they become adults. It is suspected that maternal stress during late pregnancy may change hormonal secretion in fetal males, effecting behavioral development. It’s not unlikely that excessive stress on the bitch can also have harmful effects on her pups and should be avoided, especially during the third trimester of the pregnancy. On the other hand, providing her with a friendly environment that encourages positive social contact is likely to promote desirable emotional development of her offspring.The adverts shown below are provided by Google and the Cockapoo Club of GB does not necessarily endorse the services offered.