Cockapoos have been known in the United States since about 1950. These days they can also be the result of breeding cockapoo to cockapoo rather than of a direct cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle. Cockapoos have also become very popular in other countries. In Australia they are usually called spoodles, and in Sweden they are called a cockerpoo. They can be the result of mating either the American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel with a poodle, or of breeding successive generations of cockapoos.
Cockapoos have become popular because they generally combine the outgoing, loving personality of the cocker spaniel with the low-shedding, low-dander qualities of the poodle, resulting in a loving, intelligent, very energetic and agile dog that sheds very little.
The poodle parent also contributes intelligence and a tendency to be very active. Cockapoos may jump on furniture or balance on the arms of chairs. They thrive when they can exercise regularly, either by having a yard to run around in or by having a human who will walk them and play with them. Cockapoos are very people oriented and affectionate. Most cockapoos are easy to train and they work well as a children’s dog. Overall, they are clever, mischievous dogs and resilient problem solvers. Cockapoos are often active and agile.
While some cockapoos appear more similar to cocker spaniels, others will exhibit more poodle traits, creating a variation in cockapoo appearance and temperament.