The Cockapoo is a mixed breed, achieved by crossing a Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle. This breed is one of the older “designer” breeds, dating back to the 1960s. Cockapoos are completely people-oriented, compassionate, intelligent and make excellent pets for families with children. These adorable dogs tend to be small in size, but have huge personalities! Cockapoos are intelligent and excel at many things, including agility and therapy.
The American Cocker Spaniel is generally used to create the Cockapoo, but some are created with English Cocker Spaniels. The latter of the two is often called a Spoodle, and some efforts have been made to clearly separate the two different Designers.
The Cockapoo originated in the United States in the 1950s.