I bought a puppy supposedly a cock-a-poo. She is 4 months old. I was recently told that she could not be a cock-a-poo because of her colors. She is black mixed with a reddish brown almost like a tiger stripped cat; has some speckels; white tipped paws and tail and "white tuxedo" markings. Hair is wavey, soft on her head becoming more wirey toward the tail. Ears are a little curly. Not a lot of hair around her face. Right now she is longer than she is tall. Could I have been scammed?
Ok, first of all, the "cockapoo" is not a breed. It's a name for a mutt. Therefore, there are no certain characteristics this dog will always or usually have. For instance, a labrador will almost always either be black, brown or yellow. You will never see an orange labrador. You will see different color mutts, because they are mutts.
Also, if you post a picture it will be easier for us to tell you anything. www.tinypic.com is a good place to host pictures.
The coloring you described wouldn't necessarily mean you don't have a cockapoo. Due to the fact that it's a mixed breed, their looks can vary pretty widely as well. I have two...one looks 100% cocker, the other has a curlier coat, but soft, with a loose curl...not really like a poodle.
There are many different colors that poodles come in, they also come in whats called parti poodle, mismarked, sable, phantom. Solids are what most poodle people want, then there are those that want whats different. Sounds like a cockapoo to me. We had a few when I was a kid. Oh poodles are even bred with brindle markings. Sounds like yours may have some of that, plus phantom (tuxedo) markings.
***Edited By: puttin510 on 1/2/2006 6:43:20 PM*** Reason: add
Sorry to say there no such breed as a cock a poo. As a child we had a mutt mix dog named daisey. Two of our neighborhood dogs got together and made puppies. Mother was a cocker spaniel and Dad was a poodle and they had the cutiest mutt babies. In those days they were mutts and today they are cock a poos and cost hundreds of dollars and they also called designers dogs. You can put a label on anything but that dosen't mean its original it just means I can take your money and run. Here I am 60 years later and I still have a mutt cocker spaniel and poodle mix, they do have a wonderful personality and my little one is 19 years old this Sept 02. Sorry if I might have upset you in anyway, but I feel breeders take advantage of people now a days.