We are getting a cockapoo in January, and I need some advice in what is the best to get started in house training the new puppy. I was going to get a Cavalier King Charles because my friend has one, but they are so expensive and I just wasnt ready to spend that kind of money. So I have been reading on the cockapoos and they seem to be really smart, good with kids and easy to train. I hope this is true, has any one had a cockapoo and have they been good at housetraining and good with children? Thanks so much for the help.
I felt that with the cockapoo i wouldnt have as much shedding that you get from the cocker and not as much energy from the poodle. I have heard from some people they like the mix of the two, you get qualities from both breeds.
I thought crate training would be the best way also, i just wasnt sure if i should use puppy pads or not? Thanks for the encouragement.
It really is a crap shoot what you get. The biggest problem is it's virtually *impossible* to find a decent breeder of mixed breed dogs. I hope you are going to adopt one from the humane society instead of lining the pocket of some bad breeder with your money :P
The most obnoxious dog I've ever met in my life happened to be a cockapoo that belonged to my boyfriend at the time's parents. She was a non-stop barker, never fully housetrained despite the best efforts of the owner, and wasnt' very friendly either.
No matter what dog you get (unless it's a rescue from the humane society) you should INSIST on a genetic health guarantee of at least 2 years against genetic defects. Askwhat would happen if you got your dog home and after you had it for a year came up with a health issue like luxating patellas or eye problems. A good breeder will want to help you out with any health problems that may arise, and takes responsibility for their breedings by screening their breeding dogs (OFA certifications and CERF for eyes).
I would stay away from a cockapoo or any other mix unless it was from the shelter, because you are supporting bad breeding. If you still must get it I would crate train it. I would never use a pee pad, because even though it knows to go there it's still in the house.
True, it is a crap shoot if you want a specific look or a dog that doesn't shed. I have two cockapoos. Kula looks exactly like a small portuguese water dog, Marley is ALL cocker. Kula doesn't shed, Marley sheds like crazy. Kula has no dog smell to him at all, Marley has a cocker type smell (cocker owners know what I'm talking about).
Both dogs are sweet as can be and very smart. Marley tends to be a little shy at first, but they both love people and other dogs. I wouldn't trade them for the world.
I'd definitely go the crate training route, no matter what dog you get.
Here's their dogster pages, so you can see how different they look:
Thank you all for your insights and advice. The reason i am going with the cockapoo is not only for what i said before but because she doesnt really have anything else i want for sale. What happend in the beginning is I, like an idiot went on their website and they had a cavalier king charles that was 5 months old and she didnt have the "markings" of the cavalier so they were selling her for $500 and i knew that was cheap for a cavalier, and i should have known better. So when i brought her home she was real shy and scared of everyone, she loved me and was fine around me but she would bark and growl at my husband and snap at my kids. I just couldnt take anymore so i called the breeder and she said i could trade her in for another breed or wait for her next litter of cavaliers and pay the difference. I was going to do that but the more i thought about i really didnt want to pay an extra $300 to $500 dollars on top of the $500 i already spent. So i decided to trade, and i didnt want a shih tzu because i think with the age children i have it would be to small and everything i read on the cockapoo seemed to be the best bet for our family. I dont have a lot of options, the breeders are nice people and i feel okay about getting a dog from them. Thanks again for all of your help.
Oh and one more thing, when i do the crate training is that basically when we are not home and at night? I am home pretty much most of the day except when i pick my children up from school. When i am here should i just take him outside on a regular basis? Thanks again!
Well I either had to loose the $500 and walk away with nothing or get another dog. So i opted for another dog, i am hoping that because i am getting this one as a baby that i can get it some training and hopefully he will be a good dog. Thats all i can hope for, i dont know what else to do.
Why don't you try researching the problems people have had with mixed breed/unstable animals.
You don't know what kind of health or temperament issues mixed breeds may end up with. Reputable breeders, breed for temperament, health and breed standard. Not purposefully ruining it and selling them to the people who refuse to educate themselves on what a dog should be.
Those "breeders" are gross and you are helping to keep them in business. Bravo.
Google: AKC- Cocker Spaniel AKC- Poodle reputable/ethical breeding health issues for Cocker Spaniels temperament issues in poorly bred Cocker Spaniels health issues for Poodles temperament issues in poorly bred Poodles backyard breeder and puppymill just to enlighten yourself and open your eyes to the lovely world of making money off of animals that are only worth something to you, if they can pop out litter after litter
I think you owe it to a future dog to take a minute and absorb what it is EXACTLY that you are actually saying you want to do.
Should I try and ask for my money back? And if she doesnt do that, then should I walk away losing my $500?
The purebreds that she breeds are cockerspaniels, shih tzu, shelties, yorkies, and cavaliers, do you think one of those would be better? I know i cant afford the cavalier, but maybe one of the others. I just want to make the right decision.