Since breed standards have not been set by breeders, enthusiasts, and clubs, the appearance of the Spoodle greatly varies. The size and weight will depend on the type of parents used to create the offspring, so the crossing could result in the following sizes: Regular, Toy, or Miniature Cockapoos.
The Cockapoo’s sizes range from 25 to 38 centimetres in height and 5 to 11 kilograms in weight. The coat also differs from one dog to another in terms of length, thickness, or whether he has straight or curly coat. Like most hybrid dogs, the offspring tends to be somewhere in between.
Cockapoos often come with ‘F’ designations such as F1 and F2. It determines the exact crossing used to produce them. Knowing what the designations mean allows you to understand the ancestry of your Spoodle. Below is an overview of the different generations:
- F1 Cockapoo – first-generation cross-breeding between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle
- F1b Cockapoo – an offspring between Cocker Spaniel or Poodle and an F1
- F2 Cockapoo – an offspring between two F1
- F2b Cockapoo – an offspring between a Cocker Spaniel or Poodle and an F2 or an offspring between an F1 and an F1b
- F3 Cockapoo – an offspring between two F2
- F4 Cockapoo – an offspring between two F3
The ‘F’ designations can go indefinitely. A tenth generation of the breed, which is produced by crossing two F9, is called F10. Understanding the breed designations can get a bit complicated if two Cockapoo dogs from different generations mate.
If a Cockerdoodle has a generational gap between his parents, he will have the middle ‘F designation. For instance, cross-breeding an F1 and an F3 yields an F2.
On the other hand, if there is no generation gap between the parent breeds, the highest number is used for the offspring’s ‘F’ designation. So, mating an F1 with F2 results in an F2.
The Cockerdoodle inherited the odourless and hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle. He has also taken on various colour combinations seen in the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, such as white, black, tan, red, brown, and brindle.
The Cockapoo is a moderate shedder, and requires minimal grooming, his hair is typically kept in its natural state.
Cockapoo does not require regular trips to the groomers, unlike his parent breed Poodle. All he needs is daily brushing to avoid matting. He can be bathed once every few months or as needed. Some choose to have the coat clipped, but it should only be trimmed a few inches around the eyes.