How to care for a Cockapoo?
Cockapoos are created by breeding a Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle. With the increased popularity of hybrid breeds, Cockapoos are one of the few designer hybrids that have been around since the mid 20th century.
Due to their Cocker Spaniel genes, Cockapoos are particularly friendly and loyal. These dogs shed very little and work well for people with allergies, thanks to their Poodle genes.
Cockapoos stay clear of many health issues associated with purebreds. And though their care is not intense, they do require daily maintenance. However, you need to follow these steps to make sure your Cockapoo is well cared for!
Start feeding your dog a healthy diet. While it may be tempting to give your cockapoo your leftovers, avoid doing so as this will upset his stomach. Instead, stick to a quality dog food. While you can give your pup treats occasionally, you should avoid deviating from his standard diet too often. It is recommended that you provide a constant supply of fresh water and keep your Cockapoo's water bowl always full.
Walking your Cockapoo is also important for his health and you should take your companion out at least twice a day. As a medium-sized dog, Cockapoos do need regular exercise. If you have a yard, allow your pup to play in it for about two hours daily. These dogs work fine in apartments and condos; however, you must commit to walk your dog, as we said before, at least twice a day. For the walks, make sure you have a sturdy collar and leash to use on walks.
Brush your furry friend daily. The length of a Cockapoo's coat varies from dog to dog. If your pup has short hair, you may only need to brush her once a week. As cockapoos have both an overcoat and undercoat, it's imperative that you brush both. Invest in a good brush that reaches to the undercoat.
Shampoo your cockapoo once a month. This will help to keep his coat healthy and shiny. Remember to use dog shampoo instead of human products as these can irritate your cockapoo's fur and skin.
Brush your dog's teeth once a week, using a toothbrush and toothpaste specially made for dogs. Regular brushing is essential to keep your dog's teeth healthy and free of tarter.
Clean your cockapoo's ears once a month. Due to their floppy ears, cockapoos are particularly prone to ear infections. Use cotton balls and a dog ear cleaner to gently clean the inside of your dog's ears. Do not reach far inside the ears. Simply swipe the easily accessible areas. If you notice a foul odor or rash, take your dog to the vet as it could be an ear infection.
Finally, clip your dog's toenails every other month. You can do this at home, using dog nail clippers, or you can take your pup to a professional groomer.
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