Cockapoos, sometimes called a spoodle, are not purebred dogs, but are half cocker spaniel and half miniature or toy poodles. They are becoming more popular in America and other countries. Cockapoos have the social, loving personality of cocker spaniels and the intelligence and low-shedding fur of the poodle. This combination is very appealing to people who want a dog that is energetic, loving, smart and does not shed. Breeding cockapoos can be a fun hobby. Although quality cockapoo puppies can sell for up to £585, you probably won't get rich breeding them. You will, however, get to enjoy the company of these lovely dogs in your own home.
Understand that you probably won't be able to make a living breeding cockapoos. Dog breeding is usually done as a hobby, and cockapoos are not inexpensive dogs. They can suffer from health problems, such as loose knees and an OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) exam is required to check for this problem before dogs are bred. Other costly health problems can include ear infections and, because it's a small breed, emergency caesarean sections.
Understand the cockapoo temperment. These dogs are social and always want to be near family members, including the humans. You should not leave cockapoos outside alone for long periods of time. If they are left alone, they will start to exhibit behaviour problems.
Understand the cost involved. It costs a good amount of money to breed cockapoos. You have to pay the stud fees, buy premium dog food in order to keep the female dog healthy, and once the puppies are born, you must pay for their first shots, deworming and basic vet costs.
Understand the signs of heat in your female. Cockapoo females, like most dog breeds, go into heat twice per year, and you should not breed her during the first heat. Wait until the second. You will know she is in heat when you see a clear discharge, followed by bleeding.
Understand the breeding process. Once the dog has bled for about 10 days, test her to see if she is ready for the stud by lightly scratching her back in front of her tail. If she lifts her tail, you should bring in the stud, but stay nearby to hold the female's head, as she might try to bite. Do not try to separate the dogs. When they are finished, they will both walk away on their own.
Understand the time commitment. You, or someone else, will need to stay near the puppies for almost 24 hours per day when they are first born. You need to make sure you consult with a vet in case the female cockapoo needs to have an emergency caesarean section. You need to make sure your home is set up for puppies and that can mean a large litter. Make sure you have space inside and outside for the puppies to play and sleep.
You can raise cockapoos in an apartment or condo, as long as you walk them twice a day.
Keep the female in a secure location away from all male dogs during her heat or you may end up with mixed breed puppies.