A Cockapoo is a dog crossbreed bred from a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. The Cockapoo was first bred by designer dog breeders in the United States with the aim of producing a healthy companion dog. It is believed hybrid vigor prevents the crossbreed inheriting most of the health defects of both pedigree parent breeds. Cocker Spaniels and Poodles have been deliberately crossed in the United States since the 1960s.
As with most animal crossbreeds, there is a great deal of variability in the Cockapoo's dimensions and appearance. All colors or combinations of colors can be found, and the coat can be straight, wavy, or curled. Individual dogs that weigh less than 12 pounds (5.4 kg) are labelled toy Cockapoos, dogs that weigh between 13 and 18 pounds (5.9 and 8.2 kg) miniature Cockapoos and dogs weighing over 19 pounds (8.6 kg) standard Cockapoos.
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