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The Spoodle, also known as the Cockapoo, is a dog that is the result of cross breeding the Cocker Spaniel breeds with the Poodle. This dog comes in four sizes: the teacup toy (weighing 2 kg and reaching 25 cm), the toy Spoodle (weighing 5 kg and reaching 25 cm), the miniature Spoodle (weighing 7 kg and reaching 35 cm), and the standard Spoodle (weighing 9 kg and reaching 40 cm). Spoodle’s usually have a life span of up to 15 years.
This breed has a single long soft coat and often sheds very little to no hair, making it an ideal pet for people with allergies. Spoodle’s come in a variety of colours ranging from black, tan, cream, white, silver, roan, beige, red, spotted, and mixed colours. Their coats do require regular grooming and professional grooming is also recommended to keep the Spoodle’s coat in top condition. They will also require regular clipping. Their ears and eyes also require regular cleaning so that they don’t develop ‘tear stains’.
They have high exercise needs and high energy levels so plenty of exercise and walks are a necessity. They are also very intelligent which makes them relatively easy to train.
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Spoodle’s are very intelligent dogs and they don’t require a lot of maintenance. This breed is the extroverted counterpart of the introverted Moodle. Spoodle’s still love to cuddle up on the sofa with their owner and watch a movie or three.
They are easy to train and have a strong level of curiosity. They also love food, so be sure not to over-feed them because they have a high tendency of weight gain.
The Spoodle can play with children; however, they prefer the company of older people and more mature children who won’t play rough with them. Spoodle’s also get on well with other pets in the household including cats.
The Spoodle is just as happy living in an apartment, on large acreage or anything in between.
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Spoodle’s have a deeper historical root than Moodle’s (Maltese x Poodle). Spoodle’s were first known in the 1950s. They then became very popular as designer dogs in the 1960s. The two things that made this breed so popular was the fact that they shed very little to no fur and don’t have a strong odour.
This breed came about by cross-breeding Poodles and Cocker Spaniel breeds.
In 1999, The Cockapoo (Spoodle) Club of America formed to formally acknowledge this beautiful dog breed.
Cockapoo – Breeders, Puppies and Breed Information Australia http://www.justusdogs.com.au/cockapoo/