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The Cockapoo is the result of crossing an American or English Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle – usually a toy poodle; or two Cockapoos. The breed was first documented in the 1950s in the US and is not recognized by any Kennel Clubs as standards for hybrid breeds are so difficult to establish. – WIKIPEDIA
This is a popular crossbreed and I know several, but one holds a special place in my heart. She was a Cockapoo named “Sheila”, acquired in the spring of 1975 at only eight weeks old. Such a precious little bundle! My husband and I had been married for almost two years and she was our first dog together.
Sheila was a smart little girl and protective of us. Weighing a mere 20 lbs. at maturity, her feistiness could be intimidating to those she perceived as threatening.
When she was six months old, we added a terrier mix named Lisa to the family. (You can read about her in the “X” post.) They bonded immediately and Sheila became her little sister’s guardian, even chasing away a large dog who wanted to attack Lisa in the park. Small but formidable!
It broke our hearts when we lost Sheila to cancer around the time of her ninth birthday. Lisa took to hiding under the bed for about six months and only came out for food or walks. Who says dogs have no emotions?
Do you know any Cockapoos?
Sheila was just a “mutt”, not bred by design, but the Cockapoo is considered one of many “designer breeds”. Sadly, such dogs are often products of puppy mills, due to their popularity. Better to rescue a dog from a legitimate organization or at least go to an accredited breeder.
Are you familiar with the horror of puppy mills? Learn more HERE.
Were you aware that most puppies in pet shops come from those awful places?
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