C is for COCKAPOO | #AtoZChallenge

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#AtoZChallenge, C is for COCKAPOO
Day 3, April 4


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.

#AtoZChallenge Day 3: C is for Cockapoo

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.

#AtoZChallenge Day 3: C is for Cockapoo

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!

#AtoZChallenge Day 3: C is for Cockapoo

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?

Looking forward to your comments!


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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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85 thoughts on “C is for COCKAPOO | #AtoZChallenge

  1. They sure do like breeding poodles with other breeds, don’t they? There seem to be so many different mixes with poodles. My sis in law has a labradoodle.

    Loved reading about your cockapoo Sheila and the close relationship she had with Lisa. So special.

    Puppy mills sound horrific. I burst into tears whenever I read about animal abuse of any kind. Can’t handle it. Then I quickly go hug my animals and tell them I love them.
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    1. Yes, poodles are coveted for crossbreeding, probably due to their hypo-allergenic qualities. Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are the trendiest right now. Believe it or not, I’ve developed an allergy to dog dander as well. 😮 Thankfully it’s fairly mild, but if there are long-haired dogs in the house, I need antihistamines. Animal abuse affects me the same way; can’t handle it. Even those humane society commercials on TV make me cry.
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  2. Debbie, I do not know of such horrors of puppy mills and I don’t want to read them. I know it’ll break my heart. It’s sad what people do to God’s creatures. Sheila looks like a sweet dog. How sad you lost her to cancer. I have heard of a cookapoo, but I’m not sure if I knew what they looked like until now. I have seen these dogs before, but I didn’t know what they are. Thanks for sharing Sheila’s story. By the way, we were in the mountains yesterday and at one of the popular overlooks there were lots of people with their dogs. I immediately thought of you and how much you could tell me about the different breeds there.

    ~Curious as a Cathy
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  3. My Clancy is a cockapoo, with something else probably included, and to me he’s the greatest dog ever. Your little Sheila looks like a doll. Sorry you lost her so young.
    I’m enjoying reading through your theme, I can never get enough of dogs! I’m glad I discovered your site thanks to Twitter.

  4. I dont know much about dogs but they are definitely emotional. My friend has a dog which refuses to eat in her absence. It’s so sad to see his tragic downcast expression whenever she goes out, which is of course very rare and only for a day. All because of her pet. Thank you for sharing about the puppy mills – how horrifying.
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  5. Don’t know a Cockapoo but my parents had poodles and now they have cocker spaniels. Both have such beautiful natures that they must be lovely dogs. Poodles can be a bit crafty from memory. A bit too smart sometimes!

  6. Cockapoos are sweet dogs. I had a poodle boy who I loved and I am sure that a cockapoos is just as sincere and smart as the poo boy. I’m not keen in dogs being bred for profit. People who are greedy can make a mess of things.

    We purchased a dachshund at a yardsale. The people seemed so sincere and when we ran into the woman at the hospital where she worked, she seemed to never care what happened to the little puppy. Later, we put it together that they were just selling dogs from a mill. Our little Suzy was a great dog. But, some strong health problems. She died protecting me from a rattlesnake. God rest her sweet soul.
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  7. Two cuties! It’s so sad to lose a dog to cancer. We had to put my baby down after her cancer came back a few years ago. Very sad. I have a pic of her as a puppy in my sidebar. And, yes, Lisa missed her pal, her friend. Dogs are very emotional!

  8. Aw, Sheila loved you with all her little heart! It’s true the little ones are feisty, but I think it’s because they just can’t contain the passion; love or protection, in those tiny bodies. I don’t dare look one in the eye for fear I’ll want to bring it home;-)
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  9. Aw, Sheila… What a lovely personality. Yes, small dogs can be feisty—and usually are. Good for them, I say… Otherwise, being so small, they’d get bullied by the big ones all the time. I actually owned a few Cockapoos, completely by accident… An aunt moved to the US and left her Poodle with us for a few months while they settled in and found a house with a yard for him… and our “baby” Spaniel went into heat a few weeks later. Yep. A litter of accidental Cockapoos 🙂 Only three, fortunately; we found an excellent home for the male, a big ranch to the north of Mexico City where he’d be not just loved to bits but also own the place, and kept the two females. One of them was my first dog-love (you know, those dogs that sometimes come into your life with whom you feel a bond that feels deeper than anything): I named her MacKenzie. She lived a long and good life, full of fun.

    Great post, Debbie!
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  10. Sheila is adorable! And that is one hot car in your photo! What kind is that? I love cars from the 60s and 70s. Such great body styling…
    Cockapoos are precious breeds. I hate that so many of them come from puppy mills. And yes, pet shops should be abandoned as a way to sell dogs. Whenever I see people going into a pet shop I just want to grab them by the arm and plead with them to please adopt from the shelter. Many people just aren’t aware of puppy mills and the horrendous conditions that these poor dogs are subjected to. The mama dogs are so overproduced. It just makes me cry.

    I’m so sorry that Sheila left you way too soon. Nine is young. But you had 9 wonderful years with her and you have all those memories to keep her alive. Thanks for sharing your story of Sheila!

    Michele at Angels Bark
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    1. Sheila was a cutie, wasn’t she? 🙂 That was our “muscle car”, a 1971 Torino 500. It looked great but was a bit of a lemon – chronic starter problems. We sold it a few years later and got a 1978 Camaro Z28 instead. Now that was a great car – lasted almost 20 years!

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      I have noticed just from comments on this post that many people are unaware of puppy mills. Glad I mentioned them!
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  11. For some reason, I was thinking this was a breed of dog cross bred with a bird. LOL
    I love finding out the names of all these dogs. Sad about the puppy mill. I had no idea. I would have naturally gone to a pet store if/when I ever decided to have my own pet.
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  12. So lovely to learn about the Cockapoo, I’d no idea they were designer dogs. Sorry you lost her, she looked adorable and Lisa too. Best friends. Love the picture with you standing in front of that ‘old’ car. Memories.

    PA has a bad reputation for puppy mills but they are trying to clean it up.

    Happy April 4th!
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  13. These dogs are so cute and I’m all for mixing breeds because of the issues dogs have with all the inbreeding. Your doggie was so cute and it is a shame when they leave before their time. Dogs do have emotions and feel deeply. When Katie died, our Wallace would not eat and would not take any treats. He was so depressed.
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  14. Hello from a fellow Canadian who’s been trained by her American publishers to write their way. lol Great post. I knew a friend with a cocapoo. Very cute and affectionate dog. Great post.

  15. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

    You never forget your first dog. I didn’t own one until I was married more than three years. It was a Yorkie. As you know, I later owned a Cocker Spaniel, Toto, but I never owned or had friends or family that owned a Cockapoo. You are fortunate to have that picture showing you holding Sheila when she was a puppy. Your stories about Sheila protecting you and her dog companion Lisa do not surprise me at all. Dogs have courage that most humans only dream of possessing. It broke your heart and Lisa’s when Sheila passed away. A dog’s life span is short, but it fills the time it has here on earth with fun, excitement, adventure, exploration and discovery. We should follow their example.

    Thank you very much, dear friend Debbie!
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    1. Hi, Shady; Sheila was my first dog in married life, but I come from a long line of dog people and had others, before her. 🙂 This was my husband’s first ever dog, though and he was completely smitten. Yes, she was a great little guard dog and gone much too soon. 🙁 I like that philosophy. Life is short and we should make the most of it. Thanks for coming by. Apologies for the tardy response but there have been so many comments, it’s hard to keep up!
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