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Your Cockapoo's Health Concerns

By Lauren Leonardi . July 02, 2012 | See Comments

Your Cockapoo's Health Concerns

The Cockapoo is a cross-bred dog between an American or English Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, giving you a very unique and sweet dog. Learn more about this dog's specific health needs here.

The Cockapoo is a cross breed dog. It’s a mixture of an American or English Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. They are regarded as healthy, well-tempered dogs without many serious health problems. As with many dog breeds, however, they can develop luxating patella, a problem of the knee joint. In addition, the Cockapoo is prone to several eye disorders, including progressive retinal atrophy. The breed is a long lived one, with typical life spans of 15 to 18 years.

Primary Health Conditions of the Cockapoo

The Cockapoo is not subject to the many of the genetic or acquired health problems associated with many purebred dogs. Luxating patella, a disease in which the knee becomes loose and wobbling is one of the few common ailments that troubles this breed. This can be treated with surgery, although choosing a breeder that screens for the inheritable condition is the best prevention. The Cockapoo can also be prone to progressive retinal atrophy, in which the retina deteriorates over several years. The disease can lead to vision difficulties and blindness. Again, proper breeding is key to prevention.

Secondary Health Conditions of the Cockapoo

The Cockapoo is known for its soft, floppy ears, a characteristic that makes it a favorite lapdog. However, as with many dog breeds with ears of this type, the Cockapoo can develop ear problems including ear mites, bacterial infections, and yeast infections. The ears should be cleaned weekly, with greater attention given if problems develop. Simple treatments for ear infections are available from the veterinarian. Some dogs of  this breed also develop hyperthyroidism, or underproduction of the thyroid hormone. Be alert to lethargy and extensive hair loss. Treatment is by oral hormone administration, via daily pills.

Cockapoo Exercise and Walking Needs

The Cockapoo needs a moderate level of activity, both to maintain proper weight and keep it from becoming restless. Long walks are usually not necessary; the exercise the Cockapoo gets from playing in the house or yard is often sufficient. The Cockapoo is a social dog, and will enjoy playing with other dogs in the park. When the Cockapoo is left alone without attention from its owners it can develop separation anxiety, leading to destructiveness and excessive barking.

Cockapoo Nutritional Needs

The easy going Cockapoo will accept many types of dog food, although, as with any dog, a high quality food will help to maintain health and increase lifespan. This small dog needs only ¼ to ¾ a cup of food a day, depending on its age and activity level. Twice daily feedings are the ideal.

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website.

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