An adorable, little dog with the personality of a big clown, the Cockapoo is the first of the “designer dogs” (not a “pure” dog breed), dating back to the 1960s, rather than to just a few years ago. Completely people-oriented, the Cockapoo is intelligent enough to train easily, barely sheds, forgives quickly, and is so affectionate that you’ll never feel alone. You might even have to shut the bathroom door for a minute of privacy. They’re happy running around an agility course, showing off their tricks to company, being petted as a therapy dog, or just hanging out on your lap. Your lap is theirs, by the way, according to dogtime.com.
Those big, dark eyes; that sweet expression; those long, lush ears that practically demand to be pet—no wonder the Cocker spent so long as America’s most popular breed. The Cocker is the AKC’s smallest sporting spaniel, standing about 14 to 15 inches. The coat comes in enough colors and patterns to please any taste. The well-balanced body is sturdy and solid, and these quick, durable gundogs move with a smooth, easy gait, according to AKC.
Cockers are eager playmates for kids and are easily trained as companions and athletes. They are big enough to be sporty, but compact enough to be portable. A Cocker in full coat rewards extra grooming time by being the most beautiful dog on the block. These energetic sporting dogs love playtime and brisk walks, according to AKC.