Coat Type Variations
The coat type of the Cockapoo will vary as characteristics are inherited from both the poodle and the cocker spaniel. There may even be some variety within a litter. The three possible coat types are a tight curly coat, a loose wavy/ringlet coat and a straighter coat. An experienced breeder will be able to advise you what the likely coat type of a puppy will be from their cocker spaniel/poodle mix that they breed, and when the puppies are just a few weeks old it is possible to see the coat type starting to develop.
The texture of the Cockapoo coat usually consists of dense, soft or silky fur, unlike the coarser fur found on many dogs, and all three coat types of the F1 cockapoo will be low-shedding/dander with low-allergen qualities. For more information on this please go to the Hypoallergenic page.
The Cockapoo bred back to a poodle, the F1b, is more likely to have a tight curly coat as there is more of the poodle in the gene pool. Similarly, the Cockapoo bred back to a cocker spaniel may have a straighter coat. The curlier coat types are generally less likely to shed any hair, usually depositing no hair at all on carpets and clothes, and only a small amount in the brush during grooming. All Cockapoo coat types will need regular grooming to prevent matting and to keep the coat to the required length. Please see the Grooming page for more information on this.