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BurnedToast Mon 15-Jul-19 08:06:36

Can anyone recommend a cockapoo breeder? We're in sw London but dont mind travelling. We're looking for a black or tuxedo cockapoo puppy from the end of August. Thank you.

Peanutbuttericecream Mon 15-Jul-19 08:07:42

Brace yourself for incoming posts! 🐶

LittleLongDog Mon 15-Jul-19 08:08:18

Oooooh dear.

BurnedToast Mon 15-Jul-19 08:12:48


Keepaddingpets Mon 15-Jul-19 08:14:44

Mentioning a cockerpoo is playing Mumsnet Bingo. Guaranteed you'll have the words puppy farm, mongrel, adopt and dodgy breeders mentioned.

BurnedToast Mon 15-Jul-19 08:24:09

Oh well. I can sort the wheat from the chaff. I'm hoping someone who has a cockapoo from a reputable breeder will be able to make some recommendations. I have no interest in anything else as we've done our research and are happy with our choice.

longearedbat Mon 15-Jul-19 08:35:11

The trouble is, the majority of cockapoos are being bred to satisfy a market, with people jumping on the bandwagon with the aim of making a quick buck. There is nothing wrong with cockapoos bred responsibly (if there is such a thing). By responsibly I mean that both parents have been assessed for temperament and tested for hereditary diseases.
But how you find a responsible breeder of a fashionable, money making cross breed, I don't really know.

missyB1 Mon 15-Jul-19 08:54:31

You might be best joining a cokerpoo FB group and asking on there. I’m on a schnauzer group and people on there are very knowledgable about reputable breeders.

adaline Mon 15-Jul-19 08:58:54

First of, reputable breeders of crossbreeds are very, very very hard to find. Cockapoos in particular are extremely popular with puppy farmers and backyard breeders, who won't have done any health tests, nor will they have the best interest of the puppies at heart.

I have absolutely nothing against mongrels or crosses as a rule, but I do have an issue when they're purposefully bred by people with no real aim in mind. I mean, Sprockers were bred by farmers/hunters to get the best out of both breeds for the field - there's logic to that. What's the logic in breeding cockapoos?

Both dogs are extremely high energy and can be prone to separation anxiety. Poodles are ideally no-shedding dogs but cockers can shed an incredible amount. Cockers coats are also longer and can matt easily. This is a dog that will need a huge amount of grooming (a curly coat prone to matting is going to take a lot of work). Both breeds need vast amounts of exercise (I have never ever met a calm dog under six/seven of either breed) so a combination of the two isn't going to be any calmer.

I don't understand the point of the cross - because they're cute? A poodle that's left to grow naturally (ie. without a show clip) looks no different to a cockapoo and you avoid the complications that come with buying from a puppy farm or a BYB. If you want the cute look with the low-shedding quality, why not just get a poodle?

Equally if the shedding isn't an issue, what's wrong with a cocker spaniel?

Teelav Mon 15-Jul-19 09:00:31

Hi op. Have a look here

BurnedToast Mon 15-Jul-19 09:42:00

I don't need the lecture about cockapoos. Just recommendations.

SlothMama Mon 15-Jul-19 10:32:27

Take a look on here:

Make sure that the parents are health and temperament tested, ask to see where the puppies are raised and ask about their socialisation.

Bookworm4 Mon 15-Jul-19 10:34:42

Plenty cross breeds in rescue, don’t fund a fashion that lines money grabbers pockets.

NotAgainKen Mon 15-Jul-19 10:41:37

What on earth is a 'tuxedo' cockerpoo?!

Smotheroffive Mon 15-Jul-19 10:47:09

I am interested to know the standard health tests that cockerpoos get?

Only asking as you say you have done your research and this has been a piece of information that eluded me til now!

TheHodgeoftheHedge Mon 15-Jul-19 10:51:45

I think the point some posters are trying to make is that it's hard to recommend a good cockerpoo breeder, because there aren't any.

TheHodgeoftheHedge Mon 15-Jul-19 10:53:21

PS the "Tuxedo" is a mostly black dog with a flash of white on the neck and tummy - similar to a man in a black tuxedo with the flash of the white shirt underneath

Nesssie Mon 15-Jul-19 10:55:13

grin We did warn you OP!
The cockapoo club linked above is probably your best bet, or word of mouth from people you know that have cockapoos?

Smotheroffive Mon 15-Jul-19 10:58:45

As it's so funny Nessie do you know what health protections they have for dogs like cockerpoos?

Fillybuster Mon 15-Jul-19 11:02:40

I have a super chilled 2 year old cockapoo, so take issue with the “high energy massive exercise” description. Fillydog has been an absolute joy to train, is incredibly laid back and although they do need some brushing is not grooming intensive and does not moult at all. They also look nothing like a poodle...hmm

I met both parent dogs, and several siblings from previous litters. Our breeder (v close to London based - PM me if you want details) has their dogs living in their home and are all beautifully trained. They will only breed a max of 4 litters from a dog before they retire her, and have a very high bar in terms of accepting potential dog owners.

I appreciate that not everyone will approve of getting a puppy in general (there are loads of lovely dogs looking for a new home) or a cockapoo in particular, but we had extremely good reasons for both and Fillydog really is perfect for our family grin

Pipandmum Mon 15-Jul-19 11:02:44

I have an Australian labradoodle so cant help you with cockerpoos. But despite all the posts it really isn’t that hard to find a good breeder. Both parents should be kennel club registered and health tested with good scores. The breeder should be happy to show you the pedigree and where the dogs and pups are kept. Once you find a breeder you are interested in google them see if there are reviews.
Many cross breeders are hobby breeders - they don’t do it as their main income but love the animals. The dogs tend to be brought up in the home.
A cockerpoo is a lovely dog generally, show cockers are not as high energy as working. I’ve met loads and they are invariable friendly and playful. Good luck.

Daftapath Mon 15-Jul-19 11:24:29

@Fillybuster please could I have details of the breeder that you used?

I will try to pm you

Whitney168 Mon 15-Jul-19 11:31:55

They will only breed a max of 4 litters from a dog before they retire her

You say that like it's a good thing. Most decent breeders wouldn't dream of 4 litters from a bitch, to be honest.

Bookworm4 Mon 15-Jul-19 11:37:24

4 litters? That’s not a good breeder, all these mix breeds are purely for fashion and money; to actually say health tests is laughable 🙄

Smotheroffive Mon 15-Jul-19 11:37:30

How do you check for puppy farmers OP?

This isnt related to you specifically, but snyone trying to source a dpup is going to gets lots of offers, how will you tell the difference.

Theyll all show you super dpups, and in homes, you wont see a farm, and sadly tou wont know youve gicen your hard earned cash to supporting a cruel trade.

What will you do to be sure you aren't duped like so many are. The puppy farming industry is thriving for the farmers.

I guess you are not getting first generation and therefore cant check sire and dams health record and pedigrees?

I have personal experience of spaniels and labradoodles and cockerpoos.

Fillydog sounds more like an anomaly than the norm! Whilst sounding wonderful, nay perfect, spaniels and their mixed or purebred offspring can be very highly strung and wearing, with over-excitability, barking, never settling, etc.

Ime the show lines are calmer, as an over generalisation probably!

I really hope you avoid poor puppies, dont go looking for puppies,go looking for breeders and good sires and dams.

Keep in mind there are no regulations around mixed breeds, its a puppy farmers dream sadly.

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