The Cockapoochi is the wonderful mix of the adorable and sweet-natured Cockapoo and the sassy yet loving personality of the Chihuahua. They're a fairly new designer breed but these pups make amazing family dogs.
- Very outgoing
- Caring and affectionate
- Playful and friendly
- Alert like its Chihuahua parents
- Smart and gentle
- Weighs between 10 and 20 pounds
- Can grow to be between 8 and 14 inches tall and 12 inches long
- They can be a number of colors like both parent breeds
- They can have a tightly curled coat, a medium curled coat, or a flat one.
Cockapoochi are usually healthy dogs that can live to be 15 years old! Some pups may suffer from conditions such as patella luxation, allergies, and cataracts.
Temperament of the Cockapoochi
Very few dogs are perfect for everyone in the family – but the Cockapoochi is definitely a contender. They're an excellent family dog that enjoys being a good child's playmate just as much as cuddling a grandma on the sofa!
Cockapoochi are very people-oriented and love to spend time with their owners. They enjoy playing, going for adventures, and just being around their family. They don't like being left alone for long periods of time and can develop separation anxiety if alone for too long.
These playful dogs don't just adore their family members. Your Cokapoochi is likely to be a very friendly dog. You won't have to do much entertaining when you're out at the dog park or on a walk, your Cockapoochi will constantly be making new friends!
But don't make the mistake of thinking these gentle dogs are dopey. The Cockapoo Chihuahua mix is a very intelligent and alert dog (they are, after all, part Poodle). They're great at tuning in to how you're feeling and giving you an extra fluffy cuddle when you need it. These dogs enjoy fun training sessions and are always happy to please you. They'll pick up most tricks quickly and should be obedient.
As with all dogs, good training and socialization are important, but truth be told, socializing comes pretty naturally to a Cockapoochi!
The appearance of these dogs will depend on whether they closely resemble Chihuahuas or Cockapoos more. In terms of height and weight, Cockapoochi can vary quite a lot.
Cockapoochi weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. Males are usually slightly heavier than females.
A Cockapoochi can grow to be between 8 and 14 inches tall. Some may be shorter or taller.
A Cockapoochi's coat can be many different colors – just like both parent breeds. It varies from light golden to black. It can also be a solid color or patterned.
Some Chihuahuas are long-haired. If your Cockapoochi had a long-haired ancestor then they, too, may have slightly longer hair and looser curls. If your pup is more Cockapoo, it's likely to have a fluffy, curly, and almost teddy bear-like coat.
These pups have a medium-length body and they can have a tail that curls onto their back – just like a Chihuahua's. Their exact morphology really depends on their genetics. Some have a larger, apple-shaped head like a Chihuahua and some have a more rounded, flatter head like a Cockapoo.
Tips about this breed
- Your Cockapoochi will probably be a very friendly dog that wants to please you and all its friends. If they have a bit more Chi in them, they may be a little sassy occasionally. Make sure you train them from a young age to stop any unwanted behavior.
- These loving dogs don't need a huge amount of exercise. Most will be happy with a nice walk around the park or two 30 minute play sessions per day. Cockapoochi need to have their brains stimulated too, so you might want to think about training classes for a little extra fun!
- Always do your research and get your dog from an ethical breeder. They may not be the most popular designer dog but they're bound to grow in popularity over the coming years and it's important to support breeders who care about the welfare of the pups.
Health of the Cockapoochi
Mixed breeds are usually much healthier than their purebred parents. Compared to other designer dogs, however, not an awful lot is known about the Cockapoochi's health. If we look at both parent breeds there are a couple of conditions that your pooch could suffer from. They include:
- Patella Luxation
- Eye problems such as cataracts.
Regular vet visits, a nutritious diet, the correct amount of exercise, and plenty of affection from you can help these pups to live long and healthy lives.
Cockapoochi are pretty low shedding dogs. They do, though, need a bit of grooming to keep their curls in check. Brushing them a couple of times a week should be enough to keep any knots at bay.
Something many owners love about these friendly pups is that they don't tend to have the common ‘doggy' smell. You'll only need to bathe them when they've rolled in something or have been swimming in stinky pond water.
It's important to keep their ears clean and dry too as they can (like many pups) be prone to ear infections.
History of this breed
Because these dogs are a hybrid between a mixed breed and a purebred pup, not a lot is known about their history. Luckily, however, experts know quite a lot about both parent breeds!
Cockapoos are the mix of a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. These smart dogs are a very popular hybrid breed and they're one of the first recognized designer dogs. Breeders bred the first litter in the 1960s in an attempt to create an odorless and friendly pooch that would be the ideal family dog. And they certainly succeeded!
In recent years, there has been an effort to make these popular doggos purebred by crossing multigenerations.
The Chihuahua is an ancient breed that is thought to have descended from the Techichi dog in Central America. They were loved by the Aztecs and these little pups played a huge role in Aztec society.
When the Spanish conquered the Aztecs in the 1500s, many thought these loving dogs had been wiped out. It wasn't until the 1850s – when they were rediscovered in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico – that they grew in popularity again. The first Chihuahua (a dog called Midget) was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1904.
If you're looking for a charming, affectionate, and intelligent pup, then the Cockapoochi could be your ideal family dog! They're entertaining, loveable, and low-shedding dogs – what could be better!
Would you like to get a Cockapoochi? Why?
I’m Charlotte, a content and copywriter from the North of England and currently living in Berlin. Animals have always been a huge part of my life, so writing about dogs is a total pleasure! I love all kinds of dogs and their cheeky personalities, but I’d have to say Weimaraners are my favourite!