|Simon, a 1st generation Cockapoo|
And, because Cockapoos are a combination of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, they require special handling. For example, they may have medical conditions common to the original dog breeds.
For example, at a year of age, Simon started limping and needed surgery to correct a condition called luxating patella. Similarly, bro Alvin started scooting (dragging his butt) and eventually had his anal glands removed. Both conditions are common surgeries for smaller dogs. A check of the Cockapoo forum revealed that this mixed breed suffers from both conditions.
Bottom line is that because Cockapoos are mixed breed dogs, their owners need to be aware of the specific characteristics of both Cocker Spaniels and Poodles. That information is spelled out in detail in this ebook:
Raising Cockapoo Dogs the Right Way.