Q: Is it common for cockapoos to have severe skin allergies?

December 3, 2008 | By Iluvanimals123 | 6 answers | Expired: 2611 days ago

I recently adopted a three yr old cockapoo about six months ago. I was wondering if it is common for cockapoos to have sensitive skin?

Readers' Answers (6)

Dec 04, 2008

Yes, it is common. We added a small amount of olive oil to our cockapoo's food (at the recommendation of our vet) and that seemed to help a little.

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jennifer r.

Dec 03, 2008


A "cockapoo" is the name given to a mix between a Toy or Miniature Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel. It is not a breed of dog. Presumably the first couple of "cockapoos" were bred accidentally and someone came up with the name in trying to be clever and catchy.
However, because there is no central registry body for "cockapoos,"(and no, the "Continental Kennel Club" does not count) there is nothing to stop anyone from claiming that any particular dog is a "cockapoo". The name has been applied to Cocker/Poodle crosses, to the offspring of Cocker/Poodle crosses, and sometimes to any smallish, long-haired dog whose parentage is unknown. A few people I know have had the experience of acquiring a "cockapoo" puppy that grew up to be very large, betraying the fact that its parents were not what they were said to have been.
Unfortunately, many people do believe the "cockapoo" is actually a breed and is actually registered by the AKC or some other reputable kennel club. This is not the case. A breed of dog is defined by the ability of two animals of the same breed to produce others just like it. An established breed, moreover, has a well defined "standard" that clearly lists how it should look or how it should perform.

If you breed two "cockapoos" together, you will get results ranging from very much poodle like to very cocker like, with no uniformity or predictability.
Because "cockapoo" is not really a breed and there are no breed standards it is nearly impossible to decipher a common skin "problem". They are at potential risk of health problems common to either Toy Poodles or Cocker Spaniels. (Or any breed that may have been thrown in for the "cuteness" effect)

This can include:
* hip dysplasia
* progressive retinal atrophy
* epilepsy
* poor temperaments
* allergies
* skin and ear problems
* Legg-Calve-Perthes
* luxating patellas
* hypothyroidism
* cryptorchidism
* gastric torsion
among others. With any dog, your chance of avoiding health problems is greatly increased if the dog's ancestors and relatives (the more the better) were screened for genetic disease themselves. However, the kind of careful, knowledgable breeder who performs this kind of screening will NOT knowingly sell to someone who intends to mix breeds, so your odds of finding a "cockapoo" from generations of health-screened ancestors are so slim as to be nonexistent. Since the breeders of these mixes aren't terribly concerned with breeding to any standard, they aren't terribly concerned with screening out any of the health problems either.
CAUTION! May have any problem, if you are buying from a breeder that is reputable.....you can get a health HISTORY from the bloodline they are breeding!

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Dec 03, 2008

Mine did. Even after changing her food, giving her Derm Caps, and bathing her w/ special shampoo, her skin remained sensitive and itching. Her front teeth eventually fell out from chewing. Poor thing. :(

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