One of the most common questions I get from people inquiring about our Cockapoo puppies is " what color will your next litter be?" and the answer is "we don't know." Of course, we can guess based on past litters and the colors of the parents but that still isn't a 100% guarantee on what we will get so I tell people we won't know for sure until they are born. This litter was born on 12/19/13 and I am going to use them as an example to help explain why there can be so many colors in one litter.
The mom of this litter is Willow, she is a Chocolate Miniature Poodle with White accents on her paws and chest, shown below:
Now looking at the parents it's pretty obvious where the Chocolate Merle coloring came from (daddy Winston) but you may be wondering how they ended up with so many other colors and the answer is quite simple, it's all based on the colors in their parents backgrounds. Willow's mom is a Red Miniature Poodle and her father is a Chocolate Tri-Colored Miniature Poodle. Winston's mom is a Chocolate Tri-Colored Cocker Spaniel and his dad is a Black, Silver, and White Merle Cocker Spaniel, so, based on the colors of the grandparents, that would explain where the Red baby and the Chocolate Tri-Colored baby came from, but what about the Parti's? Willow's grandma is a Chocolate and White Parti Miniature Poodle so that's where the Parti babies got their markings from. So from a litter of five babies they got colors and markings going all the way back to three generations in their family history, this is why we can't ever be sure what colors we are going to get! We purposely have dogs that have a lot of different colors in their backgrounds so that we can get a nice mix of color and each litter is a nice surprise!
Monday, December 9, 2013
I often tell people that Cockapoos are incredibly smart, they are eager to learn and once they learn something they don't seem to forget it. If they have a dedicated owner the possibilities of what a Cockapoo can become are endless. Here is an email I received a few days ago from a customer with an update on her puppy, more proof of how smart the Cockapoo breed is:
Jamie & Sandy,
Jamie & Sandy,
It has been 1-1/2 years ago since we got our puppy from you. So here is a quick update of my little Chester (Max born 4-14-2012): He is a very lovable, smart dog and so much fun to have. I've trained him in obedience and agility. I started training him in agility in mid January. He has competed in three different AKC Agility trials since October, and we have taken 1st place each time. He is my Blue Ribbon boy! He has earned two titles so far: CGC and NAP (yesterday). We are so proud of him. Attached are a few pictures of him from his first show. Enjoy. :)
Congrats to Chester and his hard working owner, keep up the good work!
If you have adopted a Cockapoo Puppy from us and have a good story about their training please email it to me, we love to see updates, and I may add it to the website and my blog!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I took the dogs out with me to play while I shoveled today, for some of them it's their first snow storm and they had a blast!