Which is better, male or female?
My feelings on the matter is that a spay/neuter should be done as soon as your vet will allow it to be done. This will guarantee that the marking behavior will not become an issue. Yes, a female dog may mark just like a male. It is not as common, but can happen.
Beyond that, I feel like the male dogs are generally better looking. The temperament difference is not always obvious. However, a female is more likely to become alpha than a male. This means they may not be quite as compliant as a male would be at times, especially with children.
Males tend to be a bit more calm over all, and tend to be more inclusive of all members of the family. Females can be the same, but can tend towards picking favorites. Females may be better watch dogs than males, but not always.
I cannot draw any definite lines to say one is better than the other. If they are spayed or neutered early, there really isn't a huge difference in the two sexes over all.
Information about what goes along with your puppy.
- Delivery or shipping - Available for most areas in the USA. Usually $400 extra.
- Environment - Puppies are raised in our home with all the normal sounds and experiences.
- Food - Puppies are started on Fresh Pet dog food, and royal canine puppy kibble.
- Flea treatment - Puppy is given preventative treatment for external parasites.
- Potty training - Early training begins with paper training and then they are started out doors.
- Shots - Our vet gives the parvo shot at 6 weeks, and the puppy shots at 8 wks.
- Worming - Worming is done over a period of several weeks within the first 8 weeks of life.
- Socialization - We begin this from the birth, but more extensively starting at 4 wks.
- Puppy pac - Food, info., Nuvet vitamin, blanket, guarantee, shot and worming vet record
- Tail - Tail is natural, but can be docked later if you want.
- Registration - AKC background. Puppies get ACC registration.
- Payment - Payment minus your deposit is due when you pick up puppy.
- Health check - Our vet performs a thorough health check on each puppy before they go home.
- Puppies are f1 cockapoo, or multi generational cockapoo.
F1, F1b, F2, multi generational...What's the difference?
Please read this note about the genetic designation for cockapoo puppies. First of all, I want to stress that all of our breeding dogs must pass dna tests that clear them for producing puppies that do not have the genetic disease and defects that can crop up out of otherwise healthy, non-tested parents!
Our first generation puppies - F1 are bred from a pure cocker spaniel and a pure poodle parent. It is important to note that there are different sizes within the poodle breed (very small to very large!), and two different types of cocker spaniel (english and american). We always only use mini sized poodles because of their superior temperament and medium build. Our cocker spaniels are only american, most with beautiful champion lineage which translates to your cockapoo pup being well formed, structurally sound, with a plush, non-shed coat.
Our F1b cockapoo puppies are bred from a pure poodle parent and a cockapoo parent.
Many people love our F1b puppies because they are the ones that are not only non-shed, but are even more hypo allergenic than other generations of cockapoo puppies! This is a great benefit to people who are worried about dog allergies. (Remember to consult you physician before purchasing any dog or puppy if allergies are a concern!)
Our multi generational cockapoos are bred from two dna tested cockapoos.
Since many F2 cockapoo puppies have shedding coats, we do not breed the F2 cockapoos. Many breeders will tell you to only to purchase a F1 cockapoo puppy. This is because there are cockapoo breeders who breed shedding cockapoos. In fact, if the parents are not tested for coat quality, an F1 cockapoo could possibly shed as well! This is why it is good to purchase from a breeder who does dna testing for coat quality as well as for health.
All of our multi generational puppies have at least one multi generational parent which has a dna'd non-shed coat just like our poodles. This is important because most people looking for a cockapoo puppy are wanting a non-shed coat.
So why do we breed multi generational cockapoos? It is because of the amazing quality we achieve through our breeding methods. Much like the f1b, these pups have lower dander counts than the F1 cockapoo has. This is good news for allergy sufferers.
We have for years selected champion line AKC American Cocker Spaniels with great temperaments, and non-shed AKC Mini Poodles for our breedings. This produces amazing plush, non-shed coats in our multi gen cockapoos, as well as excellent temperaments, and structure that we are not seeing many other breeders achieve.
We have sold our multi gen cockapoos to many well known breeders in the doodle world to be bred into their golden doodles, labradoodles and cobber-dogs! These breeders as seeing excellent results in quality and smaller, medium sizes for their puppies!
Cockapoo or doodle?
We used to breed goldendoodles as well as cockapoos years ago. We had excellent lines, and lovely dogs! However, we decided to specialize in cockapoos since they are smaller, and we like the temperaments better. Our cockapoos are generally calmer, and have nicer coats that are easy to care for.
We have learned that a large percentage of the Australian Labradoodle, cobber dog as well as multi generational goldendoodles have cocker spaniel bred into them. There are codes that one of the Australian labradoodle clubs uses to let you know how far back a cocker spaniel was bred into the lines. In fact we have sold cockapoos to Goldendoodle breeders as well as cobber dog, and Austrailian labradoodle breeders. They have tested out to be exceptional, and have been used extensively to better those breeds!
Recently, we were able to adopt our mini goldendoodle, Opie. He is very precious (mild mannered), easy to care for, and only 23 lbs. We are looking forward to some beautiful pups from him with some of our larger cockapoo mommas that are his size. He has a lovely face for a goldendoodle, and I feel like he is going to bring some adorable teddy bear facial qualities into our cockapoo lines! Also, the fact that our cockapoo sizes are small translates to a smaller doodle size!
The combination of golden retriever and cocker spaniel is called a comfort retriever. They are great for people who want a smaller dog than a golden retriever, and a lower shed coat since cockers shed less than golden retrievers do. The Dakota sport retrievers website is a nice representation of a comfort retriever breeding program. However, we feel that a comfort doodle is one step above!
The comfort doodle is achieved by the addition of the poodle breed. Through careful breeding, it is possible to have the best of both worlds, cockapoo and mini goldendoodle.
The key is to have the correct lines of each breed. You cannot just randomly mix to achieve this amazing dog! We know that there are many comfort doodle breeders that do not offer non-shed coats. However, we feel this is a very important aspect, and have done the dna research to make sure that our breedings do produce the correct non-shed coat in our puppies.
I am calling the pups from our breeding of our goldendoodle to a cockapoo comfort doodles because I have seen this term used when a breeder is not specifically breeding goldendoodles. They usually call this breeding an infusion into their lines. However, I am not a goldendoodle breeder. I am a cockapoo breeder who plans on a few comfort doodle litters in the future. I am very impressed with them, and feel like they have a lot to offer as an excellent pet. I feel like going beyond the infusion is just stepping back to what was being bred before. There is a reason why the addition of the cocker brings such great results into doodle breedings, and I see no reason to hide that fact!