If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a cute and cuddly canine companion, you’re in luck. The hybrid dog craze has led to the development of a variety of unusual crossbreed dogs that are gaining popularity with pet lovers everywhere.
But when you see so many different hybrid dogs with strange names and even stranger appearances, it can be challenging to work out which one is the perfect fit for you and your lifestyle. And so, if you’re considering adopting a cockapoo or jackapoo (or perhaps another type of crossbred dog), read on to find out more about these wonderful new breeds.
How to Tell the Difference Between a Cockapoo and a Jackapoo?
Cockapoos and jackapoos are both crossbred dogs. This means that they’re a combination of two different types of dogs.
Cockapoos are crossbred between cocker spaniels and poodles, while jackapoos are a cross between a jack russell terrier and a poodle.
So how can you tell the difference between a cockapoo and a jackapoo? Well, the easiest way is to look at the appearance of the dog. Cockapoos have long, curly coats while jackapoos have shorter, straighter coats.
What is a Cockapoo?
A cockapoo is a crossbred dog that has been bred from a cocker spaniel and a poodle. These dogs are known for their wide-eyed, round faces, and their soft, curly coats. While cockapoos can come in a range of coat types, including cotton, corded, curly-coated, and various types of poodle cuts, they are typically bred to have curly-coated coats.
This can result in a dog that is a little bit more challenging to groom, but with the right tools, it’s not impossible!
There are lots of different variations of Cockapoos too. You can get F1 Cockapoos which is a cockapoo bred by crossing a poodle with a cocker spaniel. F2 cockapoos are bred with two F1 parents. F3 Cockapoos are bred with two F2 parents, and so on… So if you buy a Cockapoo puppy, it’s a good idea to buy from someone trustworthy so that you know the exact background of your Cockapoo.
What is a Jackapoo?
A jackapoo is essentially a cockapoo, but with a much shorter coat. Jackapoos have been bred from a jack russell terrier and a poodle, and therefore have much shorter coats than a purebred cockapoo. They are typically found with short, smooth coats in the same colors as their parents: black, brown, and gray. Jackapoos can be easier to groom than cockapoos due to their shorter coats, which means that you’ll need fewer tools and products to keep their coats healthy.
But, their shorter coats also mean that they have less volume, so Jackapoos may not have the same “fluffy” look as cockapoos. Jackapoos are rarer than cockapoos, and it’s therefore more likely that you’ll come across a crossbred jackapoo that has been bred from two jackapoo parents. This means that the dog will have two different breeds in its DNA, but not show up as either a jack russell terrier or a poodle.
Why Should You Adopt Instead of Going Hybrid?
Cockapoos and Jackapoos are bred from two different purebred dogs, and can therefore be bred for specific traits. Some breeders will select two breeds that complement each other, while others will breed together two dogs that are popular and in-demand.
Regardless of what the motivation behind the crossbreeding is, it means that the puppies are being bred with a specific purpose and these crossbred dogs are often popular breeds that are in high demand.
This means that many of these dogs are in foster homes or shelters, waiting to be adopted.
So, if you’re looking for a dog that is a little bit different, but you don’t want to spend money on a crossbred dog that you may not know much about, adopting is a great option.
How to Find a Reputable Breeder?
If you’re considering buying a hybrid dog, you’re probably wondering where you can find one. Finding a reputable hybrid dog breeder can be challenging, but here are a few tips to help you out:
- Research the Breeders:
When you’re looking for a breeder, you should always do your research. Make sure you know and understand the breeder’s philosophy. If a breeder does not want to be contacted or you feel uncomfortable, move on.
If a breeder is unwilling to provide health information and clear genetic backgrounds, you should seriously consider finding another breeder. Good breeders will want you to be happy with the dog, and will be open to answering any questions that you have.
- Ask Questions:
Before you part with your cash and take home a hybrid dog, you should ask as many questions as possible. You should be clear on the costs, and should know exactly what you’re getting. Ask what the parents look like, and know as much as possible about their health and behaviour.
- Visit the Home:
You should also visit the home of the breeder before you commit to buying a puppy. This will give you a good idea of the environment that the puppies are being raised in, and can help you to decide if this is the right place for your puppy.
If you feel uncomfortable, or don’t think that these puppies are being raised in a healthy and loving environment, walk away.
Owning a hybrid dog can be a great experience, and can be a fantastic option for people who are looking for a new dog but want something that is a little bit out of the ordinary. If you do decide to go hybrid, remember that the puppies that you buy may not be the breed that you were expecting. This means that you must be clear about what you’re looking for.
If you’re ready to bring home a new hybrid dog, you may have a lot of questions. Thankfully, we’ve tried to answer as many as possible in this article, so feel free to leave us a message on this blog post and we’d be more than happy to help.