Are you thinking of getting a dog as a family pet? Have no idea where to start looking or what breed is going to suit you best? Then allow me to suggest a Spoodle. After many pet photography sessions, they are the one reliably happy and gentle dog I keep encountering. Sure, all breeds have their positive points but they have more plus points than most! Read on…
The spoodle is a special breed of dog that loves attention, family activities and humans in general. These dogs are low to non-shedding, making a favorite for those owners who are prone to allergies.
Spoodle puppies take on the intelligence of poodles as well as the devoted and outgoing nature of the cocker. In general, the spoodles are either first generation, which is a pure Mini Poodle crossed with a pure Cocker Spaniel or a second generation, a spoodle crossed with a spoodle.
Appearance of spoodles can vary depending on which parent the puppy will take after and the main goal is to breed for great temperament instead of a certain look. But, there are several characteristics of the appearance of spoodles that are very common. The coat of spoodle may be feathered or curly. The spoodle’s body is very strong.
Most of the time, spoodles have a very reasonable muzzle and very rounded head. They have soft and long ears, usually set well above their eyes, hanging low past the chin.
These cute dogs are of medium size, typically 35 to 40 centimeters in height with a weight of around 10 to 15 kilograms fully grown and semi-longhaired dogs with a beautiful and stunning long tail.
Spoodles are known for being very affectionate, intelligent and outgoing dogs. More often than not, these dogs are very welling to please. If you will consider a spoodle as a pet, you have to take note that the spoodle is a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle. These two breeds both love attention and people so you can expect that spoodle have double dose. These dogs have to be treated as part of your family and you have to make sure that you let them participate in activities of the family.
Spoodles need to be combed and brushed. Spoodles are also low to non-shedding dogs but clipping is needed every now and then. The amount and frequency of grooming needed for a spoodle is going to depend on the coat’s length. Every coat type will need some form of grooming although spoodles that have longer coats must be brushed more often compared to dogs with clipped coats. These dogs also need their ears to be properly dried after taking a bath to best avoid infections. It is also great to introduce grooming to your dog to make this a pleasant experience for you and your pet at the same time.
Just like most cross breeds, the spoodle benefit from the hybrid vigor, making them not that susceptible to health issues associated with the narrow gene pools which is commonly the case with pure breeds. You need to pay special attention to their ears which might get infected and you also need to watch out their eyes for weeping. Ears and eyes should be kept dry and clean. Like other dogs with long ears, they can also be prone to infections of the ear. Spoodles might also suffer from PRA or progressive retinal atrophy, a genetic eye disease.
These medium sized dogs with a life span of 12 to 15 years can adapt well to average backyards. However, remember that they have loads of energy and it is recommended to take them to a daily walk.