The English Cocker Spaniel is considered to be one of the most popular spaniel breeds and one of the oldest land spaniels. Interestingly, before the 1800s, the Cocker and Springer Spaniel were classed as the ‘Land Spaniel’, but due to their differing sizes they were used for very different tasks. The larger ones were used for ‘springing’ game, whereas the smaller ones were for flushing out woodcock. The difference between the two breeds became further distinct with selective breeding and in 1893, they were finally recognised as two separate breeds.
The Standard Poodle on the other hand originated in Germany, despite many believing that they were bred in France. Created as a water retrieving dog, this breed is a hard-working type that’s highly intelligent. The Miniature and Toy Poodle varieties were created later on for those that wanted all the personality and enthusiasm of the Standard Poodle, but was a fraction of the size.
The Cockapoo can have any combination of the two breeds in their appearance, behaviour and temperament.