We live in an era where every other person is allergic to something. In most cases, dog allergies are the things that stop people from living normally. But, what if such people really want to get a dog? Should they get a cat instead? Not really. There are dogs like the F1b Cockapoo that can come to the rescue.
Haven’t you heard of this Doodle? The F1B Cockapoo is all the rage! A wonderful cross between the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel is not just any mixed breed dog. This is a designer pooch that will become your new best friend.
What’s so great about these dogs is that they don’t cause you to sneeze or scratch yourself like crazy. Your eyes won’t become all red and runny around these Cockapoos. Why? Because they’re hypoallergenic pups!
Simply put, hypoallergenic dogs are dogs that won’t trigger your allergies, or make you sneeze, or make your eyes runny, or give you the feeling of being itchy all over your body.
Yes, those dogs exist, and our F1b Cockapoo buddy is a fine specimen of the breed.
Unlike other Doodles like Cavapoos, Labradoodles, and Goldendoodles, Cockapoos are special for their playful temperaments and the eagerness to please their humans.
If you’re interested in what Cockapoo generations are and why our F1b Cockapoo is so special, then you should stick around and let me prove to you that this is one of the best Doodle generations ever!
What’s An F1b Cockapoo?
The Cockapoo is a crossbreed dog between the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel. This is actually the first Doodle bred in the States back in 1960. The reason for their popularity is the fact that Cocker Spaniels were ultra popular in the 1940s and the 1950s.
Cockapoos became popular for being dogs that don’t trigger allergies, a.k.a., hypoallergenic dogs. While there’s no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog, Cockapoos are pretty close to it.
People were delighted to have a dog that wouldn’t make them sneeze the moment they approached it. But, that was not all. Fast forward a few years, Cockapoo lovers have found a way to make these dogs even more popular. In fact, they had a secret formula on how to make Cockapoos even more amazing.
The answer lies in back breeding. But, what is back breeding?
Simply put, back breeding means mating a crossbreed with one of the parents. In this case, the Cockapoo was bred with a Poodle, and the end result was an even more hypoallergenic pup called the F1b Cockapoo.
In case you didn’t realize, the first Cockapoos are F1 Cockapoos – dogs of the first generations. However, we’ll go deep into the generations soon.
What you need to know about F1b Cockapoos is that they were purposely bred – almost manipulated into producing pups with better coat features. Gene manipulation isn’t something new as many dog breeders have done it before.
The important thing is to find someone who knows how to handle multigen dogs the right way.
How Many Cockapoo Generations Are There?
A lot… and I’m not joking. There’s not just one or two generations. Cockapoos, as well as many other Doodles, come in lots of generations as a result of back breeding and manipulating genes.
Precisely, there are 8 generations of Cockapoos, and they’re the following:
and multigen Cockapoo
But, what’s with all these letters and numbers? What do they stand for? I know it may seem a bit confusing, but you’ll see that it’s pretty easy to understand these markings.
The letter ‘F’ actually stands for filial hybrid. This is a genetics term, and it basically stands for the puppy that comes from two purebred parents.
The number, whether it’s 1 or 2, stands for the generation of the puppy. Obviously, 1 is for first-gen puppies, 2 is for second-generation puppies, and 3 is for third-gen pups.
Of course, we must not forget about the letter ‘B’. What does this stand for?
The letter ‘B’ is only there if a puppy is a result of back breeding. Simply put, you take a Cockapoo of any generation and breed it back with a Poodle. One letter B is for back breeding that happened once, and two letters are if it happened twice.
The more that puppies are back bred, the more chances they have to be hypoallergenic.
To explain this a little bit better, here’s the percentage of parents for a few Cockapoo pups:
F1 Cockapoo has 50% Poodle and 50% Cocker Spaniel DNA
F1b Cockapoo has 75% Cockapoo and 25% Poodle DNA
F1bb Cockapoo has 87.5% F1b Cockapoo and 12.5% Poodle DNA
Multigen Cockapoos can’t have determined DNA percentages because they’re a mashup of different generations in an unknown percentage.
Now, if you agree, we can tell a little bit about each generation of Cockapoos.
The F1 Cockapoo is the pioneer of them all. This is the first Cockapoo puppy – the first generation that brought us many more Cockapoos.
First-gen Cockapoos are puppies that have equal Poodle and Cocker Spaniel gene distribution. This is what you get when you cross a Poodle of any size and a Cocker. No back breeding… just two purebreds mixed together.
The puppy you get when you mix the Poodle and the Cocker is pretty special and rich in diversity. After all, it comes from two contrasting parent breeds.
An average F1 Cockapoo has a big chance of being hypoallergenic. However, this happens only if the puppy takes more after the Poodle side of the family. The general rule of thumb is: the curlier the hair, the more likely for the pup to be hypoallergenic.
F1 Cockapoos shouldn’t shed as much as Cockers do. Their shedding is supposed to be manageable.
The diversity isn’t only great for the hypoallergenic traits. When a pup has a rich background, there’s even more of a chance for it to be healthier than other dog breeds. Such dogs are usually hybrid vigors.
The F1 Cockapoo has lots of chances to be free of all the major genetic health conditions.
Do you have mild allergies? You can definitely live with an F1 Cockapoo.
The diversity isn’t as rich as with the previous generation, but F1bb Cockapoos are still quite special.
So, what are these dogs? They’re Cockapoos that have been bred back twice with the Poodle. As you could see from the calculation from above, such dogs will have a lot of Poodle genes. The genetic diversity is not rich, meaning F1bb Cockapoos will look a lot like Poodles.
Such dogs usually inherit the Poodle’s appearance and personality traits. This also means that your pup will end up with a curly coat. A curly coat means that the dog won’t shed. Precisely, the hair that falls out will be trapped underneath the top coat and will only come out when you brush your dog.
F1bb Cockapoos shouldn’t have many health issues either as Poodles are considered pretty healthy.
If you or some of your family members are suffering from dog-related allergies, they shouldn’t be triggered by F1bb Cockapoos. You won’t sneeze or get itchy around these pups, even if you snuggle with them!
Here’s where things get tricky. The F2 Cockapoo isn’t as easy to achieve as you might think. The reason behind this is because you can actually combine several parent dogs to achieve the F2 Cockapoo.
The first combination includes crossing an F1 with an F1b Cockapoo. I might add, it’s a more logical one, too.
The second combination isn’t that common, but it includes an F1 Cockapoo crossed with an F2 Cockapoo. You won’t find many pups bred using this combination – that’s for sure.
The final option is to breed two F1 Cockapoos. This is the simplest one and the most common of them all.
The F2 Cockapoos aren’t a safe bet. With lots of other crossbreeds, you don’t know what kind of puppy you’ll get.
This occurrence is what they call throwbacks. Simply put, your F2 Cockapoo puppy might inherit grandpa or grandma Cocker genes that have somehow survived multiple breeding.
Since the whole point of breeding Cockapoos is to get hypoallergenic dogs, I wouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket if I were you. The second-generation Cockapoos can actually turn out to be just like Cocker Spaniels! This means a straight coat and zero chances of not triggering allergies.
If you’re even mildly allergic to dog hair, you wouldn’t do well around F2 Cockapoos simply because you can’t tell their exact DNA.
The F2b Cockapoo could be the puppy of your dreams if you’re severely allergic to dogs. Even though it’s not recommended for severely allergic people to hang out around dogs, the practice has shown they’re not as dangerous as you might think.
F2b Cockapoos are pretty allergy-friendly, and that’s exactly what we’re looking for in a puppy.
The F2 Cockapoo puppy will look almost like a Poodle, with all the Poodle characteristics including being a high-maintenance dog.
So, no… F2b Cockapoos aren’t low-maintenance dogs because you’ll need to brush them daily. They’re exactly like Poodles in these terms.
Every Cockapoo generation that goes further than the F2 gen is considered a multigen Cockapoo.
F2bb Cockapoos are a combination of an F2b Cockapoo and a Poodle. This means Cockapoos have been bred back twice to the Poodle.
Of course, this ensures that the F2bb Cockapoo will look a lot like the Poodle parent.
The F2bb is still easy to find and one of the finest, ultimate hypoallergenic Doodles of them all!
The F3 Cockapoos are super rare, and they are not easy to be bred at all!
I wouldn’t recommend you chase after them because you won’t be able to determine how the pups will turn out. They can easily resemble the Cocker parent.
Much like the F2 Cockapoo, the F3 Cockapoo is not a safe bet. If you’re aiming for hypoallergenic traits, you can easily end up with a Cocker-like dog that will trigger allergies.
What’s So Special About F1b Cockapoos?
Did you notice that we skipped a generation?
Well, now we’re going to discuss F1b Cockapoos and see what’s so special about them.
The reason why F1b Cockapoos are so special is because they’re more hypoallergenic than first-generation Cockapoos. They’re also easier to find. The F1b Cockapoos are proof that genetics games can be played and manipulated to achieve a pawfect result.
The F1b Cockapoo is not a smelly dog. They don’t have that typical doggy scent, and they don’t sweat, salivate, or anything else. You won’t find them to be smelly like some other breeds. This is all thanks to the Poodle parent.
Also, F1b Cockapoos don’t shed dander all over the place. Trust me… you’re more allergic to dog dander than you think. Dander goes all over the place, and it can get everywhere. You can even find it in air vents or air purifiers if you have any.
Luckily, that’s not something you’ll find with this backcross Cockapoo.
The F1b Cockapoo coat is magical, and you’ll realize that soon.
What Do F1b Cockapoos Look Like?
F1b Cockapoos don’t really differ from other Cockapoo dogs, except in terms of their coat. The more generations there are, the curlier their coat will be.
But, other than that, you couldn’t really easily tell which is an F1 Cockapoo and which is an F1b Cockapoo.
Cockapoos are real life teddy bear dogs. They’re super cute and cuddly, with a face you can’t say no to. One of the biggest reasons why people love them, besides their hypoallergenic traits, is their stunning appearance. You can’t say no to these pups.
The difference between F1b Cockapoos and other generations can be just a slight one. Only trained eyes can notice it.
Just like regular Cockapoos, F1b Cockapoos can come in four different sizes, including teacup, toy, miniature, and standard. Depending on their size, Cockapoos shouldn’t weigh more than 19 pounds if they follow the recommended Cockapoo growth chart.
These little Doodles are known for having a single coat with long hair in loose curls. The hair with further generations is curlier because of all the back breeding.
A traditional Cockapoo bred from common parents usually has a shade of golden or yellow as the dominant coat color. This is why they resemble teddy bears so much.
However, other Cockapoo coat colors are quite possible, and it only depends on the color of the parents. Still, the further you go down the generations lane, the more of a chance your dog will have to pick up any color from its grandparents or great grandparents.
The most common color options are:
cream or white
Remember that any solid color is possible as long as it’s in the family, as well as any color combination or pattern.
As far as the size is concerned, the F1b Cockapoo is usually a result of breeding between a standard Poodle and a regular-sized Cocker. But, other Cockapoo sizes are possible, like the mini Cockapoo and the toy Cockapoo – a puppy from a Cocker and a toy Poodle.
Are F1b Cockapoos Different From Other Generations Temperament-Wise?
Yes, F1b Cockapoos can be different from other generations temperament-wise, but that’s not because of the reasons you can think of.
A Cockapoo’s temperament can be like a Poodle’s or a Cocker’s. They’re rarely a combination of both, or the combinations aren’t that notable. So, your Cockapoo can either be like a Poodle clone or a Cocker clone.
It doesn’t matter which generation you’re thinking of – this applies to them all.
The Poodle is an energetic parent. They’re active dogs, and they love being out and about. You’ll rarely find a Poodle snoozing on the porch. They want to feel included in everything you do, so better take them along when you go for a walk.
Some might say Poodles are snobbish. The truth is, they are a little bit. But, I’d like to add they’re confident and intelligent, too. There’s nothing that goes past these pooches.
The Cocker Spaniel is a hunting dog, excellent at anything he does. They’re born to rule the field! Cockers are considered champion pups. They’re pretty active even when they’re not performing their tasks.
But, unlike the Poodle, the Cocker parent is a sweet and affectionate one. They’re playful and happy. There’s nothing these dogs won’t do to have fun with their owner.
So, it really depends on whose genes prevail. Your F1b Cockapoo can be a bit reserved like the Poodle, or happy-go-lucky just like the Cocker. And, that’s the whole dilemma!
Does The F1b Generation Affect The Overall Health Of A Cockapoo Dog?
Yes, generations have a lot to do with the overall health status of Cockapoos.
Some dog experts claim that the more dog breeds a pup has in his DNA, the more chances there are for the puppy to be free of health problems. This is what is considered as hybrid vigor: a pup that is healthier than his parents would ever be!
The F1b Cockapoo is a fairly healthy one. Since this generation has a lot of Poodle features, you can definitely expect the same proneness to health issues as a Poodle.
Poodles are one of those breeds that don’t get ill that often. Sure, they have some general health conditions that might strike them, but nothing too severe.
Generally speaking, Poodles are prone to the following health problems:
There’s a small chance that your Cockapoo might inherit the Cocker’s health issues, which are usually:
Make sure you keep an eye on these conditions, and take your F1b Cockapoo to see the vet frequently.
What’s The Life Expectancy Of An F1b Cockapoo?
A dog’s life expectancy is tightly linked to the most common health issues that affect the mentioned breed.
There’s an unwritten rule in the canine kingdom: giant dogs live a short lifespan, while regular-sized and small pups live longer.
Lucky for the Cockapoo, both parent breeds have a long lifespan. Precisely, both the Poodle and the Cocker can live up to 15 years. They’re one of those dog breeds with an impressively long lifespan.
The good overall health status and the fact that these are active dogs has surely helped a lot with the long lifespan.
Cockapoos are destined to spend lots of happy years with you. But, you will need to take good care of them. Just because they should have a long lifespan doesn’t mean they will. Cockapoos can get cancer like their Poodle parents, and that will significantly affect their lifespan.
Regular vet visits, a good diet, exercise, lots of mental stimulation, and not to mention love and affection are the keys to a long and happy life.
How To Groom An F1B Cockapoo
The genetic makeup of an F1b Cockapoo has worked its magic and brought us a pup that requires plenty of grooming. But, taking care of an F1b Cockapoo puppy isn’t as tough as you might think.
The first-generation cross Cockapoo is much more difficult to groom because it takes a lot after the Spaniel parent.
Grooming means brushing, bathing, and clipping hair, as well as trimming nails, cleaning ears, and brushing teeth.
F1b Cockapoos should be brushed once or twice a week. They’re not shedders, and they have a lovely coat type inherited from the Poodle parent. The brushing is to ensure no matting or knots are present in the dog’s coat.
An F1b Cockapoo’s coat has lovely curls, and they must be shiny all the time. I recommend you pick some good brushes like slickers that will give shine to your puppy’s hair.
Just like their pawrent, the purebred Poodle, F1b Cockapoos require lots of haircuts. Here, you can find some pretty cool ones. If you don’t cut a Cockapoos hair often, it will become too long and end up looking scruffy and neglected.
I realize it’s hard for some dog owners to commit to regular grooming, but that’s just a way of bonding with your dog and making him look pretty. And, pretty-looking dogs are healthy dogs… don’t you forget that.
Since the Spaniel parent is prone to dental issues, don’t skip regular teeth brushing. Tartar buildup is a severe problem, so you better train your dog to like teeth brushing daily.
Is It Easier To Train F1b Cockapoos?
Dog training is tightly linked to a dog’s intelligence. But, what is canine intelligence? Are some breeds actually stupid or what?
Canine intelligence is measured in how fast a dog responds to a given task, and how well he performs it.
The Cockapoo comes from two very intelligent parent breeds. Although these pooches look like they’re a bit silly, their good looks are actually deceiving. Cockapoos are one of the most intelligent Doodles of them all!
This means you shouldn’t have any issues with training your Cockapoo. These dogs learn fast and perform commands efficiently. You don’t have to repeat them twice.
The thing with Cockapoos is that they have inherited lots of friendly traits from the Cocker parent. Thus, they will be more than happy to listen to their owner and feel they’re satisfied.
As far as the F1b Cockapoo is concerned, they might be a bit stubborn in certain situations, but that shouldn’t mess with your training at home. Even though they have more Poodle genes, these Cockapoos are pretty obedient and not too self-centered.
The intelligence that both the parents and their puppies possess is truly impressive.
Are F1b Cockapoos Pricier?
When determining a puppy’s price, breeders take several factors into consideration. The biggest factor is the puppy’s pedigree.
Cockapoos aren’t purebred dogs, meaning they can’t be recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Still, they can come from purebred, champion parents, and that affects the purchase price greatly.
When you compare the Poodle with a Cocker, you’ll realize that Poodles are pricier. It has always been the fame around this dog breed. Poodles are elegant, graceful, and simply spectacular, and their price has always been on the higher end.
Since our F1b Cockapoo puppy has more Poodle genes, it’s natural for them to be pricier than regular Cockapoos. Each generation with lots of Poodle DNA will be pricey, too.
On average, the F1b Cockapoo costs around $2,000. Sure, you can find cheaper puppies, but I suggest you don’t pay less than $1,500 for such puppies. Trust me when I say it takes way more money, time, and patience to breed a litter of F1b Cockapoo puppies.
In the following section, I will explain to you the importance of finding the right breeder, especially for mixed breed dogs.
Where Can You Find F1b Cockapoos?
Finding a reputable breeder for your F1b Cockapoo is more important than you think.
The thing with mixed breed dogs is that a lot of unethical people breed them. We have Doodle dogs of all kinds. People like them because they’re so sweet. Some even decide to breed on their own just because they like the hybrid so much.
But, breeding is not a sweet business. It’s a serious profession that should be taken seriously. Period.
A reliable breeder is someone who doesn’t breed just for fun. Such people want to make sure their puppies are as healthy as they can be. Some even go so far as to put their dogs in first place, even before themselves. That’s what I call a good breeder!
Every reputable breeder must have health tests conducted on their puppies to ensure they and their parents are in pristine condition. Don’t even talk to breeders who don’t submit pups to health testing.
If the breeder checks the first two boxes, you can proceed with the evaluation and ask anything you want to know about their practice and their puppies.
Luckily, for all Cockapoo lovers, this mixed breed Doodle is super common in the States. We’re proud to have many good Cockapoo breeders.
PupVine has done quite a few pieces on Cockapoo breeders, which you might want to check out. Maybe some of them will have available F1b Cockapoo puppies just for you.
These U.S. Cockapoo breeders are the people you can trust:
Which Generation Should An Allergic Person Pick: An F1 or An F1b Cockapoo?
Oh, this is an easy one! If you’re allergic to dog hair and dander, you should definitely pick the star of today’s article – the F1b Cockapoo.
Simply put… these Cockapoos have more Poodle DNA, which ensures they are hypoallergenic dogs.
The F1 Cockapoo has only a 50% chance of being hypoallergenic. Enough said.
Are F1b Cockapoos Curlier Than F1 Cockapoos?
Believe it or not, the F1 Cockapoo can actually have straight hair. That’s because these dogs can be much like Cocker Spaniels. It doesn’t matter if the parent is an American Cocker Spaniel or an English Cocker Spaniel – the straight hair will dominate.
So, yes… the F1b Cockapoo does have curlier hair, which helps with the hypoallergenic factor and adds to their cuteness.
To Sum Up
So, how do you like our F1b Cockapoo buddy? Yeah, it’s a pretty pawsome dog. Each generation of Cockapoos has something special. Each is even more lovely than the previous one. Altogether, Cockapoos are incredible pooches you should definitely consider having.
They don’t shed, they don’t drool, and they don’t disperse dander around the house. They also don’t have that musky scent that a lot of dogs have. You won’t come inside and immediately sense a Cockapoo in the house.
This non-shedding dog breed is one of the finest hypoallergenic dogs of all time. I’m really pleased to say that the Cockapoo breed, especially our F1b buddy, is great around people who are prone to allergies.
This might be a hybrid dog, but they’re just as spectacular as the purebred Cocker Spaniel, Poodle, or any other pup!