I have tried to address some of the questions that I am frequently asked. These question/answers are in no particular order. Just added as I encounter a question or a policy issue that I feel the need to address or continues to arise.
If you do not find your question/answer here, please feel free to email or call Dee @ 803-446-2400.
Where is Acura Cockapoos, Inc. located?
Acura Cockapoos, Inc. is in Irmo, SC approximately 15 minutes from downtown Columbia, SC. We are about two hours from Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC and about three hours from Myrtle Beach, SC and Atlanta, GA.
How much are your Cockapoo puppies and do they come with a Health Warranty?
Because Acura Cockapoos, Inc. is incorporated we have to pay certain taxes (Federal, State, Local and Transportation). To avoid confusion all taxes (including the 6% SC Sales Tax) are included in the price. Check the Pricing Page for more info. All Cockapoo puppies are Health Warrantied. Health Warranty
Puppies are selected by pictures only if younger than 6 weeks of age. If a puppy is available to purchase, it must be 6 weeks old and have had its first puppy vaccine before it can receive visitors. If there is more than one puppy available the most you will be able to interact with is three. You must be coming to visit a puppy with full intention of placing a deposit. We do not want families here out for a Saturday afternoon just trying to find something to do. Visits are only on a Saturday morning and puppies MUST have had their first puppy vaccine (about 6 to 7 weeks of age). Health of our Cockapoo puppies is our first priority. Parvovirus and other disease(s) are always a concern as the immune systems on puppies is not yet developed and can render a puppy (and others in the nursery) ill or worse, dead. Random, "checking out the facilities" visits are discouraged. I understand your desire to "check things out" and do your due diligence. You are only trying to be responsible. However, my responsibility is to my puppies and to the buyers that have already placed deposits on puppies. Only serious buyers, "we are interested in a particular puppy and would like to view that puppy/place a deposit" visits is allowed.
If you wish to visit the Cockapoo Puppy you have placed a deposit on you are more than welcome to do so the Saturday morning after your puppy turns 6 weeks old only. This visit will only be allowed if no other puppies are going home that week end and no other plans with family have been made.
Puppies are seen in my home and not the puppy nursery. I used to allow families into my nursery to see moms/puppies, how puppies are raised but someone inadvertently I am sure, brought in parvovirus. I lost 19 puppies in about 4 weeks' time. It was a devastating time for me not to mention the families that had placed deposits on these puppies. I closed myself down for almost three months. My vet and I worked diligently to try and save each one to include blood transfusions from adults, IV's, hospital care, testing, special diets, holistic remedies, more and nothing could save them. I took puppies to the Clemson University for necropsies as we thought maybe I had more than just parvo but it was nothing more. The Pathologist and I sat and discussed things that could have changed in my routine and the only thing was that a family visited and brought in the disease. Before I could have any more puppies in the nursery everything had to be removed, burned if it could be or soaked in bleach. The room was sprayed with bleach every day. My husband made troughs so I could soak all the crates, my crate floors and other doggie equipment. It was heartbreaking and an experience I do not care to repeat. Therefore no visits are allowed until a puppy has had its first puppy vaccine, DAPP.
Parvo is very virulent, contagious and dangerous to puppies and most do not survive it. If you step in the same spot that I have stepped and I had previously stepped in feces of a dog shedding parvo, then you will be carrying the virus on the bottom of your shoe and wherever you step after that point, could now have parvo virus. Parvo can live under a blanket of snow for up to 7 months and about the only thing that will destroy this virus is bleach (I use a lot of bleach on a regular basis. I keep a spray bottle full and use it liberally and often.) I must try to protect all my puppies. While puppies should have some immunity provided by mom, you can never be certain of their level of immunity until after they have had a series of vaccinations.
For more information regarding the causes, spread, diagnosis and treatment of parvovirus, please check out the following sites
Also, please be advised that due to insurance and liability requirements, our adult dogs will likely be secured away at the time of your visit. When we purchased our home and obtained insurance, the insurance required this despite the fact that we have not had an aggressive incident. Also an adult may jump up to welcome a visitor and inadvertently scratch an arm. Some would pass it off as an excited, happy dog others would perceive it to be an act of aggression and sue.
Do you require that prospective new owners complete an application?
No. It is my experience that unethical people will tell you what they believe you want to hear and I have little ability or time to verify the information that is put on such a document. In lieu, I ask you to sign a bill of sale/warranty. It defines the terms of my warranty and it also stipulates owner requirements. It is my prayer that if you purchase a puppy and sign this document, you are going to abide by the terms of the owner requirements. However, I do reserve the right to terminate a sale and refund the deposit at anytime should I determine that a placement is not in the best interest of my Cockapoo puppy.
What is included with the Cockapoo Puppy?
Our f1 Cockapoo Puppies go home with 1) Health Warranty, 2) tail docked and their dew claws removed, 3) age appropriate parasite treatments, 4) vet check the week they go home which includes a fecal exam, 5) first puppy vaccine, 6) identification microchip (registration fee is responsibility of the Buyer), 7) a complete medical record for your veterinarian and 8) goody bag. Any puppy discounted for any reason except Military will not be microchipped or come with a goody bag.
Once I purchase a Cockapoo Puppy do you update pictures?
Yes, pictures are posted initially at 10 to 14 days old. Pictures are then updated when the puppy turns 4 weeks old when eyes are open and again at 6 weeks old before going home. Pictures are updated more frequently if time allows.
Can you tell me more about the disposition of a cockapoo?
Cockapoos are generally "people pleasers". If they figure out what you desire of them, they strive hard to win your approval & devotion. They are easily trainable b/c of the high intelligence inherited from their poodle ancestors. They are also easy going & loveable, as are their cocker spaniel ancestors. The result is a dog that is the best of both breeds. They are very good with children and make wonderful family pets as well as therapy dogs. Because they are so people oriented, they should not be left alone for extended periods of time.
When are puppies available for new homes?
Cockapoo puppies are generally deemed ready for new homes at 7 - 8 weeks of age after a veterinarian check up w/fecal exam. Please note that all Cockapoo Puppies MUST go home on the dates specified for pick up. We do not keep puppies longer than the advertised dates under any circumstance. We ask if you cannot take a puppy home on the advertised dates you wait for another litter.
To what size do your pups mature?
Pups generally mature in the 17 - 30 lb. range. However, I have had the rare puppy that is under 10 lbs. Size generally depends on the parents. I cannot guarantee a particular size but from experience I usually am pretty close to guesstimating adult size.
What coat type does a Cockapoo have an adult?
The coat type of the Cockapoo will vary as characteristics are inherited from both the poodle and the cocker spaniel. There may even be some variety within a litter. The three possible coat types are a tight curly coat, a loose wavy/ringlet coat and a straighter coat. I do not guarantee the coat texture of a puppy as it matures to an adult.
Are cockapoos considered non shedding?
For the most part, yes. Like poodles, the cockapoo is considered to be non shedding & as a general rule, hypo allergenic. However, pups, like children, can take on the characteristics of one parent more than another. Occasionally a pup will have a more cocker like appearance with a straighter more cocker like coat. If so, the chances of some light shedding are more likely.
What are 1st generation cockapoos?
1st generation cockapoos or F1 cockapoos are the offspring of a cocker spaniel parent & a poodle parent. 2nd generation cockapoos (F2 cockapoos) and further are the result of cockapoo to cockapoo pairings. A true cockapoo is 50% cocker spaniel and 50% poodle. Some breeders breed a cockapoo back to a poodle & call it an F1b cockapoo. The b stands for "back crossed" as I understand it. The offsrping in that pairing will always be 75% poodle and 25% cocker. This is generally done to intensify the traits of the poodle in the hybrid offspring. Not a true cockapoo by the definition stated above. We only raise 1st generation cockapoos (F1 cockapoos) at Acura Cockapoos, Inc. For a more detailed discussion of the genetics and biology of 1st generation vs. 2nd generation and beyond, please visit the First Generation and Beyond page.
Can you tell me more about the health of a cockapoo?
By crossbreeding a 100% cocker spaniel to a 100% poodle producing first generation (F1) cockapoos, you effectively open up the gene pool and thus help deter some of the hereditary health issues prominent in the individual breeds. (Please notice that I said "deter" not "eliminate".) The probability of heredity health issues are much higher in thoroughbreds than in cross breeds. That is not to say that cross breeds will never have any issues but rather that hereditary health related issues are much statistically reduced. Many refer to this as "hybrid vigor". I have heard many times of people having cockapoos that are 15+ years. It's not that uncommon in the F1 cockapoo. Please be aware, that by breeding Cockapoos to Cockapoos, and producing 2nd generation and beyond, you potentially loose some of the hybrid health vigor because you are once again breeding cocker spaniel genes to cocker spaniel genes and poodle genes to poodle genes. This is the same as breeding any generation of Cockapoo back to a purebred parent breed (usually a Poodle) since you now have 75% of the one parent breed and 25% of the other parent breed. First Generation & Beyond
Why do you raise only 1st generation cockapoos?
Again, we are going to refer to genetics. If you breed 1st generation cockapoos using one poodle parent and one cocker parent, you are effectively opening the gene pool and seriously reducing the opportunity for hereditary health disease. With 2nd generation cockapoos, where both parents are cockapoos, you are once again breeding cocker spaniel genes back to cocker spaniel genes and poodle genes back to poodle genes, thereby increasing the opportunity for the hereditary health disease(s) prevalent to those breeds. You potentially loose the hybrid health vigor you sought to gain by getting a crossbreed or hybrid dog in the first place. Also, for the same genetic reasons, some 2nd generations, 3rd generation and generations beyond cockapoos may look more like cockers and some more like poodles (this is called the grandfather effect). I personally believe that you get a more consistent, classic "cockapoo look" that is the best blend of desirable physical traits from a 100% cocker spaniel to a 100% poodle breeding (1st generation cockapoo). (That is a personal opinion & other breeders often disagree. However, the biology is the biology and is not subject to opinion.) Again, for a more detailed discussion of the genetics and biology of 1st generation vs. 2nd generation and beyond, please visit the First Generation and Beyond page.
Are dew claws removed & tails docked? If so, why?
Yes, dews are removed & tails are docked. Dews are removed to eliminate the danger of the extra toenail becoming hung & tearing as adults. Tails are docked for aesthetic and sanitary reasons. Tails are docked so that the pup will have a 3 - 4 inch tail at maturity. We do not nub the tails off even with the butt. I believe dogs should have something back there to wag!! That tail will tell you so much about how a dog is feeling!
Do you ship your Cockapoo Puppies or can I fly to Columbia, SC and pick up my puppy?
Do you have a delivery service?
Shipping is no longer available via Airlines due to USDA regulations.
You are more than welcome to pick up your Cockapoo puppy here at our home.
Limited delivery is available at $1.70/mile one way based on MapQuest.
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