Crossbreeding between different types of dog is not a new phenomenon, and, over recent years, interest in crossbreeding has grown, partly due to curiosity but more significantly because the role of dogs in our lives has undergone a dramatic change as they have become one of the family. As a result, breeders are seeking to create new, distinctive, friendly companion dogs that will thrive in domestic surroundings. The lovable Cockapoo is one of the oldest members of the so-called ‘designer dog’ group, and, in this essential guide, you will find everything you need to know about choosing, buying and enjoying your Cockapoo, including breed background, settling in your new arrival, establishing a daily routine and what to expect as your canine companion grows up. Over 100 illustrations – many specially commissioned – colorfully illustrate and describe these captivating dogs.
David Alderton trained as a veterinarian and his books about dogs have sold over a million copies. David has been awarded the Maxwell Medal by the Dog Writers’ Association of America and has acted as consultant on canine programmes screened by the Discovery Channel. He was very closely involved in the TV documentary celebrating the Crufts Centenary dog show, screened by the UK’s BBC and broadcasters in thirteen other countries worldwide.
Photographer Marc Henrie began taking photos of Hollywood stars when he was a stills man at MGM studios, An award-winning photographer whose canine studies are much in demand for use in books and magazines, Marc is also a member of the British Kennel Club, and is often commissioned by breeders to photograph their dogs.