Cockapoos are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They have been bred since ancient times. There are several theories about their origin, but they all agree that they were originally from Asia Minor (Turkey). Some say that these dogs originated there from wolves or other animals. Others believe that they came from North Africa and crossed with local wild dogs. Still others think that these dogs come from Europe and migrated to India where they mixed with local wild dogs. However, no matter how it happened, these dogs became very popular in the West.
The breed was first registered in England in 1666 and was known as the “English Shepherd”. These dogs were used for hunting and guarding livestock.
Later, they were used to guard homes against burglars. Today, they are still used to protect people’s lives and property from criminals.
They are loyal companions who love children like any other dog would do. They are also affectionate towards humans and will give you lots of attention.
However, they can become aggressive if not properly socialized.
These dogs have a strong working instinct which makes them good at herding sheep, retrieving lost items, chasing down small animals such as mice and rats, pulling carts etc. They make excellent watchdogs too because they don’t bark much when doing their job.
They tend to be very obedient and submissive toward human beings though.
These dogs weight 20 to 33 lb (9 to 15 kg) and stand 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) tall. They are generally long and low and have a thick coat which can be in many different colors.
The coat is soft to the touch and can either be straight, wavy or curly. The colors come in black, white, brown, gray, golden or red. Some of them have black masks on their faces. Their ears are large and might stick out sideways, but they should always stand erect. Tail is usually curly and the eyes can be either brown or blue.
These dogs are very friendly to humans and get along well with children. They are playful, obedient and cheerful.
They are watchful of strangers though, so they make excellent guard dogs too. They love to play fetch and catch and will enjoy being outside most of the day if you let them. They do not shed much and are therefore good for people with allergies.
However, they are very active and require a lot of exercise to stay healthy and happy. They can live in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised, but a house would be better.
If you don’t have enough time for them and plan on leaving them alone for more than 6 hours a day, a puppy may not be the right pet for you. Don’t get one if you live in an apartment and work long hours as it will be left home alone and this can cause anxiety and behavior problems.
Like with any other dog, you should begin obedience training and socialization as a puppy to avoid potential problems in the future. You also need to determine whether you have the time to exercise them every day.
If this isn’t something you can commit to, please consider another breed that is better suited to your lifestyle.
These dogs are not suited to be just indoors and be left alone all day. They need to be taken on a walk or jog every day.
If you fail to do that they will become bored and this can lead to behavior problems. They are naturally active animals and if they don’t get to exercise this instinct, they may well find other ways to entertain themselves. This might include chewing your furniture or running away from home.
It is important to make the effort to take this dog on regular walks or runs. If you cannot afford the time to do this, you should think about getting another type of pet as these dogs are not happy or healthy if they don’t get the chance to expel some of their built up energy on a daily basis.
The Norwegian Elkhound can make a good apartment pet, provided that it gets enough exercise. They are calm indoors and will be happy to lie next to you or your children as you watch TV.
These dogs do not pick fights with other dogs and are generally good with children. They are naturally clean and do not have a strong desire to go digging in garbage cans or mess on the floor.
These dogs love to bark and will let you know when someone is at the door. They are very protective of their owners and will defend them if they feel it is necessary.
They are intelligent and can be trained to obey basic commands like sit and stay. If you want a dog that will warn you of intruders and guard the house, this is a great choice.
If you do not provide the Norwegian Elkhound with enough exercise, it will become bored and this can lead to behavior problems. These dogs are natural guardians and love to bark at anything new or unusual.
It is therefore important that you teach them not to bark all the time. If they do not receive enough mental stimulation they can begin to feel anxious and may chew objects or bolt out the door when it is opened.
These dogs need a large yard to run around in or plenty of leash walks. They should not be kept in an apartment or condo as they need room to run and play.
If you don’t have the space for a large yard, you should consider another dog breed as this one will not be happy or healthy if it does not get regular exercise.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a natural hunter and has a strong prey drive. These dogs like to chase anything that runs, including small animals like squirrels and rodents.
If you own a cat or other pets, you will need to keep these away from the dog as it is likely to want to chase them. Training will reduce the problem but it may always be there to some degree.
It is worth training your dog if only to protect yourself and other members of the family. You can train it not to jump up when people come to the door, to stay off furniture and not to bolt out of doors.
A well trained dog is a pleasure to be around. If you don’t want to train your dog yourself, you can always pay a professional to do it for you.
Because of their appearance and their natural instinct to chase things that run, many Norwegian Elkhounds are used by hunters. They were bred to hunt big game like moose and they can keep up with these fast creatures thanks to their own stamina.
They are skillful at cornering the animal and then holding it at bay until their master arrives.
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