In case you are planning to extend your family by four tiny paws, we have something that you would definitely want to see.
Selecting your new furry friend might get a little overwhelming at times, given the different types of the breed and each having its own distinct characteristics. But if you are looking for your little buddy to complete your family, play around with your kids, or be your companion on those lonely days and happy times, then what you need is an adorable little Australian Cobberdog.
Don’t worry if you do not know the first thing about Australian Cobberdogs because that’s exactly what we are going to talk about today. Starting from their temperament to their needs and characteristics, read till the end to find out everything you need to about them.
The First Step Is To Know About The Breed
Before we dive into further details, it is important you know the origin of these cute little pooches. Originally known as Labradoodles, the first Australian Cobberdog was bred around the late 1980s, a careful and well-regulated cross between a Labrador and a Poodle, hence, Labradoodle.
Now, this story very important if you are planning to bring home an Australian Cobberdog. Want to know why? There is a story behind it. You see, Australian Cobberdogs were an immediate hit as soon as the media and the people got to know about this new breed.
This led to some greedy breeders breeding them at a rapid speed for maximum profit without maintaining any standard or criteria for breeding.
That resulted in a batch of unpredictable and moody Labradoodles with some serious health issues like eye diseases, epilepsy, and allergies. That’s when some concerned breeders went back to the original standards of cross-breeding Poodles with Labradors. This was done to produce quality off-springs who were the named Australian Cobberdog, to distinguish them from Labradoodles.
So the first thing you should know before you bring them home is that you should select an Australian Cobberdog and not a Labradoodle.
Now that you know about the difference between an Australian Cobberdog and a Labradoodle let’s dive into the details of our little furry friend-
- They are available in 3 different sizes, large- their height ranges from 51-58 cm, and their weight ranges from 21-30 kgs. The second type is medium- height ranging from 45-50 cm and weight ranging from 11-19 kgs. And, the last type is miniature-with a height between 35- 42 cm and weighing between 5-10 kgs.
- The best thing about Australian Cobberdogs is their fleecy coat instead of a hairy coat, which is soft, silky, odorless, and does not shed or peel. Hence, a big advantage for all those people who are allergic to dogs.
- Their fleek shiny coats come in a variety of colors, including- solid black, silver, blonde, coffee, and gold. There are some super cute combinations like Merle (a combination of chocolate brown with blue) and Parti (a combination of any solid color with white). Also, each of the solid colors come in a variety of shades, isn’t that amazing?
A Little About A Cobber’s Personality And Temperament
You might agree on this fact, Personality and temperament are more important than the cuteness of those little fluffy buddies, right? But when it comes to a cobber, you need not worry about that.
Before we start on this, here is a little fun fact, did you know that the word Cobberdog is derived from the Australian slang cobber, which means “mate.” So you can imagine how friendly a dog has to be, to name that.
Cobbers have a very friendly, kind, and empathetic nature. This is one of the biggest reasons why they are popularly used for therapy and assistance. They will happily run around the garden, playing with you or your children waging their cute fluffy tails with an adorable grin that will melt your heart every time you look at them.
In fact, research shows that the Australian Cobberdogs show has provided excellent emotional support. Especially to people with conditions such as depression, anxiety, Autism, Down Syndrome, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Their goofy nature and the ability to perceive other’s moods and act accordingly is what makes them great for therapy. They are extremely friendly, trustworthy, and adaptive in nature. They can adapt to any environment and any type of weather and house, the best thing is they are very fast learners, and they have multiple ways to amuse themselves and keep busy while waiting for you and your family to return.
What does a Cobber Need
All relationships are based on mutual love and care. So when your little companion is giving so much, you should also know in-depth about what they need and how exactly you should take care of them.
There are a lot of things that have to be kept in mind but don’t feel lost because we have listed down each and everything that you will need to know.
Diet and Nutrition
Just like you and your family, your little cuddle buddy needs a proper diet with the right amount of nutrients to maintain their health.
Make sure their diet has sufficient Protein. Here is the list of things you can feed them-
- Chicken and Red meat
- Eggs- either boiled, scrambled, or a little from your own omelet
- Lactose-free milk
- Whole grain toasts and grains
- Raw vegetable pieces
- Raw Fish
The long natural curly fur is what gives them their unique and adorable look, but that needs to be groomed regularly. You should brush their coat once every one or two days, and we highly recommend that you take them to the salon every month to maintain the shine of their coat. After all, your cuddly little buddy should continue being as cute as they are, isn’t it?
Generally, Australian Cobberdogs are very strong and have a high level of immunity owing to their wide genetic variety, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need care. Ears are their weak points; their long flappy ears covered with long hair don’t let their ear breathe, and the sweat to transpire off, which can cause an ear infection.
So it is very important for you to make sure that your little baby’s ears are properly cleaned. Also, during their growing period, they require certain supplements to protect their joints from rapid growth.
They Need Your Affection
Cobbers are very sensitive and affectionate, and they always try to please their families. So in order to keep them happy and for their emotional well-being, their affection has to be returned by you and your family.
Play with them, go on walks, and enjoy some activity together. Since they are quick learners, they can master up all the tricks that you want to teach them in no time. It’s very important for you to spend time with them in order to establish an emotional bond between the two of you.
Exercise And Physical Activity
Exercise, both mental and physical, is very important for Cobbers. All they want from you is one long walk daily, a moderate amount of playtime, and for you to keep them close to yourself and return their love and affection. That’s all they want from you, and that’s all they need to be happy and content.
As we have already discussed, Cobbers are very adaptive in nature, so whether you have a small apartment or a big house, it doesn’t matter; they will adapt to it. What they need is a little exercise daily and your affection that will keep them busy and prevent them from over-exercising to fill up their free time.
They are one of the cutest and most emotional breeds ever, so make sure you don’t make them feel lonely.
So that was all about knowing about and caring for an Australian Cobberdog, but before we conclude, we want you to check out these super adorable fun facts about these furry little pooches that will melt your heart-
- They have a great curiosity for everything that we humans do. Literally everything. So don’t be surprised if they follow you the next time you go to the bathroom, they are just curious.
- They are super well-behaved. Are they chewing furniture? Or important papers and toys? Nah! They are truly a ‘good boy.’
- They are cute and adorable and friendly, we have already learned that so far. But they are actually completely non-aggressive with no instinct to bite or attack someone.
- They have excellent hearing, which obviously explains why they are so great for therapies. They will actually try to understand what you are trying to say, and the longer time you two spend together, the better they start to understand you.
- They can perceive your mood efficiently. Whether you are sad and you just want to cuddle with them on the couch, maybe watching a movie together, or whether you are happy and the two of you want to play and jump around. They know exactly how to behave when and act according to your mood. Seriously, have you ever met someone this smart and considerate?
So this is all that you need to know before bringing your adorable furry friend home. Make sure you take care of them, love them, and return their affection, and they are will definitely make you their best friend.