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I have been looking for a cockapoo for years I can’t spend more than $500 for one. I have checked every rescue every breeder every everything and can’t find any that I trust or can afford or local. My parents aren’t completely sold on getting one but they are getting there. I need advice on where I can get one or if you have any or know if anyone that is giving one away. I really want a female puppy but I’m not too picky.
 

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Firstly these mixes often come from breeders who dont do the health checks and are far from reliable.
By saying you only have $500 you are not going to be able to chose the best breeder just the cheapest. Thats a problem
If you are still at home and living with family its important that everyone is 100% on board because the early days of puppy life are not easy.

I would urge you to continue saving and studying about dogs until you can afford to find a really good breeder.
 

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Unfortunately, $500 for a cockapoo is likely to get you a puppy from a backyard breeder or puppy mill whose parents have had no health screenings, is improperly socialized before coming to you, and may have behavioral or health issues. Cockapoos aren't really a breed, they are a "designer dog", and many "breeders" are in it entirely for the money and care little about the health and wellbeing of their puppies. Not saying there absolutely isn't a good cockapoo breeder out there....just that they're exceptionally hard to find.

If you're set on getting a dog, pick a known breed that meets your needs, because you'll be far more likely to find a breeder that is trustworthy and whose dogs have been evaluated by third parties for both health and temperament. You will pay a higher price. I would expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on breed and location. But, know that when you pay that price from an ethical breeder (because unethical breeders might charge that, too) you will be getting parents who have been health tested (not just checked by a vet but tested for genetic abnormalities, hips, elbows, etc.), have likely been evaluated by a third party such as an AKC judge in something like confirmation, obedience, agility, therapy work, or maybe all of the above, and that the breeders have taken measures to socialize the puppies to common household things and give them new experiences even before they come to you.

If I were on a budget and wanted a cockapoo, I would make a list of the traits that attracted me to cockapoos and try to find a dog in a shelter that closely matched those traits.

Also, if you're young and still living at home and are planning to go off to college at some point, you better make sure your parents are going to be okay caring for a dog when you're gone. They do live for 10-15 years! It's important everyone is onboard when you get a new pet!
 

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I agree with other here - if you are living with your parents, what do you expect your living situation to be for the 12-15 years of expected year lifespan of a dog that size? When I did rescue, I got quite a few calls from parents whose children had moved out and left them with a dog they didn't want.

Doing rescue I also had all too many calls about dogs whose owners abandoned them or gave them up because they couldn't afford vet bills. If you can only afford $500 for a puppy, what about vet bills? Even a healthy puppy is going to cost you hundreds of dollars in vet bills its first year for vaccinations, spay/neuter, fecal exams and worming, and in Louisiana definitely heartworm and flea and tick prevention.

If you're determined to go ahead anyway, I second the suggestion you start checking shelters for the kind of dog you want. You might also call Cocker Spaniel and Poodle rescue groups in your area. You might just get a lecture on how a purebred is superior to a mix, but they also might be able to steer you to a Cockapoo. Most purebred rescue groups can't take in mixes; they get all too many dogs of their breeds needing help, but some do take in mixes, especially if they closely resemble their breed, and all will get calls asking for help with mixes of their breed.
 

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Thank you for the advice! I’m only 12 right now so it will be a few years till I’m off to college and my sister will be able to take care of it by then. I plan to run my own animal rescue when I’m older. I just talked to my mom last night and she said she is ok with me getting a dog and I just have to talk my dad into it and he doesn’t really care if I get one or not. She has been looking for them at rescues and shelters and all that. We are headed home from Houston and I have been looking for them non stop. I’ve done everything in the past 4 years to earn money and I’m at $543 right now and I started at $0. I’m still trying to earn but it is hard during quarantine. My dad says he won’t let me spend $500 on a dog but that is the only reason I have money at all. I already have a lab but she lives outside and also 3 cats, chickens, ducks, and future goats. The only animals I have inside are fish and two parakeets (and my younger siblings) you might know our family from instagram (Ahtharpe) my brother deacon is pretty much famous. Anyways, my mom says she wants me to have something that I really really want. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a cockapoo. I’m also into havapoos, maltipoos, and basically any small poodle mixed breed but more than anything I just want a dog to love on and keep around. Please give me some more great advice. Thanks!
 
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