Cockapoo Color Overview
Cockapoos come in a variety of colors. Cockapoo colors can most easily be divided into four main categories: solid colored Cockapoos, parti-colored Cockapoos, phantom Cockapoos, and merle Cockapoos. See below for examples of each of the primary Cockapoo colors.
Solid Colored Cockapoos
Cockapoos come in a variety of colors. The most common solid colored Cockapoo colors are black Cockapoos, cream (or white) Cockapoos, apricot Cockapoos, red Cockapoos, and chocolate Cockapoos. Sometimes a solid colored Cockapoo will have abstract markings (like a white chest) or tuxedo markings. Often tuxedo Cockapoos are confused with phantom Cockapoos or parti-colored Cockapoos. Each of these look distinctly different, but people sometimes confuse the terminology.
Parti-colored Cockapoos (Multi-colored)
Many Cockapoos are parti-colored; which means particular colored. Typically a parti-colored Cockapoo has a white color base with patches of other colors. Some parti Cockapoos are two colors, while others have multiple colors.
Phantom Marked Cockapoos
Cockapoos with Phantom markings are sometimes confused for mini Bernedoodles. Sometimes the phantom markings on a cockapoo are more heavily noticed on the face; other times the phantom markings are primarily a pattern on the body. Occasionally a tri-color Cockapoo will bear great resemblance to a phantom cockapoo though it's markings might not be fully phantom over the entire body.
Many people love the looks of Merle Cockapoos while other cockapoo forever homes really do not like the swirl pattern of a merle cockapoo. It's vitally important to never breed a merle to a merle, because of it being a recessive trait. Because you never should breed a merle to a merle (wanting to be sure you don't produce cockapoo pups who are deaf or blind), it's rare to get a litter with more than 25% merles, even if one of the parents is a merle. We personally love the looks of merle Cockapoos.