Cock-a-hoop over popular cockapoo club

Stephen Charlton of the Cockapoo Club of Great Britain.
Stephen Charlton of the Cockapoo Club of Great Britain.

A national club for a special breed of dog set up by a Stickney couple has gone from strength to strength.

Stephen and Julia Charlton now have more than 10,000 members to the Cockapoo Club of GB that they founded in 2011.

Their business Jukee Doodles was the first breeder to be asked to represent cockapoos (a cross between cocker spaniels and poodles) at the National Pet Show at the NEC last year, they attend the House of Commons as members of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) and Stephen has just written a book on looking after cockapoos.

Stephen, who worked in customer service for 20 years before meeting Julia and setting up Jukee Doodles, said: “This is full-time for us. We run the club on a voluntary basis alongside our business. We get up at stupid o’clock and work seven days-a-week.

“Julia has also launched a range of dog-related products (tchandmadeproducts.com) so we are really busy.”

Their annual ‘Cockapoo Games’ has seen attendance rise from around 40 cockapoos to last year’s event with 229 in the ‘Poo Parade.’

They’ve had so much interest that they have booked Newark Showground for this year’s Cockapoo Games on 
August 15.

Stephen said: “There will be lots of fun and games for the dogs including have-a-go agility, agility demos, egg and spoon races and a doggie chocolate-flavoured bubble machine.”

The couple are working hard to help improve breeding ethics for all dogs and work closely with the CARIAD Campaign (a Welsh organisation set up to end puppy farming), the Naturewatch Foundation and others.

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