Cockapoo

13-16 lbs
11-13"
United States
Cocker Spaniel
Poodle
Cockapoodle, Cock-a-Poo

The Cockapoo is an adorable small dog with a huge personality and winning temperament. They can come in a larger size especially if their parent was one of the large Poodles, but normally they are more popular the smaller they are. They have been around for much longer than most hybrid dogs, dating back to the 1960s. These affectionate little dogs are completely people orientated, they adore their family and only want to please them. The Cockapoo is very intelligent and is ideal to train, picking up new tricks easily. They hardly shed any hair, and are minimal maintenance. These dogs excel at agility course work, demonstrating tricks they have learned, are ideal as a therapy dog, and just love snuggling up to you to soak up your attention.

Purpose
Companion, Agility
Date of Origin
1960s
Ancestry
Cocker Spaniel and Poodle

Cockapoo Health

Average Size
Male Cockapoo size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 13-18 lbs
Female Cockapoo size stats
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 13-16 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None – generally a healthy small dog
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Tests
  • Ocular Tests

Cockapoo Breed History

The Cockerpoo is one of the very first of the designer dog breeds. Indications point to an accidental breeding in the 1960s of the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel which produced the first ever Cockapoo and people loved the young puppies with their cute easy-going nature and sweet disposition. After that, well the Cockapoo line began and hasn’t wavered since. Breeders then began the long difficult road to make the Cockapoo a pure breed. Sizes vary depending on whether the Poodle parent is a miniature, small or standard (large) Poodle. Moves are being taken to establish some standards for the breed. The Cockapoo Club of America formed in 1999 which was a result of trying to create some breeding consistency. The American Cockapoo Club was formed in 2004 with the goal to breed genuine Cockapoo puppies that could trace their lineage back to their original roots. Another club called the North American Cockapoo Registry is also at work to try and get the Cockapoo accepted as a viable breed. As you can probably tell, there are many who want this to be more than just a hybrid dog, they want to get this exceptional dog accepted into higher circles – such as the elusive pure-bred classification. While it can take many years of careful breeding to achieve this, one thing is certain for sure. The Cockapoo will continue to win people’s hearts and will only grow in popularity as a true companion and family dog with a big loving heart.

Cockapoo Breed Appearance

The size of the Cockapoo can vary depending on the size of the parent dog.  While most Cockapoos are a result from a Miniature Poodle, they can also have a parent from a Standard Poodle - this dog can weigh over 19 pounds and is at least 15 inches in height. Size is the only difference; small and larger Cockapoo’s retain the same relaxed and happy nature.  They have a rounded head with long floppy ears, wide appealing dark eyes under bushy eyebrows and a black nose. The body is well proportioned with straight sturdy front legs and small rounded paws. The tail is medium in length and ends in a defined point. With their attractive soft curly coat and pleading eyes, they are a distinguished popular little dog.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cockapoo eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cockapoo nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
silver Cockapoo coat
Silver
cream Cockapoo coat
Cream
white Cockapoo coat
White
black Cockapoo coat
Black
brown Cockapoo coat
Brown
red Cockapoo coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Cockapoo curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cockapoo Breed Maintenance

The Cockapoo’s coat is usually left natural but some people do like to clip the coat to within two to three inches in length. Long hair around the eyes needs to be trimmed so that they can see clearly and will prevent eye infections. Grooming time is a fantastic opportunity to fuss over your Cockapoo and he will lap it all up. A gentle brushing of the coat, perhaps a rubdown with a damp cloth, and a wipe inside the ears will help to keep your dog in top condition. The ears can be an area where it becomes red, or even smells bad. If this is the case, they need to see your veterinarian to get the ears cleaned properly and may need medication for the infection. But other than that, all they need is their teeth cleaned two to three times a week, and their nails trimmed and they are good to go!

Brushes for Cockapoo
Comb
Scissors
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Cockapoo requires weekly brushing
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Cockapoo Temperament

The Cockapoo is a very happy and friendly dog. These dogs are intelligent, easy to train, and have a zest for life that is hard to ignore. They have an appealing face and with their fluffy coats look almost like a cuddly teddy bear. The combination of both the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle has produced a dog that is easy to groom, has an exceptionally good temperament and is strong and healthy. Not only that, but you get a dog that has the stamina and field spirit of the Cocker Spaniel, and the intelligence and lively spirit of the Poodle. Most Cockapoo are hypoallergenic dogs which is good news for those who suffer allergies. The Cockapoo is friendly and engaging with children, and readily accepts other dogs and pets. They have a moderate energy level and most of that will be spend racing from one person to another to beg a game or a cuddle. But they do need a daily outing which will keep them healthy and well socialized. These little dogs think everyone is their friend; they are affectionate and adorable.

Cockapoo Activity Requirements

While these little dogs can take care of their own energy requirements with games around the home, exploring their yard if they have one, or just bouncing from person to person – they do still need a regular walk. This activity will be a welcomed treat to your little Cockapoo; it’s a chance for them to make more friends and romp with all the bigger dogs at the park. They are a little dog with a big appetite for life, they will be the first to start a game and the last to finish it. If you give them the opportunity to explore someplace new, it will keep them alert and mentally recharged. It is best to keep a leash on them as they will want to introduce themselves to every person or dog they meet.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Cockapoo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $35.00

Cockapoo Owner Experiences

Chewy
14 Years
5 People
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Chewy was the perfect dog for my family. He just passed away but lived a long and healthy life. He loved to cuddle, lay at our feet, and just generally be near us. He was quite the character, intelligent, and incredibly affectionate and sweet. My mother liked to call him her "shadow" because he would follow her everywhere she went. He was protective and a bit of a hermit (he preferred to stay indoors and hang out with us as opposed to socializing with other people or dogs) but he also loved going on long walks and car rides. He never really had any health issues and people would always remark that he looked so young, like a puppy, even when he was 10+. One thing I will say is that his health declined rapidly after his 14th birthday. He was prone to ear infections all his life and, later in life, developed cataracts and benign tumors. One of those tumors became a malignant form of skin cancer and was surgically removed. I recommend giving your cockapoo an annual full-body x-ray after the age of 11 or 12 (to check for brain tumors, which ultimately ended Chewy's life) and to annually conduct biopsies of any visible tumors (which may become malignant over time. Do not test a tumor once and assume it will stay benign forever). Light-colored cockapoos will also be at a greater risk of skin cancer due to their light coloring, so avoid letting them outside during peak sunlight hours. That being said, if you want a low maintenance, loving, and loyal dog, a cockapoo is the perfect choice. Best companion dog you'll ever have.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Murphy
7 Years
5 People
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He is very sweet except to the mailman and a small selection of other people. He is a great companion and loves attention.
2 months, 1 week ago
Albie
2 Years
4 People
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Very friendly and cheeky. Destroys his toys in seconds but has never eaten any furniture. Doesnt understand what fetch is and cant catch but is very funny to watch him try.
1 year, 4 months ago
Emma
3 Years
2 People
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Emma is our second cockapoo. She is such a good girl and brings much happiness to our family. Loves visiting people and enjoys seeing her doggie "friends" as soon as we go outside. She can be a lazy-bones when she wants to lounge around. She loves to go for rides in the car. She weighs 20 lbs.
1 year, 6 months ago
Roscoe
6 Years
2 People
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I love my cockapoo! He is a friend to everyone he meets. He loves to explore the yard (leashed) and chase mice, birds, and feral cats. Inside, he loves playing with his toys and cuddling with me while I watch TV. Unless theres something scary on TV, then he hides. He is prone to ear infections when the weather changes and he over eats if I don't measure out his food. He also needs grooming every 6 weeks. Overall, he is a wonderful dog!
1 year, 10 months ago
Trev
10 Years
4 People
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The best dog I have ever had, he learnt how to sit in four hours and can now lay down, roll over, play dead, find people/objects, open doors, shake hands, give high fives, knows left and right, you name it, he can learn it. Even at 10 he still gets mistaken for a young pup because of how mobile and active he is. Just all around a great family pet.
2 years, 1 month ago
essie
11 Years
5 People
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newly rescued very sweet but seriously overweight
2 years, 1 month ago
Bow
9 Weeks
5 People
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Very loveable and sweet.
2 years, 2 months ago
Charlie
15 Weeks
5 People
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He can be a little difficult because he always excited and it's hard to get him focused lol
2 years, 3 months ago
Tyson
8 Years
2 People
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I've had my little guy for 7 years now, and he's such a joy to have in the household! He's such a smarty, very expressive, and absolutely adorable. I recommend this breed for anyone who wants a low maintenance companion that will offer unconditional love.
2 years, 6 months ago
Stella
1 Year
5 People
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Such a sweet dog and loves everyone!
2 years, 9 months ago
Maddox
3 Years
2 People
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Maddox loves everyone, including kids, and gets along wonderfully with other dogs and even cats!
2 years, 10 months ago
Winston
13 weeks
3 People
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He is the sweetest most laid back pup I have ever owned. When I give him a bath he will literally fall asleep. He can be rowdy and loves to chase my 2 year old shih-poo around the house. He is a sweet little snuggler and a great car rider too.
2 years, 10 months ago
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