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13-16 lbs
United States
Cocker Spaniel
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.

Companion, Agility
Date of Origin
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
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cockapoo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
silver Cockapoo coat
cream Cockapoo coat
white Cockapoo coat
black Cockapoo coat
brown Cockapoo coat
red Cockapoo coat
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
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Cockapoo requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

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
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $35

Cockapoo Owner Experiences

15 Weeks
5 People
He can be a little difficult because he always excited and it's hard to get him focused lol
1 month ago
8 Years
2 People
Playing in the snow
Laying in the sun
Play keep away
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.
4 months ago
1 Year
5 People
House & Yard
Such a sweet dog and loves everyone!
7 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Maddox loves everyone, including kids, and gets along wonderfully with other dogs and even cats!
8 months ago
13 weeks
3 People
House & Yard
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.
8 months, 1 week ago
Book me a walkiee?
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