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Cockapoo - Joyful and Able

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This is a popular companion dog also known as the Cockapoodle, Cockerpoo, Spoodle, Cockerdoodle and Cock-a-Poo. It is a mix of the Cocker Spaniel either English or American, with the Poodle. He has a joyful nature, if affectionate and eager to please and is very able so training goes well and this makes him good for new pet owners too. He likes to do agility courses and perform tricks but is also happy to curl up on your lap. He will live for 12 - 18 years. Because there are 3 sizes of Poodle there are also 3 sizes of Cockapoo, the toy or teacup Cockapoo is the smallest reaching a maximum of 10 inches tall and weighing under 12 pounds. The Minature Cockapoo is 11 to 14 inches tall and weighs 13 to 18 pounds and the Standard or Maxi who is 15 inches or more in height and over 19 pounds in weight.

Here is the Cockapoo at a Glance
Average height 10 - 15 inches
Average weight 6 - 24 pounds
Coat type Single, long, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? Can be yes
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Brush once a day
Touchiness Fairly high
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Low
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Good to very good
Good with other Dogs? Excellent
Good with other Pets? Moderate to good
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? The smaller versions are. Even the standard size can adapt to an apartment with enough exercise still
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Very good to excellent
Exercise Needs Moderate
Tendency to get Fat Moderate to high
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, liver disease
Other Health Concerns Eye problems, hip dysplasia, allergies, ear infections
Life Span 12 to 18 years
Average new Puppy Price $675 - $1200
Average Annual Medical Expense $450 - $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $350 - $500

Where does the Cockapoo come from?

The Cockapoo is a bit unusual for a designer dog as this one actually does have a history to tell, since he was first bred back in the 1960s not with the boom in designer dogs in the 1990s/2000s. The idea was to have a dog that had the stable and sweet temperament of the Cocker Spaniel with the Poodle's love of people. It was also thought that this combination would result in a dog that needed less grooming than the Poodle. Keep in mind that there is a difference between careful and intentional breeding and the puppies that result, compared to an accidental mating between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel. Good breeders work on a good temperament dog, hypoallergenic and healthy. When they are successful you get a great dog. When they are not you can get a dog who bites out of fear, is submissive and urinates all the time. Some breeders are now actually trying to separate the Spoodle (uses an English Cocker spaniel) and the Cockapoo into two different cross breeds.

Because this designer breed has been around for longer there have been some attempts to have breed standards established and have it classed as a pure bred. In order for that to happen it needs to reach the point where his offspring are consistent in their traits. There are clubs that have formed but they tend to disagree somewhat on their goals and breeding standards. The Cockapoo's popularity keeps increasing so whichever form it eventually takes it would seem this one is far more than just a designer breed. Here is a look at the American Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle.

The Poodle

The Poodle is very old breed first bred to hunt waterfowl. While his origins are believed to be German it was in France where he became something far more distinct. Three sizes of Poodle were bred, the Standard, the Miniature and the Toy. The first two sizes remained useful as working dogs as well as companions but the Toy was solely a companion dog popular with the French aristocracy. He came to England in the mid 19th century and to America in the late 19th century. The clipping elaborate styles and dying was adopted when the French saw the Gypsy do the same for the circus.

Today he is a very clever breed with a long memory and an eagerness to please that makes training quite a breeze. He is also loyal and while he may appear to be dignified he is happy to clown around too. He loves people and is very affectionate and protective.

The Cocker Spaniel

Spaniel means Spanish dog, and it is thought they do originate from Spain. There were two kinds by the 1800s toys who were companion dogs and larger hunting dogs who were then dived into water and land spaniels. The Cocker spaniel was named for his adeptness at hunting woodcocks. In England the term spaniel was used more as a working category than as a breed of dog. The Cocker Spaniel was finally recognized in the late 19th century, just after its arrival in America. Eventually the American breed and the English started to have slightly different characteristics, the American being smaller too. In the 1930s it was recognized that there was a difference between the two types and by 1946 the SKC set them as two different breeds.

When bred well the Cocker Spaniel is sweet, cuddly and loves to take part in family activities. He also loves to play, is alert, and enjoys getting outside with his owners. He can be sensitive so harsh treatment or tones should not be used with him. Sometimes when he is afraid or in pain he can snap and growl.


The Cockapoo is a companion or family dog and he does very well at it too. His is clever and able and very happy. He is outgoing and tends to get along with everyone. He is quite easy to please too, feed him and love him and play with him. He enjoys being active but he is also a great snuggler. He is a good mix of the Cocker sweetness and the Poodle brains. Early socialization helps bring out these better qualities too. He does need to be around others and if you leave him alone for long periods he may suffer from separation anxiety which can include destructive behavior.

What does a Cockapoo look like


As mentioned you can get three sizes of a Cockapoo, teacup, miniature and maxi. Which size you get really depends on what you are looking for and what your situation is, a teacup might be lovely as a lap dog if you are in your senior years as it won't need as much outdoor time, a Maxi might be better if you are an active family. He has a single coat that is long and can range from straight to curly. Colors can include red, brown, black, tan, silver or white. He has medium to long ears with eyes that are soulful. His body is sturdy and compact and is square or rectangular in shape. His legs are sturdy too and the tail carries straight or curled and hopefully is not docked.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Cockapoo need to be?

That depends partly on his size they tend to have moderate energy levels though . The teacups will need just a small amount, a short walk around the block and some play at home. If he seems to get tired carry him part of the way! The mini will need at least one walk of 15 minutes plus some play time in the yard and indoors. The maxi will need the most, he would love a daily jog, a couple of long walks, play time with a Frisbee and so on. He enjoys playing fetch, swimming, running, walking and trips to the dog park.

Does he train quickly?

He gets his brains from the Poodle and that means he is usually easy to train because he learns quickly. The key with this dog though is to remember that sensitive nature he can get from the Cocker. Getting frustrated, cross, using harsh methods will not only be ineffective, with his long memory it may make him resist training completely. He wants to please you and as long as you stay positive, use praise, rewards, treats, make it fun, he will learn. Socialization and training are super important in bringing out the best in dogs and making life a lot easier and happier for both dog and owner. Make sure you start training and socialization as soon as you get him.

Living with a Cockapoo

How much grooming is needed?

The Cockapoo is considered a low to non shedding dog and does not have a strong doggy odor either. However because his coat is generally long unless you opt to trim it, he will need daily brushing still to prevent mats and remove debris. Clipping his hair is something that will be needed even if you keep the length long as it will need to be kept out of his face. A professional groomers can do that and at the same time can trim his nails if that is not something you have experience doing. Since he has a low amount of dander he is usually a hypoallergenic dog.

Only give him a bath when he really needs it to avoid removing the oils from his coat. His ears will need to be checked once a week and cleaned using a damp rag or cotton ball or a solution from your vet. Do not go too far in. Brush his teeth at least three times a week to keep his teeth healthy, daily is better.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is very good with everybody, other pets, children, and even other dogs though the smaller Cockapoo is best not around small children as they do not know how to interact with him safely. No matter how friendly the breed of dog it is still a good idea to have them socialized and trained young. It is also important to teach your children how to interact safely and kindly with a dog.

General information

This dog is alert and so makes a good watchdog as he will bark to let you know of an intruder. Some are more barky than others and will also bark when people come close to the house. These dogs are not great being left alone for long periods. All of the sizes can adapt to living in an apartment though the teacup is best suited. Depending on his size he will need to be fed ΒΌ to 11/2 cups of high quality dry food. Have him eat it in two meals. Do not let him overeat as the Cockapoo will happily get overweight from eating too much and not exercising enough.

Health Concerns

Avoid buying puppies from irresponsible breeders, pet stores or puppy mills. There are a lot of breeders of Cockapoos out there that do care about the dogs and their health. They can also provide you with health clearances from both the puppy's parents. There are some diseases or health conditions that the Cockapoo is more prone to though they are in general a health dog. They include eye problems, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, allergies, liver disease and ear infections.

Costs involved in owning a Cockapoo

The following costs are based on a miniature Cockapoo, for the standard the cost will be slightly higher and for the teacup they will be a little lower. The cost of a Cockapoo depends on where you get the puppy and prices range quite a bit from $675 up to $1200 or more. Costs to expect are outlined below;


Initial costs including deworming, microchip, blood tests, neutering, collar, leash, crate, carrier are between $450 - $550.

Annual medical costs including vaccinations, check ups, flea and tick prevention, pet insurance are between $450 - $550.

Annual non-medical costs including food, toys, treats, license, training are between $350 - $500


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  • Cockapoos are amazing dogs, they have a huge zest for life, they are able and joyful each day. They will make you happy too and bring companionship and love. Even with such a lovely nature it is still important to socialize them but they are a great option for anyone, single, couple, family, active, less active, house or apartment.


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