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Cockapoo Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Cockapoo so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Cockapoo have? The dog breed also known as...
Cockerpoo, Spoodle (AU), Cockerdoodle
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Cockapoo recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Cockapoo recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Cockapoo breed?
American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry
How much does the Cockapoo puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Cockapoo price:
If you choose to purchase the Cockapoo, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Cockapoo for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Cockapoo gets to a happy place.


The Cockapoo is considered to be the oldest designer dog breed, which became popular in the early 1960s in North America. The trend of creating new hybrid breeds started around the middle of the 20th century, in North America, with crossbreeding purebred dogs with each other, in order to create new breeds. These hybrid dogs were an instant hit, because they always inherited the best and most desirable qualities and traits of the parent breeds. Unfortunately, this popularity does not mean, that we are certain about every detail of these hybrid breed’s ancestry, and the intention which led the breeder to develop these dogs.

While the motive behind its creation is unclear, it is well-known that the Cockapoo is a result of cross-breeding the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. This was the first instance where the Poodle was crossed with another breed, with the intention of creating a new one. It is also stated by many, that initially, the Cockapoo was bred in an organized fashion, contrary to accidental mating. Their development was well-thought through because breeders wanted to create a new breed that possesses all the best qualities and traits of the parent breeds and the result speaks for itself. The Cockapoo inherited the Poodle’s devotion, intelligence, low-shedding, and odorless coat, which is a great option for allergic people. The Cocker Spaniel provided the Cockapoo active, loving, and easy-going nature. Moreover, it is also believed and scientifically proved that mixed dogs tend to have less prone to mental and physical diseases, than their purebred peers. It is also advantageous for the Cockapoo that both of its parent breeds are well-established old breeds.

As the Cockapoo’s popularity constantly grew from the moment it was created, breeders were making efforts in order to establish a breed standard, with the aim of transforming the Cockapoo into a true breed on its own. This usually takes a couple of decades, for the reason that breeders need to mate two-hybrid specimens to produce a litter, whose parents are generation one specimens. Usually, the rule is that the more generations a breeder crosses, the more standardized a breed becomes when it comes to designer dogs. This method is called multigenerational crossing. However, this method is not followed by all of the Cockapoo breeders, for the reason that some prefer the basic Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix, for the most authentic Cockapoo. As the Cockapoo’s popularity soared, the Cockapoo Club of America was founded in 1999, with the intention of creating breeding consistency and also a breed standard. This club also promoted the multigenerational crossing method. Moreover, the North American Cockapoo Registry, founded in the same year, is also working on establishing the breed as a viable one.  Later, in 2004, the American Cockapoo Club was formed with the goal of seeing genuine Cockapoos bred with lines that can be traced back to their originating roots of AKC/CKC Cocker Spaniels and AKC/CKC Poodles. Moreover, the North American Cockapoo Registry, founded in 1999 is also working on establishing the breed as a viable one.

However, besides breeding philosophies and breed standards, the Cockapoo is one of the most popular breeds today. The Cockapoo is loved by thousands for its affectionate nature and intelligence.

General Appearance

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Cockapoo size:
How much does the Cockapoo weigh? Cockapoo weight:
12-24 pounds (5.4-11 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Cockapoo? Cockapoo average weight:
18 pounds (5.7.5 kg)
How tall is the Cockapoo? Cockapoo height:
10-15 inches (25-38 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Cockapoo average height:
12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Cockapoo have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Cockapoo's coat?
How to groom the Cockapoo and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Cockapoo requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Cockapoo is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Cockapoo dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cockerpoo? Cockapoo shedding level:
Cockapoos are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.


What kind of personality does the Cockapoo have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Cockapoo? Are they intelligent?
Average: Cockapoo's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are Cockapoo dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Cockapoos are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
The Cockapoo is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Cockapoo sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Cockapoos don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Cockapoos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cockerpoo need? Cockapoo social needs:
Cockapoos are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Cockapoo dogs bark a lot? Why does my Spoodle (AU) bark?
Average: The Cockapoo barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Cockapoo good as a watchdog?
Cockapoos are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Do Cockapoo dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Cockapoos are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Cockapoo bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cockerpoo? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Cockapoo? Why do dog bites happen?
The Cockapoo has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Cockapoo do?
Cockapoos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Cockapoos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Cockapoo to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Cockapoo roam?
Cockapoos have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Cockapoo have high prey drive?
Cockapoos don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Cockapoo good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Cockapoos are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Cockapoos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Cockapoos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Cockapoo dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Cockapoos are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Cockapoo dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Cockapoo and children:
Cockapoos are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Cockapoo dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Cockapoos are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Cockapoo good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Cockapoo dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Cockapoos are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Cockapoo can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Cockapoos good office dogs? Do Cockapoos make good office friendly dogs? Can Cockapoos be office dogs?
Cockapoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Cockapoo dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cockerpoo temperament with senior people? Are Cockapoo dogs good for elderly owners?
Cockapoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Cockapoo dogs get along with other pets? Are Cockapoo dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Cockapoos are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Cockapoo breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Cockapoos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Cockapoo be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Cockapoo is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Cockapoo be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Cockapoo is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Cockapoo be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Cockapoo is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Cockapoo be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Cockapoo is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Cockapoo be a boat dog?
Not really
Cockapoo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Cockapoo be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Cockapoo is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Cockapoo dogs have health problems?
The Cockapoo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Cockapoo breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Cockapoo breed? Health risks of Cockapoo:
Luxating PatellaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Cockapoo dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Cockapoo be?
14-18 years
Is the Cockapoo breed hypoallergenic?
Cockapoos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Cockapoo have?
Cockapoos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Cockapoo dogs require per day?
Cockapoos have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Cockapoos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Cockapoo need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Cockapoo risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Cockapoo's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Cockapoo's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Cockapoo has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Cockapoo drool?
The Cockapoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Cockapoo could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Cockapoo. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Cockapoo: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Cockapoo have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Cockapoo have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Cockapoo

  • Trainability: Cockapoos are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Cockapoos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Cockapoos are low shedders.
  • Drooling tendency: The Cockapoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Cockapoos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Cockapoos are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Cockapoos are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Cockapoos are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Cockapoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Hypoallergenic: Cockapoos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Cockapoos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Cockapoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Cockapoos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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