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  • Activity Level: moderate
  • Grooming Level: moderate
  • Trainability: moderate
  • Adaptability: high
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
  • Average Size: Small
  • Average Lifespan: 14-18 years
  • Prey Drive: moderate
  • Watchdog: aware
  • Registered?: other

Cockapoo Breed Profile

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Did You Know?

The Cockapoo is one of the most popular designer mixed dog breeds, consisting of a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle. The Cocker Spaniel in the mix can be either an English Cocker Spaniel or an American Cocker Spaniel. Both mixes are recognized by the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club). The Cockapoo can also be referred to as a Spoodle or Cockadoodle. Many dog lovers are enamored with this particular breed because of its mix of the Cocker Spaniel’s outgoing and energetic personality with the partially hypoallergenic properties of the Miniature Poodle.

Because the Cockapoo is a mixed dog breed, you can expect a temperament along the lines of its parent breeds, the Miniature Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel. This leads them to regularly have a very loving and also highly energetic temperament. They may also exhibit anxiety and nervousness though, making them prone to separation distress when left alone for long periods of time.

Both sides of your Cockapoo’s family tree are companion dogs, which makes them great indoor pups, especially for families. They also typically get along with other pets, but this may vary from dog to dog.

When it comes to change, Cockapoos are ahead of the pack. As long as you accompany your pup, and spend some extra time with them, they’ll gladly make it through most of life’s transitions. If you notice that your dog does start to get anxious, this can typically be taken care of by making sure that they are getting regular exercise and aren’t bored.

The Cockapoo is a generally healthy and active dog. If you keep them well-fed and on a regiment of regular exercise, both of you will get to spend plenty of fun-filled years together. As your pup ages, he is likely to have some issues similar to that of both Cocker Spaniels and Poodles. These might include arthritis, especially in the knees and hips, as well as eye disorders including cataracts and glaucoma. However, these types of disorders are typically less common in mixed dog breeds when compared to their purebred parents because of their genetic diversity.

Good with children, pets, and individuals, Cockapoos are an all-around, people-loving dog. They require regular exercise to keep them active and can’t be left alone for long periods of time, which makes them low to mid-level maintenance dogs. Overall, Cockapoos make a great companion to both other pets and humans.

Because the Cockapoo is a mixed breed between two very distinctly coated dogs, its coat can range wildly. This means you can find a pup of almost any hair type, from small curls to straight hair. Despite the wide variety of fur types, they almost always have the same soft texture. They tend to pick up debris in their coat a little less than other dog breeds, but still require regular grooming to prevent their fur from matting.

Cockapoo pups are fairly active and require a fair amount of exercise, daily if possible. Beyond a regularly scheduled walk, they are considered relatively low-key and are great family pets. If you have other dogs or children, they’ll likely provide each other with all of the exercise that they need.

Depending on its parents, a Cockapoo can range anywhere from 10 to 18 inches, and weigh between 12 to 34 pounds. This wide range means that your pup can end up anywhere between a small to mid-sized dog, so be sure to check the size of the parents before picking out your Cockapoo puppy!

One of the longer living dog breeds, most Cockapoos live to be between 14 and 18 years old. This means plenty of time for adventures and fun!

The Cockapoo has been a popular designer dog breed since the 1960s.