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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 flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Cockapoo have?
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed English Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix

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Cockapoo Size and Weight

Is a Cockapoo small, medium or large dog?

How big do Cockapoo get?

What is the average size of a Cockapoo?

How much does the Cockapoo weigh? How much should a Cockapoo weight? What is the normal weight of a Cockapoo? How much does a full-grown Cockapoo weight?
12-24 pounds (5.4-11 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Cockapoo?
18 pounds (5.7.5 kg)
How tall is the Cockapoo? Cockapoo height:
10-15 inches (25-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Cockapoo?
12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Cockapoo Price and Availability

How much does the Cockapoo puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Cockapoo in the United States? How much money is a Cockapoo?

Where to buy a Cockapoo with a good pedigree?

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.
How easy is it to get a Cockapoo? How many Cockapoo are there in the world?
Frequent: The Cockapoo is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Cockapoo Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Cockapoo? Is the Cockapoo breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Cockapoo ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Cockapoo dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Cockapoo?
Cockapoo dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Watchdog Ability
Is Cockapoo good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Cockapoo dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Cockapoo dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Cockapoo dogs 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 its territory in every situation.

Cockapoo Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Cockapoo have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Cockapoo sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Cockapoo dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, 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? Is a Cockapoo a good family dog?
High: Cockapoo dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs 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 Cockerdoodle need? Cockapoo social needs:
Cockapoo dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Cockapoo to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Cockapoo roam?
Cockapoo dogs 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?
Their prey drive is low. Cockapoo dogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.

Cockapoo Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
The Cockapoo is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Cockapoo dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Cockerdoodle 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 the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Cockapoo good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Cockapoo in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Cockapoo breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.

Cockapoo Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Cockapoo dogs 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
How long can a Cockapoo be left alone? How long can you leave a Cockapoo alone?
Cockapoo dogs 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.

Cockapoo Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Cockapoo has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Cockapoo? How much bite force does a Cockapoo have? How strong is a Cockapoo bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Cockapoo bite force: Weak. The Cockapoo bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Cockapoo measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of a Cockapoo may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Cockapoo being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Cockapoo bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train a Cockapoo puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, a Cockapoo can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

Biting Potential
Do Cockapoo bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cockerdoodle? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Cockapoo? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

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?
Cockapoo dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Cockapoo dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Cockapoo Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Cockapoo dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Cockapoo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Cockapoo breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Cockapoo breed? Most common health risks of Cockapoo:
Luxating PatellaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Cockapoo breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Cockapoo see the vet?
The Cockapoo should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Cockapoo dogs live? How old can a Cockapoo be? What is the age limit of the Cockapoo? How many years can the oldest Cockapoo live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Cockapoo?

How long is the lifespan of a Cockapoo?

14-18 years
The average lifespan of Cockapoo: 16 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Cockapoo Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Cockapoo have? What is the activity level of the Cockapoo?
Cockapoo dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Cockapoo need? How much exercise do Cockapoo dogs require per day?

Do Cockapoo dogs need a lot of exercises?

Cockapoo dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Cockapoo breed need?
Cockapoo dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.

Cockapoo Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Cockapoo need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Cockapoo breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Cockapoo? How much food should I feed my Cockapoo?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 weight regularly.

Cockapoo Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Cockapoo have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Cockapoo coats?
BlackTan Red White SilverBrown
How to groom the Cockapoo and how often? How often should I take my Cockapoo to the groomer?
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 Cockerdoodle? Do Cockapoo dogs shed a lot?
Cockapoo dogs 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Cockapoo need a bath? How often should you give a Cockapoo a bath? Can I bathe my Cockapoo every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Is the Cockapoo breed hypoallergenic?
Cockapoo dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher 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.
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 of a 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 minimum 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.

Cockapoo Good With

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?
Cockapoo dogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Cockapoo temperament with other people:
Cockapoo dogs are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Cockapoo dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Cockapoo temperament with children:
Cockapoo dogs 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the Cockapoo breed live with a cat?
Cockapoo dogs 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?
Cockapoo dogs 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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Cockapoo breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Cockapoo breed suitable for first-time owners?
Cockapoo dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Cockapoo dogs good office canines? Do Cockapoo dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they 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 Cockerdoodle temperament with senior people? Are Cockapoo dogs good for elderly owners?
Cockapoos are usually recommended for elderly people.

Cockapoo As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Cockapoo be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Cockapoo be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Cockapoo is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Cockapoo dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Cockapoo Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Cockapoo pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Cockapoo breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Cockapoo breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Cockapoo have? How many puppies can a Cockapoo give birth to?
4-6 puppies

Cockapoo Recognition

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

Cockapoo Pros and Cons

  • Trainability: Cockapoo dogs are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Cockapoo breed.
  • Shedding Level: Cockapoo dogs are low shedders.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Cockapoo is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Cockapoo dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Cockapoo dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Cockapoo dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Cockapoo dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Cockapoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Cockapoo dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Cockapoo dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Cockapoo's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Cockapoo dogs 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.

Cockapoo History

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.

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    The best bread of dog alive

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    Best breed in the world