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Cockapoo

Cockapoo

An Adorable & Happy Companion

Curious, entertaining, affectionate

Cockapoos are sweet, intelligent, and gentle small dogs. These hypoallergenic hybrid dogs are a cross of the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, and share characteristics with both breeds. They make great therapy dogs and companions for people with allergies. Daily exercise will help them remain calm and content.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:10-15 in. Weight:12-20 lb Lifespan:14-18 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Cockapoos are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They also love the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Cockapoo. 

Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep their coat beautiful.

Dental: Cockapoos often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how! 

Cockapoos are an adorable and happy companion with a curious and entertaining nature that is sure to capture the heart of anyone they meet.

Positive Traits:

  • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little

  • Energetic, active, and athletic

  • Outgoing and friendly personality

  • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet

  • Obedient and devoted

  • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

Negative Traits:

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively 

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much 

  • Needs daily exercise 

  • Can be difficult to house-train 

  • Coat requires regular grooming

     

Whether you are considering adding a new Cockapoo to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Cockapoo will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Cockapoo you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health issues a Cockapoo could encounter:

The Cockapoo is a designer or hybrid dog, meaning that they are a deliberate breeding between two purebred dogs. This people-oriented, intelligent, and affectionate dog is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. The Cockapoo is one of the oldest hybrid breeds; they have been bred in the US since the 1950’s. With her steady temperament and desire to please they make an excellent therapy dog. 

Consult with a veterinarian if your Cockapoo shows signs of the following:

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes 

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

  • Cloudiness to eye lens 

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing 

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors 

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen 

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain 

  • Depression, poor appetite, yellowing of the eyes 

  • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest

  • Care

    Routine Care: Cockapoos are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They also love the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Cockapoo. 

    Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep their coat beautiful.

    Dental: Cockapoos often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how! 

  • Characteristics

    Cockapoos are an adorable and happy companion with a curious and entertaining nature that is sure to capture the heart of anyone they meet.

    Positive Traits:

    • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • Outgoing and friendly personality

    • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet

    • Obedient and devoted

    • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

    Negative Traits:

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively 

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much 

    • Needs daily exercise 

    • Can be difficult to house-train 

    • Coat requires regular grooming

       
  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Cockapoo to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Cockapoo will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Cockapoo you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health issues a Cockapoo could encounter:

  • History

    The Cockapoo is a designer or hybrid dog, meaning that they are a deliberate breeding between two purebred dogs. This people-oriented, intelligent, and affectionate dog is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. The Cockapoo is one of the oldest hybrid breeds; they have been bred in the US since the 1950’s. With her steady temperament and desire to please they make an excellent therapy dog. 

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Cockapoo shows signs of the following:

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes 

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

    • Cloudiness to eye lens 

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing 

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors 

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen 

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain 

    • Depression, poor appetite, yellowing of the eyes 

    • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest

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To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

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