The Cockapoo: A Complete Guide

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If you are looking for an adorable curly dog that has a personality of a clown, always trying to make you laugh, the Cockapoo might be just what you are looking for.

The Cockapoo is a designer breed, but unlike most designer dogs, this breed dates back to the ’60s.

Therefore, pretty much everything is now known about the breed and the standards have been set a long time ago.

These dogs are completely oriented towards people and they are extremely intelligent.

A small Cockapoo looking to the side
The Cockapoo loves to play.

Well, having in mind that the parents are the Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, no wonder the offspring is that smart and easy to train.

However, when it comes to breeding them if the breeder doesn’t know what he is doing, the offspring can come with a plethora of health and behavioral issues.

That is why it’s imperative to find an experienced, reputable breeder. And, to help you out in your Cockapoo quest, we have decided to help out with our in-depth guide.

In this guide, you will first learn how to find a reputable breeder and what to pay attention to.

Then, of course, you will get a much better insight into the breed itself, as well as what it means when you live with a Cockapoo puppy.

This way, you will know if this breed is the right one for you even before visiting the breeder.

To start off, let’s first check out some interesting facts about the Cockapoo puppies, as well as the expected price range.

The Cockapoo Puppies – Before You Buy…

Before getting to the part of welcoming the puppy into your home and introducing him to your family, there are certain things you need to know.

For example, will the price range of the Cockapoo suit your budget or do you perhaps need to consider another breed?

What price are the Cockapoo puppies?

The average price tag for a Cockapoo puppy from a reputable breeder, with all the necessary paperwork, is around $1K.

But, that price, depending on the breeder and the pup’s parents, can go down to $700 or $800 if you are looking just for a regular pet quality puppy.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a champion bloodline that will win competitions, you can expect a price tag of some $3500 to $4000.

How to find reputable Cockapoo breeders?

A Cockapoo with a black collar
The Cockapoo can be trained easily.

If you don’t want to buy your Cockapoo puppy just by depending on old lady luck, and you have a specific color and personality in mind, it would be best to talk with an experienced breeder.

He will first see if this is a good breed for you after all. And, if it is the breed you can handle, he will give you plenty of advice about the Cockapoo puppy care, a diet schedule, and even point you out to a good vet.

All in all, with a good breeder, you are getting the all-in treatment, and the puppy you take home is guaranteed with good health, without any genetic issues, and with the temperament, you are looking for.

But, you also need to keep in mind that many “breeders” are just interested in the money and they don’t care if their puppies are going to the right homes.

The best place to start when looking for reputable breeders is the American Cockapoo Club.

Once you have a list, make sure that the breeders you shortlisted follow the Cockapoo Club of America standards and guidelines.

And finally, by all means, avoid buying the puppy from pet stores, as they are supplied by puppy mills, and those are low-quality pups with a plethora of health issues.

3 Little-known facts about the Cockapoo puppies

Now that you know the actual price and how to find a reputable breeder, it’s time to learn some less-known facts about the Cockapoo pups.

  • They are hypoallergenic

If you or anyone in your family has allergy problems, rest assure that the Cockapoo puppy will not cause an allergy outburst in your home. They produce low amounts of hair and dander and are considered hypoallergenic.

  • They are always happy

Cockapoos were developed to be companion dogs and are usually friendly and extraordinarily happy. They can do well with other dogs, pets, and children; older, more considerate children are generally best, however.

  • They are really easy to train

The cockapoos are intelligent, thus easy to train.

You have to use positive reinforcement so that your puppy doesn’t get scared of the training and depressed every time he does something wrong.

Physical Traits of the Cockapoo

A Cockapoo laying down with lots of books
The Cockapoo is considered a hypoallergenic dog.

This is the section of the guide where we talk about how big the Cockapoos are, and how long can you expect your happy dog to be your faithful companion.

How big is a full-grown Cockapoo?

This breed comes in 4 sizes.

The Teacup – Under 10 inches in height and less than 6 pounds in weight.

The Toy – Slightly bigger and sturdier, with a max height of 10 inches, and weight of around 12 pounds.

The Mini – Going from 11 to 14 inches in height, and from 13 to 18 pounds in weight.

The Maxi or Standard – Over 19 pounds of weight and minimum 15 inches in height.

What is the life expectancy of the Cockapoo?

The Cockapoo is a relatively long-living dog and its lifespan goes from some 12 to 15 years says Mike from Cockapoo HQ.

Of course, depending on the parents, and how well the dog had been taken care of during his life, the Cockapoo can live up to 18 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Cockapoo

The Cockapoo accepts everyone and he is extremely affectionate. He will gladly hang out with older people, kids, and even cats, that’s how big of a personality this breed has.

However, why should you choose the mixed breed over the purebred parent breeds? Both Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle are excellent dogs for both individuals and families.

What makes the Cockapoo so special? Well, this is a breed that brings the best of both worlds.

Cocker Spaniels are with a stable temperament and a sweet personality but tend to follow their hunting nose when outside and that can get them in trouble.

The Poodle, on the other hand, is more focused on people, and that Cocker’s hunting drive is canceled out, so you now have a breed that is both sweet and calm and is also very devoted to you.

In fact, this mix breed’s main goal was having dogs that are healthier than the parent breeds. Also, the goal was to have dogs with a great personality and temperament and to be hypoallergenic.

And, the first breeders succeeded!

If the breeding process is done properly and everything is taken into consideration, the offspring inherits the field thinking and sturdiness of the Cocker and the spirit and intelligence of the Poodle.

But, enough about the parents, let’s talk about the Cockapoo itself, as a breed.

The Cockapoos are smart and easy-going, and what’s most important, they are always happy! They have an outgoing nature and get along well with pretty much everyone, especially the kids.

Also, based on the current mood of the owner, the Cockapoo can be either cheerful and ready to play and run, or he can be relaxed and up for a snuggling session on the sofa, in front of the TV.

Furthermore, they are highly dependable in their families and want to be with them all the time.

They simply hate being alone and can become depressed or suffer from separation anxiety if without his family for a longer period.

Therefore, besides training, which is a must for a dog of any breed, your Cockapoo needs to socialize from his first days.

He needs to get comfortable with being with other people than his family and to learn how to bond with other animals as well.

Once you manage all that, you will have a perfect pet that will love you with all of his heart, yet when needed, he will be independent.

Without becoming a mess, allow you to have a piece of mind when you are, for example on a holiday and the dog is with your friends.

Cockapoo Diet

When it comes to the Cockapoo diet, our recommendation is dry dog food.

You can find many different commercial dry dog foods that have various ingredients listed. So, how to know which to pick?

Our suggestion is to check the ingredient list and look for food that has poultry, fish, or meat, as the main protein contributing ingredient.

Also, you need to keep an eye and look for foods that have no grain or at very least little grain added.

As for the amount of food, the best way to make sure our dog doesn’t over-eat is to split the daily amount (from one fourth to three-fourths of a cup) into two separate meals and serve them with fresh water on the side.

How much Exercise does a Cockapoo need?

Your Cockapoo will be full of energy as a pup, but as he grows, the energy levels will become more moderate.

But, even when they are adults, they won’t just lay down on the couch the entire day. They need regular walks so that their weight is regulated properly and they don’t become obese.

The best way to keep your Cockapoo happy and well exercised is a 20-minute play session in the yard or the park, followed by a half an hour walk.

The Cockapoo Health and Conditions

Both parent breeds are known as relatively good health dogs. Of course, now and then a certain health condition arises, but in general, they are resilient.

Luckily, this has been transferred to the Cockapoo, and he is likewise a healthy dog in most cases.

But, certain health issues can sometimes occur with this breed as well. Here is what you need to be aware of:

  • Ear Infections
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Liver Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia

As always, it is really important to discuss these conditions with the breeder and have an insight into the pup’s parent situation.

The best way to know that the chances are minimal is to see the parent health test clearances for the mentioned issues.

My final thoughts on the CockapooA close up of a Cockapoo

We have reached the end of your Cockapoo in-depth guide.

By now, you realized that this is a breed that can be trained easily and that it can quickly become a wonderful addition to your family.

They love being around the family all the time and hate being alone.

Since they are highly intelligent, they do require mental stimulation in terms of your presence and interaction.

But, in return, they will put a smile on your face every time you look at those beautiful eyes and that funny curly “hairdo”.

As for exercise, these are lively dogs and they love to play, but they will not push you to take them outside unless you want to, even though they have their needs.

But, you, being a caring owner, will gladly provide you Cockapoo a one or two daily walks around the block or to a local dog park.

He will spend there some half an hour running around with other dogs, and be calm and ready to go back home without a problem whatsoever!

All in all, these dogs are clowns and they live to make their family happy! They do need training, but so does any other breed.

With a Cockapoo, you get a companion that loves you, is extremely loyal, and enjoys your company all the time.

In the end, thank you for reading our guide and if you think that other people should learn more about this breed, don’t hesitate to share our guide on social media.

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