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Cockapoo Dog Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

Okay, we’ll admit it: sometimes it’s tough for us to say the name “Cockapoo” without smiling. The problem is, this adorable little “designer dog” only goes by super cute names! So whether you choose to call these little guys Cockapoos, Spoodles, or even Cockerdoodles, chances are you won’t be able to do it without at least a “smirk.”

And that’s okay.

Because when you consider just how cute these little guys are, it only makes sense to smile… at least a little bit! But remember, besides being super cute, these little guys also represent a new trend in “responsible” dog breeding, hoping to infuse new genetic material in some of our least healthy dog breeds. In addition to being cute, these guys have a “legitimate” purpose within the dog breeding community. Cockapoos aren’t a “recoisn’t” dog breed.


These little guys represent the “union” of two dog breeds, the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. And all truth be told, this inter-breeding is a good idea on humanity’s part. By introducing new genetic material to the most over-bred dog breeds (like this puppy’s parents), we not only end up with something adorable but also reduce many of the risks of the genetic diseases we bred into them in the first place.

Which is why…

These new Designer dogs are serving a dual purpose… So next time you see a pair of tiny eyes peering at you from a handbag, remember they are a beneficial step in evolution before you, laugh even if the proud owner of those dogs may not even be aware of it! But this doesn’t mean that adopting a Cockapoowillo is the “right” decision for everyone! This is why, in this article, we wanted to take a moment and discuss some of the pros and cons of owning a Cockapoo so that you’ll be better prepared to determine for yourself if it makes sense to make one of these little guys your next family pet.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Cockapoo Fast Facts

Country of Origin:  United States

Original Purpose:  Companion

Height: 10 to 15 inches tall

Weight:  12 to 24 pounds

Life Span:  14 to 18 years

Dog Breed Classification:  Currently not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)

Origin of the Cockapoo

As we’ve already stated, the Cockapoo is yet one more example of a growing trend that we are now seeing whereby responsible dog breeders are choosing to interbreed some of our most “unhealthy” dog breeds with one another to reduce the risk of many genetic diseases while capturing the “best” features of these breeds that we all know and love. Other examples of popular Hybrid Breeds include:

  • The WestiePoo…without a word of a lie, this is a West Highland White Terrier crossed with a Poodle.
  • The YorkiePoo (who made up these names??) is a Yorkshire Terrier crossed with a Dwarf Poodle.
  • The CavaPoo, the crossed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and the Poodle.
  • The BasaDor is a crossed Labrador Retriever and Basset Hound.
  • The Goldendoodle – the Golden Retriever and the Poodle.
  • SchnOodle – the Miniature Schnauzer and the Dwarf Poodle.
  • The LhasaPoo – the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle.
  • The SchnOrgi – is a miniature Schnauzer/ Welsh Corgi.
  • The Siberian Boston is a Siberian Husky crossed with a Boston Terrier.
  • The BrusselRanian is a crossed Brussles Griffon and Pomeranian.
  • The Mini Australian ShepTerrier is a cross between a Mine Australian Shepherd and an Australian Terrier.
  • The ridiculously named Doodleman Pinscher is a Poodle crossed with a Dobermann Pinscher…
  • The Frenchton – the Boston Terrier with a French Bulldog.
  • The Bull Terrier – the French Bulldog and the Boston Terrier.
  • The perfectly named Care-Tzu is a cross-bred Cairn Terrier and a Shih Tzu.
  • And finally, the Yorkie-ton is a Yorkshire Terrier crossed with the fluffy cloud that is the Coton De Tulear.

And in the case of the “Cockapoo,” breeders chose to interbreed a Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle. Or, in the case of a Miniature Cockapoo, they mix a Cocker Spaniel with a Miniature Poodle.

Now “technically”…

One could refer to these dogs as “mutts.” Still, given that these dogs are now explicitly sought after due to their distinctive lineage and noble purpose (protecting their ancestral breeds), you’ll never hear anyone here at IndulgeYourPet refer to them as such. Even if these “hybrid dogs” or “designer dogs” aren’t “officially” recognized by the American Kennel Club (or any kennel club) as of yet. We here at IndulgeYourPet believe that it’s only a matter of time before they are, which is why we love talking about them now!

So, what makes up a Cockapoo puppy?

He has two pedigree parents with a long and convoluted history. I will give you the short version; if you’d like the extended version, please check out our article on each of Cockapoo’s parent “breeds.”

The Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel originated from Spain sometime during the 14th Century. During this time, these “scrappy” little guys were used as hunting dogs, named for the Woodcocks that they were used to track. Shortly after that, they were brought to Britain, and then a strand of that same bloodline eventually made its way to America. Thus, you’ll find that the breed has now been divided into two different categories: the English Cocker Spaniels and the American Cocker Spaniels.

The Poodle

On the other hand, the Poodle originally came from France, where it worked as a water dog – hence the recognizable wiry coat. Mentioned predominantly throughout 17th-century texts and engravings, the exact origins of this cutesy fur-ball remain somewhat disputed, with Germany claiming ownership – although Germany has since conceded that it probably came from France. Also, a hunting dog, the Poodle, has been bred by the nobility and dog lovers alike all over the globe.

Similarly to the Cocker Spaniel, the Poodle has become a companion breed over the years. All this means to the average pet buyer is that he is more comfortable in your living room than retrieving fallen water birds nowadays.

Physical Characteristics

Whenever you take two different dog breeds and decide to breed them together, it’s always going to be challenging to know what the puppies will look like. They could look more like Cocker Spaniels, or they could take on more of a Poodle appearance. It’s all kind of a crap shoot! Then combine this with the fact that you may choose to breed the Cocker Spaniel with either of the three poodle types: The Toy Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, or the Standard Poodle, in which case, all bets are off with regards to what “kind” of puppy you may get.

That said, however…

Cockapoos are “generally” trim and tend to be (but are not exclusively) shaggy, coated with big ears and a dopey-looking tail and grin. They can come in just about every color due to their heritage, and their size, weight, and coat texture vary even within a single litter! Many are predominantly white with other colors marked in, but even that can change from one litter to the next. One thing that you can count on is he will be adorable… These are just about the most photogenic dogs we have ever seen.

Personality and Temperament

Since both parents are purebred companion dogs, you can guarantee his devotion; he can be fun and bubbly like the Cocker or timid and thoughtful like the Poodle in him. He might be part Miniature Poodle (which makes a Miniature Cockapoo!) or part Toy Poodle – in which case he might have a touch of SDS (Small Dog Syndrome). Still, he is famously good with children and seriously enamored with his family.

His exercise level requirements…

It will depend on his dominant parentage, but you can’t go amiss with daily walks. The Cockapoo temperament is famously fun-loving; just be careful he doesn’t get hurt if the children are extensive and he is small. He will play or sleep all day, so this is a good breed for you if you want easygoing.

The good news is that the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle (regardless of type) are notoriously easy dogs to train. So, provided that you get an early start, your Cockapoo should become a well-mannered dog who will probably be able to perform a wide variety of tricks for you!

As for grooming your Cockapoo…

Their grooming requirements will generally be determined by which parent’s traits are dominant in your puppy. That said, however, your Cockapoo won’t require even a fraction of the amount of time it would take to groom either a Cocker Spaniel or a Poodle, so aside from weekly brushing and the occasional baths, you really shouldn’t have much to worry about this breed.

Potential Health Concerns

Your Cockapoo will (hopefully) miss all of the genetic diseases his parents were prone to. Remember, for the most part, these dogs were created to avoid many inheritable conditions the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle have developed over the centuries. Fortunately, many of these diseases are linked to “recessivmeaning many diseases won’t manifest themselves means that when combined with a healthy “dom.

That said, however…

Cockapoos do still tend to have a “low” risk of developing:

The good news is that none of these conditions are necessarily life-threatening, so even if your little guy does develop one, chances are, he can be treated successfully.

The bad news is…

These treatments can be expensive, particularly if you’re on the hook for 100% of the expenses. This is why we here at IndulgeYourPet always like to recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and consider purchasing a pet insurance policy for their new loved one.

And while we understand that…

A pet insurance policy isn’t necessarily going to be the “right” fit for everyone; it’s amazing how many dog owners there are who don’t even know that these types of policies exist, not to mention how many have no idea what a policy like this might cost.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also chose to write our Best Pet Insurance Companies article so that our readers can get a quick idea about some of the pros and cons of owning such a policy and see if getting one might be a good idea.

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  • raquel k. February 14, 2020, 11:04 am

    I keep reading and seeing pics of cocka poos with long weird looking tails. I don’t see any pics of the cocka poos that have clipped tail like my cocka poo. How come? Was my cocka poo’s tail NOT suppose to be clipped or amputated I can’t think of any other word to use.

    • indulgeyourpet February 14, 2020, 1:06 pm


      We would agree with you that the “long tail” version of the Cockapoo breed are more common. However since there really isn’t an agreed upon “standard” for this breed at this point its probably just up to the individual breeder.

      Personally, we kind of like both versions so who knows, maybe one day there will be two separate versions of this breed which people can debate about in the future!



  • James C. October 30, 2020, 12:36 pm

    I buying a cockapoo puppy in March.
    Send me the information
    Thank you
    James C.

    • indulgeyourpet October 30, 2020, 12:44 pm


      We’re happy to hear that you plan on making a Cockapoo your own in just a few weeks. Unfortunately, we don’t “sell” any kind of dogs nor do we like to necessarily recommend any one breeder over another in a particular area. Our recommendation would be to see if their might be a Cockapoo Facebook club in your area and see if they may have answers to any of the questions you may bee seeking.

      Good Luck,


  • Jill C December 6, 2020, 5:20 am

    I’m buying a Cockapoo, for I think the tail was docked- why?

    • indulgeyourpet December 6, 2020, 1:35 pm


      We’re not sure we understand the question.



  • BIanca January 3, 2022, 9:38 am

    Does the cockapoo gets along well with other dogs ?

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