Cockapoo

Read our comprehensive guide to the Cockapoo breed, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

Dog
17 Oct 2023

History of the Cockapoo Breed

The Cockapoo breed originates from the USA and is a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle hybrid. Because of this, the appearance of the Cockapoo’s coat can vary from wavy to curly, and the colour of the coat can be anything from brown, tan, honey-coloured or black. This breed dates back to the 1960s and was created with the sole aim of being a companion canine. Cockapoos combine the sweet temperament of the Cocker Spaniel and the intelligence of the Poodle, resulting in an adorable personality that can’t fail to delight every dog owner.

What to expect when caring for your Cockapoo

Common Cockapoo Health Issues

So, are there any health issues you should keep an eye out for when welcoming a Cockapoo into your family?

 

Ear Disorders – Cockapoos have fabulously floppy ears and as a result, debris can build up in the ear canal which in turn can lead to ear infections. Cleaning your dog’s ears regularly can help to prevent infections.

 

Skin Disorders - This breed is prone to allergies and if you notice your Cockapoo scratching a lot, it’s likely a skin irritation triggered by pollen, food or mould.

 

Gastrointestinal Disorders – Cockapoos have sensitive stomachs, so gastrointestinal disorders are fairly common.

 

Poisoning - Cockapoos are notorious for eating things that they shouldn’t, and sometimes their curiosity gets the better of them and they swallow something poisonous.

How Much Grooming do Cockapoos Need?

A Cockapoo’s coat is long and curly and requires regular brushing to prevent it from becoming matted. This breed can benefit from professional grooming as trimming the hair around the eyes can be tricky. This breed is generally odourless, so they don’t require weekly bathing unless they roll in something on a walk. We recommend booking an appointment at your local groomer every six weeks.

How Much Exercise Do Cockapoos Need?

Cockapoos have a moderate amount of energy and require a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise twice per day. This breed requires a lot of mental stimulation too, so switch up your dog walks if you want to tire your pet out and stock up on a few toys to keep your pet’s brain ticking at home. This breed often displays destructive habits if left alone for too long without adequate toys to occupy their mind and keep them busy. 

  1. Cockapoo Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Cockapoo

    The Cockapoo is a lovable breed with its teddy bear-like appearance and sweet nature that will melt your heart day after day. A natural-born comedian, this pet has a big personality and will never fail to make you laugh. Being part Poodle, Cockapoos are intelligent dogs and, as a result, are very easy to train and can be taught to do almost any trick. They love to play and will excel at obstacle courses, agility training and ball chasing. Social and outgoing, Cockapoo puppies are known to be cuddly and loving, which is why they make great therapy dogs.

  2. Are Cockapoo Puppies Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Absolutely. A Cockapoo loves cuddles and playing games, making them the perfect addition to a family with children. This kid-friendly breed is a great match for families of all sizes and children of all ages, but as with all breeds, it is advisable to always supervise dogs around babies and toddlers. The perfect companion for weekend walks, this dog loves being around its owners and rarely likes time alone.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
9-15 inches
Weight:
3kg 8.5kg
Temperament:
Playful, Friendly and Affectionate
Lifespan
12-15 Years
Average Cost:
£750-£1500

Cockapoo FAQs:

Do Cockapoos Make Good Pets?

Wonderfully affectionate and playful, Cockapoos make great pets. They are equally as happy to play outside as they are to curl up in your lap, which means they are superb companions. This dog is a great fit for an owner with an active lifestyle that is happy to keep them entertained. 

Are Cockapoos High Maintenance?

Energetic with an endless lust for life, you could be forgiven for thinking that Cockapoos are high maintenance. However, while they have boundless energy, this breed is relatively easy to look after as long as you provide them with regular exercise and affection.

Are Cockapoos OK on Their Own?

Cockapoos are social creatures and like to be a part of the family. In short, they despise being alone. Cockapoos are prone to separation anxiety if left for long periods of time alone and require a lot of mental stimulation, so if you plan to be out of the house for a few hours, be sure to provide a few toys to keep your pet occupied.

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