What is a Cockapoo(dle) dog like?

  • By: Mick Whitefield
  • Time to read: 2 min.

Cockapoos are one of the Hybrid mix dog breeds, also known as a designer breed. Cockapoo’s are believed to be one of the first of the modern termed designer dogs although breeders have been doing this for decades if not centuries and such hybrid mixes are considered hybrid mixes until a generation of them is eventually accepted as purebreds when consistent size and uniformity reign supreme.

As with most current crossbreeds, there is a wide variability in the Cockapoo’s dimensions and appearance. With many colours and combinations of colour you also get difference in the appearance of the coat which can be be straight, wavy, or curled as tight as a poodle.

To confuse matters even more those dogs that weigh less than 12 pounds (5.4 kg) are labelled as Toy Cockapoos, dogs that weigh between 13 and 18 pounds (5.9 and 8.2 kg) are considered to be Miniature Cockapoos and those dogs weighing over 19 pounds (8.6 kg) are listed as Standard Cockapoos.

Some people refer to these dogs as Cockapoodle’s because they are the offspring from a purebred Cocker Spaniel and purebred Poodle (standard, miniature or toy poodle). Their popularity has steadily increased in recent decades as this cross not only combines the best behavioural traits of both their parent breeds, but has also shown that their appearance has become more uniformed.

In order to promote the crossbreed in the United States a dedicated club has been formed, called the Cockapoo Club of America.

Origin: ~ UK and the USA.
Bred for: ~ Fun loving, Gentle natured Family Pet.
Colour: ~ Black, Brown, Red and White with a mix of the various colours from both parent breeds.
Coat: ~ A medium to soft touch of varying lengths, with straight, wavy or curly hair.
Height: ~ 10 to 18 inches or 25 to 46cms.
Weight: ~ 9 to 12lbs or 4 to 5.4kgs are Toy,

13 to 18lbs or 5.8 to 8.1kgs are Miniature and Dogs over 19lbs or 8.6kgs are considered to be Standard
Lifespan: ~ 12 to 15 years.
AKC Group – Not Recognised.


Temperament and Upkeep of the Cockapoo

The Cockapoo is a loyal, charming, and intelligent pet, with an all-round lovable nature. They are reasonably energetic and as such suit young owners or active owners with children.

A muddy young cockapoo puppy enjoying a walk outdoors on the hillside

Cockapoos are normally friendly with other dogs and other household pets. They usually integrate well with children and enjoy playing games, you will however need to be protective of the toy group with small children as they need to be protected from any overly rough play or handling.

Cockapoos need a moderate activity level a nice walk or active play each day will keep them from being bored and allow a certain level of fitness. Certainly the two larger sizes are athletic enough to participate in dog sports such as agility, flyball, obedience, and rally.

Start training at an early age if you can, socialisation into class group activities work really well with this dog.

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