About Cockapoos

About Cockapoos

A cockapoo is a dog crossbreed bred from a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, most commonly the Miniature Poodle. Cockapoos do come in many different colours and sizes.


Size is determined by the height, rather than the weight, of the adult dog. Height is measured to the top of the shoulder in standing position.


A Toy Cockapoo is a mixed breed cross between a Miniature Poodle and an English Cocker Spaniel. The stud is usually the Poodle and the mother or ‘Dam’ will be the Cocker Spaniel.

10” or less at shoulder height – under 5 kg as a general rule and weigh approx. 9 to 12 lbs.  which is about 5.44 kg at their heaviest.


In the UK F1 Miniature Cockapoos are usually the result of breeding a ‘Working’ or ‘Show’ Cocker Spaniel with a miniature poodle. As per the Toy size, the stud is usually the Poodle and the mother the Cocker Spaniel.

Miniature Cockapoos stand between 11-14 inches / 27.94-35.56 cm and fall in a range of 13-18 lbs. / 5.89-6.35 kg.


Standard Cockapoos are up to 15-18 inches / 38-46 cm to the shoulder and weigh up to 19 lbs / 8.62 kg.

Colour and markings

Typical colours:  

Black, white,  cream, apricot, red, chocolate; any of these colours with white markings.


The merle gene gives a striking pattern to the coat, as merle is a dilution gene so it lightens what the coat would have been resulting in patches of colours over the dog’s coat. So it will affect black, liver and blue coats but It does not work on red. Red remains untouched and will appear as normal.  The random coat dilution caused by merle also affects the eyes and nose. The eyes may be all or partly blue, and the nose may be all or partly pink


Two or more solid colours, one of which must be white.


Usually a black body with brown colour on legs, under tail, eyebrows, side of face.


Black or dark brown at birth, lightening to a mix of gold, silver, red, brown, or tan; darker points in colourings, usually on the face and ears.


Parti colour with tan markings over eyes, on muzzle, ears, legs and sometimes chest.


Single white hairs and white patches intermingled with the base colour.


Cockapoos are highly trainable, with a keen intelligence. They are curious and eager to perform. They do well with one-person owners as well as with families with young children. They are very people-oriented, outgoing and happy dogs.

Cockapoos are known to thrive in a family home environment with plenty of attention, socialisation and training. However, please note that young children should always be supervised around any breed of dogs and appropriate care should be taken.

Cockapoos thrive on human company which is fine if they live in a household where one person usually stays at home when everyone else is out. They are not the best choice for people who spend most of the time at work and who leave dogs to their own devices for long periods of time.

Cockapoos can get bored if left for long periods and even suffer from separation anxiety, leading to excessive barking and destructive behaviour.


The coat types of Cockapoos will vary based on the characteristics inherited from both the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel.

Coat types may be loose and wavy (ringlet), tight and curly, or a straighter coat. The coat type will usually become visible when puppes reach a few weeks old.

The coat is usually a more dense, soft or silky fur like texture compared to other dog breeds. F1 Cockapoos are also little-to-low-shedding/dander with low-allergen qualties and are less likely to cause any allergic reactions.

It should be noted that no dog breed is 100% allergy friendly, but Cockapoos with there low-shedding, low-dander coats come close.


The average lifespan of a Cockapoo is generally 12 to 16 years, or around 13+ years.

Activity Level

Adult cockapoos have lots of energy and will need at least 30 minutes of exercise twice daily to stay healthy and stimulated. It's important to remember that puppies shouldn't be over exercised as their joints and bones are still growing.

Cockapoos are extremely energetic and fun-loving, due to their Spaniel heritage, and often remain puppy-like well into their adult years. Generally, Cockapoos can be expected to slow down from the age of 7 onwards. Plenty of mental stimulation, physical exercise and play times are crucial to keep this active breed happy and prevent behavioural problems.

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