Cockapoo Characteristics


Cockapoos are a hybrid dog breed resulting from a cross between Cocker Spaniels and Poodles, dating back to the 1960's. They have the affection of a Cocker Spaniel and the intelligence, comical behaviour and low or non-shedding coat from the Poodle. Cockapoos come in a variety of coats, colors and sizes. The most popular Cockapoo color at this time is an apricot cockapoo or a red cockapoo.

Cockapoos are known for their merry dispositions and are sweet, trusting, and playful. They are very human-centric and eager to please which makes them very loyal and loving family companions. They are great for families with children, singles as well as seniors. They love to be held and get along well with other animals. They are always up for an adventure. They enjoy walks and are capable of surprising speed and endurance. They’re happy running around an agility course, showing off their tricks to company, being petted as a therapy dog or just hanging out on your lap. Your lap is theirs by the way!

They do well in either a country environment or in an apartment as long as they are given lots of attention.

Owning a Cockapoo is a wondrous joy and they enrich our lives in so many joyful ways and we are so happy and proud to provide simply the BEST Cockapoos to our Cockapoo families across the USA!

  • Cockapoos usually have a long lifespan of approximately 14-18 years of age. 
  • Cockapoos require a regular grooming regime to keep their coats matt free. Their coats require regular brushing and combing and they need to be cut/groomed professionally approximately every 8 weeks. A groomer will charge approximately $45-$75+ each time. If you don't keep up with the grooming their coats matt very easily, which then requires going to a groomer, and having their coat cut very short to remove the matts costing much more.   
  • Cockapoos are a low-shedding (usually non-shedding), low-dander breed and can be a good choice for people who suffer with allergies. However, it is misleading for breeders to describe them as being totally hypoallergenic, as people can have allergic reactions to the dogs skin, saliva and dander and not just the fur. 
  • Because the Cockapoo is so people-oriented, these dogs may suffer from separation anxiety if not properly trained. Spending quality time playing with and walking your Cockapoo puppy will help with this, as will training. Cockapoos should never be left outside or alone for long periods because they are companion dogs. 
  • Most Poodle crosses, including the Cockapoo, are more active than you might expect. Moderate playing and exercising are definitely required. 

Cockapoo History:  Fast Facts

  • Cockapoos showed up in the U.S. in the 1960s and maybe even a decade earlier. They are the oldest known planned hybrid, which gives breeders the advantage of many years of trial and error. But it also means that there are more disreputable breeders to look out for. Cockapoos can be tough to find to rescue because they have one of the lowest surrender rates.
  • One of its ancestors, the Cocker Spaniel, originated in Britain. It was originally bred to hunt woodcock, hence the name. A Cockapoo is usually the result of an American Cocker Spaniel cross, but English Cocker Spaniel crosses are sometimes seen.
  • The Cockapoo’s other ancestor, the Poodle, was bred to retrieve in the water. The Miniature Poodle was also bred for hunting. The Toy Poodle was developed in Britain in the 19th century as a “sleeve dog,” who rode in ladies’ sleeves.
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