Cockapoo dog breed information

What do you get when you cross a Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle? A Cockapoo! Known for its adorable looks and playful personality, the Cockapoo is a hybrid, designer breed that emerged from the United States during the 1960s.

As a small breed, they’re perfect for owners living in apartments, units, or inner-city housing. Cockapoos are intelligent and enjoy the company of humans, so you’ll have no problem socialising them from an early age.

If you’re looking for a little more joy in life, the Cockapoo can definitely provide you with some! Read our guide below to see if Cockapoos are the pet for you.

Cockapoo breed information

If you’d like to get to know the breed a little more closely, here are a few key traits and facts about the Cockapoo:

How long do Cockapoos live?

Cockapoos have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

How big do Cockapoos get?

Cockapoos usually reach their full weight and height by nine months old. Healthy male and female Miniature Cockapoos, bred from Cocker Spaniels and Miniature Poodles, are between 25 - 38 cm tall and weigh between 6 - 8 kgs. While Toy Cockapoos tend to weigh less than 6kgs.

Do Cockapoos shed?

Because Cockapoos are a mixed breed, their coat texture can vary. In general, Cockapoos shed a low to moderate amount, like their Cocker Spaniel and Poodle ancestors.

  Should I get a Cockapoo?

One look at their friendly faces, and you’ll realise why Cockapoos are a very sought-after dog breed. Cockapoos are charming, intelligent, and a great companion for any type of owner. Their small size, coupled with their temperament, makes them a great dog for apartments with limited backyard space. If you’re looking for a pet that loves to cuddle up on the couch, the Cockapoo will provide endless affection, but Cockapoo owners will have to reciprocate the love with walks and exercise!

Cockapoo personality

Cockapoos were bred to be companion dogs, so they’ve got a lot of appreciation for their fellow humans. They’re intelligent and quick learners with outgoing personalities. Whether you want to relax and watch a movie or go for a jog, Cockapoos are always up to do things with you. Cockapoos can sometimes get separation anxiety, so include your Cockapoo in as many family activities as possible.

Like any breed of dog, early socialisation and training are a must to ensure your Cockapoo is comfortable around different people, pets, and environments. Puppy pre-school is a great way to instil good behaviours early in your Cockapoos’ life.

Taking care of a Cockapoo


Depending on their genes, Cockapoo dogs have long coats with various textures, straight to curly fur, and different colour combinations. Brush Cockapoos daily to maintain their coat's health. Because of their Cocker Spaniel heritage, you need to clean their ears regularly to prevent infection and bacteria from building up.


Cockapoos have low exercise needs, but you still need to incorporate some into their schedule. Aim for about 30 minutes of walking or playing per day. Getting out for walks is important if you live in an apartment or inner-city housing with limited outdoor space.


Diet often depends on the size and age of your Cockapoo, but in general, aim to feed them 1/4 to 3/4 cups of healthy, high-quality dry food twice daily. Prioritise scheduled feeding over free feeding to ensure your Cockapoo maintains its weight.

Common Cockapoo health conditions

Like most dog breeds, Cockapoos are susceptible to certain health conditions. Here are some examples:

Luxating Patella

Luxating Patella is a common hereditary condition that affects a Cockapoo’s kneecaps, causing them to dislocate or slip out of place. If your Cockapoo starts limping or avoids using a specific leg, that’s a sign they may be experiencing pain from this condition. It’s best to consult your vet if you start noticing any symptoms. Luxating Patella doesn’t cause ongoing pain for dogs and is a manageable condition if treated correctly.

Ear conditions

Due to their Cocker Spaniel genetics, Cockapoos are prone to different types of ear conditions. Common infections include - ear mites, bacterial and yeast infections. As we mentioned earlier, regular cleaning can help curb bacteria from spreading and keep your Cockapoos ears healthy.

The cost of insuring a Cockapoo

If you’re thinking about getting pet insurance for your Cockapoo, factors like age and location will affect the cost of your premium. Woolworths Pet Insurance offers Basic, Standard, Comprehensive and Comprehensive Plus cover that helps protect you and your furry friend. Check what each insurance cover includes.

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