|Size:||Small to medium, 25cm – 38cm|
|Coat:||Curly or wavy long-haired coats that need regular brushing|
|Exercise:||1 hour a day for adult dogs, plus plenty of mental stimulation|
|Life span:||13+ years|
|Breed group:||Also known as Cock-a-poo or Cockerpoodle, this lovable, friendly dog is a cross breed between a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle.|
They are intelligent, loyal and with good training and stimulation, make brilliant pets.
Cockapoos are a blend of all the best qualities of Cocker Spaniels and Poodles, combining the outgoing personality of the Cocker Spaniel with the low-shedding qualities of the Poodle. The classic Cockapoo temperament is happy and fun loving, and they thrive on attention, offering a lifetime of loyal companionship.
As Cockapoos are active, energetic dogs, it’s important they receive the right levels of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Vets recommend feeding a high-quality pet food twice a day, with the amount depending on your Cockapoo’s size, age, build, and activity level. If in doubt, measure out the portion size according to the instructions on their food’s packaging.
Cockapoos thrive on being busy. They have lots of energy and will need at least 30 minutes of exercise twice daily to stay healthy and stimulated. They are playful and love being in a family environment, but can become restless if left alone for too long. If you’re going to be away from your pet for a few hours, make sure to leave them stimulating dog toys and arrange for someone to check in with them.
Cockapoos are easy to train, and it’s important to socialise your Cockapoo from a young age. Cockapoo puppy training will help them grow up to be well-rounded, happy and obedient dogs. Use our puppy training tips as a guide to help lay the foundations for good behaviour. It’s important to remember that Cockapoo puppies shouldn’t be over exercised as their joints and bones are still growing. By sticking to manageable amounts of activity and keeping an eye out for signs of tiredness – such as fatigue, excessive panting or thirst – you can help your pet avoid health problems later on.
Knowing how to groom a Cockapoo correctly will go a long way to keeping their coat clean and healthy. Their long-haired coats can range from straight to curly and come in a variety of colours, including white, chocolate, cream, tan or black.
Cockapoos are a good choice for allergy sufferers as they shed less than other breeds, but they still need to be brushed regularly to avoid the ‘feathered’ hair on their belly and legs becoming matted. How often you bath your Cockapoo will depend on your lifestyle, but their coat often benefits from professional trimming, particularly around the eyes to increase their range of sight. Find more of our dog grooming tips on our advice page.
As this breed has long floppy ears, means their ear canals can easily become moist and prone to infection. Cockapoo grooming should include checking their ears often for tell-tale signs such as a strange smell or black or brown wax. It’s also important to brush your Cockapoo’s teeth regularly to reduce the build-up of tartar, and prevent gum disease and bad breath.