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Cockapoo: Breed Characteristics, Care &
Exercise Needs (American Cockapoo)

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About Cockapoo

Country of Origin, History of Cockapoos

There is no known date or person who started the Cocakpoo breed, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in the 1960s that designer dog breeders in North America mixed Cocker Spaniel and Poodle to develop Cockapoos to have an intelligent, affectionate, companion dog. As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, Cockapoos became more and more popular.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Cockapoo is a cross-breeding of a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, which can be a Teacup Toy, Toy, Miniature, or Standard. If it is a Toy, you get a Toy Cockapoo; if it is a Miniature, it is simply a Cockapoo or a Mini Cockapoo; and if it is a Standard, it is a Maxi Cockapoo.

Cockapoos normally have a rounded head with floppy ears, dark eyes that appear to be asking you to do something with them, a black nose, and a well-proportioned body that is low to the ground like a Cocker rather that having longer legs like the Poodle. The medium-length tail ends in a defined point (and is not cropped like the Poodle’s). Their coat is usually soft and curly.

The Cockapoo was one of the first designer dogs, dating back to the 1960s. There have been enough generations of crossbreeding that many people are now breeding Cockapoos to Cockapoos and getting a rather true breed. There are now three Cockapoo breed clubs, meaning that standards for the breed are being established. They are a good dog for a family wanting a small dog or someone who hasn’t had a dog previously.

This is a happy, playful, and intelligent breed that trains easily and loves people. They hardly shed, so are fairly hypoallergenic. They are so affectionate, they will claim your lap as theirs and accompany you everywhere, including the bathroom. They make a great therapy dog.

Cockapoos can live in a variety of situations from apartments to large homes with lots of yard space. They do well if left alone all day if they have a walk, playtime, and attention when you are home and can tolerate hot and cold weather. They normally love everyone, including strangers, other pets, and children of all ages if they are gentle with the dog.


The Cockapoo coat can be silver, cream, white, black, brown, or red, or a combination. It is usually curly or wavy and fairly dense. Their coat can be left long and natural or they can be groomed and have the coat cut to two to three inches in length.


Teacup Toy – under 6 pounds
Toy – under 12 pounds
Miniature/Mini – 13 – 18 pounds
Maxi/Standard – over 19 pounds


Depends on whether the dog is Teacup Toy, Toy, Mini, or Maxi
14 – 15 inches

Litter Size:

4 – 6 puppies

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Cockapoo Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

The Cockapoo is a the perfect companion. He wants to please you and he is easy to please. He is intelligent and sweet. He is not prone to anxiety unless left alone for very long periods every day and not given opportunity to play with other pets or people and socialize. He is easy to train with positive reinforcement and can achieve high levels of obedience with time, patience, and repetition (and lots of praise and some treats).

These cuddly, happy, smart dogs will remind you of a live teddy bear. They tend to get along with other pets and people of all ages. They love to play and to learn new things. They are easy to train and socialize and love to go places or take walks and meet new people and dogs. They will enjoy visiting hospitals or nursing homes as a therapy dog. They have a lively spirt and great stamina.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

They can be outdoors in a fenced yard for short periods of time, but should never be left outside for extended periods. They love to be wherever their family is! Thus, they will want to be indoors when you are indoors or when you are gone from home.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Kids are fine with the Cockapoo because that makes more people to give them attention and play with them. Teach kids how to properly play with dogs.


The Cockapoo loves to learn and will housetrain easily and can start learning commands by 9 or 10 weeks old. He will love to continue to learn all his life, so consider teaching him obedience commands, tricks, agility, and more.

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Cockapoo Activity Level

How active is the breed?

Cockapoos are busy dogs who love to stay active, so plan on getting your dog a variety of toys, teaching your dog obedience, playing games, taking walks, and perhaps doing agility together. Don't forget they love to follow you around and lay in your lap when you sit down. If you are not able to be active, a few short walks for pottying will suffice because the Cockapoo can entertain himself with his toys and anything you are doing.


A weekly brushing will be enjoyed by your Cockapoo and it will keep his coat in good condition. Their coat can be left long and natural or they can be groomed and have the coat cut to two to three inches in length.

Be sure to cut their nails at least once a month, brush their teeth 2-3 times a week, and check their ears for redness or debris when you brush them. If they are outdoors a lot, a bath may be in order.

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Health and Care

While the SWD seems to be a very healthy breed there are some issues that the SWD have, just like all other breeds. There are cases of Hip Dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder carefully.

All breeding dogs should have their hips tested, either by OFA or PennHIP. There have been a few cases of PRA reported in Europe so it is advised that all breeders should test their breeding stock for PRA and other such genetic eye diseases with a yearly CERF exam. A responsible breeder will be able to produce the results in writing.

Like other Water Dogs and related breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept dry and clean. . Because these dogs are (as a general rule) so active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing.

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs: CCA = Cockapoo Club of America
ACC = American Cockapoo Club
CCGB = Cockapoo Club of Great Britain

Other Recognition:

ACC = American Cockapoo ClubACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club (Cock-A-Poo)
CCA = Cockapoo Club of America
CCGB = Cockapoo Club of GB
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Cock-A-Poo)
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry® (Cockapoo)
DBR = Designer Breed Registry (Cock A Poo)
NACR = North American Cockapoo Registry

Group: Mixed Breed Dog

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.

Also Known As: American Cockapoo, Cock A Poo, Cock-A-Poo, Cockadoodle, Cockerdoodle, Cockerpoo, Spoodle CAP, Maxi Cockapoo, Mini Cockapoo, Miniature Cockapoo, Standard Cockapoo, Toy Cockapoo

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