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What is a cockapoo? Well, the Cockapoo is one of the more established crossbreeds, consisting of the Cocker Spaniel (show type or working) and the Poodle (Toy or Miniature), in rarer cases the American Cocker Spaniel may be used. Cockapoo puppies, as well as mature ones are friendly, sweet, and basically one of the happiest breeds you’ll come across. 

It’s relatively easy to find Cockapoo puppies bred by reputable breeders as there are many breed clubs which are run by dedicated people that care about the breed. These clubs are committed to the responsible breeding and ensuring all puppies and dogs are as healthy and good tempered as possible. 

There are different types of Cockapoo as they can be a first cross (with one spaniel and one poodle parent), can be bred back to one of the original breeds, or be two Cockapoos bred together — so there are varieties in size, shape, coat types, and temperaments. 

12–15 years
The Cockapoo can be any of the colours common to the Cocker Spaniel or the Poodle including: black; red; orange; brown; combinations of black with white; liver with white; red and white; blue roan; orange roan; black roan; particolours and tricolours
Small to Medium
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

There is often a degree of variation in the health conditions and issues that crossbreeds are predisposed to. This is because some individuals retain more of the characteristics of one breed over the other.  
For more information on the health problems that may affect this crossbreed, visit the Cocker Spaniel or American Cocker Spaniel and Toy or Miniature Poodle breed pages.

Meet the Cockapoo!

Cockapoo Appearance 

As there are different types of Cockapoo dogs, they can vary in appearance depending on if they’re a first cross or if they have been bred with other Cockapoos. Usually, their coats have a spotted pattern and come in golden or brown, or any combinations of black, white, liver, red, blue, or orange. Regardless of colour, they all look like adorable little teddy bears. 

Cockapoo Personality 

Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Cockapoo depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared. 

It’s clear from looking at the two breeds that make up the Cockapoo that this is an active dog who needs a lot of exercise and input (often more than many new owners expect) — and needs to be a part of the family. When the crossbreeding turns out as expected, the Cockapoo possesses all of the intelligence of the Poodle with the spirit of the Cocker Spaniel, resulting in a wonderful companion. 

The Cockapoo personality seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Spaniel or the Poodle personalities) or else be bred to another Cockapoo — in which case there is less predictability. 

What owners say about this breed...

Purina People

Meet Charlie

"He is extremely sociable both with other dogs and people, but be prepared for them to get very attached to one person and not want to be left alone initially."


Meet Baxter

"He has us in stitches with his waggy bum, he loves zooming around the garden with a plant pot in his mouth; forget the expensive toys!"


Meet Milly

"They love mud and water! We could be doing a country walk and she will head for the muddy puddles."

Cockapoo Fun Facts 

  • The Cockapoo isn’t currently recognised by the UK Kennel Club due to it being a mixed breed. 
  • Cockapoos produce low amounts of dander and hair, so they’re popularly chosen as pets by those with allergies or sensitivities
  • They’re known as ‘people dogs’ and love to spend time with their families. 
  • Cockapoos don’t have a strong doggy odour (providing regular grooming and trimming is carried out). 


Do Cockapoos bark a lot? 

Cockapoos don’t have a strong inclination to bark excessively but they are pretty vocal and can be loud at times. 

Do Cockapoos shed a lot? 

On average, they don’t shed a lot, but this might differ from dog to dog as they are a mixed breed. 

Do Cockapoos bite? 

Cockapoos are one of the friendliest breeds so biting should typically not be an issue. 

How long a walk does a Cockapoo need? 

It really depends on the dog, but usually Cockapoos would need an hour of daily exercise. 

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