Cockapoo (also known as Spoodle, Cockerpoo, Cockadoodle)
Mix: 1/2 Cocker Spaniel & 1/2 Poodle
Size: Can vary depending upon the size Poodle that is used to breed. Most commonly a toy or miniature Poodle is used which results in the Cockapoo being approximately 10 – 15 inches, and 12 – 24 pounds.
Coat: Thick, long coat that can range from wavy to curly. Low to non-shedding. Coat colors vary as follows:
- Tan, beige, or buff
- Red, including auburn and apricot colors
- Brown, varying from light to dark and tan
- Sable, a brown color with tipping and shading in black
- Mixtures of more than one color
*Many people with allergies prefer Poodle mixes as their fur is more hypoallergenic than most dogs (a characteristic inherited from the Poodle).
Cockapoo (also known as Spoodle, Cockerpoo, Cockadoodle)
A Cockapoo is a mix between an American or English Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Since they are usually bred with either the toy or miniature poodle the result is that of a smaller dog weighing anywhere from 12 – 24 pounds and standing approximately 10 – 15 inches tall. They are very outgoing and people oriented and make fantastic family dogs. They are wonderful with children and are very affectionate to their family members. They can be quite energetic which can be inherited from the poodle, and they will thrive with regular exercise such as a daily walk, or a run in the back yard. As with any dog, exercise will curb bad behaviors stemming from boredom and will give you the desired results of a well-balanced pet. Cockapoos are very easy to train due to their intelligence and inquisitive nature. The coat of the Cockapoo will vary from dog to dog since they may inherit more or less of each of the coats from either the Spaniel or the Poodle. But, whether the coat is wavy (most common) or curly, it is always long and will require regular brushing to keep it looking healthy and prevent the hair from matting. A great benefit of the Cockapoo is that it is low to non-shedding allowing its owners to enjoy the plushness of the attractive, long coat without the clean-up of the hair.
When considering the nature of the Cockapoo, you must consider the characteristics of both the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle separately in order to determine the characteristics the Cockapoo may exhibit.
The Cocker Spaniel is a long haired breed that requires regular trimming and grooming. It is recommended that owners of a Cocker Spaniel start obedience training at an early age as this breed has been known to nip and display aggressive behavior which will need to be discouraged from the start. It also helps to socialize them with adults, children and other animals as soon as possible as they can have a tendency to become shy. Regular exercise is also a must for this active breed which will reduce negative behaviors. They are considered of average intelligence and some can be a bit difficult to housebreak, but with proper and consistent training they eventually get the hang of it. When properly trained this breed is devoted, gentle, and sweet, with a love of children. They can be a fantastic family dog, while also being perfect for people living alone. They have a wonderfully gentle temperament and are devoted to their owners. Their approximate lifespan is 12 – 15 years.
The Poodle comes in three different sizes, toy (10” and under, 6-9 1bs.), miniature (10-15”, 15-17 1bs.), and standard (over 15”, 45-70 1bs.). The Poodle has been cited as being the 2nd most intelligent breed of dog. Their exceptional intelligence, paired with the fact that they are generally very eager to please, empowers them to excel in obedience training. They learn quickly and will delight in showing off their new tricks. Poodles are generally very easy to housebreak. They are loyal and devoted companions, extremely people-oriented, and crave lots of love and attention. They are typically calm, good natured, with a sweet temperament, and the ability to bond with all members of their human family. The standard poodle, in particular, does extremely well in families with young children, while the toy and miniatures fair better with older children. Poodles do not do well in households where they will be left alone for long periods of time, left outside, or bound to one room of the house. Poodles have an extremely low-shedding, dense coat which is either curly or corded and should be groomed every 6 – 8 weeks to prevent mats and tangles. If you should so decide, their coat can also be kept short for low-maintenance. Poodles come in a variety of colors such as silver, cream, gray, blue, black, white, apricot, red, caf-au-lait, brown, and parti-colored. The Poodle is oftentimes referred to as the hypo-allergenic dog. But, while there truly is no such thing as a completely hypo-allergenic dog, they are unquestionably more compatible with allergic persons than other breeds. Being classified as highly energetic, the poodle, like most dogs, will appreciate daily exercise, such as a walk, play session, or a run at the dog park.
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Photo Submitted by: Heather 3/28/16
My Lily a 11 lb cockapoo is the sweetest dog I’ve ever seen. We adopted her from the shelter. I never knew that a dog could be so loving and everywhere I go she’s right behind me and if I don’t have her right on my lap it hurts her feelings. She is not too fond of new adults but she is not afraid of kids and she’s never ever been aggressive. I love her like she’s my own child because she is sweeter and more loving than any human.
Photo Submitted by: Patricia Woolaston 4/10/16
Photo Submitted by: Katherine Thompson 4/13/16
This is Maxx, the cockapoo he turned 7 this past February.