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Cockapoo Facts

  • Group
  • Other Breed Classes
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 10" - 15"
  • Weight
  • 12-24 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Cockerpoo, spoodle, cockadoodle


The Cockapoo was created in the United States.

Date Of Origin

The breed originated in the 1950's.


The Cockapoo is a mixed breed dog, the cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle, has been popular in the United States for over 50 years. American Cockapoo Registry states, " A true Cockapoo is only a purposeful, planned crossing of a pure bred cocker spaniel with a pure bred poodle." Many breeders are now corrupting the breed by combining cockapoos to cockapoos. Cockapoos have also become very popular in other countries. In Australia they are usually called spoodles, and in Sweden they are called a cockerpoo. They can be the result of mating either the American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel with a poodle.


Cockapoos are still a mixed breed dog , and this makes describing them difficult. According to the North American Cockapoo Registry, "The cockapoo has a sturdy, squarely built appearance. The length from the body measured from the breastbone to the rump is approximately the same to slightly longer than the height from the highest point of the shoulder to the ground. He stands up well at the shoulder on straight forelegs with a top line that is level to slightly sloping toward moderately bent hindquarters. He is a dog capable of great speed and endurance combined with agility. The body must be of sufficient length to permit a straight and free stride. The dog never appears low and long.
The eyes are dark. The darker the better on dogs with dark noses. Dogs with light colored noses may have lighter eyes. The occasional odd eyed (two different colors ) is seen and not to be faulted. The eyes may be oval to round in shape but never protruding while looking directly ahead. Set far enough apart to create an alert intelligent expression yet soft and appealing.

The ears hanging closely to the head, are set at or below eye level and are well feathered but never erect or carried up over the head.

The skull is moderately rounded but not exaggerated without any tendency towards flatness. To be in correct balance the length of the muzzle from stop to top of nose is never more than 1/2 the distance from the tip of the nose to the crown of the head.

Teeth should meet in a scissors bite.
The entire coat of the cockapoo is slightly to heavily waved but never harsh, kinky or wiry. Moderately soft to silky the hair on the chest, abdomen and legs is well feathered to fully thickly wavy and may be longer than the body hair on most specimens.
Any solid color, Parti color (two or more solid colors one of which must be white)
Tri color (parti color with tan markings over each eye, on the sides of the muzzle/cheeks, on the underside of the ears, on all feet and/or legs and optionally on the chest). The nose and rims of eyes should be one solid color. Brown colored dogs may have liver noses, eye rims, lips, dark toenails and dark amber eyes. Black, blue, gray, cream and white dogs have black noses, eye rims and lips, black or self colored toenails and very dark eyes. In apricots and reds the liver colored nose is acceptable. In parti colored dogs the primary color other than white is used to determine the accepted color of nose.


The cockapoo is a very people oriented, outgoing, and happy dog. The clown like personality appeals to young and old alike. The cockapoo has a keen intelligence any adult can appreciate coupled with a forgiving nature that makes it unparalleled as a children's dog. They are as much at home in an apartment as they are on the biggest farm.


The cockapoo is for the most part a companion dog.

Health Concerns

Knee problems, eye defects, allergies

Additional Information

Be sure to research a breeder well before purchasing a cockapoo.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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