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A Cockapoo can be the result of either the American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle. They have
been known in the United States since the 1950s.
Due to their popularity, Cockapoos are one of the mixed breed dogs most susceptible to be bred by puppy farms or unscrupulous amateur breeders
looking to maximize profit. Potential owners should carefully research where they are purchasing their puppy from in order not to support this industry.
Smaller dogs tend to be quite long-lived, and hence it is not unusual for Cockapoos to have a lifespan of 14–18 years.
Purebred Poodles and Cocker Spaniels can suffer from luxating patellas (loose knees), and this may be passed on to their offspring. An OFA
(Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) exam is therefore recommended to check for this problem before dogs are bred.
Purebred Poodles and Cocker Spaniels can also suffer from a number of eye disorders, including progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). A CERF (Canine
Eye Registration Foundation) exam and DNA test for PRA should, therefore, be performed before breeding.
Like many floppy-eared breeds, Cockapoos can be subject to ear infections, and it is important to keep their ears clean and dry.
Cockapoos have become popular because they generally combine the outgoing, loving personality of the Cocker Spaniel with the low-shedding, low-
dander qualities of the Poodle. Cockapoos are active and thrive when they receive regular exercise. Cockapoos can be very agile, excelling at
"retrieve" games and enjoying activities such as swimming. Cockapoos are frequently very needy dogs and as such are not suitable to be left alone for
long periods as they frequently suffer from separation distress or anxiety.
The Cockapoo is a cross-breed, not a purebred, and does not "breed true." In breeders' terms, "breeding true" means that the pups will have
consistently predictable characteristics. Cockapoos, however, may inherit the characteristics of either or both their parent breeds. While some
Cockapoos appear more similar to Cocker Spaniels, others will exhibit more Poodle traits, creating a variation in Cockapoo appearance and
They are very noble and playful
Cockapoos vary in color.They may be:
Black With Spots
Tan, beige, or buff
Red, including auburn and apricot colors
Brown, varying from light to dark
Sable, a brown color with tipping and shading in black
Merle (commonly blue, brown, shades mixed with white or cream)
Beige with brown and grey markings
Cockapoos can be one solid color or can have complex markings. They can be white with patches of any color. They can also have spots or freckles of
color, called ticking.
Cockapoos are often active and agile.
Cockapoos may also have a merle coat, where random portions are diluted to create a mottled appearance.
The coat of the Cockapoo will vary from dog to dog. Most will have a coat somewhere between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. However, some will
have a coat more similar to the sleeker coat of the Cocker Spaniel, while others may have a curlier coat like a Poodle. Although the coat is usually low-
shedding, it grows quickly and requires frequent grooming and clipping in order to prevent matting, as the long, wavy coat will retain dirt and debris.
Size and weight
Cockapoo size and weight are a function of what type of dogs the parents were. Breeders usually use a Toy or Miniature Poodle as the Poodle parent.
The following table describes the weights, and heights of Toy Poodles, Miniature Poodles, Cocker Spaniels and Cockapoos, using AKC standards and
Breed Average Height Average Weight
Toy Poodle 10 inches (25 cm) or less 7 to 10 pounds (3.2 to 4.5 kg)
Miniature Poodle 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 cm) 15 to 17 pounds (6.8 to 7.7 kg)
Cocker Spaniel 14 to 17 inches (36 to 43 cm) 25 to 34 pounds (11 to 15 kg)
Cockapoo 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 cm) 12 to 24 pounds (5.4 to 10.9 kg)
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