Frequently Asked Questions
The Cockapoo is a hybrid cross breed between the Cocker Spaniel and Miniature Poodle. These dogs stand at 9-15 inches and weigh 6 lbs to 30 lbs. They were bred for the purpose of creating a dog that possesses high intelligence, low to no shedding and hypoallergenic. They are not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club. But they can be registered with the Continental Kennel Club and Various Cockapoo registries.
Names – Cockapoo, Cockerpoo, Spoodle, Cockerdoodle, Cock A Poo
Size – Toy, Miniature and Standard
Life Expectancy – 15 to 18 years, though many can reach 20 years of age
Cost of Ownership – medium
Ease of Ownership – medium
Aggressive Tendency - very low
Amount of Exercise – low
Amount of Grooming – high
Ease of Training – easy
Obedience level - high
Suitable for Children – high
Amount of Care Required - medium
Health Problems – low
A standard cockapoo look has not yet been achieved, as some cockapoos have a higher resemblance to cocker spaniels, while others exhibit more poodle traits. Due to the fact that there is no standard, this creates a range of cockapoo appearances and temperaments. Generally a first generation cockapoo has more of a classic cockapoo look about them, almost Benji looking. Further generations are more apt to take on more of the look of their purebred parents (cocker spaniel or poodle). Further generations are also more apt to have the health issues related to each purebred dog.
Toy – 12 pounds or less
Mini – 13-25 pounds
Standard – 26 pounds or more
Toy: 10 inches or less at shoulder height
Mini: 11 to 15 inches (28 to 35.5 cm)
Standard: 16 inches or higher (38 cm)
Color – typical colors include black, white, buff, cream, apricot, red, chocolate; any of these colors may appear with white markings; other colors are Parti, Sable, Tri-color, Merle, Phantom (usually a black body with brown color on legs, under tail, eyebrows, side of face), and Roan (single white hairs and white patches intermingled with the base color). Visit our Cockapoo Colors page for more information.
Coat – odorless and little-to-no-shedding; wavy hair is not as tightly curled as that of the poodle, nor absolutely straight like some cockers.
Shedding – zero to low
Allergies – no
Causes Allergies – no
The cockapoo has a calm and mellow disposition and an optimistic and enduring nature. Other traits he possesses include loyalty, friendliness, intelligence, good health, sturdiness and stamina. Some breeders believe that the intelligence displayed by cockapoos is a characteristic passed down from their poodle genes (as the poodle has consistently ranked among the world’s smartest dogs) than from the cocker.
Separation Anxiety – medium
Barking tendency – low
Aggressive tendency – low
Compatibility Other Animals – high
Suitable for Children – high
Watchdog suitability – medium
Cockapoos are noted for their positive dispositions and great tolerance for children as they enjoy rough-and-tumble activities. Furthermore, they are recognized for their very understanding nature.
Cockapoos are very receptive of training due to their keen intelligence. They are naturally inquisitive, and they are ready to entertain and perform. Cockapoos are excellent family companions. They enjoy walking, hiking, and travel well. They are very obedient and loving animals.
Despite the fact that hybrids enjoy the best traits of their parent breeds, they are prone to defects too. An untrained and neglected cockapoo may develop undesirable behaviors, such as possessiveness over furniture, constantly begging owners to pet or play with them or refusing to come when called. To prevent these unwanted traits from occurring, your cockapoo requires the appropriate training that helps him behave properly. He must be taught to trust and accept you as his leader. Moreover, they like knowing their place in your family and participating as an active member.
Most house dogs will either take up a neutral or submissive role at home. Owners, however, need to be aware that some dogs are capable of testing their owner’s dominance. A safe method to re-assert control is to get the dominant dog to work for his necessities, e.g. food. The presence of an owner that is a strong leader, plus the clarity of the role the dog has at home, gives it a feeling of greater security.
Obedience – high
The Cockapoo has low exercise demands. As long as he has a small yard where he can run freely, a daily walk and indoor playtime, he will be happy. However a Cockapoo can easily adapt to a larger area and know its place.
Energy – medium
As is the case in most long haired and floppy-eared breeds, the ears, eyes and face hair deserve special notice. Clean the ears and pluck hair growing inside the ear canal regularly. To alleviate any event of tear staining, keep face dry and cleaned daily using a clean damp cloth and tepid water. Cockapoos do require regular, professional grooming. Their coat does grow (as do both purebred parents) and does require regular brushing (weekly) and clipping (about every 6 to 8 weeks).
We feed our puppies and dogs kibble that comes from Costco, the Costco brand. We have compared the ingredients to fine pet store brands and find it is similar to brands that are grain free and 3 times more expensive. We suggest you follow this diet plan for the first week or so after you have brought your Cockapoo home. Following this period, you can slowly change the dog’s diet towards a new plan, which may consist of a good quality dry dog food. When our dogs are aduts we switch them to the turkey meal and sweet potatoe kibble, also a costco food and very highly rated.
Grooming a cockapoo is quite simple, because they really only require basic brushing and combing to maintain a well groomed look. A brushing every few days will suffice however as the coat grows, they will require regular grooming by a professional to trim up their body and face, clean ears, trim toe nails, bath & dry. We tell our groomers, puppy cut the body and a round face with moustache and ears almost the same length, ears slightly longer. We ask them not to cut the crown to short. Sometimes after a first grooming you could end up saying, "What did they do with my dog," unless you really explain. With a new groomer I take a photo and say, "Cut it like this."
Ease of grooming – medium
Amount of grooming by a Professional - About Every 8 weeks
Cockapoos can be bred in different sizes (toy, miniature and standard). The most common cockapoo is the miniature variety, which is 18lbs on average.
First generation Cockapoos will always display the stronger features from their parents. Thus, for example, sometimes dogs will appear a little curlier, while others may have blockier heads. Overall a first generation cockapoo has a good mixture of the two purebred parents. It is in second generation cockapoos that the most number of puppies will resemble either parent breed. With regard to the parents, the cocker has the most laid back attitude towards life as well as the marked ‘sweetness’. Poodles are noted for longevity–as are hybrids–giving the cockapoo a double dose of life expectancy. The poodles also bring the intelligence, low/no shedding and hypoallergenic to the Cockapoo.
The Cockapoo has been popular in the United States since at least the 1950s.
The Cockapoo is still under development. Strictly speaking, the Cockapoo cannot yet be described as a dog breed because it does not ‘breed true’. In breeders’ terms, ‘breeding true’ means that, when two specimens of the same breed are mated, the puppies have consistently predictable characteristics and will resemble their parents, rather than exhibiting random characteristics of the dog breeds in their parents’ ancestries. Furthermore, the breed standards of breeds-under-development are invariably freer, more open to interpretation and cover more observable types than those of established or kennel club recognized breeds.
In fact, because cockapoos are a mixed breed, they may be less susceptible to genetic ailments than purebred dogs. Purebreds are more likely to share similar genetic diseases, whereas mixed breeds, such as the Cockapoo (especially first generation), have greater diversity in their genes and are less likely to inherit two copies of an undesirable recessive gene. Several studies suggest that mixed breed dogs are less prone to genetic illnesses.
Life expectancy – 15 – 18 years or higher
Susceptibility to illness – low
Common health problems – dental problems, heart failure.
Cockapoos are good companions for single owners as well as with families with young children. They are very people-oriented, outgoing and happy dogs.
Thus, for people wanting a low to no-odor and minimal to no-shedding, hypoallergenic, highly intelligent dog that is easy to train and absolutely wonderful for children of all ages, playful and energetic, easy to care for, and is long lived, the cockapoo is an ideal dog.
They adapt well to apartments and homes, but would also be happy living on a farm. They have a moderate activity level and are not meant to be outside dogs. The Cockapoo is a good breed for an apartment or condominium.
Good with Children – The Cockapoo is generally a good dog for children and is patient and loving. Nonetheless children need to be taught how to properly interact with the dog.
Trivia - Many labradoodle breeders breed their labradoodles back to cockapoos in order to get a shorter leg and a more beautiful face as well as a smaller size. Why not just get yourself a cockapoo? They call these doodles: Australian Labradoodles and they cost upwards of $2500.
Parvovirus and your puppy:
Here are very good links regarding parvo. Protect your puppy! Parvo can be carried by cats, racoons, dogs and other animals. Each of these articles also mentions the importance of your puppy remaining on a good worming regimine until it is 3 or 4 mos. old. Puppies get parasites. We have started your pup on one to two rounds of Safeguard (liquid Panacur) and other wormers where indicated. Please continue to protect your puppy.
Why are your puppies the price that they are?
Well, good question. I sat down and figured out how much money and time we have to put in order to offer our particular cockapoo puppies.
1. Our parent dogs cost upwards of $1000 each or more. Many come from champion lines, especially the cockers, or from breeder friends I know who have had these lines for years and still have dogs from 10 or more years back out of those bloodlines. I want to have great dogs to produce even better poos.
2.) Food, Shelter, Grooming, Vet and other supplies. We spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars per month maintaining our dogs in a healthy, happy way. We cannot live in the city and have to commute so that we have proper space for them. This adds expense to both our travel time and living expenses in general.
3.) Our time. My husband and I spend about 6 solid hours per day playing with the dogs and running/exercising them (throwing the ball, tug of war, etc.) and then another couple just cleaning up after them. That's 56 hours per week between the two of us, and that's not counting just hanging out with them in the house, letting them in and out, bathing them, grooming (what I do groom) them, etc. We also pay someone to help us clean so the house and grounds stay clean and sanitary. Then there are the photos - every single week I take usually a few hundred shots, edit them and put them on facebook and the website. Then there are the phone calls, usually about an average of two or three long ones for each puppy, before they are chosen, then the ones after, and the emails, texts, extra pix, etc. And everyone knows we are pretty good about this. We want you to be happy and we go the extra mile to do it. We want our dogs to be in good homes and for it to work out well. Then there is puppy pick up. Per pup with driving that is about 3 hours for each puppy pick up. At least. Sometimes 4 hours. So that is a lot of time for two people who make a living doing something other than puppy raising. Divide that into the price and you can see that yes indeed, we are crazy. It is not a money making situation when you put in the time. We take almost no vacations and rarely have dinner parties, haha. One of us must always be with the dogs and especially when there are puppies in the house. The last 4-8 weeks of their lives is a ton of clean up every day as you will see when you have just one. So if we were smart we would charge more. We are not the highest in the market but we are somewhere between medium and high. For Los Angeles we are reasonable, NY and SanFrancisco are about $1500-1800 per cockapoo from good breeders. That's about the top end. When you spend $400 on a cockapoo you might get lucky and get a good dog or you might not. And one really bad illness will cost you the price of two of my dogs. Feel free to ask us anything about this at any time.
So now you know why we say this is a passion and not really a way to make a living. Many good breeders cannot stay in business because of the expense of and time it takes to do it right.
We do not ship our puppies. You may come and pick them up or arrange for a friend, family member or perhaps one of us to pick up or deliver your puppy. Please don't hesitate to ask, we will try to figure out something that will work.