Cockapoo breed information

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Own a Cockapoo, or welcoming one into the family? Here's everything you need to know about your furry friend, from grooming and exercise to common health problems.

  • Size: Small to medium - this can vary due to being a mixed breed
  • Life span: 13+ years
  • Coat: Curly or wavy
  • Exercise: 1-2 hours a day for adult dogs

Cockapoo personality

An adorable small dog with the personality of a big clown, the Cockapoo was the first 'designer dog' (not a pure dog breed), first appearing on human laps in the 1950s. Devoted to humans, the Cockapoo is clever enough to be easily trained, hardly sheds hair, forgives quickly, and is so affectionate that you'll never feel alone. They just might be the perfect dog!

A cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, the Cockapoo is a smart breed with a scruffy coat and a big heart.

Cockapoos come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some dogs look and behave more like a Cocker Spaniel whereas others inherit more Poodle looks and personality traits. Some dogs may have the curly coat of a Poodle and others could have much straighter and longer hair because they inherited more of a Spaniel's coat, so it really does depend on the luck of the draw as to how a puppy Cockapoo turns out.

Cockapoo dog

Common health problems and illnesses

Ear infections

Cockapoos have big, droopy ears, just like their Cocker Spaniel ancestors. This can restrict the flow of air in the dog's ears, which can lead to an infection. Make a point of cleaning out a Cockapoo's ears frequently, and check for signs of redness, itchiness, and tenderness, which are common symptoms of any infection.



Allergies are a common ailment in dogs, and the Cockapoo is no exception. There are three main types of allergies: food allergies, which are treated by eliminating certain foods from the dog's diet; contact allergies, which are caused by a reaction to a topical substance such as bedding, flea powders, dog shampoos, and other chemicals; and inhalant allergies, which are caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, and mildew. Treatment varies according to the cause and may include dietary restrictions, medications, and environmental changes


Gastrointestinal disorders

Cockapoos, like all dogs, can suffer from problems affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract is a long, winding tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus, with various twists and turns along the way. Conditions such as gastroenteritis or an obstruction within the bowel (due to the dog eating stones, cloth or string, for example) commonly cause vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Treatment depends on the exact cause, but prompt intervention usually results in a full recovery.

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