10 Incredible Cockapoo Facts

Written by Jennifer Gaeng
Updated: August 13, 2023
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Cockapoos are popular pets for many people. Like most animal hybrids, Cockapoos can vary widely in size and appearance. Coats come in various colors and patterns; their hair can be styled straight, wavy, or curly. If a dog weighs less than 12 pounds (5.4 kg), it is considered a toy Cockapoo; if it weighs from 13 to 18 pounds (5.9 and 8.2 kg), it is regarded as a tiny Cockapoo; and if it weighs more than 19 pounds (8.2 kg), it is considered a normal Cockapoo (8.6 kg). Some Cockapoos have more low-key personalities, while others need to be more active.

This is our top 10 list of great Cockapoo facts!

Want to learn more? Here are 10 incredible Cockapoo facts!

1. Cockapoos are Hypoallergenic

black cockapoo standing

Cockapoos do very little barking.

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Even though no dog is hypoallergenic, cockapoos are the best choice for people with allergies due to their low dander and hair shedding. The world’s allergy sufferers may have found their salvation in hypoallergenic dogs. Cockapoos and cavapoos have little hair loss and even less dander, which helps keep the house cleaner.

2. They Can Sometimes Be Confused For Cavapoos

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Socialized cockapoos are gentle and friendly with children.

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Cavapoos, the offspring of poodles and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, look virtually identical to their parent breeds despite their hybrid origins. The cockapoo differs from the Cavapoo in appearance by having a larger muzzle and being taller. Both dogs are smart because of their poodle lineage, but the Cavapoo is known to be a faster learner. Cockapoos, especially puppies, have a shorter duration of attention than either Poodles or Yorkies, and they are a more active and hyper breed.

3. They’re Healthier Than Their Purebred Counterparts

Cockapoo females excellent cute breed dogs.

Cockapoos are said to not share some genetic disorders from their parent breeds.


Breeders claim that the cockapoo is generally healthier than the poodle and the cocker spaniel since it does not share the common genetic disorders of either parent breed. Cockapoos are said to have hybrid vitality since they benefit from the greatest qualities of both their parent breeds. Your Goldendoodle can have a long, healthy life with the right diet and exercise routine.

4. Cockapoos are Known For Their Affectionate Nature

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Cockapoos are known for their propensity for attachment.


If you want a small, smart, affectionate, and dependable dog for your family, consider adopting a Cockapoo. Read on to learn more about these cute little dogs and whether they would be a good match for your family and routine.

You can’t remain down for long when surrounded by these happy animals. There’s no denying that the cockapoo’s most recognizable trait is its propensity for attachment; therefore, you shouldn’t be surprised if you have a similar disposition. If you give them the love and attention they need, they will love you forever.

5. Cockapoo’s Come in a Variety Of Colors

Cute two month old Cockapoo puppy caught eating grass in the garden, looking at the camera, selective focus on the eyes.

Cockapoos come in a variety of colors!

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Cockapoos typically have long, unruly coats that must be brushed out daily. Any number of color combinations are possible for their coats, including red, chocolate, blue, black, white, and cream. Their floppy ears, which are characteristic of the cocker spaniel, serve to complement their cute appearance.

6. Cockapoos Make Fantastic Companion Dogs

tan cockapoo standing in the grass

Due to their kind nature and intelligence, cockapoos make great service and companion animals.


Cockapoos are people-loving pets that thrive when they’re near their families and the spotlight. They can easily adapt to new situations and like meeting people of different ages. Due to their kind nature and intelligence, cockapoos make great service and companion animals. They may be taught to alert the deaf to sounds and make wonderful therapy dogs for the elderly, young children, and the chronically ill.

7. They Were First Bred in the United States

Sable brown and tan 8 week old cockapoo puppy relaxing and playing in the garden. Puppy teething and chewing on a small ball on the grass. Little puppy milk teeth. Happy puppy playing in backyard.

Cockapoos have been bred since the 1960s.


Designer dog breeders in the United States developed the cockapoo intending to produce a high-quality family pet that, thanks to hybrid vigor, would be free of many of the health problems seen in either of its parent breeds. Poodles and Cocker Spaniels have been deliberately mixed in the United States since the 1960s.

8. Cockapoos Don’t Smell

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Cockapoos need to be brushed once a week to maintain a soft coat.

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As dogs go, cockapoos don’t have much of an odor. If you notice cockapoo odor, a dirty coat, and wax accumulation in the ears are likely culprits. Fortunately, there are easy solutions to both problems. If you brush and bathe your dog regularly, he won’t leave any lingering doggie odors about the house.

9. Cockapoos are Long-Lived

Close up portrait of a chocolate roan Cockapoo dog

Cockapoos are one of the longest-living breeds of dogs!


The average Cockapoo lifespan is at around 15 years, as reported by the American Cockapoo Club. This is typical for dogs of this size category, and a healthy cockapoo may live up to 16+ years!

10. They are Very Intelligent and Eager To Learn

A Cockapoo’s capabilities extend much beyond the basics of “sit,” “down,” and “stay.”


Cockapoos are incredibly bright and easy to train, and they take after their poodle ancestors in being mischievous little tricksters. Because of the working and hunting dog traits passed down from both parents, cockapoos need a lot of exercise to avoid becoming bored. These dogs love doing tricks and thrive when given more complex routines to complete. A Cockapoo’s capabilities extend much beyond the basics of “sit,” “down,” and “stay.”

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About the Author

Jennifer Gaeng is a writer at A-Z-Animals focused on animals, lakes, and fishing. With over 15 years of collective experience in writing and researching, Jennifer has honed her skills in various niches, including nature, animals, family care, and self-care. Hailing from Missouri, Jennifer finds inspiration in spending quality time with her loved ones. Her creative spirit extends beyond her writing endeavors, as she finds joy in the art of drawing and immersing herself in the beauty of nature.

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