Cockapoo Dog Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

Looking for information about cockapoos? While their name might sound a bit funny, these cuddly pups have a lot to give in the fun pup department.

Cockapoos come in three sizes, the toy, the mini, and the standard, ranging from less than 11 lbs for a toy and up to 21 for a standard.

No matter what size you end up getting, this breed packs a whole lotta energy and love into one puppy. Perfect for any dog lover!

Below you’ll find out some fun facts, like where they originate from to different names to call them, to how to care for your new pet! Enjoy!

Table of Contents

Origin of Cockapoos

Different names


Appearance and Characteristics

Personality and Temperament

How to take care of your Cockapoo

Things to consider

Origin of Cockapoos

Cockapoos are considered designer dogs and date back to the 1960s. They are a cross breed between a cocker spaniel and poodle. Other names they are known by are the cockapoodle, cockerpoo, or cock-a-poo.

The first cockapoo organization is the Cockapoo Club of America and was founded by mary d foley in 1998.  There are currently three US-based clubs working to standardize Cockapoo breeding: The Cockapoo Club of America and North American Cockapoo Registry, both founded in 1999, and the American Cockapoo Club, formed in 2004.

We’ll go over a few basics of the two breeds that make up the cockapoo.

First up is the cocker spaniel.  They originally came from the united kingdom as hunting dogs.  There is the English and American cocker spaniel. They are very sweet dogs, smart and full of energy.  There is no definite answer to where the poodle originates from but they believe they come from either the old french barbet breed or from Germany. The poodle is an elegant, active, intelligent dog. Mix the two and you’ve got yourself a Cockapoo!

Different names

  • American Cockapoo
  • Cockadoodle
  • Cock-A-Poo
  • Cockerdoodle
  • Cock A Poo
  • Cockerpoo
  • Spoodle
  • Recognized Names:
  • American Canine Hybrid Club – Cock-A-Poo
  • Designer Breed Registry – Cock A Poo
  • International Designer Canine Registry – Cockapoo
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club – Cock-A-Poo


  • American Cockapoo Club – ACC
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club – DKC
  • American Canine Hybrid Club – ACHC
  • Cockapoo Club of America – CCA
  • International Designer Canine Registry – IDCR
  • Cockapoo Club of GBD -CCGB
  • Dog Registry of America, Inc – DRA
  • North American Cockapoo Registry – NACR
  • Designer Breed Registry – DBR

Characteristics and appearance

Cockapoos fur is straight to super curly and everything in between. Their eyes are big brown puppy eyes. So sweet.  They come in toy size (very small) to standard (weighing up to 21 lbs) so still on the small size of dogs but much bitter than the toy size (less than 11 lbs). This breed is fantastic for children and older people as they are patient and very kind.  They are a very social dog, playful and have lots of energy as well so playing with children is one of their specialties 🙂

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Personality and Temperament

As stated above, the personality of a cockapoo is great for children and adults alike! They are kind, energetic, and trusting. They love people and generally other pets you may have.  The cockapoo is easy to train which should help in getting rid of their pesky habit of barking. They can be trained quickly, however, as quick as they are to pick up on good habits, they are just as quick to pick up bad habits. On a positive note, they are low shedding making cleaning up after them a breeze.

Taking care of your pet

Cockapoos can eat dry dog food or a raw food plan.  They like to eat so be careful to feed them the recommended 2%-3% of the dog’s total body weight. It is best to have some space for your pet but they don’t require too much making it easy to live in any size home. As long as they have some space to run around a bit and to play, they’ll be happy and fit. With that, expect them to live 14-18 years. Make sure to bath at least once a month and brush their coat often, recommended 1-3x week.

Things to consider when adopting a Cockapoo

Do you have time to take care of your new pet? They need attention and care.

Are you able to take your puppy on outings? Going on quick walks is a great way to get some energy out.

Do you have sufficient finances to care for your puppy? Insurance costs, food, grooming, etc.

In conclusion, cockapoos make fantastic pets. Because of the positive traits from both the cocker spaniel and the poodle that they inherit, they make great companions for anyone. So cute and cuddly, easy to train, and full of energy.  Make sure to choose a size you love (mine would be a toy size!). They are great with persons of all ages once trained and an added bonus is they don’t shed much. Whoop whoop! So if you’re looking for a great, friendly dog, a cockapoo is for you!