Dog breeds: the Cockapoo dog temperament and personality

Dog breeds: the Cockapoo dog temperament and personality

The Cockapoo dog

The pioneer of “designer dogs”, the Cockapoo dog is the result of the crossing between the Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. The idea was to obtain the best of both breeds and eliminate the worst. But genetics is tricky and this mixed dog can inherit a variety of traits from both, not only the desired ones. 


This hybrid breed was designed in the 1960s and became very popular. Their origin is probably accidental but they were welcome and the breed line started. One sector of lovers of this adorable dog have made efforts to make this a purebred but others prefer the Cocker/Poodle cross type. Cockapoo clubs are not affiliated due to these different philosophies.  

However, due to their popularity, there is a chance that the Cockapoo dog can become more than a “designer dog” in the future.

Physical characteristics

These dogs inherited the low-shedding characteristics of the Poodle. They have a long coat that comes in curls or straight. They come in a wide range of colors that include black, buff, sable, and multi-colored.  

The Cockapoo dog comes in a variety of sizes:

  • Teacup Toy Cockapoos – Below 10 inches and less than 6 pounds.
  • Toy Cockapoos – Below 10 inches but around 12 pounds in weight. 
  • Miniature Cockapoos – 11 to 14 inches and 13-18 pounds.
  • Standard Cockapoos (Maxis) – 15 inches or taller and 19 pounds.


The Cockapoo dog inherited the loving and outgoing personality of the Poodle. They love to be around people which makes them an excellent companion dog. He is intelligent like the Poodle and has the disposition of the Cocker. They can be very active but can also just snuggle up in a couch. 

Caring for a Cockapoo dog

You must invest time playing with this dog since he is very active. He can suffer separation anxiety if left alone for a too long time. They should not be kept in kennels since they were developed to be companion dogs. They can easily adapt to apartment living. He requires daily brushing and clipping from time to time. 


This is an intelligent and eager to please dog, therefore, training should not be hard. Start training and socialization early and use positive reinforcement. However, consider that this is a mixed breed and it can come with unexpected personalities. This means that while some are really easy to train, some others might require some patience. 

Fun facts

  • They are not heavy barkers. They will bark when they see a stranger approaching
  • These non-shedding dogs make excellent companions for allergic people.

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