Size: The Cockapoo can come in a wide variety of sizes depending on the Poodle breed used. The Teacup Cockapoo (a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and Teacup Poodle) weighs 2-5 lbs (1-2 kg), the Toy Cockapoo weighs 5-12 lbs (2-5 kg), the Miniature Cockapoo weighs 12-20 lbs (5-9 kg), and the rare Standard Cockapoo weighs 20-65 lbs (9-29 kg). The Miniature Cockapoo is most common, with a shoulder height of 14-15 in (35-38 cm). Most have large, dark brown eyes and dark noses. Cockapoos may have docked tails.
Coat: The Cockapoo has a coat which combines aspects of the Poodle and Cocker Spaniel coats. It may be very curly, flat, or anywhere in between. The Cockapoo can be a wide variety of colors such as white, cream, tan, or a mix thereof. A variety of coat colors and textures can appear in the same litter.
Character: The Cockapoo is known for its pleasant temperament, loyalty and patience. Cockapoos are outgoing and eager for human companionship and attention. The Cockapoo will grow unhappy if it is left alone too often.
Temperament: The Cockapoo's kind disposition makes it an ideal family pet. The Cockapoo is gentle and loving with children and enjoys the company of all living things, including other dogs and pets.
Care: Cockapoos do not shed much, however the coat does require extensive grooming. Like other hybrids, Cockapoos tend to have fewer health problems than most purebreds (known as ‘hybrid vigor’). Potential health problems are hip dysplasia (malformed hip joint which can cause lameness or arthritis), luxating patella (dislocated knee), ear infections, and eye problems such as PRA and cataracts.
Training: The Chi Poo is intelligent and eager to please, making it easily trained. A gentle approach is recommended.Cockapoos are intelligent and eager to please, which usually makes training a simple procedure. A consistent but not overly firm approach is required. House training the Cockapoo may be difficult.
Activity: The Cockapoo has low exercise demands. A small yard where it can run freely and an occasional walk, in addition to its indoor antics, will keep it happy. The Cockapoo is a good breed for an apartment or condominium.