VCA North Portland Veterinary Hospital


Basic Cockapoo Information

  • Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
  • Height: 10 - 18 inches
  • Weight: 15 - 22 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Cockapoos

Cockapoo Traits

  • Joggin Partner
  • Lap Dog
  • Good with Children
  • Warm Weather
  • Cold Weather
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Ease of Training

Cockapoo History

  • In the 1940s, both Cocker spaniels and poodles were among the most popular breeds in America. It was inevitable that individuals from the two breeds mate. As the progeny from these litters proved themselves to be attractive and amiable companions, more people decided to purposefully mate Cocker spaniels and poodles. The first record of Cockapoos dates to the 1950s.
  • By the 1960s, Cockapoos had developed a following and many people went out of their way to add a Cockapoo to their family in preference to a purebred dog.
  • Most Cockapoos are the result of breeding an American Cocker spaniel to a poodle. Those from English Cocker spaniels are called English Cockapoos.
  • The Poodle parent is usually a miniature or toy variety, seldom standard.
  • The Cockapoo Club of America was founded in 1998. Another club, the American Cockapoo Club, also registers Cockapoos. With the popularity of designer hybrid dogs in the 2000s, the Cockapoo has found a new group of admirers.
  • The Cockapoo does not meet the AKC's criteria for recognition because they are not a pure breed. However, they are more popular than many of AKC's rarer breeds.

Cockapoo Behavior Concerns

  • Makes an exuberant and entertaining companion.
  • Usually very good with children.
  • A happy dog, not easily bothered by things.
  • Eager to please and quick to learn, but can be overly excitable and easily distracted.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food and games.
  • Outgoing toward strangers.
  • Gets along well with other pets and dogs.
  • Enjoys retrieving.
  • Usually enjoys swimming.
  • Some bark a lot.

Cockapoo Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a fairly calm housedog if given adequate exercise.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk, jog, or energetic games.
  • A good candidate for dog parks.
  • Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.

Cockapoo Grooming

  • Coat is fairly long and wavy; silkier than a poodle's coat.
  • The coat needs brushing and combing two to three times a week to prevent mats.
  • Professional grooming and clipping is required about every six weeks.
  • Special attention should be paid to keeping the eyes clean and clear of stray hairs.
  • The ears must be checked weekly for problems.
  • Shedding is below average.
  • Although no breed is non-allergenic, the Cockapoo may cause fewer allergies in people compared to other breeds.

Suggested Cockapoo Nutritional Needs

  • Cockapoos have a tendency to become overweight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Puppies should be fed a balanced a puppy food.

Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency, please contact us immediately. When we are closed, you should call or go to one of the following emergency veterinary hospitals:

Dove Lewis - 503-228-7281
1945 NW Pettygrove
Portland, OR 97209

Columbia River Veterinary Specialists - 360-694-3007
607 NE 84th Street, Suite 109
Vancouver, WA 98665

VCA NorthWest Veterinary Specialists - 503-656-3999
16756 SE 82nd Drive
Clackamas, OR 97015