Cockapoos are popular “designer dogs”.
These energetic and social dogs are the result of breeding between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.
The first members of this mixed breed were created in the 1960s but their popularity has exploded over the past couple of decades.
Cockapoos are one of the most common hybrid dogs, proving popular due to their hypoallergenic qualities.
However, they’re also regularly bred at puppy farms so you have to be extremely careful and responsible when you’re searching for a Cockapoo pup.
You should also request to meet the parents of the puppy, ask to see proof of health and vet checks, as well as ask the breeder lots of questions.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at the average Cockapoo price and things to consider when you’re searching for a puppy.
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What is a Cockapoo?
Cockapoo is a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.
Usually dubbed designer dogs, Cockapoos have become increasingly common and popular over the past couple of decades.
Having started in the 1960s, these dogs are famed for their hypoallergenic qualities with low shedding.
Although they’re best-known as Cockapoos, this mix can also go by the following names: Cockapoodle or Cock-a-Poo.
Cockapoos can vary in size and weight depending on the size of their parents. Usually, Cockapoos have a miniature or toy Poodle parent.
There are four Cockapoo sizes: Teacup toy (under 10 inches in height, weigh less than 6 pounds), the Toy (up to 10 inches, weigh under 12 pounds), the Miniature (11 to 14 inches tall, weigh between 13 and 18 inches) and the Standard or Maxi (at least 15 inches, weigh more than 19 pounds).
Cockapoos can come in a wide range of colors. These include black and white, chocolate, apricot, red, black sable, tri sable, red sable, chocolate sable, phantom, merle and roan. Generally, the rarer the color, the higher the price.
There are several variations of Cockapoo that you will encounter online or social media. You’ll often spot F1, F2, F3 or F1b beside a Cockapoo’s name. This isn’t a reference to motorsport.
F1 denotes the first cross between any Cocker Spaniel and a toy or miniature Poodles.
F2 symbolizes the cross breeding of two F1 Cockapoos. F3 would recognise breeding between two F2 Cockapoos.
Sometimes you’ll spot the letter ‘b’ in a Cockapoo’s title. This occurs when a F1 Cockapoo is bred back to a Cocker Spaniel or Poodle to create F1b Cockapoo.
Cockapoos can vary in price depending on color and size. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay between $1200 and $1800 (or £900 and £1400 in the UK) for a Cockapoo puppy.
Some breeders could charge more or less depending on the various colors, size or the pup’s lineage.
So you could end up spending more on a F1 Cockapoo than a F1b Cockapoo – or vice versa.
Cockapoo breeders and puppies
So you’ve decided a Cockapoo is the right dog for you. The first step is to listen to word of mouth or personal recommendations. Alternatively, if you’ve followed a specific Cockapoo for a long time on social media, you could ask the owner where they got their four-legged companion. Having said that, you should still do a lot of research even if you do get a good recommendation.
We strongly advise against buying a puppy at a pet store, online or through a third party dealer. Cockapoos are a common variety of dog bred on puppy farms. So avoid or proceed with caution if you see Cockapoo puppies advertised on general puppy websites.
The Cockapoo Owners Club of the UK offer the following simple advice:
The most important thing of all TRUST YOUR GUT INSTINCTS, if you feel unsure, walk away and find a breeder you can trust 100%.
The Cockapoo Club GB are a great resource for further information when it comes to buying a Cockapoo puppy. Here’s what they suggest for those looking to add a Cockapoo pup to their family:
The most important requirement is that the breeder genuinely cares for the health and welfare of both their puppies and their breeding dogs and follows good breeding practices. Here at the Cockapoo Club of Great Britain we believe health testing is essential to ensure your puppy does not inherit certain genetic conditions that can exist in Cocker Spaniels and Poodles.
Most breeders will ask potential buyers to fill out an extensive questionnaire and place a deposit to be put on their waiting list for a puppy.
If you don’t want a puppy and you’re looking for a young adult or senior dog, you can also check Cockapoo rescues to see whether any dogs need to be rehomed.
Both the USA and the UK have Cockapoo rescue organisations that you can check out:
Cockapoo puppy costs
While there’s the initial investment in a Cockapoo, there are other considerations to consider in their first year. You’ll need to ensure they get all their vaccinations and boosters. Most dog owners will look to get their dog microchipped, while you may prefer to neuter or spay your Cockapoo. This can result in mounting vet costs.
Some Cockapoo breeders will insert a clause into your puppy contract that requires pet parents to insure their new arrival.
This could cost anywhere between $30 and $70 depending on the pet insurance company you decide to use.
Here’s our ultimate guide to pet insurance if you need help deciding.
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Cockapoos are active and energetic dogs that have relatively big appetites. You’ll need to factor into your budget the cost of feeding your Cockapoo.
You’ve got a variety of different options to choose from, including dry food, wet food or a raw diet.
In our experience, we recommend a dog food delivery company after seeing the positive impact they’ve had on the lives of our dogs at helloBARK! HQ.
You can check out our complete guide to dog food delivery companies here.
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While Cockapoos are generally considered a hypoallergenic breed, little-to-no shedding doesn’t translate to no grooming.
These dogs will require a regular trim to prevent their hair growing into their eyes and their beards becoming too long.
Usually Cockapoo owners will keep their coats cut short to 2 to 3 cm.
While you may feel comfortable doing this yourself, you may want to hire the services of a professional groomer.
Cockapoo life expectancy
As the saying goes, a dog isn’t for Christmas but for life.
You can expect your Cockapoo to cost you a sizeable sum throughout the life with you.
Cockapoos have an average lifespan of 14 to 18 years.
Anything else to consider?
Here’s the Cockapoo Owners Club of UK with some final advice for you:
Don’t be rushed or pressured into choosing, paying a deposit or buying a puppy on the day. Don’t fall for gimmicks and marketing ploys such as rare colours.
So we’ve reached the end of our feature on Cockapoo price.
You can expect to pay between $1200 and $1800 (or £900 and £1400 in the UK) for a Cockapoo puppy.
However, the costs don’t end there as you’ll have to think about pet insurance, dog food, grooming and visits to the vet.