If you’re thinking of adding a Cockapoo to your family, one of the first things you’ll want to consider is what size dog do you want? Cockapoos are great dogs for a variety of families and are very popular dogs for a reason! This designer dog breed is active and loving and comes in four size categories: Teacup, Toy, Miniature, and Standard. No matter what your lifestyle or living situation, there is a Cockapoo that is perfect for you.
In this comprehensive Cockapoo size guide, we’ll take a look at the common sizes and give you an idea of what to expect in terms of height and weight. Including a weight guide to help you gauge where they will end up. Plus, we’ve got some tips on how to choose the right size Cockapoo for your family. So if you’re curious about Cockapoo size, keep reading!
Cockapoos can be categorized into Four Different Sizes:
Teacup Cockapoos are usually an F1b second-generation Cockapoo and are produced by breeding an F1 Toy Cockapoo with a Teacup Poodle. As a result, they are the smallest of the Cockapoo bunch and typically weigh in at a teeny tiny 4 to 6 pounds!
They are a similar height to a Chihuahua standing at around 6 to 8 inches tall.
Be cautious of the teacup size. The American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize the Teacup Poodle as a purebred dog – mainly due to the many health issues they can get. The American Cockapoo Club also does not recognize them which is a red flag!
Many of these dogs are selectively bred by Cockapoo breeders for their pint-size rather than their overall health status. This can result in inherited health problems such as hydrocephaly, portosystemic shunts, and fragile bones.
If you want a lap dog then you may want to consider a Toy Cockapoo. These designer dogs are smaller than average and can be either:
- An F1 (Cocker spaniel parent crossed with a Toy Poodle) or
- F1b mixed breed (an F1 Cockapoo bred with a toy poodle)
They are often a result of an F1 cross (that is, a Cockapoo bred with a Toy Poodle) as they are consistently small in size.
Toy Cockapoos are generally healthier than their Teacup cousins as Toy Poodles are generally healthy dogs. Toy Poodles are also recognized by the AKC
They typically weigh between 6 and 12 pounds (3-5 kg) and stand between 8 and 10 inches (25-36 cm) tall at the shoulder.
Next up in size is the Mini Cockapoo, which is the most common type of Cockapoo. They are a small dog that can be produced from the below crosses:
- A First generation mini Cockapoo is produced from a Miniature Poodle crossed with an American Cocker Spaniel or an English Cocker Spaniel.
- An F1b (first generation) doodle bred from a miniature Cockapoo and a Miniature Poodle will give a more consistent small size.
- An F2 (second generation) doodle bred from two miniature Cockapoos
These crossbreeds stand between 11-14 inches (35-40 cm) and weigh in between 12-20 pounds (6-9 kg).
Standard Cockapoos (Maxi Cockapoo)
Last but not least we have standard Cockapoos which are the largest of the Cockapoos but are still only classed as medium-sized dogs.
- A First generation Standard Cockapoo is produced from a Standard purebred Poodle crossed with a Cocker Spaniel
- An F1b (first generation) doodle bred from a Standard Cockapoo and a Standard Poodle. This will give the most consistent larger size
- An F2 (second generation) doodle bred from two standard Cockapoos
These larger Cockapoos typically weigh between 19 and 40 pounds (11-18.1 kg) and stand between 15 and 20 inches (41-51 cm) tall at the shoulder. Standard cockapoos are the least common type of Cockapoo around. Probably because people prefer the compact size and portability of the toy and miniature rather than a larger dog.
Cockapoo Size Chart
The following chart shows the average size of Cockapoos at different stages of life. All Cockapoos reach their full adult size by 12 months of age.
What is the average cockapoo size and how much do they weigh?
The average Cockapoo size is between 10 and 18 pounds and is classed as a small breed dog. However, some Cockapoos can weigh up to 40 pounds if they take after their Standard Poodle parent in an F1b cross.
How big do cockapoos get as adults and what’s the maximum size they can reach?
Cockapoos can grow to be anywhere between 10 and 20 inches tall at the shoulder. The maximum size for this breed is 20 inches. However, most Cockapoos will fall somewhere in the middle range of 12-14 inches. As for weight, Cockapoos can range from 10 pounds all the way up to 40 pounds.
What factors can affect a cockapoo’s size: How to get a bigger Cockapoo
1. Pick the right parents
If you want a bigger Cockapoo, make sure to pick parent dogs that are on the larger side. The biggest cross will be from a Standard Poodle bred with a Standard Cockapoo.
2. Choose a male dog
Male dogs tend to be larger than females by a few pounds and an inch or two, so this is something to keep in mind if the size is a priority for you.
Gender as A Factor of Size Variation:
As we all know, males are generally larger than females. The average male cockapoo weighs between 10 and 30 pounds (4.5 and 13.6 kg) and the female weighs between 8 and 25 pounds (3.6 and 11.3 kg).
3. Check the genetics
Some Cockapoos are bred to be miniaturized, so it’s important to ask about the size of the parents and grandparents before making your purchase.
Genetics as A Factor of Size Variation:
As we said before, the size of these hybrid dogs will depend on the genetics of the parents. If you want a bigger cockapoo, make sure that the parents are also on the larger side. You can achieve this by asking around or contacting the breeder beforehand.
4. Provide adequate nutrition
A healthy diet is essential for all dogs, but it can be especially helpful in promoting growth for puppies. Make sure your pup is getting enough calories and nutrients to support their growth Make sure to also choose a high-quality diet.
How large should you expect your pup to be when you bring them home?
When you first bring your cockapoo home, you can expect it to be about 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) tall and 2-5 pounds (0.9-2.3 kg). Of course, there is some variation among individual dogs, so your pup may be slightly larger or smaller than this. However, this is a good general range to expect.
How Much Growth Can You Expect During Their First Year Of Life?
During their first year of life, cockapoos can grow quite a bit. They will typically gain about 5-10 inches (12.7-25.4 cm) in height and double their weight. Of course, there is some variation among individual dogs, so your pup may grow slightly more or less than this. However, this is a good general range to expect.
Toy and miniature adult Cockapoos will reach their full height at 12 months of age. Standards may take longer – around 14 months to reach their full height. As a general rule – the bigger you grow the longer it takes!
Cockapoo Health And Diseases
Cockapoos are generally a healthy breed of dog, but like all designer breeds, they can be susceptible to certain health conditions. Some of the most common health problems seen in this gorgeous popular dog include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and von Willebrand’s disease.
1. Hip Dysplasia:
Hip dysplasia is a condition that can affect the hip joints of dogs. It occurs when the hip joint does not develop properly, which can lead to pain and lameness. Cockapoos are particularly susceptible to this condition, so it’s important to have your pup checked by a veterinarian if you notice any signs of hip problems.
2. Patellar Luxation:
Patellar luxation is a condition that affects the kneecap. It occurs when the kneecap is dislocated from its proper position. This can cause pain and lameness. Cockapoos are particularly susceptible to this condition, so it’s important to have your pup checked by a veterinarian if you notice any signs of knee problems.
3. Von Willebrand’s Disease:
Von Willebrand’s disease is a condition that affects the blood. It occurs when there is a deficiency of the protein von Willebrand factor, which is necessary for proper blood clotting. This can cause excessive bleeding during surgery or after an injury. Cockapoos are particularly susceptible to this condition, so it’s important to have your pup checked by a veterinarian if you notice any signs of excessive bleeding.
4. Other Health Problems:
Cockapoos can also be affected by other health problems, such as allergies, ear infections, liver disease and eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). If you notice any signs of these or other health problems, it’s important to have your pup checked by a veterinarian.
Is there a size of Cockapoo that is more prone to health issues?
Yes – the teacup Cockapoo is more prone to health issues such as hypoglycemia, hydrocephaly, liver shunts, and luxating patella. They are also more prone to injury due to their small size.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is a Cockapoo a small or medium dog?
A: Cockapoos are considered small breed dogs. However, some Cockapoos can weigh up to 40 pounds if they take after their Standard Poodle parent in an F1b cross.
Q: What factors can affect a Cockapoo’s size?
A: Some of the factors that can affect a Cockapoo’s size include gender, genetics, and nutrition.
Q: Are Cockapoos bigger than cocker spaniels?
A: No, Cockapoos tend to be smaller than Cocker Spaniels. However, there is some variation among individual dogs.
Q: What is the maximum size for a Cockapoo?
A: The maximum size for this breed is 20 inches, however, most Cockapoos will fall somewhere in the middle range of 12-14 inches. As for weight, Cockapoos can range from 10 pounds all the way up to 40 pounds.
Q: What is the difference between a Cockapoo and a Cavapoo?
A: The main difference between a Cockapoo and a Cavapoo is that Cockapoos are bred from a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, while Cavapoos are bred from a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. As such, Cockapoos tend to be slightly larger than Cavapoos. Their temperaments are very similar but Cavapoo’s are slightly less active.
Q: Do all cockapoos grow to the same size or are there variations among different breeds of this dog breed mix?
A: No, all Cockapoos do not grow to the same size. There is significant variation in size among different types of Cockapoos. For example, Toy Cockapoos tend to be on the smaller side, while Standard Cockapoos tend to be on the larger side. Additionally, some Cockapoos are bred to be miniaturized and will stay small even when fully grown. Refer to the four size categories above.
Q: Is there a Cockapoo size that sheds less?
A: There is no definitive answer to this question. Some Cockapoos may shed less than others, but it is not possible to predict which Cockapoos will be low shedders. There is no correlation between how much your cockapoo will shed and their size.
If you are concerned about shedding, you may want to consider a F1b Cockapoo cross which is 75% Poodle.
Alternatively, the lowest shedding cross is an F1bb cross which is an F1b crossed with a purebred Poodle. This ends up being 85% Poodle and 15% Cocker Spaniel so has the lowest likelihood of shedding.
Q: Is there a Cockapoo size that lives longer?
A: Generally speaking, small and medium dogs live the longest lives approximately 14-16 years. The good news is that none of the Cockapoos are classified as large breeds (over 50 pounds). So you can expect them to live a good long life if they are healthy.
Now that you know all about Cockapoo size, you can be prepared for how big your pup will get as they grow. Be sure to provide them with plenty of nutritious food and exercise to help them reach their full potential. Do you have any questions about Cockapoo size or growth? Let us know in the comments below!
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Dr. Elly has always loved animals, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. After studying hard in veterinary school, she practiced in several different countries before moving to North Carolina with her husband and young family. She currently works part time as a veterinarian while caring for her 4 busy children and writing this blog. Dr. Elly genuinely cares about the welfare of her patients. She currently has three dogs, two cats, 5 chickens and 2 rabbits (yes a bit of a zoo!)