Are Cockapoos Lap Dogs?

When you are choosing a dog, you need to take into consideration a lot of different factors. Their temperament and personality, size and the amount of activity and exercise they require. After all, there is no point investing in a dog you can’t look after properly or give the life it deserves. If you cannot give a dog much exercise, you may want a smaller dog that could be referred to as a lap dog.

Common Misconception of Cockapoos

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When it comes to cockapoos, because they are known to be very pleasant and friendly creatures that will curl up on the sofa, many people have the misconception that they might be lap dogs. Cockapoos aren’t really lap dogs, for several reasons. We’re going to highlight these reasons in the following post.

Why are Cockapoos Not Lap Dogs?

Cockapoos tend to be small to medium in size, which is another reason why many people believe they might be great lap dogs. However, as we noted at the outset when determining whether or not they are lap dogs, you need to consider many other factors besides their size.

Cockapoos are the resulting breed from crossing cocker spaniels with poodles. So, breeders are taking two very active and energetic dogs to breed cockapoos. It is doubtful that any cockapoo will be anything but a furball of pure energy. It is even less likely if the cocker spaniel parent is a working dog.

Cuddling Does Not Mean Lap Dog

Cockapoos indeed love a cuddle. We discussed this subject in our post “Are Cockapoos Cuddly?” However, being cuddly doesn’t mean they are suitable lap dogs. Yes, the average cockapoo, including our beloved Luna, will snuggle up on the sofa beside you or even try to get on your lap, and if you let them get the chance, they will try to hog the bed at night. This can be, in truth, both infuriating and adorable in equal measure.

However, it would not be a good idea for an older person to get a cockapoo expecting the dog to sit on their lap all day without needing exercise or lots of stimulation. They are far better investing in a smaller dog like a Shih Tzu, Pug, Chihuahua, Bichon Frise, Pomeranian, Pekingese, Havanese or Lhasa Apso. King Charles Cavalier Spaniels are another great option if they want a spaniel-type dog.


To summarise, when they have had adequate exercise and stimulation for the day, cockapoos will turn into the laziest and sleepy-headed snuggle furballs. That is only after they have had lots of exercise, playtime and other stimulation. It is important to consider the kind of lifestyle your dog will need and whether it matches what you can provide. As sad as it may be, if you can’t give a cockapoo the exercise and stimulation it needs, you may need to look at other breeds.