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 that you can’t look after properly or give the life it deserves. If you are unable to give a dog much exercise, you may want a smaller dog that could be referred to as a lap dog.

Common Misconception of Cockapoos

When it comes to cockapoos, because they are known to be very sociable 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 take into consideration many other factors in addition to 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. This means that it is highly unlikely that any cockapoo is going to 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.

It would not be a good idea for an older person, however, 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. If they really want a spaniel-type dog, then King Charles Cavalier Spaniels are also another great option.


To summarise, cockapoos when they have had an adequate amount of exercise and stimulation for the day will turn into the laziest and sleepy-headed snuggle furballs. That is only after they have had lots of exercise, playtime and other stimulation though. It is important to consider the kind of lifestyle your dog will need and whether it matches up with what you can provide it. 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.