Cockapoo Growth and Lifespan Details

When a cute little Cockapoo puppy enters your life it can be impossible to imagine him as a fully grown Cockapoo.

Yet, as the years pass you will enjoy watching him grow and learn. At some point, you may then start to wonder how big he will get and how many years you can look to enjoy by his side.

There are no simple answers to these questions but there are some general details that can help you get a better idea of what the future holds for him.

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Cockapoo Lifespan (How Long do Cockapoos Live?)

If you are considering a cockapoo, then you will no wonder, what is the cockapoo lifespan and how long your cockapoo will live for? The fact is, smaller dogs have a longer life expectancy, and this is reflected in the cockapoo life expectancy.

To find the average lifespan of a cockapoo, the best way is to look at the dog’s heritage. First of all, a poodle. A poodle’s lifespan depends on the size, with smaller poodles outlasting their larger cousins. Standard poodles have a lifespan of 11.5 to 12 years, and toy or miniature poodles live for 14 to 14.5 years.

A cocker spaniel will live a lifespan of about 11 to 12 years, so you can assume that a cockapoo lifespan will be about 13 years. Of course, this is just a cockapoo average lifespan, with good care, premium food, regular vet visits and regular exercise, it is possible that your pooch will live longer than 13 years.

So, how does the lifespan of a cockapoo look, compared to some other dog breeds? Well, a Great Dane lives for around 5-7 years. It’s a shame for such a beautiful dog, but that is how it is with bigger dogs. We don’t really know why bigger dogs don’t live as long, it is something that experts don’t even know. Just one of those things.

Compared to other designer dogs, cockapoo life expectancy is pretty good. For instance, Jugs (Pug crossed with Jack Russell) live to between 12 and 15 years. Pugs have breathing problems that are, to an extent, bred out when crossed with Jack Russell’s, who have a much longer nose. Jack Russell’s live to 17 or 18 years, so that gives them a bit more longevity. Morkies (Maltese crossed with Yorkies) on the other hand, live between 10 and 13 years. So, you will find your cockapoo has an average lifespan for a designer dog.

You can extend the life of your dog by feeding them with food that is specifically designed for the breed. Standard dog food often doesn’t have adequate protein, so by giving them a food that is prepared for them, you will help them live a healthier life.

While these breeds are essentially crossed breed dogs, the resulting puppies are usually healthier than their parent purebreds. Your cockapoo, if looked after properly with healthy food and regular exercise will live a long and happy life. Just take care of your cockapoo and enjoy her life with you for as long as possible. Don’t let worrying about the average cockapoo life expectancy take away from your happiness with your lovely pooch.

Cockapoo Growth and Lifespan

When is a Cockapoo no longer a puppy?

It may be easy to tell simply by their behaviour. The cute, puppy that stuck by your side will start to find his feet a bit and feel more confident and bold. It’s great he feels like that and shows he’s maturing properly. But, is he not quite as well behaved as he was before? Don’t worry, it’s supposed to happen and it’s normal!
It might be useful to know the various stages of puppy development to show that these experiences are normal and can be dealt with properly. At around 6-8 months old your Cockapoo’s Independence grows. He might not want to come when called, so increase recall training. Their playful biting may get worse for a while and you’ll notice adult teeth continue to come through. A good way of dealing with your now maturing Cockapoo is to provide chew toys for teething. This is because you will notice your Cockapoo wanting to chew on things you don’t want him to. As previously mentioned, keep working on recall training. (We have an article on recall training that can be found here.  Also, keep your Cockapoo on the lead when out until their recall is good.
Getting closer to 7-12 months your Cockapoo is no longer a puppy. Their behaviour can be ‘difficult’ at times but don’t give up and remember, you’re the boss. Your Cockapoo has now reached sexual maturity and males will start cocking their leg to urinate. They may also start barking more and being more confident around new things. Just remain patient and continue with training. Reward your Cockapoo’s good behaviour and remind them when they’re pushing boundaries that you don’t want. Socialisation as a puppy should have given the basis for getting through this stage but carry on making all new experiences fun and rewarding for your Cockapoo.

Cockapoo Height 

The maximum height that a Cockapoo can reach varies greatly from one dog to the next. Since this type of dog is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle how it will look will depend upon the exact mixture of each breed that he contains.

In general terms, he will probably grow to between 10 and 15 inches in height. If you want an idea of how he will grow up then you can ask the breeder and also look at his parents, although this isn’t an exact science by any means.

Cockapoo Weight

As in the previous points, the weight of a Cockapoo can also vary widely too. You can expect him to grow up to maybe 30 pounds as a maximum, although many weigh a lot less than this.

Of course, your dog’s weight when fully grown will come down to his diet and lifestyle as well as his natural build. Giving him healthy food and plenty of exercise will help him to stay in shape and be more active for longer.

Cockapoos aren’t among the most demanding dogs in terms of exercise but you don’t want him to live a completely sedentary lifestyle that sees him pile on the pounds and ends up affecting his health in the long run.


The physical variations between Cockapoos mean that they come in a whole range of cute and cuddly sizes.

When it comes to their lifespan, a lot depends on luck and lifestyle. However, there is every chance that he gets to spend many years with you if you look after him well and keep him as healthy as possible.

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2 thoughts on “Cockapoo Growth and Lifespan Details”

  1. My Dodger is 14 and still puppy active! He does laps at a full run around the house when we get home before going inside.😁 He has developed a cough which my vet says is not out of the ordinary and he placed him on Tussigon which he tells me he will have to take for life. I didn’t see anything about that in your write up. Have you heard this?


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