When choosing a new dog for your family you might be torn between a few different cute options.
For example, Cockapoos and Labradoodles are among the most interesting types of pooch for any home. A Cockapoo is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, while a Labradoodle comes from the mixture of a Labrador and a Poodle.
So, what are the main differences to take into account that could help you to make the right decision?
Both of these types of dog have wonderful personalities and you can have a lot of fun with them. If we start with the Cockapoo, we can see that these dogs are great fun to be around and can interact well with anyone of any age.
Labradoodles tend to be a bit livelier, meaning that older people or those with young babies may think twice before bringing one home with them. You certainly shouldn’t expect to have any serious problems with either of these fun-loving and adorable breeds.
The one you eventually choose will probably come down to how lively you want your new dog to be.
In a lot of cases, the most crucial difference between breeds lies in the amount of maintenance that the dog will need. Well, the truth is that there is little difference between the two breeds in this respect.
Generally speaking, a Labradoodle will require a little bit less in terms of maintenance, because he will have less grooming needs. While the Cockapoo isn’t the most demanding dog around, he needs to be groomed to stop his hair getting matted.
It might not be a huge difference, but if you get a Cockapoo then you will probably need to be ready to spend some extra time and money on him.
Ability as a Watchdog
This is another area in which there is little to choose between the two breeds. While neither breed is at all frightening to look at, they can both do a good job as a watchdog.
Both a Cockapoo and a Labradoodle will bark loudly when they sense that there is an intruder in or around your property. This means that they will alert the family to any danger quickly and effectively.
If you are worried about your home security then either of these dogs will do a similar job for you.
Not all of us have the same wishes when it comes to exercising our dogs. Maybe you want a pooch that you can have a lot of fun and adventures with, or perhaps you want a companion to sit by your side at home.
A Cockapoo will need less exercise than a Labradoodle. He will still love getting out to run around and chase things but he will also be perfectly happy with a more laidback lifestyle as well.
On the hand, a Labradoodle will need to get out and about more often or he will become restless and bored.
The Size Difference
For some families the size of the dog is a major concern. This could be because there are young children in the house or it could be due to the size of the home being a factor.
If you have a small home and a reduced size garden then you will probably be best with a Cockapoo, as he will be perfectly happy here. Because of the bigger size and higher energy levels, a Labradoodle will enjoy a bigger house and garden more than a smaller one.
You can expect a Labradoodle to grow up to be a bit bigger than a Cockapoo, so it is important to work out how much space you have for him before you buy.
Best for Families with Kids?
As we have seen previously, you can safely take either of these types of dog home if you have a young family. The kids will have endless fun with a Cockapoo just as they will with a Labradoodle.
Perhaps the key difference here is, again, in the size and energy of the dogs. If you have young children or they are fairly laid-back then you will want a gentler, more relaxed Cockapoo.
Alternatively, if you have a very energetic family or grown-up kids then they will be happier with either breed. In either case, your kids can grow up with their puppy and become tremendous friends who have a lot of great times together.
How Much Training is Needed?
Neither of these cool, affectionate dogs is particularly hard to train although you should find that a Labradoodle is a bit easier. They tend to be very good at listening to their owners and understanding what is needed of them.
A Cockapoo is usually slightly tougher to train and you might need some expert help to teach them everything that they to know. New owners can feel comfortable with either type of dog but the Labradoodle will probably be trained and behaving impeccably that little bit quicker.
More patience and perseverance will probably be needed for the Cockapoo. However, a positive for this breed is that they are seen are being slightly better at getting adapted to new situations and homes.
The final point to consider is that of how frequently and heavily their shed their fur. The good news is that both of these types of pooch are considered to be among the breeds that shed the least.
In the majority of cases, neither type of dog will shed much at all. However, it is worth pointing out that it does depend upon the exact genetic makeup of each dog and how much poodle blood they have in their veins.
If you don’t want dog hairs all over the place or if someone in the family is allergic to dogs then Cockapoos and Labradoodles are both good choices.
Overall, these are both fabulous types of dog and you should be happy to add either type to your family. Cockapoos and Labradoodles have already brought plenty of joy into many homes and they can do the same to yours.
If you need a book on Labradoodles, we recommend The Labradoodle Handbook which should cover everything you need.