I get many comments on this site and messages in my inbox asking me if Cockapoos are suitable for older people.
Usually, the people sending me the messages are people over 60 who are messaging me explaining how much they love Cockapoos but asking if they think they will be too much hard work for them.
Sometimes I am unsure what to say, as sometimes I think no, they are not suitable, but other times I change my mind and think they would be fine.
I think the time I think no is when I look back at how much hard work Luna was when she was a puppy. I was a new dog owner, and people had warned me how hard it was. Now that she’s 4 years old, she’s pretty chilled out, and I think, “Yeah, she would be fine with older owners, and she doesn’t need as much attention or walks that are quite as long”.
So, are they suitable?
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So after thinking about the above, I think a slightly older Cockapoo, maybe a rescue dog would be suitable for an older couple. That being said, just because someone is 60 years old doesn’t mean they don’t go for a walk each day. If you are a retired couple reading this, there’s a good chance you have more time to dedicate to the attention that a needy Cockapoo requires.
A Cockapoo is an active dog; even an older one will need to be walked daily. This could be a positive for someone a bit older as it gets you and the dog out daily.
You could hire a local dog walker a few times weekly to help out. They usually cost between £10 and £15 an hour. Sometimes they are also on group walks, which means they can play with some other dog friends.
Dog Day Care
If there are days when you need a break from your dog and fancy a more leisurely day then you could always look and see if there’s a local dog daycare centre near you. We use one for Luna once or twice a week. It’s good if we are out all day and great in the evening, as Luna usually falls asleep. This could be handy when you aren’t ready for a walk.
Where To Get An Older Cockapoo
There are a lot of Cockapoo rescue groups out there, and I have put together a list on our rescue page.
Alternatives To A Cockapoo?
So, are cockapoos good for seniors? That’s up for you to decide, as it all depends on how active you are and how active you want the dog to be.
Mike is the proud owner of a 7-year-old Cockapoo named Luna. He loves to share stories, tips and information about owning a Cockapoo. With over7 years of experience as an owner, Mike is passionate about helping others own and care for their dog.