The kids are nagging that they want a new dog. Perhaps they have been looking at cockapoo puppies online. As a mixed dog breed they are a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle and have become incredibly popular in recent years and what’s more, are an excellent choice for a family pet.
So, it’s not really surprising your kids want one so badly. Just before you are ready to give in, stop and ask yourself “have I really given much thought to what a cockapoo costs?” And more specifically, what the costs of keeping cockapoo puppies work out to. Puppies, like human babies, are an investment, not only in the time and attention they need but also financially.
How much is a Cockapoo Puppy?
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You can expect to pay between £900 and £1395. Cockapoos puppies from the get-go are going to cost a little more than your average pup or rescue because they’re considered a designer breed. This will depend on the breeder, the colour (some are rarer than others), and the pup’s lineage.
Whether it is a miniature poodle or toy poodle or the dog you’re interested in is a F1 cockapoo puppies, F2 cockapoo or F1b cockapoos And that’s just the beginning of how much a Cockapoo is as there are the ongoing costs.
How Much Does Owning a Cockapoo Cost (Ongoing costs)
We’ve spoken to a few experts, as well as friends with cockapoos, and taken into account our monthly expenses for ours, and have worked out that being a cockapoo owner will cost you in the region of £1000 a year, and that is being relatively conservative.
Depending on how long your dog lives, he or she will use up between £10,000 and £16,000 of your hard-earned cash. It’s important to remember these are average costs and are at today’s prices.
The biggest cockapoo price, when it comes to your monthly costs of a dog is his food. In fact, it makes up one-third of the total cost. A poor diet can lead to health problems down the line (i.e. more costs), which is why we recommend feeding your dog the best food you can afford.
The average cost for food for cockapoo dogs can be anything between £300 and £450 a year.
Cockapoo Insurance Cost
Pet insurance is one of those “you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t” situations. You could end up paying a fortune for insurance that doesn’t cover what you need when you need it. Or, even worse, you could be in a position where your dog is knocked over, and you need a large sum at one time.
Although there are some insurers who will provide coverage if your dog has health problems, there are very few that will offer full coverage for animals who have had serious medical conditions previously.
There are two kinds of conditions you need to declare:
Chronic health conditions – these kinds of problems are those your dog has when you invest in a policy. For instance, hip dysplasia and heart issues.
Historic Conditions – these kinds of problems are those your dog no longer has, such as healed issues or tissue injuries the dog has recovered from fully.
It is important to make sure you have access to the medical history of the dog you are investing in. If they have existing chronic issues such as progressive retinal atrophy, you will probably not find coverage. However, you may be fine to get a policy to cover, if they are PRA clear.
Some are happy to provide coverage for historic conditions, but this is only normally the case if your cockapoo is free from symptoms, and has not been treated for a specific period. For example, a minimum of two years.
You also need to factor in that coverage for existing conditions are more expensive, so you need to make sure a specific policy is worth it.
Another cost you need to factor into the insurance of a new puppy is you are legally obliged to have the cockapoo microchipped, if they are over the age of 8 weeks old.
We suggest before you sign on any dotted lines, you do your research and shop around. There are a few variables that will affect the total cost of insurance, but you can work on a price range around £150 and £300.
Dog sitter/ kennels
Some costs are forgotten in the excitement of getting a new cockapoo, like what do you plan to do with your pup when you go away? Yes, dog-friendly spots are popping up all the time, but that isn’t always an option so you will need to look at boarding kennels or a house-sitter. If you’re going away for a week, you’ll need to put aside approximately £140 (£20 a day) for your pup’s care.
Skimping on this could result in a traumatised, or sick dog (which will mean additional veterinarian visits).
Visits to the vet for routine checks, vaccinations and flea and worm treatments will cost in the region of £150 a year. We haven’t included costs for neutering or spaying your pup, or microchipping, which by the way, is necessary by law.
Cockapoo Grooming Costs
As they are a crossbreed between a cocker spaniel and a poodle, Cockerpoos do have the benefit of being low shedding. While that means they do not need as much maintenance as the average new puppy needs. However, they still need daily grooming, and you will need to buy specific brushes, clippers and combs to keep them clean and tangle free. Not just that, approximately every six weeks your dog will need to go to the groomers. Groomers charge between £25-£40 each time.
For that, you can expect your pooch to be shampooed, dried, and clipped to your preference. A common style of clipping is the Teddybear style. This involves your groomer brushing out every tangle before they begin clipping. Then the clipping takes place and your groomer will clip the body, but leave the fur longer on the legs. They will clip closer around your dog’s anus, to it clean and clear. Your dogs’ paws will be clipped so the hair there doesn’t get sticky and tangly.
Please don’t think you can skip the groomers unless you are going to clip your dog yourself. Cockerpoos quickly get matted and the tangles pull on the skin of your dog, and this hurts them. Keeping their fur short is a great way to prevent those tangles which lead to matting. Having your pet groomed will keep them happy and healthy, and looking their gorgeous best.
Alternatives to Buying New Beautiful Cockapoo Puppies
You don’t need to get a mixed breed dogs from cockapoo breeders. We would recommend you consider there are lots of cocker spaniel and poodle crossbreeds in shelters waiting for new homes.
We haven’t even looked at toys (think £15 on average a toy), puppy training (£10 for group sessions), as well as leads, bedding, and collars (£20).
Don’t forget small things that might crop up such as ear infections or water infections which can be common cost need a trip to the vets.
There’s no way we can put a price on the unconditional love and companionship a cockapoo gives, but there’s definitely a price to owning one. Make sure, before you make a lifelong commitment, that you can afford it, not just financially, but emotionally, and even physically too.
So when you are considering the fine mix of a cocker spaniel with a poodle you get from the cockapoo, and start thinking to yourself “how much is a cockapoo” don’t just think about the initial costs, but have a think of the on going costs as the dog will be alive for 10 years or more.