You’ve probably heard of a Cavapoo, or maybe Cockapoos. But since their names are similar, it’s easy to get them confused. Here, we’ll set the record straight so you know exactly what the difference is between Cavapoo vs. Cockapoo.
What is a Cavapoo?
A Cavapoo is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel crossed with a Poodle. They have a sweet and gentle temperament, plus they are low-shedding, making them ideal for families with young children and people with allergies who prefer a smaller dog.
And what is a Cockapoo?
A Cockapoo is an American Cocker Spaniel crossed with a Poodle. This was one of the first designer hybrids, dating back to the 1960s. They are intelligent, very trainable, and, like the Cavapoo, low-shedding due to the Poodle genes.
Sizes – Cavapoo vs. Cockapoo
The full-grown Cavapoo
A Cavapoo puppy will stop growing at around 8 months. 12 to 14 inches is their expected adult height at the shoulder, with a final weight of 12 to 25 pounds. Like any cross breed, there is greater variation in adult size depending on each individual dog’s parents.
The full-grown Cockapoo: Mini and Maxi
The mini Cockapoo will measure 11 to 14 inches at the shoulder, and weigh 13 to 18 pounds. The ‘maxi’ Cockapoo, which features the Standard Poodle in its DNA, weighs around 19 pounds and stands at least 15 inches at the shoulder.
Is there a Miniature Cavapoo and a Miniature Cockapoo?
Generally, breeders prefer to use the Miniature Poodle in the Cavapoo cross, so most Cavapoos will be Minis. There are also Toy Cavapoos.
Cockapoos, on the other hand come in Mini and Maxi (a.k.a. Standard) size, because the American Cocker Spaniel is larger than the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, and can therefore match better with the larger Poodle.
Pricing – Cavapoo vs. Cockapoo
The average price of a Cavapoo is around $2,000, but this of course is a general estimate. Puppies can sell from anywhere between $1,600-2,400.
Cockapoo prices range from $900 to $2,500. Puppy prices depend on the breeder and the individual dog.
Make sure you do your due diligence and check out the breeder, the kennel, and the puppy’s parents. You want to make sure the breeder is responsible and is not a ‘backyard breeder’.
You can always search dog rescues and shelters to find a Cavapoo or a Cockapoo, and adopt one! This is a cheaper option and also a lovely thing to do by helping an unwanted dog find their forever home!
Do Cavapoos and Cockapoos shed?
These ‘Poos’ do not shed as much as a pure-bred spaniel, thanks to the Poodle’s hypoallergenic, non-shedding coat. However, the amount that each dog will shed varies a bit. It all comes down to genetics (how much Poodle the dog has in its mix).
This is another reason why it makes sense to build a relationship with a breeder that you might potentially purchase a dog from, so you can ascertain the shedding potential of a pup based on its parentage and ancestry.
Lifespan – Cavapoo vs. Cockapoo
The Cavapoo lifespan
These little cutie pies can live 12 to 15 years, provided that they get good nutrition and regular exercise from their owner throughout their lives.
The Cockapoo lifespan
The Cockapoo lives, on average, 13+. Once again, this all depends on quality feeding and regular exercise.
All dogs need regular vet check-ups and should be kept up-to-date with their vaccinations for optimal health.
To sum it up:
Cavapoos and Cockapoos can make wonderful family pets due to their friendly nature, their high trainability, and their low shedding. If you get a dog from a quality breeder and take good care of them, then you will have a friend for many happy years to come.