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A complete breed guide for Cockapoo Dogs

Last Updated 27 NOVEMBER 2022

This article is written by Pet Circle veterinarian, Dr Katelyn Bailey, BVSc (Hons)

With their distinctive teddy bear like appearance, sweet nature and big brown eyes, who could resist the charms of the Spoodle? Like many 'oodle' breeds, Spoodles (also known as Cockapoos) are exploding in popularity in Australia as well as overseas. They make great family pets and are very intelligent, with an affectionate and spirited disposition. Read on for more information on how to best care for your Spoodle.

1. Spoodle Facts
2. History
3. Personality
4. Best Toys for Spoodles
5. Best Anxiety Supplements for Spoodles
6. Best Food for Spoodles
7. Health Issues
8. Related Breeds
9. Further Reading

Spoodle Facts

black and white spoodle
apricot spoodle
chocolate and white spoodle
Breed size: Place of origin: Other names:
Small USA Cockapoo
Breed group: Energy level: Weight range:
Crossbreed, 'oodle' Medium to high 5-14kg depending on parentage
Life expectancy: Tendency to bark: Height range:
13 - 15 years Moderate 25-38cm depending on parentage
Drool factor: Social Needs: Coat Length:
Low High Long
Shedding factor: Overall grooming needs: Colours:
Low to non-shedding Moderate - regular trims needed Various, including golden, apricot, black, red, white, chocolate, merle, tricolour, mixed

How big do Spoodles get?

Due to the varying sizes of the Poodle and Cocker Spaniel, fully grown Spoodles can weigh anywhere between 5-14kg and measure from 25cm to 38cm in height. If you're unsure how big your Spoodle will get, you can estimate based on the sizes of the parents.

Do Spoodles shed?

Spoodles have a long, single layered coat that, thanks to their Poodle half, is classed as low to non-shedding, making them a great choice for people with allergies. Because they do not shed, their coat grows continuously, so they require regular professional grooming and trimming.

How much exercise do Spoodles need?

Spoodles are medium-to-high energy dogs that thrive on activity and a daily walk or run of at least 20-30 minutes, as well as a daily interactive play session at home is ideal. Some highly active Spoodles may need even more exercise than this.

How much does a Spoodle cost?

A Spoodle puppy can cost anywhere from $2000 to $6500, and occasionally even higher. Like most breeds, the pandemic has significantly increased demand for Spoodle pups. On top of this, it's important to budget for veterinary bills, grooming, pet insurance, a good quality diet and regular flea, tick and worming medication.

Are Spoodles good pets?

Spoodles are intelligent and sweet dogs that bond closely to their owners. They tend to be good with both children and other pets, including cats. Due to their small size, they are suited for apartment living, but do need regular exercise, attention and stimulation to prevent loneliness and boredom. It's important to be aware of predisposed health conditions and invest in pet insurance and regular grooming for your Spoodle.

How long do Spoodles live?

Spoodles have an average lifespan of 13-15 years. As with any breed, they will live longer if you take good care of them, provide regular exercise, never let them become overweight and keep their teeth in top condition!

Do Spoodles bark much?

Spoodles have a moderate tendency to bark. As they love being around their people, if left alone for long periods of time, they can be prone to separation anxiety, with problematic barking being a consequence. As with any dog, they can be trained not to bark incessantly with proper training and exercise. To reduce your Spoodle's barking, ensure you train with positive reinforcement from a young age and reduce problem behaviours before they begin!

How do I choose a Spoodle breeder?

When looking for a Spoodle, your options are to: a) adopt from a rescue (this is our top recommendation!) b) buy from an or online marketplace or pet store (NOT recommended!), or c) Research a reputable breeder. Never purchase a puppy without inspecting the breeder's premises and asking the 10 Breeder Checklist Questions first. Good breeders socialise their animals, house them humanely, allow you to inspect their premises, and selectively breed healthy traits and good temperaments. Read our Guide to Finding a Good Breeder for more tips.

Spoodle History

As its name suggests, the Spoodle is the cross of the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. It was first developed in the later half of the 20th century during an 'oodle' boom, a period when multiple different breeds of dog were intentionally crossed with the Poodle for the first time. The Spoodle remains one of the world's most popular 'oodle' breeds. Like most hybrid breeds, the maximum 'hybrid vigour' benefit occurs with the first generation (F1) cross (the cross of a purebred Poodle with a purebred Cocker Spaniel), but F2 and F3 crosses are also commonplace.

Spoodle Personality

apricot spoodle standing in field

With the sweet disposition of the Cocker Spaniel as well as the intelligence of the Poodle, the Spoodle is a spirited dog that has inherited the positive traits of both its parent breeds. And who could resist that cute teddy bear face! Spoodles are smart, curious and eager to please which makes them very trainable. They are very devoted to their owners and can therefore be prone to separation anxiety if left home alone for long periods of time. They are gentle and affectionate, and are known for being good with children and other pets.

Given their small size and cuddly nature, Spoodles are a good option for first-time dog owners or people who have a small yard or apartment. However they still need to have a regular exercise routine to burn off that 'oodle' energy, especially as they can be prone to weight gain!

Best Toys for Spoodles

Interactive toys are a great tool to keep your Spoodle busy and mentally worn out, especially while you're out of the house. Fetch toys are also a favourite and allow for valuable bonding time as well as much-needed physical activity.

Aussie Dog Home Alone

This bungee toy features a ball that dispenses food when your dog tugs at the handle, providing a great (and rewarding) source of exercise

Kong Toy Wobbler

One of the original interactive toys, the KONG Wobbler can be filled with treats, paste, kibble or even frozen stock to prolong play time.

Chuckit Sport Launcher

The Chuckit launcher preserves your energy while ensuring a great workout for your Spoodle.

West Paw Fetch Dog Toy

This tough and durable chew toy doubles as a fetch toy and floats in water for added fun.

Best anxiety supplements for Spoodles

Because Spoodles thrive on companionship, they can become very attached to their family and prone to separation anxiety. Not every Spoodle will suffer from anxiety, but for those that do, an anxiety supplement can help to take the edge off their stress and make them more receptive to positive reinforcement training.

Dealing with separation anxiety is all about desensitising your dog to you leaving and returning to the home, and providing plenty of distractions while you're away. While more severe cases may need prescription anti-anxiety medication from your veterinarian, for milder anxiety a supplement such as one of the below can be a great help.


This natural anxiety-relieving supplement can be given as a capsule or mixed in with food. Great for periods of change such as moving house or introducing a new pet.

Adaptil Collar

The Adaptil collar continuously releases a canine appeasing pheromone to promote feelings of calm in your Spoodle.

Complete Calm Chews

These tasty chews contain tryptophan, a compound that can help to reduce anxiety.

Adaptil Diffuser

The Adaptil Diffuser is a great option for dogs that spend most of their time indoors.

Spoodle Diet and Nutrition

apricot spoodle lying on bed

Spoodle Puppies

When adopting a Spoodle puppy, it's important to have a few things in order:

Best Food for Spoodle Puppies

Spoodle puppies need to eat a premium diet that is nutritionally formulated to meet AAFCO Guidelines until they are 12 months of age. You may consider a Rotation Diet to provide exposure to different proteins and reduce the risk of food sensitivities.

Raw diets for Spoodles? Raw diets are not suitable or safe for Spoodle puppies due to the risk of bacterial contamination, which can lead to food poisoning and upset their sensitive tummies. Plus, an unbalanced diet can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Read more about Raw Diets: The Risks and Benefits.

Top food recommendations for Spoodle Puppies

Best Food for Adult Spoodles

Although there are no specific feeding requirements for an adult Spoodle, their diet needs to be age-appropriate and meet all of their daily nutritional and energy demands. Most small breed adult foods from premium brands including Hills Science Diet, Royal Canin, or Advance are suitable. These scientifically-formulated diets contain balanced levels of protein, fat and carbohydrate plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for health and wellbeing.

Spoodle Health Problems

Spoodles can be prone to a number of health conditions.

Skin allergies

Food and environmental allergies are relatively common in Spoodles. Common signs of an allergy include itching, hair loss and red, inflamed skin. Often affected dogs may lick their paws excessively and have recurrent ear infections. Food allergies may also cause gastrointestinal signs such as diarrhoea or vomiting. Diagnosis can take time as the underlying allergen/s needs to be identified and treatment can then be tailored to the individual dog. Generally management involves reducing or eliminating the allergen from the environment or diet (if possible), alongside allergy desensitisation and/or medication, dietary changes and topical therapies.

Patella luxation

A luxating patella occurs when the kneecap (patella) does not fit in its groove properly. The patella can then 'pop' in and out of the groove, resulting in intermittent limping, a strange 'hopping' gait, and/or difficulty jumping. This can be corrected with surgery. Affected dogs are more prone to developing arthritis in the knee joint.

Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a condition where the femur and hip joint do not fit together properly. This causes pain and lameness and leaves the joint highly prone to arthritis. Milder cases can be managed with anti-inflammatory medication, supplements, diet and exercise adjustments, however surgery may be required in more severe cases.


Cataracts occur when the lens, a usually transparent part of the eye, becomes opaque and 'cloudy'. This causes blurred vision initially and eventually leads to blindness. Cataract surgery can be performed to restore vision.

Progressive retinal atrophy

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a genetically inherited condition that leads to degeneration of the retina, a structure at the back of the eye. It begins as night-time vision loss (night blindness) and progresses to total blindness. No treatment exists however a veterinarian should always be consulted if you notice any loss of vision in your Spoodle.

Liver disease

The Spoodle is predisposed to two forms of liver disease- copper toxicosis and chronic active hepatitis. Signs of these conditions include weight loss, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite, jaundice and/or seizures. Once diagnosed, liver disease can be managed with diet change and medication.

Related Breeds

While the Spoodle is most closely related to its parent breeds, the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel, it is also a part of the growing 'oodle' group of dogs.


black toy poodle

Poodles are intelligent with an affectionate nature, and are a popular choice for people with allergies due to their non-shedding, hypoallergenic coat. Poodles come in several sizes ranging from Toy to Standard.

Cocker Spaniel

red cocker spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is a gentle and affectionate medium-sized breed that originated in Spain centuries ago. Cockers are known for their lively and happy personality.


cavoodle walking along path

A cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle, the Cavoodle is one of the original 'oodle' crosses. They are currently the most popular breed of dog in Australia.

Further Reading

Dogs with Sensitive Itchy Skin

How to Groom a Dog

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