When it comes to getting a new dog, the first question to ask is which dog breeds are best suited for your home. Along with evaluating grooming needs, personality type and energy levels, it’s important to consider life expectancy.
The average life expectancy of most dogs ranges between 10 and 13 years. Cockapoos, which are a cross between the cocker spaniel and the poodle, have a slightly above-average lifespan — generally, cockapoos live up to 12 to 15 years. However, there are reports of cockapoos living over 20 years.
The life expectancy of cockapoo puppies depends on factors such as size, health issues and level of care. Here’s a closer look at the life stages of a cockapoo, what determines its lifespan and how you can help prolong it. At Pride and Prejudoodles we genetically test our puppies to make sure they are free of over 160 of the most common canine diseases to give you a little more peace of mind about your doodle’s life expectancy.
Cockapoo Life Stages
Like people, cockapoos go through different life stages as they age. These include:
- Puppyhood (0 to 18 months)
- Adolescence (6 to 18 months)
- Adulthood (1 to 3 years)
- Seniority (6 to 10 years)
Newborn cockapoos are in the puppy stage, where they remain until they reach sexual maturity (which can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months). During this stage, it’s important to begin or maintain training and encourage socialization. After puppyhood, dogs enter adolescence, which is represented by their ability to reproduce. Dog owners may notice strange behaviors at this point, such as increased roaming or aggression.
As cockapoos enter adulthood, they tend to be calmer and more mature. Since adulthood can range between 12 months and 3 years, a good rule of thumb to determine whether your cockapoo is an adult is to check its height. If your cockapoo is at the height expected for its type, then it’s officially an adult.
Cockapoos remain adults until they’re over 6 years of age, when they start to transition to seniority. This life stage is marked by symptoms such as health problems and confusion. It’s important for cockapoo owners to communicate with their veterinarian to ensure their senior dog is comfortable and healthy.
Although all cockapoos progress from puppyhood to adulthood, they may age at different rates. A major factor in cockapoo lifespan — and the lifespan of other breeds — is size. On average, smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs. For example, large dogs such as the Saint Bernard have much shorter lifespans of about 5 to 8 years.
The size and lifespan of a cockapoo depends in part on its parentage. According to the American Kennel Club, the average cocker spaniel lives between 13 and 15 years, while poodles tend to live between 12 and 15 years. Miniature and toy poodles, however, can live up to 17 years. Cockapoos can be bred from any of these dogs, which results in different size variations. There are four main types of cockapoo sizes:
- Maxi cockapoo
- Miniature cockapoo
- Toy cockapoo
- Teacup toy cockapoo
The maxi, or standard, cockapoo is the largest of its kind. These dogs can reach over 16 inches in height and may weigh anywhere between 20 and 65 pounds.
Standing slightly smaller than the maxi cockapoo is the miniature cockapoo, which is between 11 and 15 inches. This dog generally weighs between 13 and 18 pounds and is bred using miniature poodles.
A smaller variation of the cockapoo is the toy cockapoo, which is bred with toy poodles. This dog grows no more than 10 inches in height and usually weighs less than 12 pounds.
The smallest cockapoo option is known as the teacup toy cockapoo. Named after its ability to fit into small places (such as a cup), this dog is less than 10 inches tall and weighs under 6 pounds.
While smaller dogs tend to live longer than big dogs, it’s important to remember that size isn’t the only factor when determining average life expectancy. Dogs of any size can be susceptible to health issues, and knowing how to identify symptoms is key to increasing cockapoo lifespan.
Cockapoo Health Issues
If you want to extend your cockapoo’s lifespan, it’s important to be on the lookout for any health problems. Cockapoos are prone to some issues found in poodles and cocker spaniels, including:
- Ear infections
- Eye disorders (glaucoma, cataracts)
- Hip and knee defects (hip dysplasia, patellar luxation)
These issues, which are commonly found across several dog breeds, can shorten life expectancy if not addressed. It’s important to keep your pet healthy through regular checkups and to contact your veterinarian if you notice any alarming symptoms (such as mood changes, lethargy, limping or vomiting). Looking out for behavioral changes and addressing concerns early is key to helping cockapoos live long lives!
Cockapoo Care Needs
Along with taking your cockapoo to the veterinarian at regular intervals, you should make sure you’re accommodating its needs at home. This involves:
- Proper grooming
- Proper feeding
- Meeting physical and mental needs
Although cockapoos are hypoallergenic (provided they come from a reputable breeder), their coats need to be brushed regularly to avoid matting. Cockapoos should also be fed a high-quality diet that aligns with their size and life stage (for example, puppies often eat higher fat foods because they have higher nutritional needs). Cockapoos can eat wet food, dry food or a combination of both.
Along with meeting your dog’s health needs, you should also keep it happy through proper exercise and mental stimulation. The average cockapoo requires at least 15 minutes of physical activity a day, as well as regular mental engagement in the form of chew toys or games.
Getting Your Cockapoo
One of the best ways to ensure your cockapoo lives a long time is by getting it from a reputable breeder. At Pride & Prejudoodles, we offer an array of hypoallergenic cockapoos that come with a health guarantee. Each dog is tested for over 160 canine diseases, given the highest quality vitamins and food, and comes up to date on vaccinations. Our mission is to make sure you have several happy, healthy years with your furry friend. Contact us today to learn more!