Buying A Cockapoo Puppy: 10 Point Checklist

Before You Start Searching For A Cockapoo

With the Cockapoo officially the most popular mixed-breed dog in the UK another wave of interest has emerged.

38% of people begin their search for a dog on the internet


Before you go charging off to buy a Cockapoo puppy, please pause to consider if the breed meets your expectations and how you’re going to purchase a Cockapoo? When dogs breeds become popular, puppy farm agents spring up with cheap puppies for sale advertisements on Craig’s list and Gumtree. So read up, be smart, and make sure you’re making a wise purchase.

1. Allergies

One of the first things that attracts people to the Cockapoo breed is they have a reputation for being hypoallergenic. This isn’t true. But if you are attracted to a Cockapoo with a Poodle-style coat, you will find a dog that sheds less than most. It’s not just hair that people have pet allergies to, its also saliva and urine, and all dogs come with plenty of that.

For people with severe allergies sometimes the difficult decision not to have a dog needs to be accepted. Allergic reaction to hair, when the adult coat comes in, is a common reason leading to dog’s needing a new home.

2. Cost of Buying A Cockapoo

What is a reasonable price to pay for a Cockapoo puppy? For first time owners, reading advertisements with acronyms like F1 and F2b, makes it difficult to understand what you are paying for?

The RSPCA says, 87% of puppy trade calls it receives are from people who purchased their puppy over the internet. In fact, a whooping 38% of people enter a search term like ‘Cockapoo puppies for sale’ and begin their process to find a dog.

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3. Ongoing Costs

Lack of finances is another reason new owners give up their dogs. Considering Cockapoos come with a  price tag of approx. £1000, you need to add another £1000 into your budget for yearly costs and initial health costs. I’ve written an article which goes into greater detail about on-going and initial Cockapoo costs.

4. Searching For A Cockapoo breeder – Stop The Traffic

My First Cockapoo, focuses on the perils of searching out a responsible breeder. If you don’t find a good one your journey to happy Cockapoo ownership will have a high probability of ending badly. An unhealthy puppy that has Parvovirus, a shortened life span, or hip dysplasia because the breeder couldn’t be bothered or care a less about the parents and hip and elbow scoring, are just some of the pitfalls you will certainly encounter.

The Cockapoo community is quite large and active and can offer good advice. I keep a list of breeders on this website or you can go to the CCGB page.

5. Rescue Puppies

How many times have you heard there are so many great dogs in rescue centres looking for a loving home? Well, its true, there are, but you have to understand the difference in getting a rescue dog to buying a puppy. As long as you are informed then this can be a great way to find your dream dog.

Some rescue centers will provide a long term health plan for the dog and they will have ensured vaccinations and worming is up to date as well as having a veterinary assessment of the dog. It’s worthwhile checking small breed rescue centers in your area as more and more Cockapoos are turning up  due to the popularity of the breed.


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Cockapoos increased popularity has led to an increase in rescue dogs

6. Exercise

Cockapoos need varying amounts of exercise depending on their parental heritage (was the sire a Working Cocker or Show Cocker Spaniel) and their size.

If you get a Cockapoo puppy bred from a standard size Poodle and a Working Cocker parent, prepare to be outside in the park a lot as they these dogs are made for a rugged out door life.

If bred from ‘Working’ stock Cockapoos need lots of exercise

7. Training

Every dog deserves some basic training. Why let your pet annoy you with begging, jumping up, pulling on the lead when some upfront investment of your time can save you the hassle of a disobedient dog down the line. A puppy training programme will also help build an early bond between you.

Your Cockapoo has a very intelligent and trainable brain. And he wants to learn how to please you. So do  try a simple, positive rewards based training programme. I wrote a Cockapoo training programme based on the Dogs Trust methodology which I love, and it’s very easy and enjoyable.

Getting your Cockapoo housetrained will be your first effort with training so get started with this guide.

8. Grooming

The type of grooming and frequency depends on the type of Cockapoo you have been attracted to.

A Cockapoo with a Flat Coat, is similar in appearance to a Cocker Spaniel so will only need occasional bathing and brushing. A curly coat or Poodle coat will need to be clipped and many people choose to let a professional do that.

Taking pride in your dog’s appearance is a sign of your affection for him. It also serves as a regular health examination as you can take the opportunity to feel your dog’s body for anything unusual.

For more detailed information on grooming please read top grooming tips.

9. Socialisation

Cockapoos are not know to be an aggressive dog. If bred responsibly and socialised correctly from a puppy, they have a wonderful, family-friendly temperament. The reason dogs can sometimes show signs of aggressive around new people, or skittish and uncertain in new situations, is they have not had a structured socialisation programme to integrate them into the big new world they are born into.

10. Have fun!

The best thing you can do for your Cockapoo is exercise him regularly and have fun. Remember puppy’s need to play! Engaging in games, agility sessions and meet ups are the best parts of dog ownership. If you don’t get out there and make the most of the wonderful life you can have with a Cockapoo you’re missing out.

Feel free to ask me any questions below, or if you only have minutes to spare to read up on the Cockapoo, try the 10 Minute Cockapoo.

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Cockapoo Meet ups are a great way to socialise


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