For dog owners of all breeds, one of the first things you want to know when you get a new puppy is “how big will they be when they’re fully grown?”
For Cockapoos, a mixed breed of the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle, this isn’t a straightforward question to answer, considering there are several different types of Poodle that can be involved in the breeding process.
These types of Poodle all have different sizes, meaning the growth curve for Cockapoos can look significantly different from dog to dog.
With this in mind, our guide will take an in-depth look at the weight of Cockapoos, including a detailed description of the ideal growth curve, factors that can affect this growth, and answers to some of the frequently asked questions.
What’s The Correct Weight For My Cockapoo?
Cockapoo dogs come in several different shapes and sizes, with the average weight determined by a number of contributing factors.
The most influential factor on the weight and height of a Cockapoo is the type of Poodle that they’re bred from. To put it simply, Cockapoos that are bred from Toy Poodles are going to be significantly smaller than Cockapoos bred from either Miniatures or Standards.
Due to the fact that Cockapoos can be bred from more than one type of Poodle, the final size and speed of growth is different from one Cockapoo to another.
As a general rule, smaller-sized Cockapoo tend to reach their fully-grown adult size around the six-month mark, while larger Cockapoos (that have been bred from a larger-sized Poodle) can continue growing until they reach one year of age. For more information on when a Cockapoo stops growing, check out our informative blog.
If you’ve got a Cockapoo that’s been bred directly from two Cockapoos, the best method to predict their adult size is to look at the size of their parents.
- Cocker Spaniel – between 24 to 28 pounds on average and 15 inches tall
- Standard Poodle – weighing anywhere between 45 and 70 pounds, this Poodle size is similar to a Labrador
- Miniature Poodle – this mid-sized Poodle usually grows to a similar size of the Cocker Spaniel
- Toy Poodle – on average, weighs around six pounds
Cockapoo Weight Chart
|1 month||1 lbs||3 lbs||4.5 lbs|
|3 months||2.5 lbs||6.5 lbs||9 lbs|
|6 months||4.5 lbs||11 lbs||14.5 lbs|
|9 months||5.4 lbs||12.8 lbs||18 lbs|
|1 year||6 lbs||14 lbs||19 lbs|
This weight chart is great for monitoring whether your Cockapoo’s growth is on track for their age.
In terms of providing an ideal weight for an adult Cockapoo, it’s difficult considering that the weights of mixed breed dogs fluctuate considerably more than pure-breed dogs.
Nevertheless, it’s been determined that for most adult Cockapoos (excluding smaller Teacup and Toy breeds), a healthy weight is anywhere between 12 to 24 pounds.
Factors That Affect Growth
There are a number of prominent factors that can affect the growth of a Cockapoo. While nutrition isn’t going to necessarily stunt the growth of your puppy, it can, however, have a determining effect on how effectively they’re able to deal with health issues.
For example, if your Cockapoo puppy isn’t receiving sufficient joint and bone nutrition, there’s every chance that you’re increasing the likelihood of them suffering from arthritis or other joint conditions as they grow older.
To put it simply, Cockapoos are able to grow stronger and healthier with proper nutrition, and therefore, live a much happier and longer life. If you would like some more information on what to feed your Cockapoo, then read our comprehensive guide for tips and advice on dog nutrition.
As mentioned previously, there are different types of Poodle, so the size of your fully-grown Cockapoo will depend on the size of their respective parents.
For example, there’s a considerable size difference between a Toy Poodle and a Standard Poodle. So, if your Cockapoo is bred from a Toy Poodle, they’ll be significantly smaller than a Cockapoo bred from a Standard Poodle.
If you’re not entirely sure about the background and genetic make-up of your pooch, it’s likely that you won’t discover their final size until adulthood. If this is something that you’re concerned about, it’s a good idea to look into getting a DNA test done.
The third and final factor that can have a determining effect on your puppy’s weight and size is the amount of physical activity they get. If your Cockapoo is being overfed and not getting enough physical exercise, it’s likely that they’ll quickly become overweight.
What’s more, when a puppy is overweight, these extra pounds put undue stress on their joints, causing a wide range of health conditions. If you want your Cockapoo puppy to grow strong and healthy, provide them with plenty of physical activity, as well as regular visits to the vet for health check-ups.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Do If My Cockapoo Isn’t The Right Size?
Firstly, try not to panic. It’s a lot more common than you think and the growth of Cockapoos can vary massively from dog to dog.
The best thing to do is contact your vet and discuss whether there’s anything you can do to help your pooch’s growth period. Regular appointments are good, even if your Cockapoo subsequently falls back into a healthy weight range.
What’s A Cockapoo’s Life Expectancy?
Fortunately, the lifespan of a Cockapoo is relatively long compared to other breeds. The average life expectancy is around 15 years, although they’ve been known to live longer – particularly if there’s a Toy Poodle in the mix.
Some of the most effective ways to extend and maximize the lifespan of a Cockapoo are to feed them a high-quality balanced diet, take them regularly to the vet, and provide them with plenty of physical exercise.
How Many Puppies Do Cockapoos Usually Have?
On average, a Cockapoo will usually give birth to a litter of between four and seven puppies at a time. However, it’s possible to only get one or two puppies in a litter, as well as litters larger than seven.
The litter size is often affected by the genetics of the Cockapoo. For example, Standard Poodles are larger dogs so they typically produce larger litters than Toy Poodles. This also runs true for Cockapoos.
Although we have a Cavapoo, it was my parents Cockapoo that got us hooked on these lovable doodle breeds. Like all dogs, a Cockapoo needs to be fed a balanced diet and be given the opportunity to exercise at least twice a day in order to ensure that they live a full and happy life.
Whilst Cockapoos are now known for over eating or being particularly greedy, they can be prone to weight gain if they live a more sedentary lifestyle. Therefore knowing roughly how much your Cockapoo should weigh, based on their age and lineage will help you keep on track of your dogs growth.