Cockapoos come in a variety of sizes and weights. And it’s a good idea to understand the differences, so you can find the right fit for your home. As a hybrid breed, the size of your Cockapoo is dependent on the size of its parents the Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. As both the parent breeds differ in size and weight, so too does the Cockapoo. Read on to find a full breakdown of the size and weight of each Cockapoo.
How Big Will a Cockapoo Get?
A Cockapoo is a relatively small dog that is generally categorized into four sizes. Teacup Cockapoos (Under 5 pounds or 2 kg), Toy Cockapoos (5 to 12 pounds or 2 to 5 kg), Miniature Cockapoos (12 to 25 pounds or 5 to 11 kg), and Standard Cockapoos (More than 25 pounds or 11 kg).
The Poodle comes in many different size variations. And the Cocker Spaniel also comes in two variants, English and American, and the size between them differs greatly. Due to these size differences in both the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel, the size of the Cockapoo may differ greatly depending on their breeding.
Let’s break down the different sizes of the Cockapoo and the breeding that resulted in them. We’ll als look at whether generation or gender affects the size of the Cockapoo.
Different Cockapoo Size and Weight Categories
Before delving into the different sizes of the Cockapoo, we need to understand the sizes of the parents. Poodles come in four official varieties; Toy, Miniature, Medium, and Standard. Cocker Spaniels come in two sizes, as mentioned above. The English Cocker Spaniel is the bigger of the two options.
Depending on who you ask, the resulting Cockapoo sizes may be slightly different. Some separate Medium and Standard, excluding Teacups. Others include a Maxi size. However, more often than not, people agree on four sizes of Cockapoo. These are Teacup, Toy, Miniature, and Medium/Standard sizes.
Let’s look at a breakdown of these sizes and what they actually mean.
|Teacup||Under 10 inches (25 cm)||Under 5 pounds (2 kg)|
|Toy||10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm)||5 to 12 pounds (2 to 5 kg)|
|Miniature||12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 cm)||12 to 25 pounds (5 to 11 kg)|
|Standard||More than 15 inches (38 cm)||More than 25 pounds (11 kg)|
The Teacup Cockapoo is the smallest possible version of the Cockapoo. It is the preferred version for those living in small apartments who want a lap dog.
The only way to get a Teacup Cockapoo is to use the smallest varieties of both parent breeds. This means that you need to cross an American Cocker Spaniel with a Toy Poodle.
Often, breeders may choose the smallest puppies in large litters of the parent breeds to get a smaller size. Even so, multiple generations may be needed before Teacup Cockapoos are achieved.
The Teacup Cockapoodle is generally less than 10 inches (15 cm) and weighs about 5 pounds (2kg).
Despite their small size, it is still very important to exercise them and give them plenty of attention and training. This means that they may still not be ideal for you if you do not have someone at home most of the day or do not intend on pet daycare.
The Toy Cockapoo is the second smallest size. They are still very much suited to apartment living, but they are a bit bulkier than the Teacup Cockapoo.
This sturdier look may be preferred by some. Others prefer the Toy Cockapoo because they are more readily available across early generations.
They are also achieved through breeding a Toy Poodle, but the type of Cocker Spaniel often does not matter.
The Miniature Cockapoo is one of the most popular sizes. This hybrid is bred using a Miniature Poodle and either Cocker Spaniel variation.
Even though they are still very small, they are extremely active, and because they can move further with relative ease, they may have to be walked further than their smaller counterparts to get enough exercise.
The Miniature Cockapoo does very well living in an apartment but can join you on your morning run with relative ease.
They also make a great ‘first dog’. This is because the Miniature Cockapoo is big enough that it can participate in most activities but not big enough that they are too difficult for an older child or young teen to handle on its own.
Medium or Standard Cockapoo
The Medium or Standard Cockapoo is the largest size and is bred through a Medium or Standard Poodle. As this is the biggest size of the Cockapoo, it is also referred to as the Maxi Cockapoo at times.
This is the only size Cockapoo that would not do well in an apartment. They are great if you live in a small home in the countryside. They would thrive on excessive outdoor space but can manage just as well with a small yard.
If you have the space and want the most versatile Cockapoo size in terms of sporting ability, this is the best option for you.
Does Generation Affect Cockapoo Size and Weight?
The simple answer to this is: yes. It definitely does. It is very difficult to determine the exact weight of a later generation because of the extensive variability of the parents, and the relative newness of the Cockapoo breed.
But, if you breed smaller dogs together continuously, you would get a smaller Cockapoo.
The larger Poodle variants are a lot bigger than the Cocker Spaniel, so backcrossing with them would result in a larger F1b generation.
If you want to know how big your Cockapoo is going to be, the easiest way is to speak to your breeder and ask about previous litters from the same parents.
How Cockapoo Size and Weight Affect Maturation
Bigger dogs tend to reach maturity, or adulthood, a little bit later than the smaller ones. This information can be very useful.
If you know more or less how fast your Cockapoo is growing, you can not only determine the age of the dog but also just how big it is going to be in the future. This can be very helpful in adopting a puppy that is a little bit older with an unknown history.
These are the easiest to identify by size. They never seem to grow much at all and completely stop before they are even six months old.
If this happens to a Cockapoo puppy in your possession, it is normal to be a little bit worried. If you have any other concerns paired with this small size, consider seeing a vet. Otherwise, it is perfectly regular for Teacup Cockapoos to have this odd growth pattern.
Medium/ Standard Cockapoo Growth Rate
The Medium or Standard Cockapoo takes the longest to grow out of all of them. This is expected, as they are the biggest. Generally, they continue to grow until they are almost a year old. If you continue seeing an increase in your Cockapoo, and it weighs about 10 pounds in four months, you may have a Medium or Standard Cockapoo.
The Toy and Miniature Cockapoos tend to fall somewhere in the middle of the Medium and Teacup Cockapoos. However, unless they are particularly low or high on their weight spectrum, it can be difficult to accurately predict the difference.
How Gender Affects Cockapoo Size and Weight
Gender affects the size and weight of a Cockapoo just as much as the genetics of the parents.
You may not notice a difference in the Teacup size, because they are already so light. But in the larger sizes, the female is likely to be a lot smaller than the male.
This is most noticeable in the Medium Cockapoos, where males and females in the same litter can sometimes differ by as much as 10 pounds (4.5 kg).
If you want a Cockapoo on the upper end of the weight range of the size that you are looking at, consider a male. If you want one on the lower end, consider a female.
For example, a male Miniature Cockapoo and a female Medium Cockapoo may only differ by one pound (0.45 kg).
Of course, this is not always the case, but it is a pretty good principle to work off of to make sure that you get the most ideal Cockapoo dog size for you.
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