Cockapoos are quickly gaining popularity because they are friendly, soft, and absolutely adorable. A Cockapoo is a mix between a Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. They have been around the UK as early as the 1950s, but they have been rising in popularity over the last several years.
Before adding any new pet to your family, it is important that you understand how much it is going to cost you upfront and for maintenance. Cockapoos, like any dog, are an investment of your attention, time, and money. You need to make sure you are up for the maintenance before you get the pup.
The upfront price of a Cockapoo can range anywhere from £900 to about £2,500. Several factors impact the price of the pup including location, colour, breeder, coat type, and more. Do your research on a few breeders before choosing a Cockapoo to bring home.
How Much Does a Cockapoo Cost?
What most people don’t realise is even though breeders are asking a decent amount of money for their puppies, they really don’t make any profit on them. The price they ask for the dogs is usually just enough to cover the money they have spent on vet visits, vaccinations, food, and care during their first few weeks.
You can expect a Cockapoo breeder to charge somewhere between £900 and £2,500 for one of their puppies. The exact number will depend on the breeder, the dog, and what has already been spent by the breeder.
Cockapoos that have rare coats and fantastic genetics will be more expensive than others. While it is possible to find the same type of pup somewhere else for less money, you need to take into consideration where the cheaper pup is coming from.
In most cases, puppies with a lower price tag will come from a puppy mill with very little medical care. They will be much more likely to have a physical disease, genetic disorder, and emotional and mental issues. Don’t be afraid to ask the breeder to come check out their location. If they are reputable and care about their puppies, they will have no objections to you stopping by.
If you aren’t interested in a puppy, you can search for rescues that have older Cockapoos that are already fully grown. You won’t have to do much training as they will likely already be trained by their previous owner or the staff at the rescue.
Rescuing will be astronomically cheaper than buying a puppy from a breeder. Most rescues only charge an adoption fee of up to £150, which is much less than what you would pay for a brand-new puppy.
Why Are Some Cockapoos More Expensive?
There are several reasons why some Cockapoos might be more expensive than others. This can even happen in the same litter where one pup comes out a rarer color than the others. Some other reasons one Cockapoo is more expensive than others include their health, type of coat, bloodline and genetics, and the breeder.
If a puppy requires more vet visits than the others in the litter, this will cost the breeder more in vet visits. This can result in a pricier puppy because the breeder is trying to make their money back.
Coat type is also a major impact on the price of Cockapoos. Blue coats are extremely rare in Cockapoos, so a pup with a blue coat will be more expensive. Common coats like brown, black, and white will usually be less expensive.
If the Cockapoo puppies have great genetics or a champion bloodline, you can expect to pay a high premium for this dog. This is because the breeders know the dogs will perform well in shows, so they know you will be able to easily make your money back on the pup if you plan on entering them in competitions.
The breeder’s discretion also determines the price of the puppies. If a breeder has successfully produced litters for years, they will probably charge a higher fee because they have a good reputation and a great track record. They know they are giving you a quality pup and they know their pups are worth more.
How Big Are Cockapoos Full-Grown?
In addition to the cost of a Cockapoo, it is also important to know how big they will get when they are full grown. They will likely stand somewhere between 10 and 15 inches tall at their shoulder, but it is possible for them to be shorter or taller than this. They are typically small with their weight staying between 6 and 19 pounds.
Again, they can weigh less than 6 pounds and more than 19 pounds. It mostly depends on what type of Poodle was mixed with what type of Cocker Spaniel. The life span of a Cockapoo is usually between 12 and 15 years. They will stop growing as early as 9 months or as late as 12 months.
Can You Adopt a Full-Grown Cockapoo?
There are plenty of places that you might be able to adopt an adult Cockapoo from. This is ideal if you want to skip the puppy phase and get a dog that is already trained and needs a new family. Adopting a dog from the shelter is always a great option because they will need love and affection more than ever.
You might also be able to adopt a Cockapoo puppy from a rescue instead of purchasing one from a breeder. Rescues and shelters are always getting puppies in, and you can keep your eyes peeled for a Cockapoo puppy. This will save you money, save a dog, and you will get a dog that needs a loving home.
Do Cockapoos Need to Be Groomed?
Cockapoos are a breed that definitely need to be groomed. They have three different types of coats: wavy, tightly curled, and straight. Each type of coat needs regular maintenance to keep them from getting tangled and matted. Grooming is an ongoing expense that you should plan for when adopting a Cockapoo.
As an adult, the coat of the Cockapoo will determine how often they need to be groomed. Cockapoos that have coarse, tightly curled hair will shed the least. Wavy coats will typically shed just seasonally. Straight coats will shed the most out of all three, especially during the different seasons.
If your Cockapoo has a straight coat, you should brush them at home twice a week to prevent matting. Wavy coats should be brushed between two and three times per week to keep their fur soft and prevent tangles and mats. Tightly curled coats will need daily brushing as they have the highest chance of tangling and matting.
You should also regularly have your Cockapoos hair trimmed by a groomer. This will prevent it from growing too long and getting too dirty. It is recommended to take your Cockapoo to a groomer for a wash and haircut every two – three months. With a routine, your Cockapoo will always have a flawless coat and they will get used to having to go to the groomer.
If you are interested in getting a Cockapoo, you need to know how much they are going to cost upfront, what you have to pay for maintenance-wise, and how big they are going to get. Fully-grown Cockapoos aren’t very large, but they do need a lot of grooming to keep their coats healthy. Make sure to factor in regular grooming costs when determining if a Cockapoo is right for you.