Cavapoo vs Cockapoo

Cavapoo vs Cockapoo. You can easily get confused as they look so similar but these two cross breeds are very different in temperament and character. This website is all about Cavapoos but I actually like quite a few of the different Poodle crosses with Cockapoos being one of them.

A Cockapoo is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle whereas a Cavapoo is a cross breed between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle.




Cavapoo vs Cockapoo Size

First impression is that the Cockapoo is bigger than a Cavapoo. This is mostly true. However, keep in mind that some Cavapoos can end up just as tall or even taller than a Cockapoo. Most of the time, the Cockapoo is only slightly taller than a Cavapoo.

What you can see though in the pictures above, is that the Cockapoo has a longer muzzle.

The average height of a Cockapoo is 10-15 inches (25-38 cm) whereas the average height of a Cavapoo is 9-14 inches (23-35cm) so there is not that much difference between the two.

The average weight of both breeds is very much the same, 12-25 lbs (5-11 kg)

Cavapoo vs Cockapoo Coat

The Cocker Spaniel and the Cavalier king Charles Spaniel have very similar coats. So both the Cockapoo and Cavapoo can either end up with a curly coat like the Poodle or more of a straight wavy coat of a Cocker or Cavalier.

Both cross breeds can be hypoallergenic depending on which coat they inherit. If it has more of a Poodle coat then the puppy could be suitable for people allergic to dogs. Alternatively, if the coat is more straight and wavy then the puppy will not be hypoallergenic.

The coats of both the Cavapoo and the Cockapoo come in a variety of colors. They can be brown, white, black, tri-color, red, beige, apricot, chocolate, black and white, sable and merle.

Cavapoo vs Cockapoo Temperament

This is where things get interesting.

Cavapoos tend to be more chilled and laid back than Cockapoos. A good walk once a day is sufficient for them. They make great family dogs as they love small children. Cavapoos create strong bonds with there humans and get very attached to there person. They are loving and gentle dogs that love to cuddle. They can be finicky eaters and some owners struggle to find the right food for them.

Cockapoos have never ending energy and need lots of walks and play time. They can be a little crazy. They also tend to be very needy and they want to be with you all the time, often having separation anxiety issues. They tend to be more vocal than the Cavapoo but are just as loving and endearing. They are more suited to an active family that enjoys outdoor activities where there Cockapoo can join in as well. Cockapoos are also great with children and make fantastic family pets.

Cockapoo adult

Adult Cockapoo

Adult Cavapoo

Cavapoo vs Cockapoo Health Issues

Both the Cavapoo and Cockapoo are cross breeds with one parent being a Poodle. Poodles are generally quite healthy dogs.

The main health concerns lie with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel. Both these breeds have health issues that you need to be aware of.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed suffers from Heart mitral valve disease (MVD), a devastating disease that claims many Cavvy lives. A Cavapoo can inherit this disease but the risk can be greatly minimized by making sure that you only buy your Cavapoo puppy from a reputable breeder that does all the necessary health checks.

The Cocker Spaniel also has a few health issues with Familial Nephropathy being one of the more serious diseases which affects the kidneys. They can also suffer from eye problems as well. The risks are the same as with the Cavapoo. Buying from the right breeder is crucial.

So which cross breed suits you?

If you are looking for an energetic dog that can carry on for hours on end, then a Cockapoo is a great choice.

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However, if you would appreciate a more placid dog that needs less exercise and is more of a cuddle bunny, then the Cavapoo is the way to go!

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  1. Just setting out on locating a CAVAPOO PUPPY presently and trying to educate myself
    on important factor in training and keeping this breed of dog. Thank you.

    1. Cavapoos, like any breed or mix breed of dog can range from laid back to high energy. They are also smart dogs so need consistent and positive training. They love to be with there owners so they need to be trained to be left alone for short periods of time from puppyhood. Cavapoos benefit greatly from socialization and early exposure to as many different stimuli as possible. They are great family dogs and as cute as buttons :))

  2. Do adult Cavapoos fit into the cabin of an airplane carrier? The parents of the cava poo I’m considering is a 12 pound toy poodle father, and a 14 pound king cavalier mom

    1. Cavapoos being a mix breed can vary in size and there is no guarantee how big they will end up.
      Also, different airlines have different rules so it is difficult to answer your question.
      The best would be to ask the airline themselves what the restrictions are.
      A Cavapoo puppy should be fine but not sure on the adult dogs.

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