Living in a small home sometimes means that you have to live without a puppy of your own. Most pups are too big to fit into small homes, like apartments or townhouses, but there’s one breed that is perfect for apartment dwellers, and that’s the Cockapoo.
Cockapoos are crosses between the American Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle and have been around since the mid-20th century. During the years after the breed was first introduced, Cockapoos became beloved pets both by those living in apartments and dog owners that live in their own homes.
What is it that makes the Cockapoo this versatile? Its secret lies with the Poodle. The American Cocker Spaniel is already a rather small dog, but the Poodle is the breed that brings the size variation into play. To know how large your Cockapoo is going to become, you will need to know the type of Poodle that was part of the mix.
How Big a Cockapoo Gets
Like we mentioned above, you need to consider the type of Poodle used in the mix when determining how big your Cockapoo will get. If the Cockapoo is the product of multigenerational breeding between Cockapoos, the puppy will most likely grow to be as tall as its parents.
Multigenerational Cockapoos have less variation in their heights. However, the size can vary for Cockapoos that come from an F2 or F1 line. Cockapoos that are derived from Teacup or Toy Poodles will generally grow to be 10 inches in height and will weigh about 6 pounds. This makes them perfect for owners living in apartments that are looking for a small, low-maintenance dog.
You won’t have to worry about them tugging you along on a leash, and since they are smaller and do not grow as much, Teacup Cockapoos will reach their maximum height sooner than other types, generally taking only six months to grow completely.
Miniature Cockapoos, which are derived from Miniature Poodles, will grow to be about 14 inches in height and can weigh 13 to 18 pounds. Miniature Cockapoos are still excellent choices for apartment dwellers, even if they are a little larger.
If a Teacup or Toy Poodle is used in the mix, then you might receive a Toy Cockapoo. These dogs will grow to be about 10 inches tall and will weigh about 12 pounds. They are still good choices for owners living in apartments because they are still quite petite.
Finally, if a Standard Poodle is in the mix, you’ll end up with a Maxi or Standard Cockapoo, the largest Cockapoo breed. They can grow to be 15 – 18 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 19 pounds. If you’re living in an apartment, you might find Maxi Cockapoos a little more challenging to deal with, particularly if you live in a small home.
Do Cockapoos Have Growth Spurts?
Every breed of dog experiences growth spurts, but some are more noticeable than others. Teacup and Toy Cockapoos, for instance, are naturally quite small, and while their growth spurt will happen, it will be much less noticeable than larger dogs because they don’t do much growing in the first place.
However, when it comes to Maxi and Miniature Cockapoos, the growth spurt is far more noticeable. At about 5 or 6 months old, you will notice them growing rather rapidly, and their coat may also begin to shed to bring in their adult coat. This can make them look bigger than they are.
Quick and easy grooming will get rid of this excess hair and let you see just how large your Cockapoo actually is. Once they have grown completely, the growth is not necessarily over – rather than growing upward, they may begin to get wider. As your Cockapoo becomes more muscular, it may appear taller or look slimmer.
The same can be said for fat, and if you are not giving your dog regular exercise, then they will start to become fatter. This will make them look larger than they should be.
How Long Does the Puppy Stage Last?
While they are developing and growing, Cockapoos are considered puppies. They will eventually move past their puppy stage and begin to develop adult features. You will notice their personalities change, as well, and you will be able to leave them alone for longer periods of time.
Cockapoos become more independent as they reach adulthood and may even become more stubborn when faced with things they do not want to do. Since Teacup and Toy Cockapoos grow the quickest, they stop being puppies at about 9 months old. However, their mental and emotional state may still be puppy-like until over a year.
So when does a cockapoo stop growing? As you can see, it is not a clear-cut answer as there are many factors to consider. But they will typically grow until they are 9 months to a year old and will be between 12 and 19 pounds and stand 10 to 18 inches in height.