How Much Does a Cockapoo Dog Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

The cockapoo has been recognized in the United States since 1950 and is a cross breed between an American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel.  While the Cockapoo is usually a very happy and healthy dog, some Cockapoo owners have stated that this breed can have wild temperaments compared to other breeds in its class.  The price of a Cockapoo will depend on the breeder, its age, characteristics, parent’s history and the rarity of its coat color.

Kylie - Our sweet little 9 week old Cock by Cindy Devin, on Flickr
Kylie – Our sweet little 9 week old Cock” (CC BY 2.0) by  Cindy Devin

How much is a Cockapoo dog?

On average, a Cockapoo can cost anywhere from $850 to as much as $1,300 for a puppy younger than 12 weeks.  For dogs that have been bred with AKC parents, the prices will be in the $1,000 to $1,200 price range.

On PuppyFind.com, for instance, there were close to 300 listings at the time of this writing, with prices ranging anywhere from $850 to $1,300.  Here, from what we researched, most breeders would include the up-to-date vaccinations, a health guarantee and some even offered breeding rights.

Pawster.com says a decent range should be in the $500 to $800 range.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Most breeders will include up-to-date vaccinations, DNA testing, AKC registration paperwork if necessary, a certified veterinarian health checkup, a health guarantee, and a travel crate if it’s being shipped.  Some sellers may also microchip and/or spay/neuter before releasing their puppies.  Depending on the breeder, some may also dock the tails docked and have their dewclaws removed.

What are the extra costs?

Obedience classes can cost anywhere from $75 to $200 per class setup.

Shipping the dog via air or car can cost $250 to $400, depending on the distance traveled.

Recurring costs, as with any dog, will include the accessories, toys, shelter, vet visits and food.  An owner should budget at least $50 to $75 per month for a healthy dog and much more if the dog were to come down with a serious illness.

Don’t forget the startup costs, especially if you haven’t owned a dog before.  This can include the spaying/neutering, initial medical checkup, bloodwork, deworming, a microchip, collar, leash, carrier bag and crate.  When factored in, this can cost close to $500 or more.

A license, since most cities will require one, will cost about $15 to $20 per year, depending on where you live.

Pet health insurance, if you want it, can cost up to $250+ per year.

Tips to know:

A Cockapoo can come in many different colors, including sable, red, red and white, black, and black and white.  Because it’s considered a mixed breed, it can be hard for a breeder to know the exact colors before the puppy is born.  Aside from the color, the same can be said about its temperament, personality and size.

Aside from its color, its coat will often be curly or wavy, depending on the genetics, and the length, in general, will medium to long in size.  While it’s difficult to predict its size, most, from what we have researched, measure 14 to 16 inches tall.

Its characteristics will be a mix of the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle, and because of this, it can be hard to determine exactly how your dog is going to act or look.  The Cocker Spaniel, for instance, will be a smaller dog with a soft, wavy cost, whereas a Poodle will have a thicker, curly coat.  The Cocker Spaniel is also known to be lively, goofy and very sweet in general, while the Poodle are known to be similar, often bearing a very intelligent personality.  When mixing these two breeds, however, what you will find is that most breeders will be bred as either a Miniature or Toy Poodle, one of the three types of Poodles often bred, eventually meaning your Cockapoo should weigh 10 to 30 pounds.  Because each breed is friendly, you can count on a Cockapoo.

As long as healthy, the average life expectancy can range anywhere from 11 to 15 years, again, depending on the genetics.

The Cockapoo is known to have a very weak stomach.  Because of this, it is very important that you purchase a “premium” blend dog food.  Premium bags of dog food will usually run around $35 to $75 per bag.  If you choose the get a prescribed bag of food, the price can be even higher.  However, because of the size of the dog, these bags of food will last a lot longer than they would for a larger dog.

If you can, try to visit the pups in person rather than buying one online.  This will give you a chance to talk with the breeder, see how their living conditions are, and see how the dog interacts with you.  It will also help you save at least $250 in shipping fees.

As for shedding, Cockapoos do have the reputation of not shedding because they are associated with a Poodle; however, there will come an age when a puppy will lose its puppy hair and the adult coat will begin to come in.  If you fail to groom, this natural molting process may cause the hair to mat, causing a dreadlock-like look.  These puppies will shed over its life, but if you want a Cockapoo that doesn’t shed as much, look for one with a Poodle heritage.

How can I save money?

While rare, these types of dogs can be found at a local shelter.  Check your local shelter to see if they have any available for adoption.  If you’re lucky you may be able to find a dog that resembles this breed, helping you save hundreds of dollars.  Adoption fees can be as low as $75.


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