Cockapoo Vs Cavapoo Differences – Which Is Better?

Two very similar breeds, both being descendants of Poodle – how are you going to choose? Watch the whole video because we are here to help you decide.

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A quick history of the two breeds, the Cockapoo is a crossbreed between Poodle and Cocker Spaniel, while Cavapoo is a mixture of Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

When it comes to their colors, the Cockapoo can be red, white, and beige, or anything in between.

Meanwhile, Cavapoo can be brown, black and white, or any combination of the said colors.

But because they are crossbreeds, it is hard to predict what their coat could be. Some are curly, wavy, or straight.


On average, the Cockapoo stands at 10 to 15 inches, with weight varying from 12 to 25 pounds.

On the other hand, the Cavapoo is a little bit smaller at 9 to 14 inches, with a weight between 11 to 22 pounds. Depending on their Poodle parent, the height and weight may vary, either larger or smaller than their average size.

Life Span

Luckily, both breeds can live a long and healthy life, as long as they are well taken care of. The Cavapoo can live between 13 to 15 years, while the Cockapoo has a life expectancy of 14 to 18 years – a few years longer than the former.


Both the Cavapoo and Cockapoo are low shedders. Some even consider them hypoallergenic, thanks to their Poodle parents. When we talk about grooming, they have distinct differences which we will talk about later in this video.


On average, Cockapoos are more lively and active than Cavapoos. They have a great deal of energy and would enjoy playing and walking with their owner. They are very vocal and would show excitement once they see you by the window. However, they are more dependent than the Cavapoos and may develop separation anxiety faster than the other breed.

Cavapoos, on the other hand, has a more laid back attitude. They are calm, gentle, and loving dogs. They are perfect as a cuddle buddy, though they can also be active at times.

Depending on their inherited genes, the temperaments of Cockapoos and Cavapoos may vary between each canine.


Thanks to their Poodle parent who’s known as one of the most intelligent dogs, both breeds are highly intelligent, which means that they require mental stimulation aside from physical exercise.

In comparison, the Cockapoo is more intelligent since its Cocker Spaniel parent is smarter than the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Needless to say, both are intelligent and highly trainable dog breeds.

Activity Level

Since Cockapoos are more energetic than Cavapoos, they need a higher amount of activity levels. Aside from exercise, Cockapoos may also participate in canine sports. They also love to run, thus making them excellent jogging and running companion.

On the other hand, Cavapoos will be happy to stay with you indoors, cuddling on the sofa while reading or watching the television.

For both breeds, they are the happiest when doing fun activities with you, so make sure to spend enough time with them.


In general, Cavapoos are easier to train. They are perfect for novice owners who are relatively new to training dogs. Cavapoos pick up basic commands faster than the Cockapoos, although the latter is highly trainable as well.

With both breeds, expect early training to be harder because of their short attention span, so make sure to bring a lot of patience with you during these times. As they grow, they’ll be easier to train, especially with Cavapoos since they are eager to please and are able to focus more than the Cockapoos.

Exercise Needs

As mentioned, Cockapoos have high energy levels compared to Cavapoos. They are best suited to an active family who can provide them with daily walks and vigorous play sessions.

Since Cavapoos are more relaxed than the Cockapoos, daily walks would be enough to cover their physical needs.


When it comes to grooming, Cavapoos are easier to maintain. Since they are low maintenance breeds, weekly brushing is enough to keep their coat mat- and tangle-free. Baths should only be done when necessary, such as when they develop a “doggy” smell or when they play in the mud.

On the other hand, Cockapoos are harder to maintain even though they are low shedders. Why? It’s because their hair grows so fast, therefore frequent trimming and daily brushing are essential to prevent matting.

Regardless if it’s Cockapoo or Cavapoo, when they get the Poodle side of the coat, the dog tends to grow tight curls, which we know is prone to tangling and matting. That’s also the reason why we often see these dogs at the groomer.

Good With Family

Both breeds are known to get along well with the family, even those with children. Since they have long life spans, they can be lifelong friends with children. Whichever you choose, both are suitable for homes with kids. The only difference is that Cockapoos are more active than Cavapoos, so they prefer active children as well.

Both love to be part of the family and enjoy participating in family activities and games. Thus, making them excellent family pets.

Apartment Living

Cavapoos tend to adapt better in apartments, rather than Cockapoos. They are more than happy to stay inside the house with you, but they still need to meet their exercise requirements.

However, Cockapoos may ask for more than a walk per day, so if you don’t have easy access to yards or dog parks, then opt for Cavapoos.

Health Problems

Generally speaking, both breeds are healthy, although they may still suffer from genetic disorders and health conditions.

Due to mutation, both the Cockapoo and Cavapoo can develop eye problems such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). Before deciding on a dog, make sure to have them tested for PRA which can be carried out by a vet.

Because of their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent, Cavapoos can suffer from heart Mitral Valve Disease (MVD). This disease has no cure, and almost 50% of Cavaliers develop this after 5 years of age. Cavapoos can also suffer from syringomyelia, cataracts, skin issues, and epilepsy.

Meanwhile, Cockapoos may suffer from hip dysplasia, since this is common among their Cocker Spaniel parents. They may also suffer from a kidney disease known as Familial Nephropathy, as well as thrombocytopenia – an auto-immune disease that causes external and internal bleeding. Other health conditions that they may inherit are heart diseases, pancreatitis, ear infections, obesity, and epilepsy.

Keep in mind that not all Cavapoos and Cockapoos will inherit the mentioned health issues. Make sure they have done medical screening before purchasing them.

Final Thoughts

Although they look very similar, both breeds have their own differences. A distinct feature between the two is Cockapoos are best suited for active owners, while Cavapoos are for laid-back owners who prefer to stay indoors. Either way, you will be rewarded with a sweet, loving companion as long as you meet their needs.


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