Do Cockapoos Need a Lot of Exercise? + 4 Types to Consider

October 2, 2022

If you have a Cockapoo, It's important to know how much exercise your dog needs to stay healthy.

We all want our canine companions to live for as long as possible. And making sure we meet their physical activity needs is a big part of that.

How much exercise a Cockapoo needs can vary on quite a few factors. A few things to consider, such as the type of Cockapoo you have, their age, and health, to name a few.

We will be getting into all of this and more in this article, so if you are interested in learning about Cockapoo exercise needs, read on as I'm about to answer all of your questions.

How Much Exercise Does a Cockapoo Need a Day?

Cockapoos are quite active dogs and but how much exercise they need will vary by the type of Cockapoo you have.

There are four types which include Teacup and Toy Cockapoos, which are the smallest and will need less exercise than Miniature and Maxi Cockapoos, which are larger.

Let's take a look at each group and how their needs differ.

Toy and Teacup Cockapoos

These smaller Cockapoos were bred as lap dogs and don't require as much exercise. That said, they will still need around 30 minutes of exercise a day.

It's best to keep this to low-intensity activities.

Miniature and Maxi/Standard Cockapoos

The larger Cockapoos need a bit more exercise and need between 45 minutes and one hour per day. You can split this up into two 30-minute sessions if it is easier for your schedule.

If you have one of these Cockapoos, you will have a wider range of exercise options. We will cover a few later on.

Cockapoo Puppy Exercise Needs

The above guidelines are a bit different for a Cockapoo puppy. Their bones are still growing, and doing too much exercise will lead to your dog having joint problems in the future or other health problems.

Cockapoo puppy exercise should be at 5 minutes of exercise a day for every month old they are until they reach around 12 months old.

This can be hard to adhere to, but you will find this phase of your dog's life flies past before you know it. And you have plenty of time to do all sorts of fun activities with your adult Cockapoo once they mature.

Being part Cocker Spaniel you can be sure that your Cockapoo will still be a boisterous and excitable dog when they grow up.

Senior Cockapoo Exercise Needs

Exercise for senior Cockapoos is also a bit lower than for adult dogs. They need around 30 minutes of exercise a day.

The aim here is injury prevention, so all forms of more rigorous activities should be stopped. Try to make it more relaxed and stick to chilled dog walks.

This phase of your Cockapoos life will start at around eight to nine years old. At this point in you will also be feeding a Cockapoo senior food which has fewer carbs to balance out with the lower activity levels expected.

4 Ways to Exercise a Cockapoo

Now that you know how much exercise a Cockapoo needs, here are a few different ways to give your cockapoo a good workout.

Varying your dog's exercise is a great way to keep your Cockapoo thinking which is good for mental stimulation.

Who wouldn't find doing the same thing all of the time boring?

With that said, let's take a look at four ways you can exercise a Cockapoo.

Dog Walks

Taking your Cockapoo for a walk is most likely the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about exercise, and it is the main part of most if not all dog's exercise plans. Definitely one you will want to use most days.


Running is a fantastic option for Miniature and Maxi Cockapoos. It is a great way to cement that bond you have with your dog and get fit together at the same time. Smaller Toy and Teacup dogs are too small.

For those Cockapoos that can go for runs, this can make up a few days a week of their exercise. If you want to learn more about running with a Cockapoo, we have an in-depth guide on it.


If you are close to lakes or the beach, then swimming can be a great option for your Cockapoo. Cockapoos love to swim. It is a great way to cool your dog down on a warm day. It may take a bit of patience to get your dog started, but once they get comfortable, it will be tough to get them out.

Try to start out in an area with nothing that can stress your dog out or potentially get your dog hurt. That trip to the beach might have to wait!

One way to make your Cockapoo's first experiences with water smoother and ensure they don't have a negative association with it is to get your dog a life jacket.

Dog Sports

Another option for those who are feeling particularly active, there is dog sports. As Cockapoos are bred from Cocker Spaniels and Poodles, they are primed to be very active dogs and an ideal breed for excelling at dog sports.

There are quite a few to choose from, including dog agility, CaniCross, and Flyball. Search in your local area for clubs and activities.

If you can't find one, you can always buy a dog agility kit to help train your dog at home.

Mental Stimulation

Physical activity is very important for dogs and is often the focus when we think about exercise. But it isn't all you need to think about. Mental stimulation is also equally important, especially for a breed as smart as Cockapoos are.

We have a great list of mental stimulation activities you can do with your Cockapoo to keep their minds occupied.

There is a wide range of activities you can have your Cockapoo do to keep their minds satisfied. Not getting this right can lead to your dog becoming bored and taking it out by becoming a little destructive at home.

This includes dog toys designed to help both Cockapoo puppies and adult dogs be stimulated and a wide range of games you can play.

Can Anything Affect the Amount of Exercise a Cockapoo Needs?

Yes, there are a few reasons your Cockapoo might not need the amount of exercise outlined above.

Aside from the points we have covered above, which were age and the type of Cockapoo you have, you might also have to look at any health problems your dog has that could impact their ability to do physical activity.

If anything comes to mind, don't risk it and just speak with your vet. They always know what is best for your dog in your specific circumstances.


If you have made it this far, you now know everything you need to know about exercising a Cockapoo and what can influence the amount your dog needs.

This included the different types of Cockapoo, how life stages affected it, and what other situations could play a role in how much exercise your dog needs.

As the Cockapoo is part Cocker Spaniel and part Poodle it isn't a big surprise that they need a good amount of physical and mental exercise. All owners want a healthy adult Cockapoo. Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to having one.

Also, I hope the idea on how to exercise your Cockapoo has been helpful and perhaps even given you a few ideas on how to mix up your schedule a little now and again. There really are quite a few fun ways to add a little variety to your regular day-to-day.

No matter if you choose agility training or even going for a swim now and again you are sure to deal with any pent up energy your dog has.

Allan  Noble
Hi, my name is Allan! I am the owner of Spaniel Advisor and I've got over seven years experience of owning Spaniels.  
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