How Long Do Cockapoos Live? + Ways to Keep your Dog Healthy

October 9, 2022

Anyone who has brought a new puppy home knows how much of an exciting and fun time this is. That boisterous energy that comes off a Cockapoo makes your pup great fun to have around.

But quite quickly that little puppy has turned into a fully grown dog and you might begin to wonder, how long does a Cockapoo live?

This is a perfectly natural question to have. Cockapoos have an average life expectancy of around 13 years. However, by taking excellent care of all of your dog's needs they can live far longer than this.

In this article, we will be talking about how long your Cockapoo can live, but also what you can do to help your dog live a happy and long life.

If you are looking to learn about how long a Cockapoo can live and what you can do to increase the chance you beat this age range, this is the article for you.

Cockapoo Life Expectancy

A Cockapoo's lifespan is around 13 years if you care for your dog's health.

This is around within the same range as the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, which both have life expectancies of between 12 and 15 years.

Is it the Same for All Types of Cockapoos?

There have been studies that suggest that the smaller a dog is the longer they are likely to live. The data suggests that small dogs had an average life expectancy of 14.95 years while medium-sized dogs lived only 13.86 years in comparison.

While this does take into account all breeds, it does offer some interesting considerations when evaluating how long a Cockapoo should live, seeing there are different sizes.

Seeing that Cockapoos come in four sizes, it is possible that the smaller sizes of Cockapoos have a higher chance of living a very long life than the larger dogs.

This would mean that the Teacup or Toy Cockapoo lifespan would be longer than bigger dogs such as the Standard or Miniature Cockapoo.

What is the Oldest Cockapoo?

Even though there is a guideline of around 13 years of life expectancy, a Cockapoo is definitely able to outlive this age range. It has been done before with a Cockapoo that lived to the very impressive age of 20!

That is almost a century in human years, so make sure you read the advice we will be talking about in this article, as it may just put you at a chance of beating this record.

There are many stories just like this one that show how possible it is for your dog to life many years more than expected.

Most Common Cockapoo Health Issues

Most of the health problems that are prevalent in a Cockapoo can be traced back to their parent breeds.

For example, Cockapoos are prone to glaucoma, hip and knee defects, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), ear infections, and cataracts. All conditions that are commonly seen in English Cocker Spaniels and Poodles.

Making sure you have regular check-ups with your vet will help avoid any of these conditions impacting the long-term health of your dog.

How to Keep a Cockapoo Healthy

So, how do you keep your Cockapoo happy and healthy? It is actually not that difficult to keep your dog in good shape and get ahead of any health conditions before they impact your dog's health long-term, for the most part at least.

The main areas you will need to focus on are exercise, diet, and making sure you take your dog to the vet for regular checkups.

Regular Exercise

Making sure your Cockapoo gets enough exercise is vital to your dog having a long and healthy life. Meeting your dog's physical requirements will help your dog maintain a healthy weight, have a healthier heart, stronger muscles, and is far less likely to become depressed.

The amount of exercise that your Cockapoo needs will vary depending on the type of Cockapoo you have. There are four different sizes, and their exercise needs vary between 30 minutes and one hour per day.

We have an in-depth guide to Cockapoo exercise on the site if you want to learn more.

Great Diet

We have all heard the phrase you are what you eat, and this applies to your Cockapoo too. A high-quality diet can go a very long way to ensuring your dog has all of the nutrition they need to stay healthy.

The easiest way to achieve this is by feeding your Cockapoo dry dog food which is labelled as being "balanced and complete". This actually provides your dog with everything they need nutritionally to remain healthy without any treats being added to it.

It is really surprising how many dog foods are not nutritionally balanced and are filled with low-quality ingredients. Always pay attention to what is in your dog's food.

There is also a possibility to feed your dog a raw food diet, something that is becoming increasingly popular.

Also, try to cut down on the treats. They are a very easy way to add more junk to your dog's diet and not having any benefits apart from folding to those puppy eyes and crying. Overfeeding can be a huge issue!

Regular Trips to the Vet

The best way to get ahead of any potential health issues is by having regular check-ins with your vet. They know the early signs of serious illnesses that could affect your dog and what you need to look for to get your dog's health back on track.

Finding out there is something wrong with your Cockapoo early on is a very different story from only discovering this when it is too late.

Try to book an appointment every three to four months to play it safe. It really could save your dog's life!

Take Care of your Dog's Teeth

Ensuring your dog's teeth remain healthy any can cavity-free can add years to the lifespan of a Cockapoo. It is not just bad dog breath that you have to worry about when it comes to your dog's dental care.

Just think of this like a quick daily task, as once your dog is comfortable with it, you will be able to brush your dog's teeth in a few minutes max. They will love the taste of that doggy toothpaste, it can be more of a battle trying to stop them from licking it off at the start!

Remember to start this when your Cockapoo is still young.

On top of this, you should have your vet take a look at your dog's teeth around once every six months to ensure any plaque buildup is taken care of.

Be Careful of Other Dangers

While we can do everything in our power to ensure our dog stays safe with a brilliant diet, lots of exercise, and vigilant healthcare, there are still risks to our dog's wellbeing.

Some of the biggest dangers to our dogs are environmental more than their own health. This can be busy urban environments with cars, motorbikes, or even just cyclists.

Also, one thing you realise as a dog owner is how messy the streets are. People drop all sorts of stuff on the street, and not all of it is good for your Cockapoo. You need to constantly look ahead of your dog while walking as if you both see it at the same time there is a very good chance your Cockapoo gets there before you.

Cockapoo Life Stages

Just like people, your Cockapoo's life stages have different phases to them. At each stage, your dog's requirements are slightly different in what you should be feeding your dog, their exercise requirements, and the likelihood of health issues.

This is broken down into the Cockapoo puppy stage, which lasts until around 18 months old. The adolescence stage which overlaps the puppy time lasting from when your Cockapoo is six months old until they reach 18 months old.

Once your Cockapoo has reached sexual maturity it will enter the adult phase of life. This is the longest part and will last until your dog is around eight or nine years old. A senior dog changes quite a lot again, lower exercise, special food, and everything is more about preservation and staying on top of any health issues.


Bringing a Cockapoo into your family is a very exciting time. And a dog really part of the family, they are always around through the ups and downs of life. But at some point, you are bound to wonder just how long your canine companion will live.

Hopefully, this article has helped you understand how long your Cockapoo is likely to live and helped you understand the main factors that can contribute to your dog living a long and healthy life.

Cockapoo owners have a lot of influence on how long their dog lives. Take good care of your designer dog and you can have a dog that smashes that expected Cockapoo lifespan.

Lastly, make sure you get your Cockapoo from a reputable breeder who will be following good practices, this will help ensure your dog have the best chance in life and are not inheriting any conditions that put your dog at a disadvantage.

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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