How Many Puppies do Cockapoos Have?

October 20, 2022

You might be considering breeding Cockapoos or already be a breeder wondering how many puppies is normal to have. Or you may just love dogs and are curious to know more about Cockapoo litter size.

Cockapoo is a mixed breed, created between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.

While Cockapoo puppies can be very adorable as well as one of the most expensive and popular breeds to purchase, breeding them is quite complicated as well as time-consuming and requires a lot of thought and care. You will also need to have ethical and financial considerations in mind in the breeding process.

Many factors influence the litter, like the size of the parent breeds. It can also depend if it is the first or second litter of the bitch. Larger dogs tend to have larger litters.

This article will teach you about the size of the litter, considerations when breeding Cockapoos as well as discuss Cockapoo's heat cycle and how to confirm pregnancy.

How Many Puppies can Cockapoos Have?

Cockapoos are medium-sized dogs, and the average litter size is four to seven puppies. However, the first litter tends to be smaller and can be around two to four Cockapoo puppies.

There are always exceptions, and there has been a litter of over ten puppies. However, this is rare. The largest Cockapoo litter was eleven puppies.

However, as said there is never a guarantee of average litter size. Things like parent sizes, the age of the mother as well as the health of parents can influence the litter size.

While large litters may be preferred by breeders these can also cause problems during delivery as they can exhaust the Cockapoo mothers. Also, having a lot of puppies to feed can present difficulties in nursing for the bitch.

When Can you Breed Your Female Cockapoo?

Female Cockapoo reaches maturity around six months and has its first heat cycle. They are then able to have pups.

However many responsible breeders will prefer not to let their bitch mate in their first heat cycle. You should not breed a Cockapoo older than seven years.

Most female dogs go to season on average twice a year. It is recommended to have no more than four litters during its lifetime, to ensure you do not put your Female Cockapoos' life and health in danger.

Cockapoo Season

Cockapoo season normally lasts less than a month. Each individual dog will have its own pattern that you can realize with time.

Signs your Cockapoo is in heat:

  • Frequent urination
  • Licking genitals
  • Change in appetite
  • Enlarged vulva
  • Behavioural Changes- overly friendly, humping things, approaching males, anxious nature

How Long is a Cockapoo Pregnancy

The typical length of pregnancy for a Cockapoo tends to be 63 days 0r 9 weeks. However, it can be a little bit more or less.

There are some physical and behavioural changes that happen to a pregnant Cockapoo.

However, the best way to confirm pregnancy is to get veterinary advice. They can perform an ultrasound to confirm the size of the litter.

How do You Know the Cockapoo is Pregnant?

So, how can you tell if your female Cockapoo has become pregnant?

Luckily there are a few signs you can look out for as signals that you might have a litter of Cockapoo puppies on the way. Let's take a look at what this may include.

Changes in Appetite

Dogs love to eat. No matter if it is their mealtime or yours you can be sure that a Cockapoo will be right at your feet with those big round eyes looking for something to eat.

If you notice your dog starting to lose interest or have more interest in food and some of the other signs we have discussed are present you may want to take your dog to the vet.

I know I mentioned having more interest or less, it really can go either way depending on the dog.

Changes in Behaviour

The type of behaviours you should be looking for here include:

  • Your Cockapoo becomes tired easier throughout the day or while out for walks
  • Exhibiting nesting behaviours (typically in the later stages of dog pregnancies)
  • Being more irritable and even aggressive towards male dogs
  • More affectionate with their owner

Physical Changes

There are a few physical changes you can also notice in your Cockapoo. These include:

  • Increased nipple size.
  • Weight gain
  • Swollen belly

Can You Breed Two Cockapoos to get Cockapoo Puppies?

Yes, it is possible to breed Cockapoos together to get a litter of Cockapoo pups. This is known as an F2 Cockapoo, think of this as a second generation.

Even though they are a mixed breed already from a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle there are quite a few different types of Cockapoo you can breed.

So, we have the F2 Cockapoo as mentioned above however there is also an F3 Cockapoo if you breed two F2 Cockapoos together.

A Cockapoo puppy that had Cocker Spaniel and Poodle parents are called a F1 Cockapoo.

How Often Can Male Cockapoos Breed?

Unlike female dogs who go have specific times, they can mate, male dogs can do the deed multiple times a day if required. It is recommended you keep it to around once every three days though, otherwise, it might not be as reliable which wouldn't be great if you were getting a stud fee for your dog's time.

How Many Litters Can a Cockapoo have?

During the course of their life female dogs can have between three and four litters if you get your Cockapoo pregnant early at around 18 months old.

With an average litter size for Cockapoos of four to seven puppies, this means your dog could have 16 to 28 puppies! Pretty incredible, right? And this isn't taking into account those litters that have eight or more puppies.

A key point to keep in mind here is that you should leave at least a year between litters to give your dog a chance to rest.

Tips for Breeding a Cockapoo

Now that you have a firm understanding of how many puppies a Cockapoo is likely to have any of the signs you should look out for let's cover a few helpful points you should consider when breeding your dog.

  • Avoid male dogs during heat: Male dogs will do just about anything to get to a female in heat. Don't underestimate them.
  • Don't let your dog overdo it: During late pregnancy, your Cockapoo will become increasingly drained. Try to keep her close by and comfortable. Especially when you are close to the due date. No puppies on a walk!
  • Prepare the birthing area: Have the area you intend your dog to give birth in all prepared well in advance. You don't want this to be a last-minute dash trying to get things ready.


So, how many pups do Cockapoos have?

Normals Cockapoo litters have between four and seven pups. This is around the same average litter size you will find in most breeds around this size. It's pretty similar to how many puppies a Cocker Spaniel has.

It is important to know your dog well along with the signs you should look out for that may indicate your female dog could be pregnant.

Remember to take care when your dog is in season, as cute as little puppies are you don't want an accidental litter on your hands!

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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