Goldendoodle vs. Cockapoo

Last Updated on January 11, 2023 by Becky Roberts

If you’re asking the question “Goldendoodle or Cockapoo?” then you probably have jumped on the Doodle train. You are trying to figure out which Poodle hybrid breed is best for you. It can be confusing to find the right one in the doodle dog world.

Both dogs make great family pets and companions. They are friendly, smart, and adorable. Although they look similar, the dogs do have different sizes and energy levels.

We will be comparing the Goldendoodle with the Cockapoo, one of the original Poodle mixes. Continue reading to learn about the differences and similarities between each breed. This will hopefully help you make the best choice when choosing your four-legged friend.

Goldendoodle vs. Cockapoo

Breed History

Poodle crossbreeds include the Goldendoodle and Cockapoo. There are dozens Poodle crossbreeds available on the market. Crossbreeding poodles is a way to get desirable traits like hypoallergenic coats, intelligence and friendliness. This is what the Goldendoodles and Cockapoos have been blessed with.

Neither dog breed is yet to be recognized by either the American Kennel Club or the Westminster Kennel Club. These clubs recognize only pure breeds and take into consideration both the Goldendoodle as well as the Cockapoo “mixed breeding” dog. We can only hope that this will change as these breeds become more well-known.


The part Golden Retriever and part Poodle is the Goldendoodle. The Goldendoodle is a relatively new mixed breed dog that first emerged in the 1990s, probably inspired by its predecessor’s popularity, the Labradoodle. The popularity of Doodles has increased dramatically in recent years, including the Goldendoodle.

They are one of the most loved doodle dogs , due to their friendly personalities. They are still one of the most sought-after and popular mixed breeds money can buy, even though they are not yet an AKC registered breed.


The Cockapoo is part Cocker Spaniel and part Poodle. The Cockapoo is likely one of the original Poodle crossbreeds, and people have bred them in the United States since at least the 1960s. Breeders wanted to create a cross that was similar in size to the parent cocker spaniel, but with fewer shedding and health issues.

Decades of breeding experience have made it possible to produce a high-quality Cockapoo that is both healthy and attractive. This most loved doodle dog is closely followed by few others.


It’s obvious that the Cockapoo and the Goldendoodle are adorable. However, beyond their cuteness and teddy bear appearance, there are several factors you should also consider, including coat color, coat type, and size, if the appearance is important to you.

Coat Color

When you think of both dogs, it’s likely that you picture a tan-shaggy dog. They come in a variety of colors, but the tan color is a common one.

*Goldendoodles may be made in cream, apricot or red chocolate or black. Cockapoos are available in a variety of colors, including white, buff and cream. Cockapoos can have solid colors as well as a variety of different patterns.

  • Parti – two or more colors, but at least 50% white
  • Abstract – white abstract or chrome markings on a solid coat
  • Merle – solid base coat with swirls of another color on some body parts
  • Phantom – darker base coat with lighter swirls on legs, under the tail, and sides of face.

Coat Type

Goldendoodle coats are available in straight, wavy or curly. Cockapoo coats can be curly or wavy. Straight and wavy coats are easier to maintain than curly or curly. Although the length of each dog’s coats is different, they have longer, denser coats. They also have longer eyebrows, mustaches and beards which give them their distinctively fluffy faces.


The Goldendoodle is more heavy than the Cockapoo and tends to be larger. This is due to the differences in size between the parent breeds. It is impossible to predict what size or height a puppy will be, so breeders have bred the dogs into different sizes to help reduce their size.

Currently, there are four sizes of Goldendoodles:

  • Petite: 14 inches or shorter at the shoulder/ 25 pounds or less.
  • Miniature: 14-17 inches at the shoulder/ 26-35 pounds.
  • Medium: 17-21 inches at the shoulder/ 36-50 pounds.
  • Standard: 21 inches or taller/ more than 51 pounds.

There are currently three sizes of Cockapoo available:

  • Toy: 10 inches or shorter at the shoulder/12 pounds or less.
  • Mini: 11-14 inches at the shoulder/12-20 pounds.
  • Standard: 15 inches or taller at the shoulder/ more than 20 pounds.


Breeders wanted many early Poodle mixes to become service dogs because of their gentle and friendly disposition. Poodles are also highly intelligent, proud, and active. Cockapoo and Goldendoodle inherited the temperament of the Poodle from their parents.

The Golden Retriever is a friendly, intelligent, and loyal dog. The Cockapoo, like the Cocker Spaniel is friendly, intelligent and energetic.

Both dogs can be social and a great add-on to a family. They will be a part of your family and will soon become a part of your family. They are best suited for indoor living and should not be outside dogs.

Both dogs are good with other dogs and pets. You can socialize them and help keep them active. Both dogs do not bark a lot. They are both better guard dogs and they will bark at new stimuli.


The Cockapoo and the Goldendoodle can be house- or apartment-bound as long as they are getting exercise every day. Both dogs can be house-trained in apartments and homes with no yard. Both dogs are descendants of hunting dogs so they have a natural instinct to be playful and get their energy from the outdoors.

The Goldendoodle requires more activity and will need 60-90 minutes of exercise daily broken down over several trips outside. The Cockapoo will need approximately 45-60 minutes of outdoor playtime daily. Dog’s personality and age will determine the intensity of their exercise. Both dogs will likely age more gracefully, but they will still require light exercise.

If either dog is not getting enough exercise, they may become overweight and lethargic. Additional behavior problems may occur, such as excessive barking, digging and biting.


The Cockapoo and Goldendoodle are very intelligent and highly trained ., just like their lineage. You will be able to train both your puppy and a professional dog trainer. Both dogs are eager to please.

The two breeds are quick learners, and it might take just a few weeks potty-train your puppy. Both dogs should be trained to potty by six months. Regular work is required. Positive reinforcement is the best way to teach your dog. This involves rewarding the dog for good behavior with treats or treats.


Both dogs are healthy. If you buy from a reliable breeder, you can increase your chances of bringing home a healthy dog. These two breeds are predisposed to certain health conditions that have been passed down from their parents, including:

  • Hip dysplasia or dislocation
  • Eye diseases, such as cataracts and glaucoma
  • Luxating Patella or wobbly knees

A healthy Goldendoodle’s lifespan is about 10-15 years. The Cockapoo’s lifespan is about 14-18 years, though some healthy Cockapoos can live to reach their 20s.


The dog does not have any special dietary requirements. High-quality protein is the key ingredient in dog food to keep these breeds active and healthy. Avoid adding too much filler such as corn or grain to your dog’s food. Your dog could become allergic or sensitive.

When both dogs are still in puppy stage, it may be necessary to feed them smaller amounts as often as 3-4 times per day. Adult dogs will need larger, but more frequent, meals about 1-2 times per day.

Goldendoodles will consume anywhere from 1 to 3 cups of dry dog food per day, depending on their size. Cockapoos can only consume 1-2 cup per day , because they are smaller dogs. It is important to ensure that both dogs are getting high-quality, dry kibble.

While it may be difficult to resist their adorable begging faces you should avoid giving your dog food or table scraps. Healthy treats for dogs are a great reward or treat!


One of the myths why both of these dogs are so popular is that they are hypoallergenic, making them perfect companions for people with allergies. Although there is no hypoallergenic dog, dogs that shed less frequently are considered hypoallergenic. Goldendoodles don’t shed much, nor do Cockapoos. They are easy to clean up after. This does not mean that they are easy to maintain.

Both dogs require minimal maintenance. Due to their coat type, both breeds of dog will need regular grooming. Their coat type will dictate how often they need to be groomed. Their coats can become matted and tangled if they are not properly groomed. In some cases, they may even need a complete shave.

Cockapoos and Goldendoodles with curly hair will need to be brushed almost daily. You’ll need to brush your dog with straighter hair at least once a week. Bathing your dog in the house is fine, so long as they are dry and clean. A bath can increase the likelihood of matting.

Your pup will need to be taken to the groomer at least once every six weeks to have its hair cut or trimmed. The grooming fees can vary from $50-$200 depending on the type of services you require and the temperament of your dog at the groomers. Start acclimating your puppy with the groomer by regularly taking them to appointments. This will help ensure that their coats remain healthy and strong into adulthood.

Puppy Prices

Because both breeds are highly sought-after, they can be very expensive. On average, expect to pay a breeder about $2,000 for a puppy of either breed.

The average price for a Goldendoodle bought from a breeder is $2,100, though the cost can vary from $1,000-$4,000. Goldendoodles are rarely available for adoption. However, shelters might have them for sale for as little as $100. It is possible to pay significantly more for a Goldendoodle with special characteristics such as a specific color of coat or size.

The average price for a Cockapoo bought from a breeder is $2,000, though the cost can range from $1,000-$2,500 or more. The Cockapoo is more in demand than the Goldendoodle and has been around for some time so it might be easier to find one for adoption at shelters.

Some disreputable breeders and puppymills have tried to make a profit by the Doodle craze. Although it might seem tempting to buy your dog from an uncertified seller, experts recommend that you purchase your dog from a certified breeder.

Buying from a certified breeder is more expensive and may result in a longer waiting list. However, it guarantees your dog’s genes and ensures they are well-adjusted and healthy when they join your family. Check the Goldendoodle Association of America and the American Cockapoo Club for a list of reputable breeders.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, you feel more excited to meet your furry friend after reading this article. You should now feel more prepared to decide which Goldendoodle or Cockapoo best suits your needs.

The Cockapoo is the most suitable breed for people who live in small houses or apartments and work a 9-5 job. The Goldendoodle is a great choice if you have a large yard and work from home.

You might still be undecided about both these incredible breeds. This is totally understandable. It is an important decision to choose a dog! This list of Doodle Dogs may help you to find the right dog for you if you already have your heart set on one.

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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