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Red Cockapoo: Facts, Origin, Pictures & History

Written by: Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Last Updated on June 14, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Red Cockapoo: Facts, Origin, Pictures & History

The Cockapoo is a designer dog that is bred from the Miniature Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel. These dogs come in four sizes: teacup, toy, miniature, and standard. These dogs also come in a variety of colors, including chocolate, white, golden, and red. Cockapoos of all colors have the same origin, history, and lineage.

Breed Overview


16 – 22 inches


25 – 40 pounds


12 – 15 years


Red, apricot, cream, white, chocolate, black, merle, tri-colored, tuxedo

Suitable for:

Active families, children, apartment dwellers, those looking for a social dog


Loving, friendly, intelligent, laid-back, easy to train

So, the Red Cockapoo is no different than the Chocolate or White variety. They just happen to be a different color! Here’s what you need to know about the Red Cockapoo’s (and every other Cockapoo’s) origin, history, and more.

Cockapoo Characteristics

High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

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The Earliest Records of the Red Cockapoo in History

The Cockapoo was first created in the 1960s by designer dog breeders in the United States. Both toy and standard Poodles were used in breeding, so the size of this mixed breed has always varied. It is not clear when Cockapoos were introduced to the U.K., but the designer breed has become extremely popular there, as evidenced by the need for organizations such as the Cockapoo Owners Club of the U.K.

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How the Red Cockapoo Gained Popularity

It is thought that Cockapoos benefit from hybrid vigor, which results in the reduced development of inheritable health problems. Breeders promoting this idea may have had an impact on this mixed breed’s popularity. However, it’s important to note that there is not enough scientific evidence to conclude that this dog does benefit from hybrid vigor. That said, Cockapoos are popular due to their cute physical traits, interactive and social personalities, eagerness to please, and kindness to children.

Formal Recognition of the Red Cockapoo

Since the Cockapoo is not a purebred dog, they have received no formal recognition from organizations like the American Kennel Club. This does not make the mixed breed any less important or beneficial to humans than purebreds, of course. They can be just as healthy, athletic, and obedient as any other breed. In fact, they will likely excel in these areas compared to many purebred dogs.

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Top 3 Unique Facts About Red Cockapoos

Red Cockapoos are cute, cuddly, and family oriented. They also happen to be athletic, like each of their parents. They’re thought to be hypoallergenic due to their Poodle DNA, making them a good choice for households that are sensitive to allergens. Here’s what else you should know.

1. They Have a Couple of Nicknames

Cockapoos are sometimes lovingly referred to as Spoodles and Cockerdoodles. It all depends on the owner and the “label” that they think best fits their pet. Other nicknames are likely being used, but they are not popularly recognized at this time. However, that will probably change as this designer dog’s popularity grows.

2. There Are Many Shades of Red Cockapoos

The Red Cockapoo comes in a variety of shades due to the melanin that is responsible for their coloring. The shade of red of a Cockapoo will depend on how much red melanin (phaeomelanin) is present in their DNA.

3. Red Cockapoos Can be More Expensive Than Other Colors

Although the red coloring is not exactly rare, there are fewer Red Cockapoo puppies available for sale than puppies of other colors, which makes them more desirable among prospective owners. Therefore, breeders sometimes charge more due to the demand.

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Does the Cockapoo Make a Good Pet?

Cockapoos can make amazing pets for households of all shapes and sizes! These are loving, loyal dogs and they happen to get along well with children. These dogs are extremely intelligent and learn quickly, so obedience training is usually a breeze (at least compared to many other breeds).

This designer breed can live in both apartment and house settings if they have access to the outdoors for daily walks and playtime. Cockapoos enjoy adventures, making them a good pet choice for active families that like camping, hiking, and visiting lakes and oceans.

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Cockapoos come in a variety of colors, including beautiful shades of red. These dogs are fun, loving, interactive, loyal, and playful. They love to run and play but enjoy lounging around the house too. They don’t have a long or rich history, but they are making a name for themselves, and they are sure to be beloved for many years to come.

Featured Image Credit: mountaintreks, Shutterstock

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