They look like teddy bears, they feel like teddy bears and just like teddy bears, cockapoos are the ultimate snuggle buddies. A mix between a cocker spaniel and poodle, cuddling is one of their favorite hobbies, behind eating and sleeping in poo pose.

Being an affectionate dog breed, you can expect your cockapoo to curl up beside you on the couch and snuggle while you watch tv or read your favorite book. They may spill your wine or coffee in the process, or steal your attention away from your partner or children. But hey, we all have to make sacrifices.

Just like human beings, all cockapoos are different and some are more cuddly than others. But generally speaking cockapoos are an incredibly friendly breed that like to cozy up. Their snuggles are not just limited to their owners or family members. They often show interest and affection towards strangers, always looking to be the center of attention wherever they go.

Hypoallergenic… Sort of

It also helps that cockapoos are considered hypoallergenic. Many people who suffer from dog allergies are okay around cockapoos and don’t experience allergic reactions. That said, it’s important to remember that allergies are not caused by a particular dog coat type, but by dander, which are the skin cells that animals shed. If you’re super allergic to dogs, then even a cockapoo won’t be a good choice for you.

Good lap dog?

Don’t assume that their cuddly personality equates to them being a good lap dog. If you’re looking for a pup that will sit and stay quietly without whining or barking for your attention, then you won’t get that from a cockapoo. They need to be exercised and mentally stimulated like all other breeds. They need at least 60 minutes of exercise per day to stay healthy and happy. If they’re left alone for a couple hours, they should have access to dog toys so that they’re stimulated.

Battling Separation Anxiety

It’s important that cockapoo owners create boundaries with their cockapoo puppies early on as this breed can become very needy and experience separation anxiety. If you let you cockapoo snuggle up on the couch with you every single time you go to sit down, this will become their norm, and they may struggle to relax when you’re not home to give them attention. This leads to barking, whining and stress when they’re home alone.

If your cockapoo experiences separation anxiety, there are some things you can do:

  • Leave an item of clothing. Before you leave the house, leave your cockapoo with an item of clothing like a sock or t-shirt that smells like you.
  • No exciting reunion: when you come home, don’t greet your dog with excitement. This is a tough one, but if you play it down then you’re not rewarding the behavior that goes along with separation anxiety.
  • Don’t leave your cockapoo alone for eight hours. At the end of the day, cockapoos, like most dogs, are social creatures and need the company, love and attention to be happy. If you don’t have the time to spend with them or the money to spend on doggie daycare, you may want to rethink getting a cockapoo, or any dog.