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Spoodle

Spoodle or a Cockerpoo? Whatever you call them, they’re bundles of energy and love! 

The Spoodle is a crossbreed between a Cocker spaniel and a miniature Poodle. The result is a dog who looks like a teddy bear, with the smarts and charm of both parents. 

Given the Spoodle’s status as a crossbreed, there can be some variation in appearance from dog to dog, but typically they have a medium to long coat that can be straight, wavy or curly. Colours include tan, brown, black and cream. 

They are a small to medium dog with weights around 9 to 11kg and height to the shoulder of 36 to 38cm. Their life expectancy is around 10 to 15 years.

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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

USA, 1960’s - Cross between Cocker spaniel and Poodle (usually miniature)

Bred for

Companions 

Size 

Small-medium 9 to 11kgs and 36 to 38cm 

Weight Range

9 to 11kgs

Colours

Cream, black, brown, tan

Life expectancy

10 to 15 years 

Coat

Long – might be straight, wavy or curly. Typically, low shedding

Temperament 

Affectionate, active, intelligent 

Exercise requirements

High, enjoy playing

Best suited for 

Couples, families

Apartment Friendly

Yes 

Personality

They tend to be friendly, energetic and intelligent, making them well suited to an active couple or family. Their small size makes them appealing to people in apartments or without backyards but bear in mind that they will still like frequent exercise, play and lots of company to keep them happy and healthy. 

Grooming

The coat may be low to no shedding and will need regular brushing at home and frequent trips to the groomers for clipping. As skin problems including allergies are common in the Spoodle, make sure your parasite control is up to date all year round to prevent extra itching and scratching. They generally have floppy ears with hairy ear canals, so regular ear cleaning is a necessary part of caring for a Spoodle to help prevent ear problems. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Spoodle, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Spoodle’s may benefit from a digestive diet that helps with sensitive tummies and skin. Follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

Common Health Concerns 

According to PetSure data from 2019, the five most common reasons for Spoodle’s to require a vet visit (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations) were: 

Most common pet insurance claims for this breed, (PetSure data, 2019) 

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Ear conditions (infections, allergies)

$160

$2,984

2

Skin conditions (infections, allergies)

$173

$1,620

3

Gastrointestinal conditions (such as gastroenteritis)

$266

$3,829

4

Tumours

$482

$14,001

5

Arthritis

$159

$6,685

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

With ear and skin conditions ranking in the top reasons for Spoodles to see the vet, keeping the coat and ears clean and in tip top condition helps to detect problems early on and may also prevent certain infections from forming. Read more about atopic dermatitis, a common skin problem in dogs and and otitis externa (ear infections) via the links. 

Most popular Spoodle names

According to PetSure data (from 2019) the most popular Spoodle names are:

  1. Charlie
  2. Archie
  3. Milo
  4. Alfie
  5. Luna
  6. Poppy
  7. Ruby
  8. Coco
  9. Daisy
  10. Rosie

Most popular female names

  1. Luna
  2. Poppy
  3. Ruby
  4. Coco
  5. Daisy
  6. Rosie
  7. Bonnie
  8. Maggie
  9. Molly
  10. Millie

Most popular male names

    1. Charlie
    2. Archie
    3. Alfie
    4. Milo
    5. Leo
    6. Murphy
    7. Ollie
    8. Oscar
    9. Ziggy
    10. Bailey

Did you know?

American pop star Ariana Grande reportedly has a Spoodle called Sirius in her pack of nine dogs as well as a pet pig. 

Where can I get a Spoodle?

Pop by your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 

References

    1. Burke’s Backyard, Pet Road Test: Spoodle, 2020, Accessed on 29.10.20
    2. Wikipedia, Cockapoo, Accessed on 29.10.20
    3. Pet Doctors St Lukes, The Rise of Celebrity Pets, Accessed on 29.10.20

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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