The small "designer" breed of dog known as a cockapoo lives a life average for its size, but long compared to other breeds.
The average lifespan of a cockapoo (also known as a cockerpoo, cockadoodle or spoodle) is typically 12 to 15 years. However, the American Cockapoo Club more generously estimates the breed's life expectancy at 14 to 18 years.
Some cockapoos have been known to live for up to 22 years.
Compared to Average Age
Compared to other dogs, the life expectancy of the Cockapoo is right around average. The average of a dog in Europe and North America is 12.8 years.
Compared to Related Breeds
Compared to the breeds from which cockapoos come (American or English cocker spaniel and a poodle, often a toy poodle), cockapoos' life expectancy falls unsurprisingly in between the two. Toy poodles average 14.4 years of life, and cocker spaniels average 12.5 years.
Compared to Large Dogs
Generally, smaller dogs like the cockapoo tend to live longer than bigger dogs. For example, the Chihuahua averages a lifespan of 13 years, while the Great Dane averages 8.4 years.