Cocker Spaniel vs Poodle

Compare the Cocker Spaniel to the Poodle. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Cocker Spaniels and Poodles.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Poodle is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Poodle is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Cocker Spaniel or Poodle have high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Cocker Spaniel has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Poodle is an average barker.
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Breed NameCocker SpanielPoodle
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height14-15 in.15-24 in.
Weight24-28 lb45-70 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountrySurinameGermany
Origin Year1800 AD1200 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F35°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredLow-MediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed20 mph32 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighHigh
SheddingMediumNone
DanderMediumNone
Drool AmountNone-LowNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCocker SpanielPoodle
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowVery Low
ChasingHighBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingVery LowVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameCocker SpanielPoodle
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseNoYes
AllergiesYesYes
Autoimmune Hemolytic AnemiaYesNo
BloatNoYes
Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)NoYes
CataractsYesYes
Cushing's SyndromeNoYes
Ear InfectionsNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
GlaucomaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Idiopathic EpilepsyYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)NoYes
Optic Nerve HypoplasiaNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Premature GrayingNoYes
Primary SeborrheaYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Runny EyesNoYes
Sebaceous AdenitisNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCocker SpanielPoodle
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Corded CoatNoYes
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesYes
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesYes
Black & WhiteYesYes
Black, White, & TanYesNo
Blue RoanYesNo
Blue Roan & TanYesNo
BrownYesYes
Brown & TanYesNo
Brown & WhiteYesYes
Brown, White, & TanYesNo
BuffYesNo
Buff & WhiteYesNo
CreamYesYes
GoldenYesNo
RedYesYes
Red & WhiteYesYes
Red RoanYesNo
SableYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
SilverYesYes
ApricotNoYes
Black & ApricotNoYes
Black & BrownNoYes
Black & CreamNoYes
Black & GrayNoYes
Black & RedNoYes
Black & SilverNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue & WhiteNoYes
Brown & ApricotNoYes
Cafe Au LaitNoYes
Cream & WhiteNoYes
GrayNoYes
Gray & WhiteNoYes
Red & ApricotNoYes
Silver BeigeNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & ApricotNoYes
White & SilverNoYes
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