As you would expect, the Cockapoo is actually a cross-breed or as some would express it, a hybrid dog breed. And as the name suggests, it is a mix of Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. So its coat type and personality would depend largely on which breed is the more dominant.
But regardless of the coat type, an essential part of any Cockapoo care is having a good grooming routine.
The actual clipping can of course be done by a professional groomer. But if you decide to learn the basics of how to groom a Cockapoo yourself so that you can manage the clipping at home, then you will need some pointers on how to go about it. This is probably even more relevant if you have had to self-isolate during the 2020 pandemic. Plus, it will definitely pay to have some knowledge of preferred Cockapoo grooming tools.
With patience and some practice you can eventually feel completely comfortable with managing the Cockapoo coat type.
Cockapoo Grooming Tips
Grooming a Cockapoo at Home or in the Salon
Now there are many different Cockapoo cuts and you probably already have a preference for one over the other.
However, if you are still trying to decide and wish to master one of the more popular Cockapoo hairstyles, then it is a good idea to have a comprehensive guide to follow and/or a styling video to watch. This is regardless of whether you are working professionally as a groomer or simply wanting to groom your own Cockapoo at home.
A video can certainly help you to better manage various Cockapoo hair cut styles (see below).
Types of Cockapoo Coats
Cockapoo dog coats can vary according to thickness, coarseness, length and degree of curliness.
For example, we have:
- A coat with tight curls
Now, naturally this Cockapoo would have more of the Poodle mix in it.
This type probably sheds the least when compared with the other coat types.
- A coat that tends towards being straighter
The straight haired Cockapoo tends to throw more to the Cocker Spaniel mix. It tends to shed less and require clipping perhaps only 4 times a year. This coat type still requires cleaning and brushing on a regular basis.
- A coat that is more wavy than curly
Again this type of hair would suggest a stronger mix of Cocker Spaniel in the breeding.
Now when it comes to cross breeding further down the chain you can have all kinds of coat combinations. For example a Cockapoo, the result of the original mix, might itself then be crossed with a Poodle or a Cocker Spaniel, again throwing stronger tendencies than would otherwise have been expected. This is where we start to see F1 and F2 etc classifications of generations.
That is when you could expect to see other coat combinations such as:
- A flat coat Cockapoo – more similar to a Cocker Spaniel
- The Cockapoo straight hair type with gentle waves
- The wavy coat with ringlets – this is more high maintenance, lending itself to matting.
- The tight curled Cockapoo – a coat very similar to the Poodle which means very little shedding but the same requirement for grooming as the Poodle breed.
Regardless of coat type, the Cockapoo is a very cute breed of dog. This is a truly lovable breed and one that requires delicate handling and grooming, perhaps more so than many other dogs. Grooming this breed is more of a fun-filled experience than an arduous task.
Given the costs of frequently visiting a professional groomer, mastering various Cockapoo haircuts is definitely a worthwhile pursuit particularly given that there are a number of different styles that you might like to try.