As you would expect, the Cockapoo is actually a cross-breed or as some would express it, a hybrid dog breed. 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. 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
When it comes to mastering the more popular Cockapoo hairstyles, 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.
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.
Grooming a Cockapoo with Clippers – Youtube Videos
It’s hard to beat watching a video that shows a groomer at work so here are some videos that can help you learn how to clip a Cockapoo.
This can help you start to master breed-specific grooming styles. Here is a very comprehensive video that shows how to groom a Cockapoo with clippers. In this case, the groomer demonstrates a Teddy Bear clip and is using a Wahl pet clipper. The Wahl clippers are considered some of the best clippers for Cockapoos.
If you are looking for help with grooming a Cockapoo face then you might prefer to jump straight into this video that discusses clipping the face in particular:
Grooming a Matted Cockapoo
We have all been there – ouch – what a job it is to get mats and tangles out of a dog’s coat once they have become entrenched.
Mats can easily be hidden by the top layer of a Cockapoo’s coat. So you really need to get down into the undercoat, the layer nearer the skin.
De-matting the Cockapoo’s Coat
Start checking the pet’s coat for tangled or matted hair. This is a common problem with Cockapoos because of their long coat.
Lightly comb and try to brush out the matted tufts without pulling the hair and skin of the dog.
Once you locate some tangled hair, make sure to tackle it gently because the skin can easily be pulled before you know it.
The video below shows you how to tease the tangle out with a dematting comb.
A slicker brush is great for top level brushing but when you find a real tangle or a piece of heavily matted hair then you can move to the comb to help tease it out better.
There are various kinds of dematting combs that you can use and I would suggest that the nature of your dog will determine which works best. In other words, if your Cockapoo is a little skittish, you might find that the comb pulls a little. In that case you could go for the wider-tooth grooming rake.
If the tangled hair has become too knotted, you will have to cut the knots out with the help of scissors. Take utmost care while doing so in order to avoid getting too close to the skin.
Once you have taken care of all the matted bits you can gently brush the coat (do this on a regular basis once a week to avoid further matting). Now you can trim the Cockapoo’s hair to the desired length. Be certain to trim near the eyes but do retain the moustache and goatee of the Cockapoo as it lends the perfect grace and charm befitting this wonderful breed.
Cockapoo Grooming Tools
Grooming means an overall regime of taking care of the pet’s coat (trimming and brushing), brushing of teeth, cleaning of ears and cutting of nails. It also pays to have some understanding of Cockapoo coats in general.
There are a few tools in particular that one must have on hand before undertaking Cockapoo grooming.
The essential grooming tools include:
- Two cotton balls
- Dog nail trimmer
- A nail file
- Hair Brush
- Tooth Brush
- Dog Shampoo (preferably herbal one)
- Cotton swabs
- Hair dryer (optional)
- Pet Clippers
- A suitable grooming table
How to Groom a Cockapoo at Home
It’s a good idea to look at some of the different Cockapoo haircuts to see which you prefer. In the video that follows, you can watch how the grooming of this breed is done.. The stylist provides a lot of grooming-related Cockapoo information such as how to use grooming equipment from clippers through to shears and how to keep your pet calm during the process. And of course you can see a popular Cockapoo haircut style.
How to Groom a Cockapoo with Clippers
There are a number of different Cockapoo hairstyles to choose between. New groomers need to add these to their repertoire of grooming styles.
First and foremost the pet should be made to stand comfortably on the ground or on a waist high table for easy reach (for those who have a tendency to get backaches or those who can’t kneel on the ground comfortably).
A common question from owners is:
Do Cockapoo shed?
Well most dogs shed to some extent. But the Cockapoo is one breed that sheds far less than other breeds. Whilst the Cockapoo is often referred to as a non-shedding breed, it does qualify as typically very, very low shedding. This of course can vary from dog to dog. I’ve heard some owners say that their own hair “sheds” more than their cute little Cockapoo.
However, either way, I strongly recommend that you consider a vacuum that is designed for pet hair collection. This can definitely make life easier, well at least the hours that you spend cleaning.
Another common question is:
What is the best brush for a Cockapoo?
For this breed, I suggest a wire brush or a bristle brush as the best dog brush for Cockapoo grooming.
How to Give a Cockapoo a Bath
Use two cotton balls to fit lightly into the ears so that water and soap may not get in, as Cockapoos are very sensitive to ear infections.
Make the Cockapoo stand in the bath tub and wet him with lukewarm water. Use the dog shampoo and thoroughly lather him up. If it is the herbal kind, let it be on for a few minutes before washing it off. Be especially careful that the soap does not enter the pet’s eyes. After his bath is complete, run him down with a towel. You can follow up with a hair dryer as well if you like to thoroughly dry him off.
How to Clean the Ears of a Cockapoo
Extract the cotton balls from his ears and wipe the ears out with the cotton swab for any ear wax deposits. Do not be over zealous in going too deep into the dog’s ears. Cleaning as far as you can see is good enough. Cut off any hair growing inside the ear as a little care goes a long way.
How to Trim a Cockapoo’s Nails
Last of all you can attend to trimming the dog’s nails with the dog nail trimmer. It is normally available at the local pet store. A sound piece of advice for a first timer is that you should try to distinguish between the nail and the pink layer of skin always before initiating cutting of the nail. If you are uncertain, then cut a little nail and file the remainder of the nail to the required length. This helps in averting any incision or cut in the dog’s paw.
Taking Care of a Cockapoo’s Teeth
Cockapoos frequently suffer from dental health problems as they grow older. As part of their grooming routine, their teeth should be brushed with a special dog toothpaste once a day to avoid serious complications in future.
Advantages of Learning Cockapoo Grooming
As you can see, grooming Cockapoo can be much easier if you follow a technique and of course have the right grooming tools.
A healthy and well groomed Cockapoo is a joy to behold.
Learning how to groom a Cockapoo yourself provides a great deal of satisfaction not to mention quality bonding time with your pet and of course the cost savings that come from not having to go to a professional groomer can be considerable. It is very satisfying to stand back and look at the Cockapoo haircut that you have just given your very own pooch. With this skill up your sleeve, grooming simply becomes part and parcel of your overall Cockapoo care routine.
If you have more than 1 breed of dog at home you can find some handy tips in the category on Breed Dog Grooming. In particular if you also groom Poodles in addition to this breed, then you will want to make sure that you have the appropriate clippers.
Now that we have looked at how to groom Cockapoo, let’s look at some possible gift ideas for owners.