Grooming Tips: Cuts For Cockapoos

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Grooming is vital for cockapoos.
Any new owners of cockapoo puppies or adult pets are probably wondering how much maintenance their new pet needs. Even as seasoned cockapoo owners, some of us may not fully understand the traits of our dogs coat. Here we will briefly discuss the cockapoo coat and give grooming cut ideas that work well on the cockapoo breed.

A cockapoo has hair that grows on a continual basis, just the same as human hair. The upside to the hair that your pooch has is that its hypoallergenic and even most people with allergies can tolerate this breed as pets. The down side is, the growth means that you have to groom your cockapoo regularly and make sure you brush out and maintain the coat between grooms. If you are a brave sort, you can groom at home. Our pup Albion has never been one to sit still without being on one of those groomer's tables. But for others this may be an option. If you don't groom at home, but don't know how to tell the groomer to cut your dogs coat, here are a few cuts that are common and cute for the cockapoo.

Albion generally uses the puppy cut.
The Puppy Cut

The puppy cut is a full coat cut where the hair is cut to a relatively uniform length and is generally fairly short. You can tell your groomer that you want a low-maintenance cut that will last at least three months of time growing out. Be warned though, the puppy cut is not going to look like a pure breed cut, so if you like the classic poodle or cocker look, you may not want to go with this. Another name for this cut is also the summer cut. It's good for hotter weather because it is short and will help your dog will stay cool!

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Cooper's cocker cut.
Photo used w/ permission from M. Brown.
The Cocker Cut

You can also go with the more classic look of the cocker cut. This is when the hair on the head and the bottom of the dogs body is left long. The groomer will still trim around the eyes and shorten the hair around the body, but the hair will be longer than a puppy cut overall.

This gives a more recognizable look as a cockapoo, since it closely resembles a cocker cut, but remember: this will need to be maintained more frequently, most likely every 6 to 8 weeks. You will also need to keep the fur on the bottom of the body, the forming of the "skirt", clean and free of tangles.

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Boycie in a teddy bear cut.
Photo used w/ permission from M. Sowden.
The Teddy Bear Trim

Another cut cut is the teddy bear trim. This leaves a rounder face on the cockapoo and fluffs out around the legs. The hair would be trimmed to about two to three inches and the face is left a little longer. The fur around the eyes would be trimmed back. This is a cute cut, but is another that you would want to get redone about every 8 weeks, depending on your preference.

The important thing to remember is your cockapoo's comfort and well being. If you like a particular way that you have seen a dog cut, ask for it. Make yourself clear to the groomer and, if possible, continue with the same groomer so you don't have to explain yourself over again all the time. Bring a good photo in, perhaps on your mobile phone if it has a good camera, of what you want. If you are not clear to a groomer when it comes to the cut on a cockapoo you could come home with many different looks.

So make sure you know what you want your dog to look like, and communicate it!

7 comments:

Melissa Lapier said...

Any chance that a pic could be added next to each style explanation so that we visual learners can better understand exactly which cut is which? Thanks!

the Editor said...

Hi, Melissa! To answer your question: Yes! In fact, we have a call out for haircut photos on our FB page, so hopefully we will be adding these today or tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Tracy Matthewman
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Anonymous said...

during the summer, I like the shaved cock-a-poo as he gets too hot. during the winter he gets a puppy cut, and everyone still thinks he is a puppy (will be eight in July).<3

L.A. GROOMERS BESPOKE DOG AND CAT GROOMERS said...

Hiya. Would it pointed out that cockerpoos need brushing and combing through all of the coat Daily. This will keep grooming costs down and prevent a clip off because coat has pelted. Linda. L.a. groomers

the Editor said...

Hi, LA GROOMERS! We actually point out at the top of the article that cockapoos need regular brushing. We didn't say daily, as some cuts can get away with slightly less (the puppy cut may require less than daily, for instance). It is a good point to expand upon, so I think we'll link to a "how-yo" article on our site from that text, as well. Thanks for stopping by and for the advice!

Humane Pet Transportation Service said...

To maintain the coats condition, owners will need to brush and comb the coat regularly, bath your pet when necessary (advisably every 4-6 weeks) and also a trim or cut may be necessary depending on your desired look for your Cockapoo’s coat.