It’s fair to say, given that it came 2nd in a recent survey conducted of the country’s favourite breeds, that the cockapoo is the most popular crossbreed in the UK. This is likely down to their adorable and easy-to-love personality. As they are a mixed breed, it is never a foregone conclusion as to which of the specific traits and physical characteristics of their parent breeds, a cockapoo pup is going to inherit. Although you can hazard a guess, until they are born and more accurately, once they have started to grow, you will never really know how tall and big they are going to be and what their coat will be like in terms of texture and colour.
Cockapoos can have fur that has corkscrew curls like their poodle parent, wavy ringlets or a simple and elegantly straight coat with very loose waves.
At the end of the day, though, it doesn’t matter really which kind of coat your cockapoo inherits, as you can always do something with it to make your pooch look their very best. To help you out, we’ve put together a guide of four of the best cockapoo hairstyles you can try with your buddy.
Teddy Bear Trim
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The first hairstyle we want to highlight is ideal for the dog that has a very long coat around their body and particularly their head. Although it works well with various breeds, it is a smart option for Cockapoos especially as it helps to really highlight that kind, but goofy facial expression the breed is known for.
How to get the look: You need to trim the fur over your dog’s body so that it is between 2 and 3 inches long. While it will help give your dog a carefree and fluffy look, you will still need to groom and clean it regularly.
Thanks to the fact that it keeps their fur at a length that’s easy to care for, what is known as the Lamb Cut is an incredibly popular hairstyle for Cockapoos. We love the fact that it leaves them with legs that look fluffy, full and strangely sophisticated.
How to get the look: The Lamb cut can be achieved by leaving the fur on your dog’s hair a little longer than the fur on their body. If you are not entirely confident in your abilities, as this can be tricky to master, it may be worth taking your four-legged friend to a professional groomer.
Cockapoo Cocker Cut
Compared to the other options we’ve highlighted here, the cut that takes inspiration from the Cocker half of your mixed-breed dog’s parentage is a little trickier to maintain.
How to get the look: The fully Cocker-inspired cut is achieved by keeping the fur around your pooch’s bottom and head longer while keeping the fur around their eyes neat and tidy. Similarly, to the Lamb cut, this is one hairstyle we would recommend you consider taking your dog to a groomer for. You also need to keep in mind if you go down this route, you will need to have it trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks.
Summer Cut/Puppy Cut
If you don’t really want to mess around with grooming your furry friend too much, but want them to look their best, the Summer/Puppy cut is perfect. It is basically a neat and tidy cut where all your dog’s fur is trimmed to the same length. The benefit of this cut, and where it gets its name from, is that it will help to keep your Cockapoo cool during summer but will last long enough that you don’t need to make regular trips back and forth to the groomer to maintain it.
How to get the look: Trim all of your dog’s hair to the same short length with clippers.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter really which hairstyle you choose for your cockapoo. As long as you are prepared to maintain it and it matches their personality as well as your wallet and your lifestyle, there are no right or wrong choices.
While we have your attention and are on the subject of Cockapoo hairstyles and grooming them, let’s look briefly at another important part of this process aside from the cutting.
Does Your Cockapoo Have Problems With Brushes?
An essential part of grooming, that ensures your dog’s coat is clean, neat and tidy is the brushing. Now although most do, your dog may not be overly fond of brushes or the sensation. It is best to work on this as early as you can with a puppy.
If your dog is reluctant to be brushed and feels wary of brushes, it is best to take a slow and positive approach rather than going in too heavy-handed. To help you out, we’ve put together a brief guide of how to help your dog get comfortable and hopefully enjoy those important brushing sessions.
Step One – Introduce Your Dog to the Brush
Rather than rushing into anything, before you even touch your dog’s hair with the brush, you need to allow your pooch time to familiarise themselves with it. This can be done by placing it on the floor close to your dog and dropping some of their favourite treats (we would recommend the best of the best, high value treats, over the bog-standard ones, choose something your dog can’t resist) on top of and around it.
Encourage your dog to have a treat and sniff out this new addition to the household.
Step Two – Making the First Contact
Even just making moves to touch your dog with a brush can be off-putting and terrifying for your canine pal. The next step in persuading your dog that brushing is a good thing is to just touch against your dog’s body very lightly with the edges of your brush’s bristles. Every time you do this, present your dog with one of their favourite, high-value treats.
Step Three – The Actual Brushing
Once you know your dog is more or less comfortable with the brush and step two, you can then move on to actually brushing their fur with this implement. Always begin very slowly and lightly, stopping to offer more treats as a reward for their good behaviour. In time, as your dog (and you) gains more confidence around the brush, you can start pressing a little firmer, eventually working right down so that the bristles are stroking over your dog’s skin. You should by now, be able to brush more than one section of fur without needing to stop.