Whether you are about to welcome a cockapoo into your family or are planning on investing in one of these beautiful and friendly creatures, there is a lot you need to know. One of the big questions many people ask is when a cockapoo should have its first haircut. At CockapooHQ, we felt this was important enough a question that it deserved its own post.
Generally speaking, thanks to the texture, style and consistency of cockapoo’s coats, their fur does not need too much work. That doesn’t mean they don’t need any trimming or grooming, because they do. So, when should you have it cut for the first time?
While They Are Puppies
The coat a cockapoo has when it’s a puppy requires a simple amount of maintenance, regardless of which type of coat variation they have. For at least the first six months, the only grooming that is required is a straightforward, but thorough brushing session. This only needs to last for about 10 minutes and should be done between four to five times every week.
There is no need to even contemplate cutting their hair just yet.
When Their Adult Coat Starts to Grow Through
Normally any time after a cockapoo reaches 8 months of age, their coat will start to change as the new, adult fur comes through. Very quickly you will notice a change from their once relatively easy coat transforming intone that is moulting. To be clear, all dogs moult, but not all breeds of dogs, like Poodles, for instance, shed.
As you are probably aware, one of the reasons why cockapoos are so popular is because they do not aggravate allergies as much as other dogs. For that reason, they are a very good breed to own if you are prone to allergies. One downside to this characteristic is, however, that they need more consistent and regular grooming.
So, in answer to the question set in the title and the outset of this post, when should a cockapoo have its first hair cut? Unless otherwise informed by a vet or the breeder, we would suggest you only consider having its fur-trimmed once the adult coat comes through around the 8 months mark.
We would also suggest that you take into consideration the temperature and weather at the time. If your dog reaches the age of 8 months during the winter, it might be better to hold getting its fur-trimmed, unless it really needs it because of matting. You will want to make sure your dog has as much protection from the elements, particularly as you will need to take them out for exercising.
If your dog reaches 8 months during summer or even spring, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to have its hair trimmed.
What you do after that first initial cut is up to you. As long as the dog is healthy and being groomed regularly, it is more about personal preference how often you have your dog’s fur clipped and cut.