Grooming and care tips for Cockapoo/ Spoodle Dogs you need to know.

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As the name suggests a Cockapoo/ Spoodle is the result of crossing a Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle. Poodle mixes are quickly becoming one of the most popular sought-after breeds, so if you are a proud owner of an adorable Cockapoo/ Spoodle then read on.

Types of Cockapoo/ Spoodle Coats

The coat type of a Cockapoo / Spoodle varies as these characteristics are inherited from Cocker Spaniels and Poodles. Coats can vary according to length, density and type of curls.

Curly Coats

These coats probably sheds the least, however this type of coat will need to be groomed often.

Wavy Coats

Again these coats are high maintenance as well. They will need regular grooming to prevent matting.

Straighter Coats

A straighter coat would suggest a stronger mix of Cocker Spaniel and requires only medium maintenance. 

How to maintain the Cockapoo/ Spoodle Coat.

A Cockapoo’s/ Spoodle’s grooming needs will depend on the type of coat they inherit. Even though most Poodle mixes are considered as hypoallergenic and low maintenance, they still require regular grooming and care.  If their coats are not properly cared for it will result in matts and skin issues. 

Brushing

Regular brushing is a must for these breeds. Cockapoos/ Spoodles tend to get matts and knots behind their ears, legs, armpit and around the collar area. Although they shed less, they require daily maintenance. 

Brushing and combing your dog at least a few times a week not only helps them maintain a healthy coat, but this activity will also help develop a loving relationship between you and your pup.  With these types of oodle coats brushing alone is not enough.  If you only brush the coat, you might think the coat is matt free, as a brush often just skims through the top coat and does not reach further down to matts close to the skin. So, make sure after brushing you run through a comb as close to the skin and through the coat to make sure there aren’t any hidden matts.

Grooming

Although Cockapoos/ Spoodles are non-shedding, their coats do need a great deal of care. Apart from regular brushing at home, these pups require a professional groomer. Cockapoos/ Spoodles should be taken to a groomer every 4-6 weeks for a grooming session. Cockapoo/ Spoodles need to have their ears properly dried after their bath and regularly checked to avoid infections.

These popular Oodle breeds requires a great level of commitment paired with regular brushing and grooming. We often come across Cockapoos/ Spoodles in pretty bad shape with severely matted coats. This is often due to the fact that most pet owners are misinformed about their grooming requirements. If the dog is severely matted your groomer will have no option but to shave back the coat to get rid of the matts and tangles.

Grooming dogs is not just for cosmetic appeal, dogs should be groomed regularly so they will feel happier and healthier. Money can buy you a beautiful dog, but only proper love and care can make him wag his tail. 

Author: Ran Rodrigo of Blue Wheelers

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