Help! My Groomer Shaved My Cockapoo

I’ve seen this so many times on Facebook groups.

A cockapoo owner is distraught that they have a shaved cockapoo.

They have a right to be. They probably sent their cockapoo in to have a trim, maybe a nice shampoo, and come back looking all nice, fluffy, and knot-free and they get a shaved cockapoo back in return.

Cockapoo Shaved Face

However, I am here to try and help you explain why they might have been shaved and why it’s not the end of the world.

Why Was The Cockapoo Shaved??

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All cockapoo’s coats are different. This is due to them being a mix of a poodle and a spaniel.

If your dog has a more poodle coat, then there’s a higher chance of tight curly knots developing (detangling sprays available here)

Cockapoos are hard to groom; when you take your dog to the groomers, their job is to have your dog leave their groomers knot-free and looking good.

I always think they should call you to let you know the situation and that the only option is to shave your dog to keep them knot-free. However, some don’t, and then the owners turn up in shock, which usually ends in the owner being upset with the groomer.

It grows back

Rather than being upset about your shaved cockapoo, I think you should look at it positively.

Your dog’s fur will come back.

Sure, they will look a bit different, unlike the dog you usually have.

Your cockapoo will be happier as they are knot-free.

In the summer months, they will be cooler, and in the winter months, getting mud off them will be easier.

We groom Luna ourselves, bought some dog grooming scissors, watched some youtube videos, and try to stay on top of the knots she could get in hard to reach places like under her legs and on her tail. However, a few times a year, we take her to a professional groomer to have them give her a proper deep groom and cut her relatively short. It is a shock when she returns, but after a few weeks, she starts to look like the dog we used to have.

Tips To Avoid Having Your Cockapoo Shaved

When you drop your dog off, make it clear to the groomer that if they need to shave them, they need to give you a quick call to explain why. You will not be as shocked when you pick them up.

Stay on top of the knots yourself – You can get a pair of grooming scissors from your local pet store or Amazon. These are the ones I use.

Don’t get me wrong; Luna was not a fan of me trimming her at first, but after letting her know that she gets some lovely treats throughout the process, she’s now more than happy to have a quick trim and gets excited when the scissors come out!

Here Are Some Bad Cockapoo Haircuts

Below are a few images of cockapoos who were shaved too short. While these might not look great now, they will grow back!

Shaved cockapoo
Cockapoo Shaved Short

Shaved Cockapoo Before and After

Here are some images that readers sent in of their cockapoos shaved before and after.

Conclusion on Cockapoo Cut Too Short

Don’t worry if you end up with a shaved cockapoo; it’s still the same cockapoo. Communicate with your groomer what you want; if anything changes, they should call you first. Finally, hair grows back 🙂