Do Cockapoos Smell? Ways To Solve It

Cockapoos are popular because of their pleasant personalities and low-shedding coats. Dog breeders claim Cockapoos are hypoallergenic; however, no dog is truly hypoallergenic.

Another reason dog owners choose Cockapoos, other than their endearing personalities,  is that they give off no discernible doggy smell. 

However, that’s not strictly true because Cockapoos, like any other dog, can develop a strange smell,  sometimes even if they are clean and well looked after.

A balanced diet, washing their bedding, and proper grooming are all ways Cockapoo owners can keep their dogs smell-free. Regular vet visits are crucial to diagnosing bacterial infections, yeast overgrowths, and mites in cockapoos’ ears which are all responsible for bad smells.

Because a Cockapoo is a low-shedding dog, that doesn’t mean they never smell. There are reasons why a typically low-shedding unsmelly dog should start to smell bad. So let’s discuss those reasons why a Cockapoo smells sometimes.

Why Does My Cockapoo Smell?

Your Cockapoo should be pretty odourless under normal circumstances. Odour can occur all dog breeds in certain situations.

Should your Cockapoo suddenly start becoming a stinky dog,  that’s something you need to investigate as soon as possible. Identifying the source of the foul smell is crucial.

There can be several causes for your Cockapoo’s nasty smell. With such high-energy dogs, they will always be into something on their daily walks, especially if you let them off the lead. If it’s not the usual culprits of dirt and mud, it could be your Cockapoo has rolled in something disgusting such as a dead creature, or a favourite is fox poo.

If this is the case, a good old-fashioned bath should address the problem. However, if it’s a dead creature or fox poo, you will probably need some special shampoo to get rid of the smell thoroughly. If your Cockapoo does roll in fox poo, you’ll find this article helpful because it goes over how to get rid of the terrible clingy smell.

Dogs with floppy ears, like your Cockapoo, can have a difficult time with ear infections, ear mites and other ear issues. The floppy ears come from the Cocker Spaniel parent. If a fungal or bacterial infection is developing, you’ll soon know because when you get close to your dog, the smell is pretty bad. The good news is that this can be easily remedied.

Floppy ears can cause moisture build-up in the ear canal, and if the ears are not cleaned out regularly, that can quickly develop into an infection. However, don’t rush to get the cotton buds because your Cockapoo needs to go to the vet. Once you notice the smell, it’s already too late. Your dog will need prescription drops and possibly an anti-inflammatory injection.

Once the vet has given the all-clear from then on you, need to keep the inside of your dog’s ears dry and wax-free. Dogs such as Cockapoos also have a lot of hair growing inside their ears. This hair needs regular removal because that’s a significant cause of moisture getting trapped inside the ear canal. If you feel a little squeamish about removing the hair, ask your vet to do it for you or show you the best way to go about removing the hair.

Are Cockapoos Smelly

Another reason for smelly Cockapoos is their breath. Undoubtedly all dogs suffer from bad breath at one time or another; it’s not just pertinent to Cockapoos.

There are several reasons why this might be happening. Do you clean your Cockapoo’s teeth regularly? You should, because a severe plaque build-up can turn to gum disease and that’s when you’ll quickly become aware of the terrible smell. Bad breath means another trip to the vet because those teeth and gums need a good clean.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, bone, and other supporting structures of a dog’s teeth. This disease will progressively get worse without treatment. 

Gum disease in dogs often shows no symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage due to the disease’s ability to hide beneath the gum line.

Allowing peridontal disease to progress to the worst stage means the vet will need to exrtract the dog’s teeth. In addition the list of severe illnesses that can develop is frightening. For example, jaw fractures, Tooth abscesses, oral cancers, possible organ damage and eye issues can all be a result of untreated peridontal disease. So, please clean your Cockapoo’s teeth regularly.

Why Does My Cockapoo Smell Fishy?

If you get a whiff of a fishy smell when you get up close to your dog probably it’s your Cockapoo’s anal glands that are impacted and require releasing.

Smaller than a pea, you will find the anal sacs on either side of the dog’s rectum. The sacs secrete an oily substance that mixes with your dog’s poo. If you’ve ever wondered why dogs are so fascinated with another dog’s poo, this is the reason. Dogs and other animals use it as a marker to identify a particular territory, and if it’s a female, whether they are ready to mate, and so on.

In addition to the fishy smell alerting you to an issue, you might have noticed your Cockapoo “scooting.” The dog will sit and then begin dragging their butt along the floor. When you see this pop along to your vet and they will release the gland for you.

Why Does My Cockapoo Smell Of Wee?

Most of the time, if your Cockapoo smells like wee, it’s because they’ve peed on themselves. If you don’t know exactly how it’s happening, You will need to keep your eye on your dog to find out where the pee originates. Typically dogs seem to take great pleasure rolling in stuff that’s none too pleasant and that includes other dog’s or animal’s pee.

If you don’t see any external reasons why the dog smells of wee, there are some health conditions that can also give off a strong urine smell.

Incontinence and Dribbling

If there are no other issues such as we’ve just discussed, it could be an incontinence or dribbling problem, and this issue can be minor or severe. Their age, weak bladder muscles, an infection, an accident such as nerve damage, or even a genetic anomaly are all causes of this problem.

“Spay incontinence” is a condition that can occur in female dogs that have been spayed. Incontinence and dribbling can be seen more often in older female dogs.

Dogs might also leak a little when they are sleeping. The urine smell will transfer to their blankets or bed and they’ll lie in there transferring the smell to their fur. Ensure you check their bedding for any urine smell. If there is then it will indicate an issue you should discuss with your vet.

A Quick Trim

The smell might emanate from something as simple as your dog peeing through the hair in that area and some pee is trapped in the hair. If you inspect down there and the hair is yellow that’s a sure sign of what’s happening. You need to thoroughly wash the area and clip away the excess hair.

Kidney Health Problem

Kidneys are an integral part of the process of creating urine so it there are any health problem with the organ your Cockapoo’s breath, skin and hair can all smell of urine. 

Urinary Tract Infection

Another possible reason for a strong smell of urine could be a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). A UTI will cause your dog to pee more frequently, which has the effect of increasing the likelihood that their pee will smell like urine.

Other Things To Consider

Wash Your Dog’s Bedding

Ensure that your dog’s bedding is washed regularly. We recommend at least once a week as that’s about the same amount of time you would change your own bedding at home.

Their Diet

A poor diet and poor quality dog food can lead to all sorts of problems and affect their breath and cause other problems. Dog toothpaste can be a short-term remedy for this but if it keeps happening then you should contact your vet to have this issue looked into as they may have dental problems.

Regular bathing

Our Cockapoo probably has a bath every 2 weeks. Sometimes it’s less, sometimes it’s more. It just depends on the weather and whether we feel she needs it or not. She also has regular grooming about every 6 weeks. Her coat is more Cocker Spaniel than Poodle so her coat so does not get too full of knots.

Final Thoughts

While it’s common for dogs to be a bit smelly, your Cockapoo isn’t immune from bad smells, they are typically not smelly dogs. Yes, of course, if you leave them without a bath long enough they will begin to smell; that’s pretty natural. But overall Cockapoos are incredibly easy dogs to live with if a great deal of shedding and grooming are two areas that put you off having a dog.

If you bathe and groom your Cockapoo regularly, and take proper care of their ears and teeth, because those areas are crucial and also two of the most common reasons for a smelly Cockapoo you will be fine. 

It’s highly unlikely your Cockapoo will give off that overpowering dog odour that some dogs carry around wherever they go.  The only exception to this is as I’ve described above, but if none of those reasons exist I would say you’re in for a pleasant smelly time.