The first of the so-called “designer dogs,” the cockapoo made its appearance in the 1960s. It is a cross between a pure poodle and pure cocker spaniel that was bred to be a companion animal. Cockapoos are social and friendly with humans as well as other animals. They are also intelligent and easily trained, and can live up to 15 years if they are well-cared for. Part of proper cockapoo care is grooming. Regular grooming gives you a chance to identify any potential health problems and keep your cockapoo looking its best.
Brush your cockapoo daily to keep its curly coat free of tangles. Use a dog brush to brush both the top and underlayer of the coat, then comb through afterward. Don’t rip through tangles, or you can damage the fur and cause it to tangle more easily. Gently pick mats out with a comb, and trim them with scissors if needed, but use extreme caution.
Bathe your cockapoo once every month or two to keep its coat clean and healthy without drying it out. Cockapoos don’t create a lot of dander and don’t need to be bathed more frequently than that unless they get dirty while playing. The cockapoo's coat must be combed out and free of mats before bathing. Place cotton balls just inside the dog’s ears to keep as much moisture out as possible. Use a dog formula shampoo and conditioner, and rinse thoroughly.
Clean out the cockapoo’s ears at least once a month with dog ear-cleaning solution and cotton balls. Thoroughly dry the inside of the ear with a soft cloth each time your dog gets wet. Cockapoos have long, floppy ears that can become infected if moisture stays trapped inside. Cleaning the ears regularly can help you prevent infection or detect it early if it develops. Also, trimming as much hair as possible from the underside of the ear can help fight the accumulation of ear wax.
Trim your cockapoo’s nails whenever they begin to click against the floor. Use a nail trimmer made for small or medium breeds and trim the nail to just below the quick, a bundle of nerves that will bleed if cut. You can identify the quick in a dog with white nails by looking for the pink or dark spot in the nail. If your dog has dark nails, trim just a little at a time off the end of the nail until you notice a circle forming in the center of the clippings. That is the sign that you are nearing the quick and it is time to stop. You can use a file to finish the job if needed.
Brush your cockapoo’s teeth with a dog toothbrush and toothpaste, preferably each day. Regular brushing can keep your cockapoo eating normally and help reduce plaque buildup. Plaque can leak bacteria into your dog’s system and cause health problems.