Cockapoo Grooming Tools

Grooming tools

If you are having difficulty deciding which Cockapoo grooming tools to use the following may be helpful, although every owner has their favourites.

Each of the following tools is quite popular in my experience (please note there is no affiliate recommendations here). I’ve just noted what the tool actually is and why it’s good. Bear in mind two things:

  1. Your Cockapoo’s type of coat- is it hair or fur?
  2. Your dog’s age, as it affects the coat’s level of difficulty

Essential items to use when  grooming a Cockapoo at home are-


It’s important to choose a brush wisely for your Cockapoo’s grooming regime. It needs to be one that gets through dog hair. There are many to choose from and you will need to choose between a wire-pin brush a bristle brush and a slicker brush.

  • The bristle brush is great for dogs with short to medium hair. It helps with coat shine by distributing the hair’s natural oils, whilst removing dirt.
  • Wire-pin brushes are for medium to long, curly or woolly coats and look like a series of pins stuck in a raised base.
  • Slicker brushes are excellent for smoothing and detangling, and are especially effective for long hair.  (Note that you can often find combination, two-headed brushes, which will save you a little money and make your grooming sessions more efficient.)

Dual brushes combine two of those mentioned above on the same brush if you want to save money, even though it may need replacing more often.

Each of these types of brush is easily acquired for less than $15 or £9 and can be found for less than $10 or £6.

Also is a good website to visit which offers a range of brushes. These can really help with different types of knots and matting as they vary in sizes and firmness. Do contact them if you are unsure which to choose as it’s important to get the right brush for your Cockapoo’s needs. is a good source to find your brushes.


Cockapoo Grooming Tools
Oster Premium Flexible Slicker Brush


Cockapoo Grooming Tools: Hair dryers

The stainless steel models are most popular and the speed variations and hot and cold options are really useful. Be careful when it is at its hottest and fastest as it is powerful. It’s also great for quickly removing debris and dirt stuck to the Cockapoo’s coat at the end of a decent walk. The Aerolus’ size is the real bonus as it travels well and can have a stand as well.

Aeolus Blaster Dryer

This nifty single motor blaster for dogs generally comes in at around £125 but for many, this is money well spent and the TD901T model in particular is gaining ground as it claims to be the most powerful in the world- The Tropiclean D-Mat Tangle Remover– recommended for tight curly coated Cockapoos.

This is a 16 ounce after bath or dry coat leave-in wonder spray designed to cut your brushing time in half give your dog’s fur shine and elasticity, especially if damaged. It’s latest pleasant smelling formula claims to remove and prevents tangles, mats, undercoat and loose hair and is available for around £29. Naturally, you will still need to brush and comb your Cockapoo’s hair.

Tropiclean’s shampoo and conditioner

To support the benefits of your Tropiclean remover you may also want to consider the shampoo and conditioner available for around £7 and £8 respectively. Best to use a shampoo that is free from soap and detergents so skin stays soft.

To do that, you work from the paws up and from root to tip of hair throughout. The tools you will need for this include a rake and a slicker brush.

Nobby Starline Soft Grip Disentangler

On medium to longhaired Cockapoos use a good rigid rake with 8 or 10 blades such as the Nobby Starline Grip Disentangler from paws upwards and across each hair from root to tip.

Specialised sprays can help you remove tangles, knots and matting but make sure you do spray on your dog when he or she is on a cleaning matt so as not to make your floor unsafe.

You might also want to consider a rolled leather collar which is known to help reduce mats and knots around the collar and ears.

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Nobby Starline Soft Grip Disentangler

Experiment with Cockapoo grooming tools, maybe buy some second from ebay or just ask other owners at Cockapoo meet ups. Learning some grooming skills is a great way to save money in between trips to the professional groomer and also a fun way to bond with your poo from an early age. Everyone likes to look their best including your poo!

How to Groom a Cockapoo in 10 Simple Steps

Cockapoo Grooming

You have found the motivation, you’re up for the challenge. But before you start grooming your Cockapoo at home you need to consider a few things.

Cockapoo Grooming Cuts

No Cockapoo is exactly the same. A professional groomer will tell you that the size and shape of each dog is unique as well as variations in coat curls. All are  important considerations when deciding on what style is going to work best for your dog.

You have to think about what is suitable for your lifestyle- muddy walks, rainy weather etc., or ultra-clean apartment style- everyone is different.

So how do you decide?

While sculpting each part of your Cockapoo’s body you’ll get a sense of what looks on what coats types. Grooming is one of those great things you can jump right into and learn as you go.

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Sophia has had hair clipped away from her eyes

Grooming a Cockapoo

You will probably settle into your own routine but this is generally the one I follow- Many people enjoy taking a before and  after photo

  1. Clean his eyes and ears and bathe him
  2. Dry him and clip nails
  3. Comb out the hair and fur
  4. Trim and shape the body coat- his chest, back, sides and tummy
  5. Trim and shape the coat on the forelegs
  6. Trim and shape the coat on the hind legs
  7. Trim and shape the coat on the tail and bottom-end parts to keep things hygienic
  8. Trim and shape the coat on the neck, head and face
  9. Finish with a final comb through with your hands as well.
  10. job done. Give your Cockapoo his favourite treat to re-inforce this is a fun routine

Keeping eyes clear

Trim overgrowing hair away from your Cockapoo’s eyes to help him or her to see clearly. Particularly, use thinning scissors to take away excess fur or hair from the fringe and between the eyes. It also allows you to see how lovely their faces are.

Trimming Beards

Cockapoo beards can get very wet after a drink or in rain so some people prefer to remove the beard.

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Bailey has just been clipped at home


It may well take 3 or more bathing and grooming sessions before you manage to clear the whole undercoat. At the end of each session the section you have been working on will be clear and the hair smooth and at that point you can rinse away any remaining conditioner and final loose hair


Use an Easi Dri Towel or Dog Blaster (hair dryer) to get rid of excess water but remember to keep the gadget’s nozzle over 30 cms away or else you could end up knotting the hair. It’s most important not to brush the hair whilst it is drying. Once the excess water has been removed then on a sunny day your Cockapoo’s coat will dry off on an hour’s walk. Otherwise, try a normal hairdryer to scrunch dry it’s hair to restore its waves or ringlets

Summer trim

To help your dog keep cool in the summer and to make cleaning easier in the winter clip the excess hair between its front legs to groin, being careful to only take excess hair.

Cockapoo Grooming Secrets

Cockapoo dogs do need time spent on them to groom them but if you have less time than you need for a full groom and need a practical idea you could consider the neat ‘Teddy Bear’ trim. Details of how to do this can be found in the popular groomer’s reference book ‘Notes from the Grooming Table’.

Web References

Many thanks to Annette from Eden Dog for permission to re-produce her original article.

Miniature Cockapoo

The Miniature Cockapoo

Because the Cockapoo is associated with being the ideal apartment dog the Miniature Cockapoo is much sought after- but how compact are they?

Miniature Cockapoos stand between 11-14 inches / 27.94-35.56 cm and fall in a range of 13-18 lbs. / 5.89-6.35 kg

Miniature cockapoo
Miniature Cockapoo

Your breeder should be able to talk to you in detail about exact size of puppies as the size of the parent dogs is the deciding factor.

Miniature Cockapoo puppies

In the UK F1 Miniature Cockapoos are usually the result of breeding a ‘Working’ or ‘Show’ Cocker Spaniel with a miniature poodle.

Coat colours

Coat colours and markings are a fun part of Cockapoo ownership so have a look at our gallery.

Cockapoo pedigree

Some people are insistent on wanting a First Cross (F1) Miniature poo but the second cross (F2) are generally cheaper and every bit as lovely with a happy fun-loving-personality.

(An F2 is the off spring of a F1 mated with another F1.)

Who is the ideal owner?

The miniature poo is ideal for those people who maybe have a smaller living environment and want a less time intensive dog. The smaller size also comes with less grooming needs and less exercise requirements. Although all dogs need and love exercise, smaller dogs are easier as they just don’t need as much compared to the maxi or standard size Cockapoo.

They are certainly more of a lap dog than the large Cockapoos and perhaps just a smidgen more cute!

Common Cockapoo Problems: Overcoming Separation Anxiety

The Cockapoo Problem That Needs To Be Addressed

When Cockapoo owners talk about common Cockapoo problems, separation anxiety inevitably comes up.

cockapoo problems: overcoming separation anxiety
overcoming separation anxiety


Most dogs get very attached to their owner they can’t stand to be on their own.  This is not uniquely a Cockapoo problem, but the Cockapoo is known to suffer particularly from separation anxiety. This is because smaller breeds of dog have been bred as companion dogs. As well as this,  all dogs are pack animals that love company and family bonds.

Being apart is emotionally difficult for you the owner- and even worse for your dog.  In fact, it’s just total panic for a dog that has never been taught to cope on his own.

Your prevention of separation anxiety needs to start the moment you first bring him home as a puppy or adult dog. This lesson will actually teach your Cockapoo to look forward to the time he is by himself.

5 Steps To Overcome separation anxiety

  1. First of all get some baby gates installed around your house.
  2. Give your Cockapoo something really nice to chew (the kong for example stuffed with treats) and leave him to it.
  3. Leave via the baby gate and allow him to enjoy his reward.
  4. To start with go to the end of the garden or around the block.
  5. Keep doing this each day and increase the time you are away.

By gradually leaving him alone with something tasty for him you’re teaching him the coping strategies to stay on his own. He is learning ‘alone time’ is normal and part of his routine. Teaching this is going to save you both so much anxiety and stress- it’s essential training for the Cockapoo.

Cockapoo Problems and training programmes

Like all problem behaviours dogs can exhibit like nuisance barking, pulling on the lead, and not returning when called; a structured training program is needed. I’m always amazing why dog owners are reluctant to put the effort in at the beginning when the rewards are so great for life!


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What Is A Cockador?

 Introducing The Cockador

A friend of mine recently bought a Cockador puppy and I was so impressed with how adorable it is I had to update my Cockapoo friends.

There is not much information about the origins of the Cockador. What I can determine by looking at Google search statistics is the term ‘Cockador’ first began to be searched on in 2005.

A Cockador is a hybrid dog similar to the Cockapoo.  You may have made an educated guess that if a Cocker Spaniel is bred with a Labrador  Cockador puppy is produced.

Retrievers and Labradors are known to be the most over-bred dogs, so instilling some hybrid vigor, by bringing in another blood line and strengthening the genetics with a Cocker parent is a good idea.


Cockador Temperament

You need to mindful that Labradors are gun dogs. This means they are going to have a strong retrieving instincts. Their friendly temperament has led The Labrador to be a popular choice as a disability assistance dog. We can deduce from this the Cockador will have the same friendly and trainable temperament that the Labrador is famous for.

Cocker Spaniels were also bred as hunting dogs so this retrieving characteristic is going to be enhanced further. You may want to check if the parents come from ‘Working’ or ‘Show’ stock as working dogs have a lot of energy and need a lot of exercise (think two-three outings a day).

Sizes and Colours

Cockadors will be smaller than the average Labrador which may be desirable for many people.

Brown, chocolate, blond and black are the most usual colours but again the Cocker influence will mean other colours will emerge such as bridle, roan and red tones. Depending on which parent they take after they will have a short lab coat or perhaps a slightly longer wavy coat.



Since Cockadors are in their infancy as a breed, a first cross (F1) puppy will be most common. This means that both parent dogs would be registered with the Kennel Club so do check the available records to ensure both parents are healthy.

Follow all the normal advice when choosing a puppy.  If you need to read up try both of these guides.

RSPCA Advice

The Dogs Trust

Thank you to Rebecca Wright for the photos!

Dog Rescues or Dog Shelters – Where To Find A Cockapoo?

Are you looking to Re-home or Rescue a Cockapoo?

Many people looking for a Cockapoo would like to rescue a dog. But where should you start your search? Rescue Cockapoos are in demand but don’t expect to be offered a puppy.

First off, lets look at the differences between a dog rescue and a  dog shelter.
Rescue dogs are often located in foster homes.  Mostly you will be dealing with individuals, normally fans of the breed.  For the Cockapoo the CCGB has a waiting list which can be found here .

What is Respite Care

Sometimes people’s circumstances change and they just need some time away from their dog. That’s when a home is needed to give the owner respite from dog ownership. People move locations to a home where dogs aren’t allowed; have a relationship break up – there are many reasons people have to re-home their dog for a temporary period.
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Many older dogs need re-homing and are adorable

Dog Shelters

This is a physical building you can visit because the shelter has accepted the dog permanently.
Animal shelters have varying degrees of standards. Some are good some are not so good. It’s easy to fall into the mind set that since a dog shelter is a place of help you need to just accept its procedures.
That would be a mistake.  You should use your judgement about and be mindful of what you may be taking on. These are all important questions you should be prepared to ask.

Rescue Cockapoo Questions

  • Do they have a clean premises
  • Are all dogs have up to date vaccinations and deworming
  • Do they micro chip all dogs
  • Do they spay and neuter all dogs
  • Have they assessed using a true temperament test
  • Will they take the dog back if things don’t work out
  • Do they have a adoption application
  • Do they charge reasonable adoption fees
  • Do they charge reasonable transportation fees

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How To Handle A Cockapoo Puppy For The First time

Cockapoo puppy training 101

One of the things we often forget is that not all dogs naturally enjoy being groomed, handled or cuddled. We have to teach them that these things are a normal and natural part of family life. This is a foundation to training a Cockapoo puppy as it creates a lovely bond between owner and dog.

Sometimes if some one is bitten it’s because a dog reacts fearfully to being handled. That’s because he’s never been taught what a joy it is!

Doggy body language

Body language is very different for dogs. Have you noticed how a dog barks when he sees two people  hugging? Dogs just don’t understand it because hugging is not how a dog shows affection.

You have to teach your Cockapoo how to enjoy being hugged and cuddled.

For owners who have children or people that just love the physical interaction and pleasure of cuddling their dog, this is one of the best things you’re ever going to teach him to do.


To begin

You will need a good supply of yummy treats. While giving him his treat, slowly start to stroke him.

Start by stroking him where you know he will be comfortable being stroked. Down the sides of his body, up his ears, down his paws. Eventually turn him over and rub his tummy.

You are giving the treats so he links in his mind your stroking him with feeling good.

If you find an area where you dog shows concern about being stroked, just stop and go back to an area he is comfortable with and gently introduce him to being stroked in that area.

Always take it very slowly and very gradually and build it up over the time your working with your dog.

Early grooming

Sometimes you can use a brush or a fluffy glove. And while he’s chewing his treat he’s learning that brushing and stroking is really enjoyable.

Get everyone in the family to do this. Everyone must know the dog needs to be handled nicely and with respect, so that your dog knows hands are always something to be enjoyed rather than something to be worried about.

You can find more positive reward-based training techniques with the ‘Training Your Cockapoo’ hand book

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Cockapoo Training: What You Need to Know

Cockapoo Puppy Training


cockapoo trainingA well trained dog is a joy to live with. You don’t have to worry when someone visits or if there are children around. You can just relax and enjoy your time together. That’s why Cockapoo training is so important.

Your Cockapoo will be excited about almost any outing you can imagine. So having a well trained Cockapoo will allow him all the freedom he craves. You can take him everywhere with you, to visit friends, to the park, to the pub even to work, because you know he will be well behaved.

It’s not just about freedom though- it’s also about safety. You owe it to your dog to keep him safe, well behaved and appropriate in what he does. And also to ensure anyone that comes into contact with your Cockapoo is safe.

Learn How Your Cockapoo Learns

A well trained Cockapoo is a happy Cockapoo and having him well trained will make you a happy and proud owner.

When you bring a new dog into your home, particularly a puppy, nearly all his activities will be controlled. Most people get into trouble with puppies because they give them way too much freedom. Mayhem ensues and the ‘fun puppy’ experience soon turns sour.

That’s why it’s important to establish an early bond with your dog during training. As the Cockapoo training programme develops over weeks and months your Cockapoo will gain your trust and you can entrust him with more and more freedom.

The Cockapoo is the perfect example of a dog that has become skilled at learning from and anticipating human behavior. The Poodle is known to be one of the cleverest dogs on the planet. Also the toy and miniature Cockapoo varieties have been bred as companion dogs. So you have a dog that wants to learn and wants to please- the job is half done!

A Cockapoo Training Programme

As well as learning from his owner what is and isn’t acceptable, your Cockapoo is also interacting and learning from the world around him. This is sometimes referred to by dog trainers as ‘accidental learning’.

Dogs do what works for them. If they are rewarded by doing something they will do it again.

If your Cockapoo has a bad experience from doing something he will quickly learn to stop doing that thing.

If he doesn’t get anything beneficial or bad from doing something he will gradually lose interest and stop.

With that in mind, canine psychology can be summed up in three ways:

  1. Experience something good = will do more of
  2. Experience something bad = will stop doing it
  3. Experience something neither good nor bad = Gradually stop

Once you have learned that dogs will do repeatedly whatever they experience is good for them, you can use that to great advantage with your training programme.

…An extract from the ebook Training Your Cockapoo. A fun, rewards based system that works.

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Other resources: CCGB Forum

Can my Cockapoo be a therapy dog?

Share your Cockapoo to benefit others

A therapy dog is a dog that is used to benefit a person in a therapeutic way. Obviously some breeds lend themselves to this more than others.

Cockapoos provide much happiness to their owners sometimes people want to share their love and good nature with others. You may have heard of the pat and stroke schemes.

Essentially though many dog breeds that have a suitable disposition can be a therapy dog. The deciding factor is whether they are suitable for the purpose that is required. Factors to consider are your Cockapoo’s age, temperament, health, and level of basic obedience training.

Benefits of a Therapy dog

  • Physical –occupational therapists sometimes include a dog in a patient’s treatment plan. A common exercise might be bending down, holding a brush and brushing the dog’s coat– a simple but enjoyable exercise.
  • Psychological – lap dogs can: increase self-esteem; ease stress after trauma and help with self-confidence and provide much needed companionship after a bereavement. Dogs are also sometimes used to improve the mood of children in paediatric hospitals.
  • Social – animals can act as a social enhancer and help people adjust to a new environments and make meeting new people less daunting.  The SCAS conducts research into these benefits.

Can my Cockapoo become a therapy dog?

Cockapoo therapy dogs for good health

It really depends on what you want him to do. In the UK there are two main organisations that manage visiting programmes along with some other therapeutic activities.  The charity Pets as therapy  will do an assessment with your Cockapoo to determine his suitability to take part in any specific activity.  I recommend contacting them if you would like to explore this further.

Is a therapy dog an assistance dog?

No. Therapy dogs are not classified as assistance dogs. This is because an assistance dog is trained to carry out special tasks to aid a disabled person. They’re generally qualified by organisations registered as members of Assistance Dogs UK.

Where can I get my Cockapoo trained as a therapy dog?

The SCAS runs fun interactive courses. You can register you interest here.


Getting your Cockapoo trained as a therapy dog is lovely thing to do for those in need and also helps spread the knowledge about the benefits of our wonderful Cockapoo breed. It may be worth a try!

Do Cockapoos Shed?

Cockapoos have a reputation for not shedding hair – but is it true?

The beauty of a hybrid dog is that undesirable traits can be ‘breed out’ or at least minimised by selecting a parent breed whose desirable qualities the breeder wants to genetically carry through to the offspring.

It’s not known for what purpose a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle were originally cross bred (all though the benefits are clear), but one plus is the poodle’s tight curled hair has always appealed to those who don’t want to be hovering up too much hair in their home.

Puppy fur to Adult Cockapoo Coat

There is an age when all Cockapoos will definitely shed hair – when they loose their puppy fur and their adult coat comes in. This natural process of moulting is unavoidable but regular daily or twice daily grooming will mean less hair on your sofa! The adult coat generally ‘comes in’ at around 8 months of age.

Fyi, remember, if the moult is not groomed out, your Cockapoo’s lovely coat will start to matt and even grow into dreadlocks.

Wavy or curly coat

Moulting aside, Cockapoos still have a reputation for non shedding because of the poodle lineage.  But what if the puppy inherits its coat from the Cocker? Results will vary.

Some First Cross ‘F1’ Cockapoos take after the Cocker Spaniel so offspring will have wavy hair that can grow up to 15cm long.

So if you are intent on having a low shedding Cockapoo you need to choose a puppy whose coat follows the poodle heritage.

Will the breeder know?

Breeders know a lot of things but they won’t be able to tell before 6 weeks what kind of coat an F1 Cockapoo puppy will have. And if the puppy does take after the Cocker, dog owners will tell you some Cocker Spaniels shed like crazy while some shed hardly at all. Some Cockers can get up from their bed and hardly leave any hairs while another Cocker when you stroke their back you come away with a palm full of hair.


To be honest it is a bit of myth that Cockapoos don’t shed – all dogs shed to some degree. The poodle factor has garnered the Cockapoo with the reputation as a non to light shedder but the truth is they will be light shedders at best.

When choosing a puppy, wait until 8 weeks (as you always should) before taking a puppy home from its mother. By that time it should become clear what sort of coat (wavy or curls) the dog has inherited. If the puppy’s coat is inherited from the Cocker side of the family just keep her coat short and groom often to lessen the shedding.

Finally, remember also that Poodle parents come in sizes: Teacup, Toy, Miniature and Standard. The smaller the dog the fewer the hairs shed.

What are your experiences of your Cockapoo shedding – answers below.

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