Cockapoo Haircuts

cockapoo hair cuts

How To Give Your Cockapoo A Haircut

As I discussed in the last post 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.

Cockapoo Trim: 10 Easy Steps

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.

While sculpting each part of your Cockapoo’s body you’ll get a sense of what looks good for that coat type. Grooming is one of those great things you can jump right into and learn as you go. But this is a good routine to follow.

  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

The Most Important Part Of The Trim….

Keeping his eyes clear

Trim overgrowing hair away from your Cockapoo’s eyes to help him see clearly.

You can 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 Cockapoo Beards

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

cockapoo grooming
Bailey has just been clipped at home


It may well take three 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 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 his 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.

groomed cockapoo before and after

4 Popular Cockapoo Grooming Cuts

cockapoo grooming

1. The Cockapoo Teddy Bear Cut

American Cockapoo owners seem to prefer the teddy-bear shaped face. This amps up the cute factor considerably and has added the Cockapoo to the menagerie of so-called Teddy Bear dogs

How Do I give my Cockapoo a Teddy Bear cut?

The hair would be trimmed to about two to three inches and the face is left a little longer.

Trim back the fur around the eyes which will accentuate your poos’s muzzle.

I personally prefer this cut over all others. It makes use of the American Cockapoo’s shorter muzzle length (inherited from the American Cocker Spaniel) and large eyes and finer bone structure.

2. The English Bearded Cut

The popular style for English Cockapoos is the long-bearded cut. The longer hair gives the face a longer narrow oval look. The upside is its less maintenance and not everyone wants to max out the cute factor of an already cute dog.

On the downside they tend hold the smell of their last meal. If you like kissing your Cockapoo a lot it’s a bit like having a spouse with a long moustache. But hey, it’s all about personal preference.

Most Cockapoo face-shapes will fall somewhere in between these two styles. It will depend on the thickness of the coat and the texture of the hair and the intensity of the curl on the individual dog as to how round a face can be made.

The type of coat and hair texture often decides the right look. Cocker-style silkier hair just lays flat so aren’t as good to make the Teddy Bear cut and very close-knit Poodle- curls will never grow that long to make the bearded look.

Eventually you’ll wind up with the perfect cut for your tastes and your Cockapoo.

Cocker Cut

Straight Coats

Cockapoos can keep the length au-naturel with a thorough brush 2 to 3 times a week and bathing every 2 – 3 months. However, it may still be necessary to trim back overgrowing hair from between the eyes and fringe area with thinning scissors, to provide your dog with clear vision- and so that you can see their pretty eyes!

Some people will also choose to trim off the beard from the bottom jaw as it does get water logged when drinking…that wet face often then gets offered up to its owner for a cuddle!

puppy grooming

3. The Puppy Cut

For those owners that want the eternal puppy dog, this cut is simple. Just cut all over a fairly even length that is mostly short all over.

You can tell your groomer that you want a low-maintenance cut that will last at least three months before growing out.

Be warned though, the puppy cut is not going to look like a pure breed cut, so if you like the Classic Poodle or Cocker look, you may not want to go with this. Another name for this cut is the Summer Cut.

Cockapoo grooming: The Summer Cut
The Summer Cut

It’s good for hotter weather because it is short and will help your dog stay cool!

This cut needs redoing every 4 weeks.

4. The Cocker Cut

This cut is very popular and what most people now identify with a Cockapoo.

This is when the hair on the head and the bottom of your Cockapoo’s body is left long.

Hair around the eyes is still cut back but the torso and back is left medium curl – longer than the Summer cut.

To maintain this look you need to groom about 6-8 weeks.

round cocker cut

What’s your favourite style for your Cockapoo – let me know below!