Breed Groom Profile – Cocker Spaniel
American cocker spaniels were the number one pet in American households for several years running. And it’s easy to see why … those beautiful big brown eyes, and that happy go lucky attitude that make cockers so endearing to their parents.
They can also present a coat care challenge to the new parent. There are a wide variety of coat types. The field coat lays flat on the dog and is fairly sparse in featherings, even to the point of being wispy. This type of coat requires only periodic grooming to round out feet, clean pads, trim the face and top of ears. Other cockers seem to have an unlimited abundance of coat. Thick, easily tangled and/or matted. These types of coat require frequent grooming to keep furnishings thinned, trimmed and orderly.
Two basic clips are available. The classic cocker clip, which is short on the back, head and face, with the skirt and legs blended into the back and feet trimmed round. Furnishings can be left natural, or trimmed down to a specified length for easier manageability.
The summer clip, which is just the same length short all over. This clip is great for the cocker on the go … accompanying his family on outings to the lake, camping, or jogging every morning. It is easy to bathe, dry and maintain the coat at home, as well as keep a check on ticks and or fleas.
And if you decide you like him better short, you can keep him like that all year round. Dogs acclimate to their environment and he won’t freeze to death in the winter! Dobermans, beagles and Great Danes have short hair all year round, and they are sometimes ‘outside’ dogs! Don’t feel like he needs his coat to keep him warm. Remember that if you opt for a long coat, there is alot of brushing and combing involved on your part. We will be more than happy to instruct you in the proper usage of grooming tools, i.e., brush, comb, etc., that are required to keep your pet looking and feeling his best, as well as general care tailored to your particular pet.