Cockers have short and often covering most of what you could see if they were standing up straight. They also tend to be long haired dogs — not as fluffy as some other breeds like labradors or golden retrievers but just enough to keep them warm in cooler climates. Their coats can range from light gold to dark apricot coloration, depending on where they originated from.
Whether it’s for fashion, health reasons, allergies, or even personal preference, there are many different ways to cut your dog’s hair. And since all dogs look so great when well groomed, why shouldn’t cockers benefit from all those options too? Here are 10 haircut styles we think work best for this breed.
1. Styles 2 – 3
These three haircut choices feature medium levels of customization, allowing you to play around with angles and proportions. Styles 1 and 4 are recommended for beginners who haven’t had experience working with pets before. As opposed to humans, however, you should really watch closely when handling your pet’s hair and handle them delicately — otherwise, they might become tangled and hurt themselves.
2. Long Hair
This sleek, flat top is ideal for daytime settings. It’s easy to maintain yet stylish, with minimal upkeep required. Best of all, it doesn’t require a lot of styling tricks — simply blow dry your dog’s hair naturally. However, if you plan on wearing your dog outdoors during warmer months, you may want to add a little bit of shine by spraying her coat with a lightweight spray gel.
3. Short to Medium Lengths
Similar to the flat-top option, this haircut choice works best for daytime occasions. Its versatility makes it perfect for casual outings, business events, and parties alike. The downside? Some owners say the resulting texture gives off a “beatnik” vibe, causing potential clients to question your financial stability. So, unless you want everyone staring at your face rather than admiring your furry friend, you may want to skip this one.
4. Cut Above The Ear
Achieving a sharp look above the ear means spending a few minutes playing with your dog’s hair. In addition to creating volume, this stylistic trick provides another dimension to your dog’s look. Since the cut falls slightly below the outer ear, it creates the impression of additional layers of hair. Plus, it leaves room for facial expressions and movement, which enhances its appeal. Unfortunately, it takes a fair amount of practice to master, so expect to spend a couple hours trying different techniques.
5. Sides – Sideburned or Not?
Basically, you just shave the entire perimeter of your dog’s hair except for the base of the skull. What remains appears to be a solid block of thick curly hair. Though simple, it’s very versatile — you can experiment with adding highlights, lowlights, curling irons, and hot rollers. With proper care, your dog’s hair should last for years.
6. Clean Fur Face
This haircut technique is suitable for dogs with round faces. Simply shave the area surrounding your dog’s nose and mouth. To achieve maximum effect, apply a layer of Vaseline onto your dog’s muzzle, allow it to sit overnight, then repeat the procedure the following day. Keep in mind that this method requires patience and skill, plus you must ensure that no hair grows underneath the makeup. Otherwise, it could easily lead to unsightly results.
7. Shorter Fur
For this particular type of cut, you’ll need to start by finding the center point of your dog’s forehead. From there, extend the slanted lines forward and backward until you reach the corners of his eyes. Make sure you leave a noticeable space between your dog’s brows and the tip of his nose, approximately half an inch wide. Now, follow the guidelines provided by the razor manufacturer. Snipping hairs towards your desired direction will result in a smoother finish.
8. Floppy Ears
Another trendy look for dogs involves shaving off their floppy ears completely. This is achieved by starting at the inside edge of the ear and working your way outwards, gradually decreasing the size of each section. Like with other types of haircuts, you should always pay careful attention to thin areas and make sure they don’t contain excessive amounts of hair.
9. After a Bath
Once again, don’t rush this step. It takes a considerable amount of time to complete properly. Remember to wash your hands before and after every stage of the process, and wear disposable gloves to protect your clothes and skin. Don’t forget to soak your dog for 5-10 minutes afterward.
Rinse thoroughly with cold water to help speed up evaporation processes. Apply a soothing shampoo designed specifically for dogs followed by conditioner. Finish off with a moisturizer infused with aloe vera extract and lavender oil. Allow your dog to air dry naturally. If possible, wait 24 hours before attempting to touch your pet again.
10. Last Look At Cockers Before A Good Grooming Session
Your Cocker Spaniel’s new haircut is almost ready. All that’s left is to schedule a thorough grooming session with a reputable kennel club member if you want. Small info, during this appointment, you’ll learn important tips and tricks used by professional groomers, as well as gain access to valuable resources available online. You’ll also receive a certificate of completion validating your efforts.
The first thing you should do is take note of how your pet usually looks right now. Are his/her ears cleanly clipped? Do any hairs stick out past the bottom edge of the ear flap? Is he looking more scruffy than usual because he hasn’t been brushed lately? If yes, then these are signs that your pup needs a good brushing session to get back into shape.
You may want to invest in a professional comb & brush set, which will make it easier once you start cutting. But don’t worry, you’ll still need plenty of basic supplies such as nail trimmers, clippers, combs, etc., especially if your dog has longer hair. Take pictures of him beforehand (with both ends) to use later as reference points while trimming.
Next, decide whether you’d prefer a shorter hairstyle or one with fuller coverage. There are various factors to consider, including your lifestyle preferences, current surroundings, and overall appearance goals.
For example, if you’re going somewhere fancy, such as an outdoor wedding reception, chances are you won’t want to go full Robert Redford style, whereas if you’re having guests over for drinks and snacks, maybe you wouldn’t mind showing off your mane.
Another consideration would be comfort level — does your dog seem comfortable with being touched by strangers or do you feel uncomfortable about people touching him?
Lastly, remember that whatever length you choose, the goal here isn’t necessarily to create the illusion of extra inches around the neck, nor is it to show off its body muscles. Your main focus should instead be making sure everything flows together smoothly without giving away his natural features.
If you’ve decided to give your pooch a new ‘do, proceed to step two!
As mentioned earlier, the key to a successful haircut is paying attention to detail.
- Start by taking down measurements of each side using a tape measure.
- Next, check for areas where his skin folds over itself, which might cause uneven lengths across both sides.
- If necessary, lightly mark these spots with pencil dots to avoid accidentally removing too much hair during subsequent steps.
- Now, divide the total measurement between your hands evenly.
- This way, you’ll know exactly how much hair you’ll end up with after every section.
- Then, find the centerline of your dog’s head. Starting from one corner, slowly shave sections of hair outward until reaching the line where the next ones begin.
- When doing so, try keeping the same width and height throughout.
- Now comes the tricky part: actually getting rid of unwanted bits.
- Use a scissors to carefully snip off stray hairs along the edges of the newly shaved sections.
- While shaving, always pay special attention to any parts that appear thinner or lighter colored, such as underarms or eyebrows.
- These are places where you might accidentally remove too much hair, and you definitely don’t want that. Also, make sure you aren’t leaving behind any stray pieces of fuzz either.
- To prevent this, run your fingers gently through your dog’s hair to locate individual strands.
- Once you’ve found them, pick them up with tweezers and pull toward yourself — you should only grab small amounts at a time.
- Repeat the process until you’re left with smooth transitions between sections. Finally, rinse your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterwards.
There are tons of things to consider when deciding how to style your dog’s locks. Depending on your mood, personality, and personal aesthetic, you can opt for classic cuts, bold colors, unique patterns, and anything else you can come up with. Just remember to keep within your budget and stay true to your own taste. Once again, happy grooming!