Are you thinking of getting a dog? Well, who wouldn’t an adorable Cocker Spaniel puppy?
Cocker Spaniels are friendly and affectionate sporting dogs, and also great as a family pet, as they get attached quickly. They are suited for outdoors, as they are mainly a sports and hunting breed, but are also great indoors.
If this sounds good to you, you might still be wondering if they shed a lot with their lustrous coat. Who doesn’t hate having hair all over the furniture or clothes?
So here is what you need to know about shedding before getting your next puppy:
Do Cocker Spaniels Shed?
Like most dogs, Cocker Spaniels shed moderately. It will depend on each dog individually of course, but your dog shouldn’t shed as much if you give them regular baths and groom them often. You can groom them yourself or bring them to a pet salon.
But, overall, they are pretty average when it comes to shedding. They don’t shed too much or too little.
Both American and English Cocker Spaniels don’t shed much more than any other breed, and some even don’t shed at all.
English vs American Cocker Spaniels
English or American, your dog’s personality will pretty much be the same, but there are some differences physically.
American Cocker Spaniels are a bit bigger in size and have a larger coat than English Cocker spaniels.
The English breed won’t shed as much, so they will be less maintenance.
Are Cocker Spaniels Hypoallergenic?
Hypoallergenic dogs are dogs that won’t shed much or at all, but there isn’t really a breed of hypoallergenic dog.
If you don’t know how your allergies react to a particular dog, make sure you spend time with him before owning them and see how you react.
Plus, did you know that dog allergies are provoked by the protein in their saliva, dander, urine and not their fur?
What Coat Does a Cocker Spaniel Have?
A Cocker Spaniel has a double coat, and the topcoat can be soft or rough. The undercoat is there to protect against the weather.
When Do They Shed?
Their coat will shed heavily twice a year: spring and autumn. The hormonal shift due to time changes will provoke your Cocker Spaniel to shed more.
It should also be noted that the more time outdoors your dog will spend, the more he will shed.
A Cocker Spaniel will shed in spring to prepare themselves for summer, to regrow their coat, as, surprisingly, it protects them from the heat, and keeps them cool.
They will also shed during autumn, as their fur will grow thicker and keep them warm during winter.
It’s a fantastic coat. So, really, when they shed, they just protect themselves from the harsh environment!
When and How to Groom Them?
You should groom your English Cocker Spaniel up to two to three brushings a week, to keep their coat shiny and untangled. Afterward, you should make sure to give them a regular bath.
Careful, you need to brush the tangles out before you bathe them!
As for American Cocker Spaniels, they should be groomed every day, since their hair is longer.
For both, the American Kennel Club (AKC) suggests using a metal comb, with close teeth, in the direction of where the hair grows.
Separate the hair while brushing your pet, starting from the end to the roots. Pay attention to their ears, as Cocker Spaniels can often develop infections, and as they can be really sensitive, the skin on the edges is very thin.
Additional Grooming Tips
Now, Cocker Spaniels should be groomed more according to the seasons they shed most.
You should also make sure your dogs bathe regularly, with non-irritating shampoo, and drying them with a low-temperature blower dryer.
This is to prevent an unpleasant experience for you and your dog, but also because it could dry and irritate their skin otherwise, and cause ear infections. So, make sure they’re dry!
Of course, you can decide to go to a dog groomer, but it might be expensive in the long term. But why not, for a special occasion?
Which Brushes to Use?
If you decide to groom them yourself, here are some brushes that could be useful.
A metal comb is essential but you will need more to make sure your Cocker Spaniel’s coat is as beautiful as it deserves to be.
There are a few steps to follow whilst brushing your special dog, and you should use several brushes for different purposes in the following order.
Against difficult tangles, you should use a large, flat, rectangular brush with dense bristles. This is great for blood circulation, keeping them healthy and well-groomed. Plus, this brush type will reach both the topcoat and undercoat.
Then, use a pin brush to make your Cocker Spaniel’s coat shiny, smooth and beautiful.
What if Your Cocker Spaniels Sheds Excessively?
If after following all the grooming tips, your dog shed inordinately, you should consult your local vet.
Here are a few clues why your Cocker Spaniels is shedding more than usual:
- Skin issues
- Separation anxiety
- Poor diet
- Not enough attention from their family
Cocker Spaniels shed but not too often. When they shed, it’s mostly to adapt to the environment If you groom them well, giving them regular baths and brushing them, they will shed less, as well as giving them a healthy and lustrous coat.
Depending if you have an American or English Cocker Spaniel, you will need to brush your dog every day or a couple of times a week. This also changes according to the seasons.
You could of course go to a professional dog’s groomer to make sure your Cocker Spaniel’s coat is smooth and shiny.
Grooming them can take time but it will feel rewarding to do this for your beloved dog. And if you groom them well, there will be less hair shedding!
So what’s a few hairs here and there, when you have a life companion?