Do they shed much?
Let’s take a closer look at the Cockers coat, just how much shedding they do and what they’re like to groom, so that you have a better idea of what to expect.
Can I prevent my Cocker Spaniel from shedding?
about Cocker Spaniel Coat
Cocker Spaniels have a double coat, which means that instead of having just one layer of hair, they have two – an outer coat and an undercoat.
The outer coat is short and fine around the head, and longer around the rest of the body. Especially around the chest and underside of their body, and around their ears. The texture of the coat is silky and either flat or a little wavy and the colors vary greatly.
The undercoat is short and dense, and helps to keep Cockers from getting too cold or too hot, it basically helps insulate them. Which is ideal for sporting dogs like the Cocker, but this can increase the amount of shedding and effort needed to groom them.
However, it does depend on which Cocker Spaniel you get as to exactly what sort of coat he will have. Because there are two different types: the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel. if you like it teddy look, then you can go for cavapoochon as well.
Do Cocker Spaniels have hair or fur?
However, some experts believe that “hair” is unique in that it takes longer to grow. Or more specifically, that it has a longer growth cycle. Which in turn is something that is typically associated with dogs that shed less. And this is why some who have dogs that don’t shed will boldly proclaim the reason for this is “because they have hair.”
5/5 Grooming Effort And the main reason for this is because of the length of their coat, in particular the feathered areas. These are prone to mats, knots and tangles that need to be removed as they can cause pain and discomfort for your dog.
But it’s also because they have large, delicate ears that you need to take care around when brushing, and the fact that their coat needs regular trimming in places to keep it at an appropriate length.
The amount of time and effort, or money spent on grooming services, does depend on how fussy you are about maintaining the coat’s shininess and whether or not you clip him though.
Most owners simply have him clipped professionally every couple of months to make life easier. Because this can save you some brushing and help avoid mats and knots. And this is often accompanied by a thorough bath and things like nail trimming.
Can I reduce shedding?
Proper nutrition matters because it can help your dog maintain his optimal health. Which can, as a result, limit the possibility of excessive shedding caused by poor diet. And at the same time, help improve his coat. And a healthier coat often leads to stronger hair follicles which in turn can mean lower shedding.
Brushing also helps because when you brush you are spreading the natural oils of his skin, which can improve the condition of the coat. And of course, brushing removes the old, dead hairs before they have a chance to fall off and onto your floors, furniture and upholstery.
These two things alone (proper diet and regular brushing) can make the world of difference as to how much he sheds and how much time you spend vacuuming. And they’re pretty simple really. It’s just a matter of keeping up with a regular routine.
There are other ways to limit shedding too, such as bathing with a proper dog shampoo prior to brushing for example, which can help you win the battle against shedding.
With that being said, if you’re noticing an excessive amount of shedding and you don’t think it’s “normal” then it might be worth contacting your veterinarian.
Because sometimes this can be caused by things like stress, fleas or allergies, among other things.
What Is The Cocker Spaniel Shedding Level?
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being least and 10 being most, Cocker Spaniels are around a 3 to 4. Yes, Cocker Spaniels shed, but the amount they shed depends on the individual dog. Long-time Cocker groomer Kim Vavolo says Cockers shed more in the spring and fall seasons.
“We are not a shedding breed like a Siberian Husky nor do we shed like a Labrador Retriever,” Cocker Spaniel groomer and breeder Marlene Ness shares. “Dogs lose hair like people, so Cockers require regular brushing to get the dead hair out.”
My first Cocker Spaniel, a red and white, wasn’t much of a shedder. My second Cocker Spaniel, a male parti-color, sheds lightly a few times a year. I know his hair sheds because I find his white fluffy hairs all over my lap when wearing black pants.
Shedding in Cocker Spaniels is Natural
Cocker Spaniels are particularly known for their predisposition to shedding, which can lead to excessive hair in the house and on furniture. From my experience of owning a Cocker Spaniel for 13 years, it was often necessary to brush the dog hair off cushions maybe once or twice every week. I also remember that generally any jacket or trousers I wore, particularly if they were a dark color, got covered in a fine layer of hair which was not a problem, but could be a bit annoying.
The Cocker Spaniel is a very happy, gentle, loving, and quiet dog. They are fantastic with children and you will not have to worry about any accidents.
They are very smart and training them will not be a burden. They are sometimes nervous and should be gently handled in training. Use as many stimulating techniques with rewards to dispel these nerves.