5 Things To Know Before You Adopt a Cocker Spaniel

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Cocker Spaniels, as least the ones you see most often in photographs or at dog shows, are sporting relatively recent hair cuts. This diligent trimming depicts a style known as the American Cocker Spaniel Show Cut, and features a fringe of silky hair that hangs like a skirt along their sides, as well as from their ears. It's a beautiful look, but also helpful because it keeps their thick coat from becoming matted.

If you're looking for a lower-maintenance style for your Cocker Spaniel, ask the groomer to trim your her hair to the same short length all over. It's called a "puppy cut" (regardless of your dog's age); this style helps your canine friend keep cool in hot weather and cuts the amount of daily time you'll spend with a doggie comb in hand. Of course, most of us love our Cocker's trademark floppy ears and opt to keep the hair long on the ears -- no matter how closely she's trimmed everywhere else.

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