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Clipping the American Cocker Spaniel

Grooming a black American Cocker Spaniel

Necessary Supplies

Where To Use
Item Where
Large pin brush Brushing the coat
Steel comb Entire coat
#10 blade
  • about 1/2" around the anus (never directly on anus)
  • underneath tail
  • pelvis (navel to groin)
  • front neck
  • top upper 1/3 of ears (inside & out)
  • head
Slicker brush / Matting Comb Removing mats
Ear powder Inside of ears
Lanolin coat conditioner Entire coat
#10 or 8 1/2 or 7 Entire back & tail (from back neck to tail)
Nail clipper Nails (use caution)*
Scissors
  • between pads of feet
  • leg feathering
  • feet
Thinning shears
  • blending uneven hair at shoulders and hindquarters with leg feathering
  • blending uneven hair on chest
  • under chest (if necessary)
  • front legs
Artificial tears eye drops Use during and after clipping to remove any hair blown into the eyes

Links

GroomingSmarter gives clipping and grooming tips with illustrations on trimming cocker: feet, ears, bevels, underlines, back, neck, head, and shoulders.

Oster clippers & blades

The All Breed Dog Grooming Guide (2002) (available at Amazon.com)

References

Kohl, S., & Goldstein, C. (1973). The all breed dog grooming guide. New York: Arco.

Published 2003