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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)*
  • 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


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


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

Published 2003