Hair to Spare
Grooming the English Cocker Spaniel revolves around coat, ear, and muzzle care.
Eve Adamson |
Posted: Thu Apr 3 00:00:00 PST 2003
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The English Cocker Spaniel may be easier to groom than its American cousin, the Cocker Spaniel, but don't ignore this breed's grooming needs! The English Cocker Spaniel's ears and muzzle need attention, and the feathering on its underside can mat without regular brushing, resulting in skin irritation and parasite problems, especially for dogs who spend time in the field. In terms of looks, the English Cocker Spaniel should be groomed more like an English Springer Spaniel than like an American Cocker Spaniel, says Kate Romanski of Hales Corner, Wis., secretary of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America.
In case your groomer isn't sure how to groom this rare breed, bring along a pamphlet published by the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America and available from the club for $1. Send payment in a stamped #10 envelope to: ECSCA, P.O. Box 252, Hales Corners, Wis. 53130.
Even if you do take your dog to a professional groomer, English Cocker Spaniels require regular maintenance between grooming visits. It seems I'm always brushing, combing, pulling out the long hair, says ECSCA rescue chairperson Marcia Wallace of Alexandria, Va. Even if you keep them shaved down, you still have to take care of their ears, and besides, when you shave them down, they lose their charm. They look like Beagles.
To help you along, here are a few more tips, courtesy of Romanski and Wallace: