Do Cocker Spaniels Shed?
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Cocker Spaniel Shedding 101
Yes, Cocker Spaniels do shed. In the dog community, they are considered moderate shedders. If you own a Cocker Spaniel, you need to get used to the fact that you will be finding hair and fur all over your clothes, your couches, your furniture and your food sometimes (yes, I know it’s weird but it happens all the time). If you like a Cocker Spaniel and want to own you, you are going to deal with the fact that Cocker Spaniels shed.
When Do Cocker Spaniels Shed?
Cocker Spaniels are unique because they have some hair and a furry double-coat. This means that they have a coat on the outside and a coat on the inside. The outer coat is a little coarse and is the one that you see all the time. The inner coat is one that is closest to their skin and softer. The inner-coat keeps the Cocker Spaniels insulated to protect them from the water and weather. It keeps them warm during the summer months and it keeps them cool during the winter months. This inner coat sheds out twice a year. This is known as coat “blowing”. Cocker Spaniels shed mostly then during the time that the seasons change. They shed during the spring (as the seasons change and we get more hours of sunlight per day) and during the fall (as the seasons change and we get less hours of sunlight per day). This means if you want to find out when the Cocker Spaniels shed the most, you should really talk to the weather man about the seasons!
Managing Your Cocker Spaniel’s Shedding
A Cocker Spaniel’s fur is similar to that of many others in the Spaniel family. They have beautiful feathers or hair that frowns around their feet and ears. This hair is not the hair that Cocker Spaniels shed. Just because this hair does not shed does not mean that they do not need to be groomed properly. This is the hair that needs to be groomed continuously,
The main part of the Cocker Spaniel’s body is the part that has fur. This is what the Cocker Spaniels shed constantly. Since they have so many hair and fur, they need to be brushed out multiple times a week. This is not only to make sure that the hair the Cocker Spaniels shed will be taken out by the brush, but it is also to make sure that the dead hair does not mix in with the hair on the Cocker Spaniel’s body so badly that it becomes matted and does not come off!