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How Bad Do Cockapoos Smell? Care and Grooming Advice

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

By Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Cockapoo Puppy

Cockapoos tend to be extremely clean animals. They like to groom themselves, and they are careful not to get themselves dirty or muddy whenever possible. However, these are not infallible animals. They like to swim and will do so whenever they get a chance, whether in a lake, ocean, or pond. They also like to play, so if dirt is part of the equation, it is often overlooked — at least by the dog. So, how bad do Cockapoos smell? The truth is that they shouldn’t smell bad if they are well taken care of.

If your Cockapoo smells, there are a few things that you can do to get rid of the stink. If you want to be more proactive, we have got tips for you too. There is never a reason to have to resort to living with a stinky Cockapoo! Here is how to ensure that your furry family member always stays fresh and clean.

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Cockapoos have dense hair that is designed to lock out moisture and debris. It’s not foolproof, but it does a good job in today’s world. So, there should not be a bad smell emitting from your Cockapoo unless their coat is really dirty and inundated with foul smells. A stink might develop when a Cockapoo gets into the garbage or kills and/or feasts on roadkill.

Cockapoo Puppy Running
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If Your Cockapoo Does Smell

Just because your Cockapoo smells does not mean you’re failing as a dog owner. You just need to determine the cause of the smell and take care of it from there. If the smell is the result of them getting into garbage or rummaging through the neighbor’s junk, it is time to start training to address those issues until they become non-issues — especially for your neighbors.

Giving your dog a thorough bath, brushing their coat, and giving them a trim should help get rid of any smelliness that is emitting from your Cockapoo. Trimming their nails and cleaning their ears can also be helpful. The idea is to cleanse every part of their body until the smell subsides.

How to Keep Your Cockapoo From Smelling at All

Cockapoos aren’t naturally smelly. There is always a reason for their being stinky. The first thing that you can do to keep smells away is to make sure your Cockapoo gets a bath once or twice a month.

Second, you should comb or brush them (preferably with a device that has wire bristles) to ensure that tangles, dander, and debris do not stay in their coat. Spraying your pooch with a dog-safe fragrance can also help keep them smelling nice and fresh throughout the day.

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Dogs always have a chance of smelling bad, especially if they spend time outdoors. Regular baths and brushings can help keep foul odors at bay. Making grooming a priority from the time that your Cockapoo is a puppy should help ensure that they never stink throughout their lifetime.

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Rachael Gerkensmeyer

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Rachael has been a freelance writer since 2000, in which time she has had an opportunity to research and write about many different topics while working to master the art of fusing high-quality content with effective content marketing strategies. She lives off the grid in Hawaii with her husband, her garden, and her rescue animals including 5 dogs, a cat, a goat, and dozens of chickens. She is an artist at heart and loves...Read more

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