We like to keep Scully’s coat long, this means regular grooming and de-matting. She is professionally groomed every six weeks which is the same frequency and about the same cost as having my hair done.
When she was 7 months I took her to Merrist Wood College along with 7 other cockapoo owners and dogs for a one day “cockapoo grooming” course. It was really helpful, a guided practice, opportunity to try different tools, and lots of useful information.
Scully does not shed but she does moult . At 9 months her coat was the most difficult to manage as she started to lose her “undercoat” for the first time and I found it quite a challenge. Now the moult happens in the Spring and again in the Autumn and her grooming sessions take a lot longer for the couple of weeks that this happening. Outside of that, a 30 minutes session after her morning walk 2 or 3 times a week keeps her reasonably detangled, and ensures there are no seeds in her paws, coat and ears. About a week out from her professional grooming session I know it is starting to get away from me.
Anyone considering bringing a cockapoo into their lives should factor into their budget the cost of regular professional grooming, and the time needed for home grooming.