When our Cavachon, Kasey, starts to look a little scruffy, it’s time to think about grooming. Here are some of the things we do.
If you are looking for a good recommendation for a groomer, ask your Vet. I generally take Kasey to the groomer every 4 to 8 weeks. It depends on the weather – in the summer, I like to keep his hair shorter so he goes more often. Since we live in the mid-west, our winters get pretty cold and I don’t take him to the groomer as often so that his hair can grow longer – and keep him warmer!
In between trips to the groomer, his coat still needs to be taken care of. Our Cavachon has a combination of both types of hair. He has some areas that are straighter, but for the most part, the longer his hair gets, the curlier it gets. I have found that using one of the metal combs with the wider teeth works the best. I have tried several different brushes and they just won’t get through his coat. Right after he is groomed, I don’t need to comb him for a week which is great! As soon as the hair starts growing, he starts getting tangled areas and I have to comb him more often. The frequency of combing quickly picks up as the hair keeps growing. After a month or so, it’s pretty easy if I do it every other day. Combing can take between 30 minutes to an hour depending upon how many tangles he has – the more often you comb your Cavachon, the fewer tangles he will get.
I recently found that using one of my little eyelash combs works great on tangles!
I would recommend that you start combing your Cavachon when he/she is young. Kasey grew up getting combed and he is very tolerant of it now. He won’t fuss at all even if it takes an hour and he ALWAYS gets a treat when we are done!
As far as bathing goes, it again depends on the time of year and weather. Right now, we are knee deep in snow and he doesn’t really get very dirty so I’ll give him a bath every 2 -3 weeks or so. However, when we get a thaw, he may need a couple baths in a week! White hair and mud don’t go well together! Even though he is 1 1/2 years old, I still use Hartz Groomer’s Best Puppy Shampoo. It’s gentle on his eyes and it smells great. Bathing is another thing I started doing with him when he was very young. He doesn’t mind the bath anymore and…oh yes, he gets a treat when he is done.
Update 3-17-2010: If you want to see some before and after pictures of Kasey being groomed, check out his visit to the groomer!