Sometimes people are under the idea that pet grooming is not really necessary or that it’s something that doesn’t need to be done that often. In reality, grooming is essential for a dog’s overall well-being and health. It is something that needs to be done regularly, and just like we have different needs when it comes to personal care, so do dogs when it comes to their grooming. One of those things that we need to be aware of when grooming our dogs is the kind of fur they have. How you groom your dog can vary quite a bit depending on their fur; some need more work than others.
Seeing a Professional
Even if you are doing a good job taking care of your dog at home, it is still important to take them to a professional every so often. Taking your dog to the groomer not only helps you get rid of ticks, fleas, and shedding, but it will also help you be aware of any health problems early on. Some things are harder to notice, but when your dog is examined by a professional, they will be able to more easily notice any issues your dog might have.
The Grooming Process
Dog grooming involves things such as brushing the dog’s fur, trimming their nails, bathing them, brushing their teeth, etc. But, even though there is a general grooming process, there are some things that can change depending on the dog’s breed.
Our guide below will help you better understand your dog’s grooming needs depending on their breed and fur coat.
Some of the breeds that have smooth coats are Beagles, Boston Terriers, Boxers, Bulldogs, Dalmatians, Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, Pugs, Rottweiler, etc.
If your dog happens to have a smooth coat, well, you are fortunate because this type of fur coat is the one that requires the least amount of work. The reason for this is because their hair is so close to their body that they won’t need to be bathed and brushed as much as furrier dogs.
If your dog happens to shed quite a bit, most of the time, you can solve this just by using a de-shedding shampoo.
Some of the breeds that have double coats are Border Collies, German Shepards, Huskies, Golden Retrievers, Pomeranians, etc.
Since these dogs have two fur coats, their grooming will take a lot more work than any other type of fur since you have to take care of both coats.
To groom your dog with a double coat, it is recommended to use a slicker or pin brush for the undercoat because since this coat is softer, it tends to tangle a lot. After raking your dog with a slicker or the pin brush and undoing any tangles, you can then brush their topcoat and bathe them.
Some of the breeds that have long coats are Afghan Hounds, Bearded Collies, Old English Sheepdogs, Shih Tzus, Yorkshire Terriers, etc.
When it comes to the grooming of breeds that have long coats, these kind of dogs will need a lot of combing and brushing. Long silky coats don’t have undercoats, but they will need to get their fur detangled. Long coarse coats have two coats, whic means you will have first brush them with a pin brush and then with brush that has smooth bristles.
Among the most common breeds that have wire coats are Schnauzers, Fox Terriers, Border Terriers, Dachshunds, Affenpinschers, etc.
Breeds with wire coats are the ones that are most susceptible to tangles. This is why our recommendation when it comes to grooming dogs with wire coats is to use a stripping comb and slicker brush to make the detangling easier. Since detangling wire coats sometimes can be complicated, this is one of the coats people should consider the most taking their dog to a professional so that it can be an easy and pain-free experience.
This kind of coat is the easiest one to recognize just by looking at it, but so you have an idea, two of the most common breeds that have curly coats are Poodles and Bichon Frises.
The fur of dogs with a curly coat is not too different from the ones with a smooth coat in the sense that it is really close to their body. Although, the fur of curly hair dogs tends to be thicker than smooth coat dogs.
In order to groom dogs with this kind of fur, we recommend using a soft slicker brush. You also need to be aware that with these breeds, their hair grows fast, so they will need to have their fur trimmed regularly.
Besides the regular brushing and the occasional bath, you can give them. Your dog needs to go to a professional groomer every four to six weeks, depending on your dog’s individual needs. This will help you ensure they are being properly taken care of and also it will help you make sure there are no issues you might not be aware of. And by doing this, you improve your fur baby’s overall quality of life.
If you have other questions about your dog’s grooming, don’t hesitate to take them to your local groomers.