Fur Care 101: Understand Your Dog’s Grooming Needs By Hair Type

Dog groomingThere are quite a few benefits of regular dog grooming including the fact that they feel better, look better and less fur flying around means less for owners to sweep up. However, determining just how often your pups hair needs to be maintained at home or by a professional groomer can be tricky. Here are some dog grooming tips for the most popular coat types to keep pooches’ tails wagging.

How to Groom Dogs With Short Coats and Smooth Hair

Short haired dogs like greyhounds and doberman pinchers are popular with owners simply because they are adorable—and easy to maintain when it comes to bathing and grooming. Their smooth and short hair lies closely to their body and these pups don’t do much shedding. However, they do still love and appreciate being brushed with a bristle brush a few times each week along with a good weekly bath.

How to Groom Dogs with Medium Coats

With hair just a bit longer than short-coated dogs, medium-coated breeds will require a bit more maintenance and grooming. Dogs such as German shepherds, border collies, and retrievers can still get mats in their coats and are more susceptible to fleas and ticks, so a daily brushing with a wire or pin brush is recommended. Depending on their lifestyle and outdoor habits, medium-coated dogs may require more frequent baths and professional grooming every so often.

How to Groom Dogs With Long Coats

While they may be showstoppers to watch as they prance around at dog shows or capture everyone’s attention at the dog park, long haired dog grooming needs can be extensive. After all, beauty doesn’t come without effort and a bit of expense. Because their hair can reach floor lengths, these dogs require careful, diligent daily brushing and will likely need regular grooming by a professional to prevent painful and unsightly mats and tangles in the fur. In fact, may owners opt to get the pros to ‘style’ their pet’s hair to make it more manageable while the pooch still looks fashionable.

How to Groom Dogs With Wiry Coats

Many terrier breeds fall under this category, and they tend to have a course texture to their fur that almost feels a bit wiry to the touch. Even though their hair is typically short to medium in texture, they require a bit more maintenance. This is because many of these dogs don’t shed, so not only do they need a daily brushing, but owners may need to physically pluck out dead hairs. However, many owners leave this tedious task up to professional dog groomers for good reason.

How to Groom Dogs With Curly Coats

Poodles, Bichon Frise, and other curly coated dogs can have coats that range from tight curls to soft, flowing waves. Determining grooming needs for these pups can be challenging because no two curly coats are the same. Beyond a weekly bath and daily brushing, most owners opt to seek out a groomer for assistance.

How to Groom Hairless Dogs

No hair? Sounds like a breeze, right? Well, the lack of hair certainly does eliminate shedding and reduce traditional grooming needs, but these pups also have special considerations. For example, when taking walks on sunny days they may need a light coat of sunscreen, and cold days may call for a coat.

Looking for Dog Grooming Tips or Assistance?

If so, contact a local pet grooming professional—preferably one with a license or certification who’s associated with reputable organizations like the National Dog Groomers Association—they can help keep your dog’s hair in perfect condition.