The variety of breeds for dogs is truly astounding. One of the variations that you will see is a difference in the type of coat the dogs have. Typically, four basic types of coats are found- short hair, long hair, silky hair, and rough hair. How you groom your dogâ€™s coat depends on the type of coat he has.
Short Coated Dogs
Short coated dogs require the least amount of time, effort, and money to groom properly. Professional grooming is almost never necessary, but it is certainly acceptable. All that is actually required for short coats is regular brushing on a regular basis- about ten minutes a day.
The problem with short coated dogs is that they molt or shed all of the time. Regular brushing will cut back on that. Simply use a brush with short, stiff bristles to keep your petâ€™s coat shiny and manageable. Additionally, a wire bristled glove makes short work of grooming your shorthaired dogâ€™s coat.
Long Coated Dogs
A long, flowing coat may be beautiful to look at, but you are going to have to pay a price for that. Either you are going to have to spend hours learning how to groom it properly and doing it, or you are going to have to spend lots of dollars to have it groomed professionally on a regular basis.
Use a brush with softer bristles to groom your dogâ€™s coat to a long flowing cape of glorious color. Never use stiff bristles on a long coat since the effect is simply not the same.
Long coats require special care- skilled care. The hair becomes dirty more quickly, matted more easily, and unruly so much faster. It also grows to a length that makes trimming a regular necessity. In fact, professional trimming is recommended every four weeks.
On the upside, if you do use a professional groomer to trim your dogâ€™s coat, he will readily provide tips for you to maintain the dogâ€™s coat in between visits. Trimming the dogâ€™s coat until it barely has any length to prolong the time in between trims is not recommended. Longhaired dogs should remain longhaired dogs.
Brushing, hours of it, is necessary on an almost daily basis if you want the dogâ€™s coat to look nice. This may not seem like it will be a problem before you purchase your dog. However, once the novelty of owning a new pet wears off, are you still going to want to spend the time brushing his coat to a glowing sheen without knots?
Rough Coated Dogs
Rough coated dogs typically have a shorter coat. Unlike smooth haired coats on shorthaired dogs, the rough coats tend to molt all at once about every six months or so. In fact, the coat seems to disengage itself from the dog in large mats or chunks of hair. This is more of a problem when the dog has not been groomed properly or on a regular basis.
The rough coat requires daily brushing with a stiff bristled brush. You need to brush through the hairâ€™s thickness. A quick skim does nothing to properly groom the dog, even if it does make the coat look nicer temporarily. A comb can also be used to properly work through the thick, rough coat.
Although professional grooming is not usually required, it is always an option. In fact, if you lose track of daily grooming due to other issues such as a prolonged illness, business trip, or vacation, make use of the services of a professional groomer to get your dogâ€™s coat back in shape. A professional trim does look nice.
Silky Coated Dogs
Silky coats require daily brushing as well as regular trims. When the dog has not been groomed properly or on a regular basis, the coat has a tendency to become matted and unruly looking.
The silky coat requires daily brushing with a stiff bristled brush. Brush through the hairâ€™s thickness to reach each strand of the coat. A quick skim across the top of the coat does nothing to properly groom the dog, even if it the coat does look nicer temporarily. A comb used alone or in conjunction with a brush can also be used to properly work through the thick, rough coat.
You can also use the services of a professional groomer to keep your dogâ€™s coat in shape. A professional trim looks nice and is certainly easier than doing it yourself.
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