Just like us humans, dogs need to be cleaned, washed, groomed, or whatever else you want to call it. Yes, dogs can and do get dirty, they fur or hair gets messy and filthy, and they can develop matts in their fur too. There is also the simple fact that a dog that does not get groomed and washed much gets realty stinky, plus they don’t exactly look too great either. However, many people don’t know how often to groom dogs, which goes for washing too. Let’s talk about how often you should groom your dog right now.
How Often To Groom My Dog?
Ok, so this is not the same for all dogs. Different breeds with different types of fur require different grooming regiments and schedules. Some dogs require less care less often while others require a whole lot of attention on a constant basis. Let’s go over some of the different fur types and breeds, and how they differ in terms of grooming requirements.
Short Haired Dogs
Short haired dogs are by far the easiest to take care of. Yes, the can get smelly, but their short hair does not get tangled or matted. Occasional brushing to remove old fur and the occasional bath will do just fine. Most people try to use something called a furminator, which just removes old fur and helps to prevent excessive shedding. Once a month is usually more than enough, but it only takes a couple of minutes, especially on a smaller dog.
Short Haired Dogs With Double Coats
These dogs do still have short hair, but it is a little longer than your classic short haired dog. They have an undercoat which lies beneath the top coat. These dogs tend to shed a lot and the do so depending on the season. You will have to groom these dogs at least every 3 months in order to remove the dead hair in the undercoat and prevent excessive shedding.
Double Coated Long Haired Dogs
These dogs have 2 layers of fur just like double layered short hair dogs. However, instead of the outer layer being short, it tends to grow quite long. This is especially true for the fur on the belly, the legs, feet, butt, and ears too. This long hair is prone to getting matted, so it needs to be trimmed occasionally. As well, you will need a good brush to prevent matting from occurring.
These dogs will shed on a seasonal basis, so removing dead undercoat fur is also necessary. Prepare to groom these dogs every 6 to 8 weeks at the very least.
Dogs that are built for colder climates will often have very thick undercoats. These undercoats can grow very long and are very prone to matting. You need to cut away and groom this undercoat every few months to prevent matting. You need to do this every 3 months at the very least or else you will be heading to a pro groomer to remove matting.
Silky Fur Dogs
This kind of dog only has one layer of fur instead of 2 like many others. These dogs are quite prone to matting because their hair will grow continuously with no end in sight. To prevent matting you need to have them trimmed and groomed every 6 weeks, or even every 4 weeks if the hair grows very fast.
Terriers tend to have very wiry coats that are not very prone to matting. If you don’t mind a shaggy look, having them groomed every 3 or 4 months is just fine.
This is the hardest type of dog fur to take care of. Curly and wavy coats are extremely prone to matting. These kinds of dogs needed to be groomed every 4 weeks to prevent very severe matting from occurring. If they have hair longer than ½ inch, they should be brushed at least twice per week. If the hair is longer than 1 inch, they should be brushed daily to prevent matting.
Remember folks, if you don’t want to have to deal with severely tangled and matted fur, you will need to follow a good grooming schedule. Just keep in mind what kind of breed your dog is and what kind of fur they have. As long as you follow a good schedule, everything should be just info. It’s much easier to groom your dog regularly than have to deal with a monumental task every now and then, so get to it! We have also reviewed some dog blow dryers here which you might find helpful.