Dog Coats<< Back to Pet Health Blog
A dog’s coat is an important consideration when deciding to bring a new pup into the home. A little research will help you provide the best care for your new pet. There are a few basic coat types: short, medium, long, wire, and coat. Some dogs may have a double coat as well. A double coat consists of longer, courser guard hairs that cover a soft, short inner coat.
Examples of short coat pups include the Dalmatian and Pug. Grooming requirements are minimal. Brush them with a bristle brush and only give occasional baths. Remember that even shorthaired dogs shed.
Examples of medium length coat dogs include the Siberian Husky and the German Shepherd. The former have a double coat, while the latter have a single coat. Double coats require you to use an undercoat brush. A bristle brush is effective for single Dog Coats. Baths should be given two or three times a year. Regular brushing is necessary (three times a week or so), as shedding can be significant.
Samoyeds and Pomeranians have long coats. These breeds require more than average attention in terms of grooming. Some owners will blow dry their pups after bathing to help prevent matts. Daily brushing is necessary to keep the coat in shape.
Examples of a wire coat include the Scottish and Irish Terriers. The wirehair breeds are coarser to the touch. These breeds are considered ideal for allergy suffers, as they do not shed as much as previously discussed breeds. Dead hairs need to be removed (called “stripping”) from these breeds. This can be a time-consuming process and should be carefully researched before bringing a wirehaired pup into the home.
Poodles and Bichon Frises are examples of curly coated dogs. They do not shed, nor will they develop dead hairs that need to be stripped. Bathing is necessary occasionally, regular brushing helps to prevent tangles, and occasional trimming is necessary. Owners should invest in a good pair of clippers.