How Often Should You Get Your Dog Groomed?

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How often should I take my dog to the groomer? This question bugs almost every pet owner, especially new parents.

After talking to multiple dog owners and a couple of professional groomers, I’ve compiled a detailed guide on how often you should take your pooch for grooming.

Here is everything you need to know.

Grooming Needs Of Dogs With Different Coat Types and How Often You Should Get it Done

How often you groom your dog depends primarily on the dog’s breed, whether it has hair or fur, and the coat’s thickness and length.

There are thick, thin, long, and short-haired dogs, and the grooming needs vary accordingly. Let’s understand how often dogs need grooming according to coat length and type.

Double Coat & Long-Haired Dogs

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All breeds of double-coated and long-haired dogs need to be brushed every day. Some examples of these types of dogs include:

  • Husky (Siberian & Alaskan)
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Shiba Inu
  • Akita
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Golden Retriever
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pomeranian
  • Newfoundland
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Havanese

These dogs have long thick fur covering their entire body, making them prone to matting.

To keep their fur tangle-free, frequent brushing is a must (once a day is typically best). If you don’t brush these dogs often, their fur with tangle and mat, and their coats will become uncomfortable and even sometimes painful.

Further, double-coated dogs need professional dog grooming every six to twelve weeks, depending on how much grooming you do at home.

How often you bathe your dog also depends on their activity level. If your dog plays outside often and gets dirt and debris in their coats, they need more baths. However, you don’t want to bathe your dog too often as you can strip their skin of natural oils. You can bathe your double-coated dog once a week if needed, but usually, every few weeks is enough.

Single Coat & Short-Haired Dogs

The grooming requirements of short-haired dogs are minimal compared to the long-haired ones. This includes dogs such as:

  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Basenji
  • Dalmatian
  • Dachshund
  • Greyhound
  • Great Dane
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Rottweiler
  • Weimaraner

Minimal brushing and occasional baths are more than enough to keep your short-haired dog healthy.

Short and single-coated dogs have fewer chances of getting mats.

These types of dogs need bathing, not more than once a month or twice a month or until your dog starts stinking.

Prevent over-bathing as it will dry out the dog’s skin and make it more brittle.

Over-shedding could be another issue with short-haired dogs. If shedding goes beyond control, you can ask the groomer for an anti-shedding treatment that will minimize the issue even though it does not completely cure it.

Lastly, take your short-haired dog to the grooming parlor at least once in two months.

Short-Haired Double-Coated Dogs

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These types of dogs have a soft undercoat and a coarse long upper coat. The undercoat keeps the dog warm, while the upper coat keeps it protected from moisture, dirt, and the sun.

Some dogs with thick and short coats are:

  • German Shepherd
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Beagle
  • Chow Chow
  • American English Coonhound
  • Pembroke Corgi
  • Pomeranian
  • Welsh Corgi
  • Shih Tzu

But the issue with the soft inner coat is that it undergoes heavy shedding during the warm seasons to keep the dog cool. Heavy shedding happens once or twice a year; hence these dog breeds need professional grooming during these seasons.

It’s essential to remove the dead hair. Your pet will also need more frequent brushing at this time for a thorough undercoat removal. Get a grooming rake for undercoat removal and a pin brush or a wire brush for the upper coat.

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During the low shedding season, regular brushing will keep your dog’s coat healthy. And give him a bath once in two months using a canine-friendly shampoo.

If your spoiled brat gets dirty or muddy, rinse off the dirt instead of a proper bath.

Dogs With Silky Hair

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Dogs with silky coats have a single layer of soft, fine silky hair. These dogs also need regular grooming, like brushing every day, to maintain their healthy coat. Some popular breeds with silky hair are:

  • Silky Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Afghan Hound
  • Maltese
  • Irish Setter

Owning these dogs is a bit expensive because they need professional grooming more frequently. You’ll need grooming appointments every four to six weeks if you wish to keep the hair long.

But if you don’t mind trimming the hair, the short puppy cut usually lasts three months at most.

Don’t ignore brushing your dog’s hair every day because smooth hair makes them less prone to matting.

Wire-Haired Dogs

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Wire-haired dogs like Pointing Griffon are low-maintenance breeds. They have very coarse, bristly hair. Such dogs are not prone to matting, so you can skip brushing them every day. Dogs with such coats are:

  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Wire-haired Jack Russell
  • Border Terrier
  • Wire Haired Pointer
  • Wire Fox Terrier
  • Wire Haired Dachshund

But that does not mean that you can totally ignore grooming your dog. Use a slicker brush and run it through the fur occasionally.

You can give your pup a bath every two months or once a month.

The coarse fur of such canines needs to be hand-stripped periodically. Hand-stripping is a process where you pull out the old dead hairs with a grooming knife. As it’s a very delicate process, it’s best to get it done by a professional groomer.

Dogs With Curly And Wavy Coats

White fluffy dog.
Standard Poodle

Curly and wavy-haired dogs need the most amount of grooming. You need to brush them daily to prevent matting and tangled hair. Some popular curly-haired dogs are-

  • Poodles
  • Different Poodle Mixes
  • Bichon Frise
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Cavalier King
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The heavy curly coat increases the risk of skin infections, and there are no alternatives to brushing them once a day.

Moreover, such dogs need a professional groomer every six to eight weeks for a thorough cleaning, so be prepared to bear the expenses when you get a curly-haired dog.

Other Things To Consider While Grooming Your Dog

Dog grooming is not limited to the coat/fur. Don’t forget about your dog’s teeth and nails.

Vets recommend brushing their teeth every day to prevent plaque buildup. Tooth decay and other dental diseases are quite common among dogs, so use good puppy toothpaste and a puppy-safe toothbrush to keep their teeth healthy and shiny.

It’s best not to let their nails touch the ground, so clipping your dog’s nails every three to four weeks is recommended. Or whenever you see their nails growing beyond their pad, clip them or have a professional clip them for you.

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Takeaway

Keep in mind the tips I mentioned for the successful grooming of your dog. Your pooch will stay happy and healthy if you can keep up with their grooming needs.

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