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Grooming your dog

Double Coated Dogs
Breeds such as Pomeranians, Shetland Sheepdogs, Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds and Chow Chows are examples of double coated dogs.
They were bred to live outdoors all year round in Arctic climates. Also many of the Herding Group ie. Collies and Sheepdogs have double coats.
Crossbreeds from any of the breeds mentioned may also have a double coat.
See the full list of double coated dogs

Please note Double coated dogs should never be shaved. 
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You will need a slicker brush or pin brush for either length and a wide-toothed comb as well, for double-coated dogs with long hair. For short-haired double-coated dogs, use the brush to comb out the undercoat, brushing outward from the skin. Use the same brush to go over the topcoat, brushing with the lay of the coat. For long-haired double-coated dogs, take sections of the dog’s hair and separate it with your hand before brushing with the slicker brush. Brush outward from the skin to help remove loose hairs in the thick undercoat. After you have brushed the whole body, take the wide-toothed comb and place it deep within the coat, parallel to the skin. Comb outward to remove more loose undercoat. With either link you may find some mats that need addressing. Use small amount of detangler and work the mat out with your fingers and the brush. Repeat brushing after bathing or showering with a good dog shampoo.
Please keep in mind that double coats have some special grooming concerns.  Generally the under coat will “shed” twice a year. Maintenance of the coat during this seasonal shed is essential to keeping your dog mat free and your home hair free.


Smooth Coat – Dogs who are smooth-coated do not need to be groomed often, a shower or bath once a month is usually enough.
Using a  bristle brush brush against the lay of the hair. Using the same tool, brush with the lay of the top coat.
After they have been brushed bath or shower with a good quality dog shampoo and conditioner.
Towel dry your dog after the bath and then let them air dry naturally.


Wire Coat –