Each dog is different! Even when they are of the same breed, dogs have unique features and various physical characteristics that set them apart from others. The one that stands out most is THEIR COAT. 

With each unique type of hair, there is a specific way to take care of it. You cannot take care of long hair just like short hair, or thick and rough hair like soft hair. For this reason, in this blog, we want to give you a guide on how you can take care of your best friend’s coat according to hair type:

Dogs with short hair. 

Short hair is the most common in dogs, and the most common regardless of the race. Fortunately, it is the easiest type of hair to clean and manage. 

Dogs with short hair have many benefits over those with long hair, for example, not needing to be bathed often. Additionally, it is much easier to brush their fur, keeping them free of fleas and ticks. 

Dog’s hair is considered short hair when it does not exceed 5 cms. 

Tips to keep it clean and healthy

– Bath with a special soap for dogs 1 time every 4 or 6 weeks

-Brush twice a week with a comb specially made for short hair

-Check once a week for ticks or fleas

Note: Not all dog brushes are the same since each one is designed according to the type of hair.

Dogs with long hair

If your dog’s hair exceeds 6 centimeters, it is considered long hair. This type of hair tends to be a little more difficult to take care of and requires more attention.

One of the most frequent problems in long-haired dogs is how easy it is for the hair to tangle, which makes it easy for ticks to cling onto knots. For this reason, it is essential that you have a lot of patience when you are brushing your dog’s hair. Make sure to review very well sector by sector as not to miss any tangle.

Taking care of your dog’s hair is not a process that should only be done at home. Taking them to a care center is also important. Please do this as often as your dog needs it. We recommend going once every 3 or 4 months, depending on the growth they have.

Tips to keep it clean and healthy

-Bathe your dog with a special soap and a softener (This will make it less tangled). Do this every 4 weeks.

-Brush your dog 5 to 7 times a week.

-Use collars specialized against fleas and ticks. Keep in mind that you still need to take them to a care center for a check-up. Doing check-ups at home may not be enough since the volume of hair does not allow you to see the scalp thoroughly.

Dogs with curly hair

Taking care of dogs with long curly hair is not equal to that of dogs with long straight hair. It is even more complex to keep it bright, free of knots and parasites; for this reason, they require double the attention.

Tips to keep it clean and careful

-We recommend bathing them every 3 to 4 weeks. Hair gets dirty as they play, which means leaves and branches can get tangled after a day in the park.

-Brush it with the special brush for curly hair.

-Use veterinary products for flea and tick prevention.

Note: You mustn’t consider this type of hair the same as straight hair since curly hair is more difficult to clean and comb. 

“Hard” or “Rough” haired Dogs

These dogs are the ones with very thick hair and make them feel rough. This hair can be short or medium-sized.

Thick hair has its benefits as it protects a dog’s body even better from temperatures, bumps, or falls.

Tips to keep it clean and healthy

-Bath every 4 or 6 weeks to remove dirt

-Brush it with a special brush for thick hair about 2 times a week

-Check that you do not have fleas or ticks 1 time per week

Here are some essential things to consider:

-Do not use shampoo for humans. Some people believe that it acts the same, and this is false. The shampoo you use should be ODOR FREE AND COLORLESS. This fact is important since these shampoos are usually hypoallergenic. 

-If you bathe your dog more than 2 times a month, you can create dryness in their scalp.

-Do not use hair oils. They can cause allergies

-We recommend brushing long-haired dogs every day to avoid knots or dirt.

-Dry very well after bathing, especially to dogs with wrinkles or dogs with long hair. If you leave them wet in certain parts, it can create fungi.

-Always check for ticks or fleas.

-Take care of your dog’s diet. A dog’s nutrition will also be reflected in their fur.

Here at WALKIE PAWS, we have the knowledge to keep your furry friend with shiny and silky hair at all times. 

We are a company that provides daycare, pet sitting, pet boarding, pet trip, pet taxi, dog walking, and much more. We make sure your pet has the best time while you are away. We also provide hygiene services and veterinary advice to make them look flawless and keep them healthy.

We invite you to subscribe to our blog so that you can stay up to date with our tips and tricks on taking care of our best friends! 



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