You may have heard that you need to brush your dog with double coat color, but why? Brushing removes dirt and dead hair that can get trapped in the coat. Brushing helps reduce shedding by removing the excess undercoat that would otherwise fall out all over your home. It also stimulates blood circulation and keeps skin healthy, which is especially important for dogs with allergies or sensitivities. In some ways, brushing your furry friends is more important than brushing non-hairy dogs. Read on to find out why!
Establish the routine to brush your dog at home
All breeds with double coats have a specific hair length, meaning their hair stops growing at a certain point and does not continue to grow. This category of breeds includes Huskies, Labradors, Pomeranians, Boston Terrier, Golden Retriever, and many more. These breeds shed much more than single furred breeds and require frequent brushing.
While short-haired breeds with double coats like Boston Terrier, Jack Russell, and Pugs can go a few months without brushing, brushing is a necessity for our longer-coated breeds. If their undercoat is not brushed out regularly, it quickly becomes tangled under the skin. As these tangles worsen, they can become matted, and it can envelop your entire dog in dense tangles. This is often the result of a bath at home without brushing or drying. This type of matting is very difficult to detect in these breeds, as their outer coats do not look or feel matted.
Double-coated dogs need regular brushing at home
When breeds like Samoyeds or German Shepherds are severely matted, the safest and most humane way to get rid of the matting is to shave them. While we do not recommend shaving breeds with double coats, their health and well-being are our top priority. Shaving these breeds can affect their coat. This can take the form of patchy fur, a different fur texture (they usually grow back roughly), and a change in hair color.
Therefore, we strongly recommend that you brush your pet regularly at home before you reach a point of no return. If you can not brush them as often as they need, we recommend making an appointment with your groomer once a month for a full bath and blow-dry. This way, you can save your dog's beautiful coat and have a dog that looks and feels great with little effort.
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