There is an infinite variety of coat type, from smooth coated dogs such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Pointers and Dalmatians, thick double weatherproof coats of Labradors and Spaniels, the silky type of Setters and Yorkies, harsh Terrier types, the soft woolly coats of Poodles and Bichons, and also the rough long coats of Collies and Retrievers.
Smooth coated breeds need minimal grooming and a thorough session once a week with a grooming glove will usually suffice. All other coat types require more attention.
The soft non-shedding coats of Poodles, Bichons and Powder Puffs need clipping and trimming about every 6 weeks. Many Terrier coats, such as Wastes, Airedales and Welsh Terriers require attention every 8 to 10 weeks. A long coated breed is a big commitment in time. Many cross-breeds fall into this category with the added disadvantage that their coats may be a mixture of different types of coat. If long coated breeds are neglected much pain and discomfort will be inflicted on the dog and complete stripping is the kindest answer. If grooming and trimming is done regularly it will be unnecessary for your pet to endure long painful disentangling sessions. No matter what breed you own your dog will enjoy his daily "handling".
REMEMBER the time spent grooming enables you to check for parasites etc. which if left unchecked can lead to skin irritations and affect his health and well being.
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