How to Groom a Short Hairy Dogs?
It is not entirely true that short dog fur generally requires less care than that of long-haired breeds. Sometimes even the trim knife has to go.
Certainly, in comparison to long-haired manes, short fur per se does not usually have to be untangled regularly and therefore usually does not tend to matting. However, even short dog hair is happy about tailor-made care. It is not uncommon for the skin of short-haired breeds to be particularly sensitive to external influences such as dog shampoos. We have summarized for you what else needs to be considered:
Grooming for short-haired dog breeds
A short head of hair is usually less maintenance-intensive than, for example, a curly long hair. However, the skin of short-haired dogs is far more sensitive than that of other representatives. A bath should therefore only be taken in an emergency, since the natural fat film only regenerates slowly - often even for weeks. Whoever is asked to go to the bathroom more often reacts with skin diseases. Instead of the full bath, regular brushing, which helps the short and mostly firm covering hair not only during the change of fur, should be at least weekly care ritual. Ideal: a soft brush with natural bristles.
The category "dogs with short hair" include, for example, dachshunds, boxers, pugs, labradors, boxers, beagles, Dalmatians, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Dalmatians. Check our list of lap dogs for seniors guide
Grooming for shaggy dog breeds
Even if dogs with so-called rough fur are usually also short-haired, their coat is comparatively maintenance-intensive. First of all, the positive: You barely shed. However, they have several layers of their characteristic rough top coat and, underneath, a short, thick undercoat. If the top coat dies - usually after three to six months - the dog needs active help when changing the coat.
Otherwise there is a risk of extreme scratching, as the itchy hair does not simply turn out like many other dogs. The most suitable method is trimming, in which, unlike with scissors, the dead hair and the hair root are removed. A wire-haired dog should under no circumstances only be shorn, since afterwards the dead hair would remain in the skin and cause extreme itching. In special dog salons, Bello's mane is brought back into shape by the professional using a trim knife. A process that can take up to four hours in extreme cases and can be correspondingly expensive. However, the beloved four-legged friend then has a few months to fully concentrate on his dog life. After the coat change phase, regular brushing is enough to supply the skin with blood - and prepare for the next coat change.
The category "dogs with rough hair" include, for example, wire-haired dachshunds, terriers such as Parson Russell, Norwich, Norkfolk, Border, Irish, Airdaile, Fox and West Highland, as well as Schnauzer.