What's your Coat type?
In a world full of hounds, which coat type does your breed have and how should you help them look after it?
Well we’ve put together a coat care guide, which helps you figure out which type of coat your dog has and how best to maintain their hair to optimum health. Have a read through this guide, and use the infographics to find your dogs coat type. Once you've pinpointed the best fit category for your dogs hair, you can find all the useful tips and tricks suited to your dog by clicking on the category from the drop down menu below to your right.
There are so many coat types, just like us humans we're all made of our own fibre and create our own style and texture in the way we naturally grow and form. Here's why it's important to help your dog with their coat care routine...
It’s important to help your dog look after themselves, as there is only so much they can do without thumbs. Whilst your dog will regularly clean themselves, sometimes they need that extra assistance to wipe off the fox poo, pull out that knot or get them trimmed down so they’re looking fresh, rather than disheveled.
More importantly, you will help your dog prevent skin irritation and health issues caused by build up of dirt or matting. The great thing about helping your dog out with grooming, is that you get the chance to really bond with them. It gives you both the opportunity to take time each day or a few times a week, depending on their coat type, to sit together and build a routine that connects you and shows them how much you care.
It takes time to build confidence and trust with your dog, especially when you introduce grooming tools and a lot of prodding and poking. So be patient with your dog and follow our brush out guide that gives you tips on building that routine, with step by step techniques.
FACT! A greasy coat encourages the growth of healthy bacteria and yeast in your dogs skin and coat.
Dog's naturally produce oil from their papilla pores all over their skin, which helps moisturise and nourish their coat. Regular grooming and brushing helps circulate these oils and creates better air flow around their skin.
NOTE! If your dog produces too much oil or not enough, then it's important to root out the cause and help control and reduce secondary infections with regular bathing, using the right shampoos and diet. Speak to your vet or local groomer, if you're unsure.
The minute you adopt your pup, you should begin the process of grooming at home with them, to help them get used to it. This also makes it easier when they have to visit the groomers, as they’ll be familiar with being handled, brushed and groomed.