Best Dog Grooming – By Breed

Dog Grooming – The Right Grooming for Your Breed’s Needs!

Regular dog grooming is essential to keep any dog happy, healthy, and comfortable. But when it comes to dog grooming – just like dog collars – one size definitely doesn’t fit all dogs! Our experienced dog groomers have groomed almost every size and breed of canine – from tiny, hairless Chihuahuas to big, fluffy Samoyeds.

In this article our Veterinary staff explains the different grooming needs of different breeds of dogs.

Breeds with High Maintenance Dog Grooming Needs

Double-coated, thick-coated or heavily-coated dogs generally require at least some daily brushing, combing and cleaning.

Ears, “armpits”, legs, “breeches,” “ruffs” and tails of heavily coated dogs need regular combing and trimming – without which they will tend to tangle and mat, and begin to have an odor. Bathing with good pet shampoo is required to keep away hidden ticks, mites and bacteria.

Also, fur present in-between the pads, near the ears, and around the bottom needs close trimming. And, nails need to be trimmed each month.

Cleaning long or thick haired dogs’ eyes and ears is important to prevent fungal infection. The hair around the eyes should also be trimmed properly for better vision and to prevent infection.

Silky-coated setters and spaniels have much excess dead hair that needs to be removed by hand – as these matted hairs can become very painful. And so-called “wire-haired dogs” need their coats stripped at least once a year.

List of Breeds with High Maintenance Dog Grooming Needs

  • dog grooming hawthorneMany Terriers
  • Many Spaniels
  • Setters
  • Maltese
  • Schnauzers
  • Poodles
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pekingese
  • Saint Bernard
  • Samoyed
  • . . . And many more

 Dog Breeds with Moderate Grooming Needs

Medium-coated dogs do not require extensive grooming, and require bathing only when necessary, as they do not have tangles or mats to deal with. However, all dogs need regular cleaning of the eyes and the ears to avoid infection. And regular brushing and combing will help maintain the glossiness of their coat. Some moderate-coated dogs only need grooming during shedding.

List of Breeds with Moderate Dog Grooming Needs

  • American Eskimo Dog
  • Basset Hound
  • Border Collie
  • Border Terrier
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Canaan Dog
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Collie
  • Golden Retriever
  • Pomeranian
  • Saluki
  • Siberian Husky
  • Some Spaniels
  • Some Terriers

 Dog Breeds with Low Grooming Needs

Some dog breeds need limited attention when grooming is concerned. These breeds are mostly non-shedders – and brushing is required only to keep the coat shiny and in good condition. While bathing is strictly “when required” regular cleaning of the eyes and ears is necessary to avoid fungal or bacterial infections.

List of Breeds with Low Dog Grooming Needs

  • Bloodhound
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Corgi
  • Dalmatian
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • French Bull Dog
  • Great Dane
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Mastiff
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • Shiba Inu
  • Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • Weimaraner

 Dog Breeds with Very Low Grooming Needs

While shirt haired and “hairless” dogs obviously do not require much brushing, they do need special care. These dogs have delicate skin that cannot take direct sun rays – thus they requiring sunscreen application before being taken outside. And because dirt and moisture can collect in the creases of skin, dogs such as Pugs, Shar Pei, and Bulldogs should be cleaned everyday with a damp cloth to avoid skin disorders.

Brushing for these dogs should be done only once or twice a week, while baths are unnecessary most of the time. However, their eyes and ears should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections and for hygiene purposes.

List of Breeds with Very Low Dog Grooming Needs

  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Terrier
  • Beagle
  • Boxer
  • Bulldog
  • Chihuahua
  • Greyhound
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Pug
  • Whippet

Best Dog Grooming Services in Manhattan Beach & Hawthorne

As you can see, the level of maintenance or grooming depends on each individual breed itself – as well as the dog’s lifestyle.

Grooming your dog will keep their coat shiny and mat free, reduce odor and help maintain itch-free skin! And clean eyes & ears, and clipped nails can prevent dangerous and painful infections in any breed. No matter what your dog’s breed, at Manhattan Beach Animal Hospital, we have the expertise to provide the best grooming and bathing services for your pet.

If you would like to schedule a checkup, bathing, grooming or nail trimming for your dog, CLICK HERE, or call our Manhattan Beach Veterinarians: 310-536-9654

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