Guide to High- and Low-Grooming-Needs Dog Breeds

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What Dog Breeds Should Be Professionally Groomed?

Some dog breeds require regular and professional grooming to properly maintain their coats and nails. While this can be quite a commitment, it shouldn’t scare you away! These fellows still make great pets, but you just have to be aware and prepared to meet their needs, including grooming.

The following dog breeds do best with professional grooming:

Affenpinscher: This breed has a wiry, medium length coat which needs regular brushing with a brush and metal comb. Although their coats grow slowly, it does need to be properly trimmed, especially around the eyes and nose, so they can see.

Afghan hound: It should come as no surprise that the long locks of this breed require regular maintenance. Their long and flowing hair can get matted without regular brushing and washing.

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Bichon frise: This breed’s coat is actually not fur, but hair. It may get matted and needs regular brushing and bathing to remain un-matted and healthy. It grows consistently and also requires scissoring to shape and maintain their tell-tale look.

Komondor: This breed has a dense coat that cords up similar to dreadlocks. It takes proper care as their coat grows to create neat cords, and routine maintenance to keep the cords clean and prevent matting.

Irish terrier: This breed has a short, dense, wiry and water-resistant coat that requires professional care. The outer coat and undercoat have different maintenance needs which include being regularly and properly brushed, stripped and trimmed.

Lhasa apso: This breed has long locks that can easily become tangled and matted. It is important to brush, wash and maintain their coat regularly and properly. Some people get their coats cut to reduce grooming needs.

Pekingese: This breed has a long, double coat that requires regular attention to maintain. This includes brushing once a week and using a slicker brush or metal comb to work out forming tangles or mats. Washing and trimming is also required.

Poodle: Poodles can be high maintenance in the grooming needs, even though they are the easiest dogs to train. They have a curly, dense coat of hair, not fur. It needs to be cared for very regularly to prevent matting and reduce the potential for skin irritations. This includes brushing every day or every couple days and regular trimming.

Portuguese water dog: This breed has hair, not fur, so it grows constantly and requires regular brushing, washing and trimming. When properly cared for, they rarely shed, which can be a bonus.

Puli: This breed’s distinctive corded coat takes a lot of work to maintain. You have to both help groom the coat to create the cords as they grow, and maintain them to prevent matting.

What do high-maintenance breeds have in common?

High-maintenance dog breeds are the hardest dogs to groom, at least if you plan to do it yourself. These breeds do well with regular professional grooming, and, for some, you might need to supplement with daily brushing and nail trims.

You will find both long and short-haired breeds in the high-maintenance category, so exactly what do they have in common? The answer is, it depends on the breed. Many breeds have unique coats that have specific requirements to properly maintain. The more special requirements they have, the more high-maintenance they tend to be.

Long hair tends to fall into this category because it can tangle and mat without regular grooming. Some breeds’ grooming styles require daily brushing to prevent tangles. The papillon grooming style allows for long hair from the ear areas, to help create that butterfly look.

Wiry coats must be regularly brushed otherwise mats will form which can be painful and lead to skin problems. Those with double coats and water-resistant coats often need different techniques to be used on the outer and undercoats.

Some breeds tend to grow hair over their eyes, which causes vision problems. For example, every couple months, you’ll want to trim the sheepdog to remove hair over its eyes.

Regardless of the amount of grooming, it always pays to educate yourself and make sure you have the right equipment. Having the correct brush for the type of coat your dog has will make it easier to properly brush them. Having nail trimmers that work well and don’t spook your pet makes the experience easier and safer.

What Dog Breeds Are Best for DIY At-Home Grooming?

Low-maintenance breeds are the easiest dogs to own, at least from a grooming standpoint. They might have behavioral challenges, but that’s another topic for another article!

All dogs need a little brushing and care, but some are far easier to handle than others. On this side of the spectrum are breeds that have minimal grooming needs that are the easiest dogs to take care of. If you’re a DIY kind of person, the following dog breeds may be right up your alley!

Basset hounds: This breed has a short, soft coat that requires little work to maintain. They do tend to shed, but regular brushing with an added occasional wash is all they need.

Boston terriers: This breed has a smooth and short coat that is easy to maintain. Regular brushing and an occasional bath is all it takes to keep their coat and skin healthy.

Boxers: This breed has a short, soft and tight coat that is easy to care for. They do shed, but you can easily handle their grooming with regular brushing and occasional washing.

French bulldog: This breed has a fine, short and smooth coat. They don’t shed a lot, and generally just need regular brushing and an occasional bath to control it and maintain a healthy coat.

Great Dane: This giant breed has a short, sleek coat that doesn’t require much work to maintain. Brushing regularly will reduce shedding, and the occasional bath will keep their coats healthy.

Greyhound: This breed has a short and smooth coat that requires little upkeep. Generally, all you need to do is rub them down weekly with a damp cloth or grooming glove and provide an occasional bath.

Havanese: This breed has long hair, but many owners keep it short for easy maintenance. Long hair needs to be brushed every day or every other day with occasional baths. Short hair can be brushed as needed.

Pug: This breed has a glossy, smooth and short coat that is easy to care for. They shed, so brushing them regularly is a good idea. Other than that, they don’t really even need baths unless they get dirty.

Weimaraner: This breed has a sleek, short coat that is very easy to maintain. Although they do shed, it’s nothing a little brushing and occasional bath can’t handle.

Whippet: This breed has a short, smooth and tight coat that requires little work. You can easily take care of their grooming needs with a weekly brushing and occasional bath.

What do low-maintenance breeds have in common?

As you can see, there are both small and large dogs in the list of low-maintenance dog breeds, so exactly what makes a dog’s coat easy to maintain? One important factor is the length of the coat. Short, smooth coats that are tight to the body tend to require less grooming. They might shed, but don’t tend to mat up, so regular brushing is all it usually takes.

Breeds with long coats that are trimmed and kept short are also lower maintenance. Apart from having their coat trimmed after it grows out, you can get away with an occasional brushing and bath. Depending on the breed and your abilities, you may even be able to trim their coats at home instead of heading to the groomer.

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