Dog grooming is one of the responsibilities of a pet parent and in order for you to properly groom your dog, you need to know what type of dog coat your furry friend has. If you’re a first-time dog owner or you finally decided to bring home a four-legged pal, it is advisable to know the different dog coat types to suit your lifestyle or even your health condition.
Depending on what breed your dog is and what kind of work they are bred for, each dog has a different type of coat. There are also some crossbreed dogs (usually Poodle mixes) who were bred to have hypoallergenic coats for allergy sufferers. Understanding what type of coat a dog has can help you choose the best one suited for you.
7 Dog Coat Types: Which One Is Perfect For You?
There are seven different types of dog coat, each of it has distinct characteristics one can easily recognize. From the smooth coat to a very hairy breed, learn how easy it is to maintain these loveable pooches. Scroll on and learn about each coat type.
1. The Smooth Dog Coat
The smooth dog coat is one of the low maintenance coats and probably the easiest to groom. Since the smooth coat is short and flat to the dog’s body, it has no texture and can be very easy to maintain. Popular breeds having a smooth coat are the Greyhound, the Bulldog, and the Dalmatian.
2. The Double Dog Coat
The double dog coat has a topcoat over an undercoat that gives warmth for dogs living in cold places. Grooming dogs with double coat can be a bit more challenging but the trick is to groom both the topcoat and the undercoat to avoid matting.
It will take a lot of time to properly groom a double-coated dog so if you can’t spend longer time grooming a dog, this might not be the best choice for you. Some double-coated dog breeds include the Siberian Husky, the Chow Chow, and the Pomeranian.
3. The Wire Dog Coat
The wire dog coat is distinct in a sense that it has a harsher feel because of its wire texture. Wire-coated dogs have a rough topcoat and a soft undercoat. A specific grooming called hand stripping should be done for wire-coated dogs and is best done by a professional groomer. Examples of dogs with wire coats are the West Highland Terrier, the Brussels Griffon, and the Affenpinscher.
4. The Curly Dog Coat
The curly dog coat or also called a wooly coat has a lot of volume and is very thick. With that said, grooming dogs with curly coat needs to be done frequently. Aside from being time-consuming, taking care of dogs with a curly coat is also costly. Some breeds with a curly coat include the Poodle, the Bichon Frise, and the American Water Spaniel.
5. The Long Dog Coat
Just like curly-coated dogs, breeds having a long dog coat also needs frequent grooming. Brushing of long-coated dogs needs to be done at least three times a week or for some, daily. Long coat varies in texture — some are coarse while some are silky. Long-coated dogs include the Afghan Hound, the Lhasa Apso, and the Shih Tzu.
6. The Short Dog Coat
The short dog coat consists of two layers of short coats which make the coat dense, designed to keep your dog safe from the elements. Normally, the short coat is about 1cm to 3cm long. The soft coat is more textured than the smooth coat where you can be able to run your fingers through the dog’s hair. Popular examples of short-coated dogs are the Pug, the Beagle, and the Labrador Retriever.
7. The Combination Dog Coat
The combination dog coat is a unique type of coat consisting of longer coat normally on the dog’s ears, tail, and legs while on the body is a shorter coat. Grooming dogs with combination coat usually focuses more on areas with longer coat whereas areas with shorter coat need less maintenance. Examples of dogs with combination coat are the Cocker Spaniel and the Golden Retriever.
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Regardless of what type of dog coat your furry friend has, it is vital to groom him properly to prevent further problematic events such as matting. If you don’t have the time to spend in grooming, you must opt for a low-maintenance dog such as the smooth-coated or short-coated dogs.
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