How often should a dog’s hair be cut? Essential Tips

Bathing and Haircuts

As we said, dogs are unique and their coats can vary even within breeds. Here are the most common types of coats. These will give you the basics of what your dog needs for bathing and haircuts.

It may seem obvious but short-haired dogs have fewer grooming needs that long-haired dogs. Short-haired dogs do not need to have their hair cut. The only exception may be if there is a medical need such as a surgical procedure.

Short-haired dogs only need occasional baths but should still be brushed regularly. Dogs with oilier skin types should get a bath in a tub about every 4 to 6 weeks, otherwise they can go about every 6 to 12 weeks between baths.

Regular brushing will remove debris, distribute oils and keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy.While your short-haired dogs are shedding, run a rubber brush or curry-type brush over their coat.

Example breeds: Boxer, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Great Dane, Greyhound, Miniature Pinscher, Weimaraner

Short-haired dogs with a double coat typically shed seasonally. Grooming them about 4 times per year will help pull out the dead undercoat and will allow your dog’s skin to breathe without losing the function of insulation. This will also leave your floors a bit less hairy.

Example breeds: Beagles, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd

Does it vary over the year?

You may even find that on the same dog, you have to groom them more frequently at certain times of year. Hair does not grow consistently, but is instead tied to the time of year, the temperature, your dog’s hormones, their nutritional status and health, any medication they are on, and other factors. A common finding is dogs grow a thicker coat over winter, which starts to shed over spring – brushing more frequently around this time is a good idea. Since many dogs now live in the controlled temperature of our houses year round, seasonal hair growth and shedding is less pronounced than in wild dogs, but it can still be a consideration.

Popular Breeds With Long Hair/Double Coat

  • Akita
  • Husky (Alaskan & Siberian)
  • Shiba Inu
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Newfoundland
  • Golden Retriever
  • Shih-Tzu
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Havanese
  • Pomeranian
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