How Do You Groom a Double Coated Dog?

Dogs’ coats vary depending on the texture, color, length, and the type of coat. Your dog can have either a single coat or a double coat. Proper dog grooming requires knowing the type of a dog’s coat and the best ways to maintain it. Read on to learn more about the characteristics of a double coat from your local dog groomers at Woofs & Wags.

What Is a Double Coat?

A double coat features two layers. The first undercoat is dense with short woolly hairs. The second is the topcoat called the guard hair. True to its name, the thick undercoat helps to protect the dog from temperature changes, while the top coat protects it from dirt and moisture. Double-coated dogs tend to appear fluffier, requiring your local dog groomer to go an extra mile and use special tools. A single-coated dog has only one hair layer.

Some common popular dog breeds with double coats include:

  • Chow Chow
  • Beagle
  • Alaskan Husky
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Labrador and Golden Retrievers
  • Siberian Husky
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Pomeranian
  • Havanese

Tips from Local Dog Groomers

Double coated dogs require proper grooming since they shed a lot of hair. Delays in regular grooming leads to hair from the undercoat shedding and ending up all over your house. Plus, to keep dog allergies at bay, you should regularly groom your dog. You can groom your dog at home by following these tips:

  • Use an undercoat grooming rake for your dog’s undercoat to remove dead hairs
  • Use a smoother brush on your dog’s backside as the fur is longer and thicker on these areas
  • Brush your dog at least 2-3 times a week to prevent matting
  • Improve your dog’s shine by using a bristle brush

If you need additional grooming assistance, contact local dog groomers. At Woofs & Wags, our groomers can assist you in your pets’ coat care. Whether your pet needs a trim, a bath and brush with styling, or coat conditioning for special events and shows, our Pet Stylists have you covered. Click here to contact us.

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