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How to care for different types of wool

,December 08, 2020
How to care for different types of wool
Wool can tell us about a dog’s health: a dull, tousled brittle coat can indicate the onset of various diseases, including dermatological ones. Therefore, proper care is not only appearance, but also health.

There are six types of wool:

  • Long (collie, shih tzu, yorkshire terrier, golden retriever). 
  • Average (Labrador, Central Asian Shepherd Dog, German Shepherd Dog). 
  • Smooth (dachshund, basenji, bulldogs). 
  • Tough (West Highland White Terrier, Airedale, Giant Schnauzer). 
  • Curly (Bichon Frize, Poodle, Kerry Blue Terrier, Bedlington Terrier). 
  • Exotic wool (bullets, commander, Mexican naked). 

It is important to choose the right tool for each type of coat.There are several types of combs for dogs:

The simplest single-row comb is necessary for combing not too thick, but long hair;

Comb with bristles instead of teeth. It can be used to comb out the longest hair and gently unravel the tangles. Moreover, this procedure is also a massage. This brush can also be used for short-haired dogs;

Slicker. Comb with fine metal teeth. They are curved and the tips are rounded. This tool is designed to remove dead undercoat hairs;

Furminator is a recent invention, with which you can comb dogs with any coat, as well as completely get rid of the fallen out part of the undercoat in one go;

Rake comb — considered a good addition to the furminator if bald patches occur. The principle of operation is similar, but the effect on the wool is more gentle;

Comb-glove quickly and effectively removes hairs that have fallen out during shedding from the coat;

Double-sided comb for removing dust and dirt from the coat, suitable for different types of wool;

Combs with movable teeth are effective for combing out a dog that does not tolerate the procedure. The tool is not painful, but not suitable for very long coats;

Combs with teeth of various lengths also do not cause unpleasant sensations, allow you to unravel matted hair and remove fallen undercoat hairs;

Trimming and stripping tools — special devices for straightening guard hairs and removing undercoat hair. Short teeth of the tools are located on the blade, which allows you to quickly and efficiently carry out all manipulations;

Elf-lock cutter. A comb with sharp teeth, designed not only for untangling tangles, but also for cutting them if the area of ​​wool is no longer amenable to combing.

Long coat grooming

The long coat looks very nice, but it requires serious maintenance. The main rule is regular combing. All basic care is based on it, because with insufficient combing, mats are quickly formed. There are many tools available for combing this type of wool, but it is best to opt for a wide-toothed comb. It is better if it is made from natural materials. Also, the area around the eyes, around the anus, between the pads of the paws needs special care. This wool needs to be clipped. It is worth bathing a long-haired dog as it gets dirty. For washing, choose products suitable for the type of wool. Professional groomers can help you with this choice.

Care for coarse hair


Coarse coats are renowned for the fact that, with proper care, wire-haired dogs do not shed. Caring for coarse coats is based on three pillars: combing, cutting, trimming. But the main thing is still trimming (pulling out dead hair), because such hair does not fall out by itself. You can learn to do this procedure yourself. But initially, you should contact a specialist and observe his work.

Care for smooth coat of dogs

One of the easiest to care for. For a smooth-haired dog, it is enough to wash it as it gets dirty and comb once a week. During the moulting period, a smooth-haired dog needs to be combed out a little more often. You will need a massage rubber glove brush.

Grooming for medium length coats


For dogs with such a coat, shedding periods are most characteristic. Grooming for these dogs is pretty simple. They need to be washed as they become dirty. To comb out, you need a medium hard slicker and a furminator. It is necessary to comb the dog once a week, during molting — daily.

Exotic wool care


Owners of exotic wool cannot be attributed to any subgroup. For example, the Mexican hairless dog is completely devoid of hair, and the Komondor has hair that curls into bundles (dreadlocks). They are extremely specific in care. In order to learn how to care for such dogs, you need to contact a specialist who will train you. It is necessary to study so as not to harm your pet.
A well-groomed, clean dog with shiny coat pleases the eye not only for the owner, but also for those around him.

With love to your dogs, DogRook!