From the Shih Tzu to the Old English Sheepdog, dogs with long coats are undeniably stunning. The long tresses look beautiful, and no doubt they’ll be turning heads when you take them for a walk! However, maintaining those gorgeous coats can take quite a bit of effort from the owner or groomer. Compared to their short-haired pals, breeds with long hair will need extra care when considering shampooing, conditioning, and brushing. Naturally, long hair becomes tangled and matted much more easily too, especially if your dog spends a lot of time playing outside. Bathing should contain shampooing and conditioning, followed by towel drying before thoroughly blow drying your pet, with the help of a pin brush.
Firstly, shampoos – there are so many types, it might seem overwhelming when it comes to choosing the right product for your four-legged friend! When it comes to long coats though, a detangling shampoo is key. Counteract the tangles and matts your pet experiences with a shampoo which is going to soften the coat. Anything with Argan Oil is going to boost the moisture levels in the long coat, it will add some shine to the coat too.
A conditioner is an absolute must for the long-coated dog. Using conditioner will help to weigh down the coat, meaning it is less likely to be affected by static. It also aids in strengthening and adding shine to the coat. Try something like the Espree Silky Show to treat your dog to a coat which looks glossy and healthy. However, it is also important to maintain the moisture you’ve added to your dog’s coat, by using a grooming spray. An anti-static spray will ensure that the long coat doesn’t dry out or become susceptible to static between washes and treatments. A grooming spray is essential when you’re brushing your pet, but equally, it can be used on its own as a means of oil being locked into the coat.
Another non-negotiable for the owner of the long-coated dog is regular brushing. Not only does this act as a great bonding experience for you and your pet, it is crucial as it keeps the coat looking better for longer while reducing the likelihood of tangling and matts.
One of the most important things you can do for your long-coated dog is invest in a good quality brush or two. A good brushing routine is the key to maintaining the quality of the coat between washes. Both a slicker brush and a pin brush are brilliant options for keeping your dog’s coat in tip-top shape. Wooden pin brushes, in general, work better, as they tend to be more gentle and result in less hair breakage.
Some long-coated breeds can experience ear problems, and thus an Ear Wash or Ear Wipes can be used to help alleviate symptoms.
Dematting tools, such as matt breakers and dematting combs, will never go unused in your long-coat-kit.
Perhaps the most enjoyable thing about having a long coated dog is the ability to get creative. That fabulous coat was made for clips and bows, so don’t be scared to try out new accessories – have fun!