You see all those little tumbleweeds around your house and just can’t seem to keep up with it. We are all aware of how much hair and fur our dogs have . . . after all, the fur balls all over the house and on our clothes is proof enough. We can never seem to vacuum, sweep and clean enough to keep up with all the fur contributions of our darling family members.
All dogs seem to shed to some point, though some breeds lose a lot more fur than others. The growth of your dogs’ hair depends upon genetics, nutrition and environment and is necessary to a healthy coat. Brushing your dog’s coat on a regular basis actually helps to remove dead fur and skin, and stimulates the blood to the skin. This is also a way of decreasing the loose hair on the furniture and clothes.
That hair that covers the corners of your home does have some specific benefits to your canine companion, such as a protection against foreign substances and extreme weather conditions, especially important during the cold winter months. There are a variety of dog fur and hair types that go beyond curly, straight, long and short, requiring different grooming processes. Some dogs have long coats, including the long coated Chihuahuas, with thick undercoats, sometimes showing a little bit of curl. This type of coat needs daily grooming, combing and brushing . . . and frequent baths.
The shorter haired dog, like most of our Chihuahuas, has two types of fur, the outer fur which is a little longer, with a shorter coat underneath. A weekly grooming with a brush to stimulate the oils of the skin and fur works well and frequent baths are not as necessary as dogs that have the longer coats.
Some dogs have the curly waterproof fur, grooming will be required professionally usually every 6 – 8 weeks. The grooming will involve a cut, bath and trim as this dog’s hair grows just like human hair.
The silky hair type requires more consistent grooming to prevent it from getting matted. Daily grooming and monthly bathing are typically necessary. This type of coat may need a full professional grooming every 6 – 8 weeks for a beautiful healthy mat-free coat.
Hard fur such as on most terriers and flat fur as seen on Doberman’s and Boxers just need a weekly brushing to stimulate the oils of the coat and skin as well as remove any dead fur. Frequent baths are not necessary unless there is an odor of “smelly dog”.
We can’t stop the growth of dog hair and fur and the tumbleweeds around home will continue. You love your canine family member so he best you can do is to keep your dogs’ hair and fur in tip-top healthy condition and vacuum weekly.