- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
I used to be a dog groomer, and it depends on the type of coat your dog has:
Short smooth hair – Labrador, Boxer, Staffy etc – a few times a year to every month is absolutley fine, the natural oils in their coat keep them clean and washing too often can actually cause issues. Obviously if they roll in fox poo every week then definitely wash them but try a ntaural shampoo so it doesnt affect the coat and skin too much.
Double coat – Husky, Pomernian, Golden retriever etc – if you don’t get your dogs coat trimmed and leave it natrual then probably 3 times a year is perfectly ok. The double cot is eaither an all year round shedding type, or one that has two big malts a year to go with the seasons. In either case its good to take them to a groomer who can wash down through all the layers of coat and then blast dry the coat to release any dead hairs, followed by special brushes to strip out the bulk of dead fur throughout. it really helps with malting and makes your dogs coat look super sleek. If you get your dog trimmed, e.g retriever legs and skirt can be trimmed into shape so they are not too long – due to the rate of growth about eveyr two months is probably ideal, and again all that blow drying and brushing out dead hair really helps the dogs coat breathe. Because of how a double coat helps keep the dog from getting too wet in real life, washing it too often can affect the coat behaviour.
Silky fur – Spaniels, Setters etc – Again some people leave the coat long and natural and others have it clipped shorter, but with either of these as the fur is more like human hair washing more reguraly like once a month to 2 weeks is ok for this type of coat.
Wire hair – Border Terriers, Daschund & Jack Russel (wire haired types) – like the silky hair, the coat structure is different to normak short haired dogs and double coats, so washing more often is ok.
Curly Coat – Poodles, Doodles etc – Due to the frequency of how often this coat is usually clipped, and the combination of tight curls, washing the coat will happen more regularly. It helps keep the curls from matting if you brush and blow dry them out after a wash and stops dirt from getting trapped in the curls. If you do blow dry at home, try to ‘fluff dry’ – use a slicker brush and where ever you direct the air, brush in every direction in short fast movements to fluff up the coat. It will stop matting and leave your dog looking extra fluffy and soft! Again, this can be done as regurlalry as every few weeks to months.
All of the above said, if you dog has a skin condition, then bathing might have to be done every week to soothe the skin.
I have a miniature schanuzer and I try not to bathe him between his grooms so that his natural oils protect his coat and skin, and he is groomed eveyr 3 months. I make sure I brush him fully every couple of weeks to stop his coat from getting matted so we don’t have to cut any chunks out of it! If he’s totally filthy from a walk or has rolled in something smelly then its definitly bath time though! Sometimes you do more damage by over washing, but you can never brush too much!