• Curly Coated Breeds

  • We all love our pure breeds, Poodles and Bichon Frise to name just two.  Then of course there are our more popular mixed breeds, like the Cockapoo, Cavachon, Maltipoo etc.

    All such lovely dogs but their grooming care can be time consuming and costly.

    The best advice to keep them looking and feeling good is to brush and comb them thoroughly…daily!  We might not have the time or inclination to do that, but these types of coats need it to avoid knots and matting, so aim for a minimum of twice a week.

    What can happen if you don’t do the necessary brushing?

    Sadly, the coat may become knotted and matted.  In extreme circumstances a groomer may have no option but to clip the coat off, and so close to the skin that your dog may look bald.

    When a dog gets matts, their skin can’t breathe and they can develop skin conditions, get sores and even hide nasties crawling around.  Not very nice for your pooch at all.

    Even on coats where there are only a few knots or matts, these cannot be brushed out without causing pain or discomfort to your dog.  They may then have to be cut out and this can affect the finished style of the coat.

    Knots and matting will cost you extra money at the groomers too.  The tools we use are designed to be used on completely clean and knot/matt free coats so if this not the case we have to charge extra for the damage it does to our equipment and for the extra time a groom may take, especially if we are trying to save a coat from a complete clip off.

    How to brush properly:

    It sounds simple but if not done correctly your dog can end up with matts in their coat.

    To brush and comb properly:

    1. take a small section of hair and brush it out with a slicker brush, brushing to the skin but not so hard as to scratch the skin, try it on your own arm to gauge the right pressure to use.
    2. Using a metal comb, comb through that same section of hair.  If the comb does not comb through without any snagging, then it means that little knots still remain so do that section of hair again until it’s knot free.
    3. Repeat until you have covered the whole dog!

    Concentrate on problems areas such as armpits, under their back lets, behind the ears, around the collar, and anywhere where a harness sits.

    Grooming Schedule: Curly coated breeds should be groomed every six to eight weeks.  It does all depend on the individual dogs coat, their activity levels, whether they use a harness or not, the length of their coat and of course how often they are brushed properly at home.