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Charlottesville's Professional Dog Grooming

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504 Pantops Center
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Grooming and Breed Selection

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 by Mike Cronk

There are a host of factors to be considered when selecting the right dog for you and the amount of grooming required should be high on the list. Want a dog who is energetic, willing to run and happy to catch your frisbies? Sounds like a Lab, Golden, or better yet, a Border Collie. But on the other hand, if you want to minimize the grooming you’d better lean toward the lab. Golden and Border Collie coats will “matt up” with neglect. Think that a short coat like a Lab or Dane will shed less? Guess again or ask any Lab owner–they shed like crazy!

A general rule of thumb is that all dogs require regular (weekly) brushing to remove dead coat and maintain skin health. However, brushing out a St. Bernard may take as much as an hour while a lab only takes about 10 minutes. Bathing and nail trimming should be done on all breeds — frequency depends on the breed. Most of our short coated breeds (labs, beagles, pugs, etc) come in every 4-8 weeks to get a professional brushing, bath, and nail trim. Dense coats like German shepherds, Austrailian shepherds and Samoyeds need to come in every 6 weeks for extensive brushing. We have special tools that enable us to remove a lot of the thick undercoat which can get matted if you’re not careful. Long coated breeds such as the old English sheepdog, collie, bearded collie, springer spaniel, Shih Tzu, Lhasa and Pekingese require extensive brushing and combing. If you have a lot of fall leaves or weeds and “hitchhikers,” long coats can be difficult to maintain without daily brushing. We have a number of long coated dogs from farms that come in spring and summer to get short clips because they are always “in the pond or briars.” Keep in mind that the dogs that get standard haircuts such as the terrier, poodle, and spaniel breeds need appointments every 6 to 8 weeks and if you get it done professionally, budget for the cost.

In conclusion, make grooming part of what you consider in breed selection–you’d be surprised at the number of people who complain about the time and money it takes to maintain a coat.

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