Everything to Know About Grooming Your Dachshunds
Dachshunds can have one of several different types of coats. These include long-haired, wire-haired and short-haired. Your Dauchy’s grooming needs will be specific to his or her coat type, all of which will be covered in this doggone good grooming and style guide.
Bathing Your Dachshund (All Hair Types)
Dachshunds tend to be a very clean breed with minimal dog-smelliness. They do not produce a lot of oil on their coats and often have sensitive skin. Because of this, these little fellas only need a bath once every three months or so – unless they get into something icky.
Our professional Hounds Lounge dog groomers recommend using a fragrance-free doggy shampoo for those with sensitive skin. Oatmeal and aloe shampoos work well to keep their skin in good condition. You can help reduce mats and tangles in your long-haired and wire-haired variety by brushing your pooch before his bath and using an equally sensitive doggy conditioner and rinsing your fur baby well.
Best Brushes for Long-Haired Dachshunds
Long-Haired Dachshunds require a little more effort than their short-haired counterparts due to their lusciously flowy coats. Our long-haired cuties are prone to developing bad matting, particularly behind their ears and in their tails.
To prevent these from occurring and to reduce the severity of mats, begin your daily brushing with a bristle brush to remove any debris from the topcoat. Next, take a slicker brush all over your precious pooch to remove and loosen any tangles that might be building up. Finally, you can take a steel comb through their long hair to remove any remaining tangles to give them a nice finished look.
Be sure to be careful when brushing your long-hair’s ears and tail as these hairs are very fine and can be sensitive to your pooch.
Au-Natural Styling for your Long-Haired Dachshund
This style for your Long-Haired Dachshund compliments their flowy locks as the hair is kept at a natural length but trimmed up around the ears and underside of your beautiful doggo. Hair will be kept long but tidied up for a sleek, natural look.
Long-Haired Dachshunds only need to be trimmed a few times a year. Since this breed has a double coat, it is important not to shave your dog in the summer months as his coat naturally helps him regulate his body temperature. Instead, opt for a short clipping during the summer months to lighten up your pooch.
Brushing Tips for Wire-Haired Dachshunds
Brushing your wire-haired dachshund is best done every other day to prevent tangles in his or her coat. A bristle brush will work best on your four-legged companion to help reduce shedding, remove debris from the coat, and detangle mats.
A Wire-Haired Dachshund may require something called stripping twice a year depending on his fur coarseness. Stripping is a process of removing the undercoat of your Dachshund using a slicker brush. This may need to be performed twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall when you notice your wirehair’s coat is not as vibrant as usual.
Clipping for Your Wire-Haired Doggo
Wirehair varieties will need minimal clipping by a professional dog groomer each year, maybe 1-2 times if they are regularly stripped. If not, then they will require additional clipping. Their styling will look even across the body while the eyebrows and beard are left long but well-shaped and blended into that precious face.
Brushing Tips for Short-Haired Dachshunds
A stiff bristle brush will work best on your short-haired fur babe. This type of brush will help remove any dead hairs and will help reduce shedding if groomed regularly, 1-2 times a week. Your short-haired dawg should not need to be trimmed as his or her coat is naturally short and does not grow out.
Complete Grooming and Style Guide for German Shepherds
German Shepherds are super furry and great for snuggling, but their medium-length double coats can be somewhat intimidating. While German Shepherds do not need to be groomed nearly as often as their doodle friends, they do require upkeep to tone down their shedding and keep them looking tidy.
German Shepherds have dense outer coats and soft undercoats, because of this it’s important to brush your furry friend frequently to combat shedding. Every couple of days should generally do the trick.
A couple of times a year, your German Shepherd will really shed, this requires you to step up the brushing regimen until this intense molting period is over (1 to 2 weeks)
Best Brushes for a German Shepherd
For a German Shepherd, there are three recommended brush types. A must-have for any German Shepherd is an undercoat rake. The undercoat rake removes all dead hair, dander, and dirt from the undercoat by reaching through their topcoat. For medium to short-haired coats, you can use a bristle brush. For long-haired German Shepherds, a slicker brush is a go-to. It is used to detangle and prevent matting.
Cleaning a German Shepherd’s Ears
Unlike some other breeds, German Shepherd’s ears should be checked and cleaned at least weekly. At Hounds Lounge, we provide multiple grooming services that include ear cleaning for your furry friend. Dog grooming appointments can be requested online or you can simply call to schedule your pup’s spa day. Schedule your grooming appointment today!