Curly haired dogs require a bit more care than dogs with a straight coat. The coat can become tangled if it’s not looked after properly. This isn’t the most difficult type of coat to look after, if kept at the proper length the tangles will be minimal.
Two inches is the general recommended length for a curly haired dog’s coat. Letting it grow to excessive length can put your dog’s coat at risk of catching on things, picking up dust, dirt and twigs. This doesn’t have to be done too often though; every six to eight weeks will suffice.
If you’re planning on entering your dog in competitions or shows, it may be better to bring your dog to a professional groomer. They’re often used to grooming dogs for shows and know how to properly groom each breed.
Lots of people start with a bath but this isn’t absolutely necessary, but if you have time for it, why not? Doggies love baths.
Before cutting your dog’s hair, it’s important to remove all the dead hair; a slicker brush works best for this. After brushing out the dead coat, use a comb to remove all the tangles. Be careful not to rip hair out, if you feel a snag don’t just pull on it.
Many people use scissors for cutting their pets hair, these take a bit of practice so if you’re new to this a buzzer may be easier. Keep in mind that the sound of a buzzer can intrigue or frighten some dogs; if it’s their first time being buzzed, give them time to get used to it. In a while it will be routine just like cleaning off muddy paws.
Start with the paws
- Snip any hair that will reduce traction on the foot pads
- Make sure the paw hair smoothly transitions into the leg hair
- Hold the skin tight so you can’t nick it
- Frequently step back to ensure you’re cutting evenly
Next is the legs and underside
- Cut against the lay of the fur
- Lift up legs to get better viewing/cutting angles
- Some people prefer bushy doggie legs, for this leave the outer leg undone
Your doggies’ head
- Be careful of your dog’s head turning if the scissors are near.
- Start at the top going from eyes to ears
- Pull out the longer hairs in the ear as these can cause hearing problems
- Hold the tail still
- Start at the base and work towards the end
- If you want the bushy look, leave the last un trimmed
The body and belly
- Start at the top and work around
- Make sure to back up and check for bumps or mounds often
- Blend it into the trimmed underside
Bath and a belly rub! Lets get those natural curls.
- Belly rub time! Why? Why not?
- Give them a bath to rinse off the last of the hair
- Towel dry, no blower