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What is Your Dog's Coat Type? A Comprehensive Guide

Grooming your dog isn't just about aesthetics—it's about maintaining their health and happiness. With a variety of dog breeds boasting diverse fur types, finding the right grooming tools can be a challenge. From wiry terriers to silky setters, each coat type requires specific care and attention. In this guide, we'll dive into the world of dog fur, exploring the characteristics of wiry, rough, curly, smooth, double, and silky coats.

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Dog Coat Length

Long, Medium, and Short Coated

Long coated dogs are those with long strands of fur, think of old English sheepdogs, Shih Tzus, and the Briards

Medium coated dogs fall in between long and short coated dogs. Medium coated dog breeds include Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Border Collies

Short coated dogs typically have fur that lays close to their body and is often glossy and smooth. Dogs with short fur include boxers, dalmations, and pitbulls

Dog Coat Density

Single and Double Coats

Dogs of any coat length and type can be either single or double coated. Double coated dogs have an undercoat of fur. This undercoat is typically shorter than the main coat and is soft, dense, and wooly. If a dog has a single coat, it means that they do not have an undercoat, and they often need to wear additional layers if it gets chilly outside.

Dog Coat Types

Wiry Coat Type

Dog with a wiry coat is rough and coarse to the touch. The hair is thick and bristly when compared to the soft coats that other dogs possess. Some dog breeds that are wire coated are terriers and the Irish Wolfhound.

Rough Coat Type

Rough coated dogs have fur of medium to longer lengths. They often look fluffy but feel coarser than they look. Dog breeds with rough fur are collies, golden retrievers, and labrador retrievers.

Curly Coat Type

Dogs with pronounced waves to tight coils fall into the curly coated category. Dog breeds that fall into this category are the poodle, Portuguese Water dogs, and the curly-coated retriever.

Smooth Coat Type

Dogs with smooth coats typically have short and silky fur that lays close to the body. Dog breeds with smooth coat types are bloodhounds, great danes, french bulldogs, and dalmations.

Silky Coat Type

Silky coated dogs typically have long, flowing locks of fur that is full of shine. Dog breeds with silky fur are Irish Setters, Afghan Hounds, and many spaniels.

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By tailoring your grooming routine to your dog's specific coat type, you can ensure they look and feel their best. Whether your canine companion sports a wiry, curly, or silky coat, there are grooming tools and techniques designed to meet their needs. So, embrace the journey of grooming your furry friend, armed with the knowledge and tools to keep their coat healthy, shiny, and tangle-free


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