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There’s a good chance that you acquired a long-haired dog because you admired his glamorous appearance. With those lovely locks, though, comes the responsibility of caring for them.
It’s tempting to put off combing or brushing a pet with long hair — I should know, living as I do with a pair of
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. But it’s a temptation that must be resisted. When long-haired dogs go without the necessary
grooming, they develop painful tangles and mats — and, of course, they don’t look their beautiful best. Choosing a long-haired breed means committing to caring for his coat on a regular basis. Here's what you need to know about grooming your long-haired pooch.
The amount and type of
grooming your long-haired
dog requires depends on whether he has a single or double coat (one with an undercoat), the length of the coat (an inch or more), and whether he has feathering (a longer fringe of hair on the ears, chest, legs and tail).
Afghan Hounds have thick, silky, fine hair;
Yorkshire Terriers have silky single coats; and
Gordon Setters, and
Golden Retrievers are among the breeds with feathering. Other breeds with long hair or feathering include
English Cocker Spaniels,
English Springer Spaniels,
Welsh Springer Spaniels,
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers,
Bernese Mountain Dogs,
Dogs with silky single coats or feathering are highly prone to tangles. You should plan on combing or brushing these dogs at least every other day, although every day might be better, because then you don't give tangles or mats a chance to form.
Dogs with double coats are going to shed — that's all there is to it. Combing and brushing them on a regular basis removes dead hair, leaving less of it to fly around your house and land on your clothes and furniture. Though it makes
shedding more manageable, it does not prevent it.
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