Double Coated Dogs and How to Groom and Maintain Their Coats

Pomskies like several other breeds have double layered coats. Double coated dogs have two layers of fur. The undercoat is the fine fluffy hair that is short and crimp which is closest to the skin. This layer is good in trapping and insulating the dog. The top fur is made of tough guard hairs that do not shed and protect the pet from harmful sun rays and bug bites. This insulates them from the heat.

Don’t Shave Their Double Coat

What this indicates is that you should not shave your double coated dog. You should not think that you are helping your pet to stay cool mainly in the summer while they have been provided with exactly what they need to survive. When you strip them of their natural ability to heat and cool themselves, you will be doing more harm than good.

It is essential to understand that unlike human beings, dogs do not cool themselves through their skin. Mostly the pad of their paws is what sweats. The main way of cooling is by panting.

Why Do Dogs Have Undercoats?

The undercoat provides insulation in the winter and cools the dog during summer. If your pet has a well groomed coat, without a dead undercoat, the hair is going to keep it warm in the winter and prevent the skin from drying. During summer, this offers some sort of air conditioning to the dog keeping it cool. This means that he has to be groomed but does not indicate that it needs to be shaved. He is not going to be hot with the coat, but will keep the dog protected and cool.

Keep Your Dog Groomed

Grooming will not only keep the fur in good health, but also reduce the amount of hair dropped in your home. It will also provide you a chance to bond with the dog. Before you brush your dog, you need to mist him lightly with some water from a spray bottle. The water is going to remove static electricity and provide some elasticity to the coat in order to prevent breakage of hair.

If you are able to hear the brush as you are pulling through the coat, you are doing it too hard or using the wrong brush on the coat. When you wash your pet with mats or loose hair, it is going to aggravate the situation causing the mats to increase in size and become tightly matted.

Grooming will give you an opportunity to see if there are wounds, lumps or even changes in the hair and skin of the dog. This will help you detect serious conditions early on. Double coated dogs remove their undercoat twice a year. Loose and dead undercoat which remains on the pet will make it hard to remove mats.

Best Brushes For Grooming

You need to get a pin brush which can be used weekly for maintenance of the coat. It needs to glide without difficulty through the coat without creating bumpy scraping or tearing sounds. The brush comes in two designs, those that have nobs on the back of the pins and those with straight Pin that is round on the tips. Do not use one with nobs as they are meant to remove coat. They also pull and tear healthy fur making grooming painful for dogs.

Mat breakers come in two styles. There is one with longer teeth and is ideal for cutting apart large and fist sized mats. The one with shorter teeth is ideal for scrapping out and thinning the under coat. Removing the undercoat will help to cool the pet in the summer will also reveal the true structure of the dog.

How to Reduce Shedding In Your Home

Rolling the coat will remove dead and loose hair which encourages new hair growth. It also distributes natural oils along the shafts. This needs to be done at least once a week to reduce the amount of shedding around your home. Rolling the coat will only take roughly five minutes per side of the dog.

To roll the dog, you need to mist it with water from a spray bottle. Have it lie down on the side and using a Pin brush without nobs on the end of the pins, start brushing the fur at the shoulder. Back brushing refers to brushing a small amount of hair in the reverse direction of how the hair grows naturally.

Hold the coat of the dog towards the front of the dog as you brush the hair back towards the head. Continue to do this on at least two inches of coat with every stroke moving down the side of the dog towards the tail. Brushing in the opposite direction of how hair lays will allow you to reach the base of each hair shaft and remove all loose or dead hair on the dog.