Many small and toy dogs have shaggier fur coats, but the grooming needs of each breed vary. Fluffy poodles and silky-haired Yorkies have coats that need rather more maintenance compared to shorter haired types like Shiba Inus or Miniature Pinschers. For a little, long-haired dog, try to brush daily to keep the coat in good condition and prevent knots and tangles that can be painful to remove later. Always brush gently in the direction the hair grows and be sure to cover every part of your dog’s body. The right food can also make a big difference; ingredients like omega-6 fatty acids can help support healthy skin and a shiny coat for your small dog.
Good grooming habits are important for small breed dogs:
- Be sure to use lukewarm water that feels comfortable to your pet.
- Use a specialised shampoo that’s made for a dog like yours, never use human products.
- Use a detangler brush designed for long-haired dogs.
- Rinse well to prevent skin issues.
- Use the towel-drying phase to fuss over and reassure your dog.
- It’s possible to blow-dry your dog’s coat on the coolest setting; switch to a towel if your dog seems nervous.