a Dog requiring lots of grooming
choosing any dog to suit your lifestyle requirements you should
read our Guide to Choosing a Pet Dog
to get an overall view of the
many areas you should consider before making your final decision
to get the right pet dog for you.
breeds that require lots of grooming:-
All dog breeds, whether they are longhaired or shorthaired,
big or small, need to be groomed to look their best.
Every single dog will need brushing, bathing, have their
nails trimmed and their teeth checking.
The grooming requirements will vary from breed to breed,
some will require daily brushing and combing, others less
often. It is not just the coat type that dictates how
often, outside exercise and walks in wet and muddy enviroments
will obviously result in a dog that needs brushing or
owners find the act of grooming to be a soothing and enjoyable
experience for them and their dog. They can increase bonding between
dog and owner and will provide useful relaxation time and even
joint exercise for elderly or less abled owners. Below we have
listed dog breeds that you can enjoy grooming.
are some basic areas that anyone, whatever
their lifestyle requirements, should consider before making
the choice of what type of dog would be most suitable.
These start with details about your lifestyle:- (Previous
dog owners will probably have assessed these points already
but their lifestyle and requirements may have changed).
to Choosing a Pet Dog
contains a further, broader, range of information that you should
consider before choosing any new pet dog.
active are you, what are your energy levels? The activity
levels of dog breeds will vary, many dogs require long walks
and outside exercise (boredom and bad behaviour often result
from lack of exercise}
size of dog would suit your lifestyle:- (dogs fall into
three size groupings- small, medium and large),
Is your accommodation and outside space sufficient for a
Are you able to handle a larger dog on walks?
Could you lift or carry a larger dog if necessary?
Small dogs can also be full of energy and busy dogs at home
can cause all sorts of problems
much time can you give to your pet dog. Apart from exercise,
dogs could make other demands on your time.
Easy to train dogs obviously require less time spent on
Little or no grooming may be a factor.
Do you require a dog that likes playing or a more docile
levels…many dogs react to unfamiliar noises, some
by barking or growling and others who may be more shy or
reserved can become frightened. Extreme barking can obviously
cause problems for you or your neighbours.
you need to leave your dog alone for short periods? (Doctor
or hospital visits even social visits to “dog free”
zones). Some dogs can cope with this, others, unless trained,
find it difficult and can get bored.
the added cost of keeping a dog fit in with your lifestyle
Some suggestions for Dog Breeds you might consider that require
lots of grooming.
Good natured small dogs that make excellent pets . Very
attractive and distinctive with a predominately white
coat and a pocket-sized appeal, they do not need particularly
long walks and make excellent gentle and loving companions.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
generally playful dog that likes human company, but are
sometimes reserved with strangers. Affectionate and devoted
to owners and children, good with other pets and friendly
towards unfamiliar dogs, thrives on human contact and
will love being part of your family.
Collies make great family pets because they love to be
with people, and love to be part of the family. They are
great with children and often take a special interest
in them. A highly intelligent dog that is easy to train,
they will bond quickly and easily with a family and easily
become watchful and protective of the home.
A medium szed dog that is a very friendly and popular
dog it is alert, reserved and vocal which can make them
good watchdogs.Devoted and loyal to owners whilst remaing
independent (likes to be his own dog).
Good with childre but often frightened of toddlers and
babies. It does well living indoors, as long as it is
walked daily. The Lhasa Apso sheds really heavily, though,
so it needs to be professionally groomed every 8 weeks
to prevent matting.
Old English Sheepdog
Small affectionate little dogs with long silky coats and
a shortened pug like face. They are affectionate but have
independent personalities. Pekingese usually get along
well with other dogs and people, but may be wary of strangers.
They need regular grooming but require little exercise.
The "Sheltie" is in most
ways a smaller version of the rough collie. A gentle reserved
dog with a magnificent, profuse coat. Highly
intelligent, easy to train they make ideal companions
and family pets.
Active, friendly, alert little dogs with an independent
nature.Affectionate and devoted to their owners, good
with children and other animals They live for human companionship;
and have a have a sweet, gentle disposition Their long
coats can require high-maintenance grooming, or they can
be trimmed in a "puppy cut" which requires less
For Your Lifestyle.
Breeds that will best suit your
needs (little or lots of exercise, little grooming, elderly
owners, easily trained, suitable
in flats etc.)