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Don"t Ignore Grooming Requirements When Looking For a Dog to Add to Your Family
This is a really important part of owning and caring for a dog and should not be taken lightly.
Are you willing to brush the coat of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier three or four times a week? Are you willing to get an English Cocker Spaniel's coat clipped every two months? Are you willing to pay the expense of having someone keep your Old English Sheepdog looking good? There are many breeds that I would love to own, but know that they wouldn't work for me because they require too much grooming.
I know that I would never take the time to brush a Poodle on a weekly basis, because I am pretty lazy when it comes to things like that.
I admit that I would love to have a toy poodle.
They are very intelligent and loving dogs, but I know I would never do it on a regular basis and that would be doing a huge disservice to the dog...
after all, they can't groom themselves! Grooming is not something that is optional as a pet owner; it is a requirement, and it is important to remember that the requirements vary from breed to breed.
Long haired dogs can get mats very easily if not brushed or clipped on a regular basis.
These mats can easily get out of hand and cause the dog lots of skin problems.
Don't be fooled into thinking that coat length has anything to do with the time commitment.
My Chihuahua needs only to have his nails clipped once a week and maybe a bath every couple of months.
On the other hand; our Labs shed incessantly and need to be brushed a couple of times per week.
But both of these breeds have the same short coat length.
There are also breeds that cannot be groomed at home and need to be taken to a professional.
The Lowchen is a dog that needs to be professionally groomed on a regular basis, in order to maintain their appearance.
There are many dogs, such as the Affenpinscher, that may need to be stripped by a professional as well.
I don't want you to let grooming requirements scare you into not getting a dog, but ensure that you are willing to put in the time, or willing to pay someone else to put in the time, so that the dog is well groomed and healthy.
If you know you are not the type of person who would perform the grooming requirements necessary, then make sure you only look at dogs that do not require much grooming.