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Caring for short and smooth coated dogs

Grooming a dog with short and smooth fur is exceptionally easy. Remember, however, that just like in the case of other types of fur, it is important to regularly groom a dog with such a coat. Short and smooth coated dogs include boxers, Rottweilers, short coated dachshunds or French Bulldogs.

How to groom short and smooth coated dogs?

A well-groomed fur of a short and smooth coated dog should have a good structure and natural gloss. Fortunately, caring for this type of fur is easy and effortless.

Once in a while, the dog should be combed with a rubber brush, in order to collect the dead hairs. Remember to regularly clean the folds on the dog’s muzzle, clip its claws, wash the eye and ear areas with specialist products and clean its mouth, so that you prevent tartar build up.


Choosing the right products

  • Remember to use cosmetics designed for short and smooth fur only.
  • In the case of shampoos, look for those that contain jojoba oil, which will ensure that the coat is glossy and has a good structure.

How to properly bath a short and smooth coated dog?

  • In order to bath a wiry coated dog you should only use cosmetics, which are designed for this specific type of coat. They are composed in such a way to keep the hair appropriately rough, for example by including an addition of horsetail. Remember never to use cosmetics intended for people as they are not suitable for the needs of animal skin and fur.
  • Always choose safe products, i.e. ones that do not contain dyes, which are a common reason for skin irritation or allergies. Moreover, it is worthwhile choosing products which have an adequate smell; for example lavender, which reduces stress in dogs, will encourage positive connotations with the bath.

How to properly bath a wiry coated dog?

Preparing for the bath

  • The first step is to prepare the place of the bath. All the bathing and drying equipment needs to be arranged so that it is easy to reach. You need to have handy a shampoo, a conditioner, a towel, a hair dryer and a comb.
  • Consider putting an anti-slip mat or a towel into the bath, so that your dog does not slip.
  • Afterwards, the pet should be thoroughly combed. In order to facilitate the combing, you should use an untangling product.


  • You are starting the bath. First dampen the dog’s fur with warm water. You should start from the back of the body and move towards the front, not omitting the arms and paws. Do not wet the dog’s head. The temperature of water should be about 37-39 degrees.
  • Afterwards, distribute some wiry coat shampoo on the fur so that foam appears. Champ-Richer (Champion) shampoo is very concentrated and needs to be dissolved in water. During the bath you should make sure that the shampoo does not enter the dog’s eyes, ears or mouth, by covering those areas.
  • Next, carefully rinse.
  • The first application of shampoo only washes out dirt; therefore, in order to enrich the skin and fur, you should repeat the process.
  • When you finish the second wash, apply a protein conditioner in order to rebuild the protective layer on the fur. Apply it carefully and while you are on it, you can gently massage your pet so that it forms pleasant connotations with the process.
  • At the end, thoroughly rinse the dog, paying attention to the less accessible areas, such as the belly and groins.


  • After the bath you should dry the dog with a towel. Instead of rubbing, try to gently squeeze out excess water.
  • Next, the dog should be brushed. During this process you can use a specialist untangling product, which will protect the dog’s fur from mechanical injuries connected to combing.
  • Finally, spray a light revitalising conditioner onto the fur. It will help you to properly style the hair, prevent it from picking up static and getting frizzy. As a result, the coat will have a more appealing look.
  • If your dog is not afraid of hair dryers, it is advisable to use one.