Silly winter dog grooming questions?

agmss15February 25, 2012

Hi - This is a dumb question , but.... I recently adopted a small terrier/poodle mix. I had him groomed when I got him in December. He's getting fairly shaggy now. I was thinking that given that he's small (13lbs) - its cold (a wood heated home in Maine) that I would leave him long until it was warmer. However it snowed last night and by the time we came back from the morning walk he was encrusted with snow balls. Hard to remove - and cold for him. So now I'm thinking I should have him groomed again - but how short? I've never had a dog this small. He loves loves playing in the snow, and doesn't seem to mind the cold when we are outside, but I like to get him warm and dry quickly when we come inside. Nevermind keeping lots of dog scented snowballs out of the house and off my floor.

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A good groomer should know just how much to leave and what type of cut to give him. How often you need to groom depends on how often you comb him and what type hair he has.

If your dog has curly poodle-type hair I prefer what they call the sport cut, which is a 1-2" cut all over.
Silky coats that aren't regularly combed tend to matt, so if your dog has that type hair you will definitely want to have it trimmed on a regular basis.

Talk thru your options with the groomer, then be prepared to buy him a little coat for those really cold days. :)

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 12:35PM
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I would rely on the advice of a groomer.

My dogs have short hair, so they don't need haircuts. Even so I don't like to bathe them in the winter, because I don't want them to be wet and cold. Instead of bathing, I make sure I brush them alot. I might use a damp cloth if they have some dirt stuck on them.

My small dog with short hair typically wears a sweater in the winter, or a coat when we go outside.

heres a pic of my dog in one of her winter sweaters:

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 4:32PM
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