Double Coated Dog Breeds​

double-coated dog

Double Coated Dog Breeds​

It may surprise you to learn that dogs come in two different coat types: double and single. A double-coated dog is where there’s a dense undercoat that usually consists of shorter hairs and a longer top coat which are referred to as guard hairs. The fluffier dogs you encounter tend to be the result of a very dense undercoat, whereas the smoother breeds are generally single-coated. 

De-shedding is the physical removal of a dog’s loose undercoat. The idea is to remove the hair before it lands on your furniture and clothes, but it also makes your dog more comfortable. Groomers use multiple tools and methods to de-shed dogs depending on their coat type.

Unfortunately, while de-shedding is beneficial and significantly reduces the amount of hair on your dog, it doesn’t stop the shedding process. Many owners are puzzled when their dog keeps shedding after a de-shedding. While it’s impossible to clear out 100% of loose fur (or fur that wasn’t ready to shed yet), you will see a big improvement.

De-shedding should be done regularly, and once you’re on a good schedule, the effects will be more noticeable.

Our Recommendations for Double-Coated Dogs:

The best thing to keep your double-coated dog cool in the warm weather is regular grooming to de-shed the undercoat so the fur can act as an insulator. Brushing alone does not get all the undercoat out. Bathing promotes shedding so it goes hand-in-hand with brushing!

To reduce/prevent shedding, we recommend scheduling regular grooming every 4-8 weeks!

Types Of Double-Coated Dog Breeds:

A lot of dog breeds have double-coats. Herding dogs with double-coats include both the Australian Shepherd and Cattle Dog, Border Collie, German Shepherd, and the Shetland Sheepdog. Spitz-type dogs with double-coats include the Japanese Spitz, Alaskan and Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, American Eskimo, Chow Chow, and Shiba Inu. Some sporting dogs with this type of coat are the Labrador Retriever, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, American Water Spaniel, and the Golden Retriever. Terriers like the Australian Terrier, Rat Terrier, Wheaten Terrier, and West Highland White Terrier have double coats. Among the smaller toy dog breeds the Pomeranian, Shih Tzu, Havanese, and Yorkshire Terrier have double coats.

Our FURminator Shed-less Treatment works best on double-coated breeds. This treatment will provide your dog with the best hair/skin care and also help reduce your dog shedding up to 90%, if used regularly over time.