How often should my dog be groomed: A list of the most popular breeds

Updated: Apr 11

Dogs are a man's best friend. But how often should they be groomed? And which breeds need to be groomed more often?

This article will provide a list of the top 10 most common dog breeds in the UK and how often they need to be groomed.


What are the most popular breeds of dogs in the UK?

According to this article by Hello! magazine, here are the top 10 breeds amongst dog owners in the UK (as of 2021).

  1. Retriever (Labrador)

  2. French Bulldog

  3. Spaniel (Cocker)

  4. Bulldog

  5. Dachshund (Miniature Smooth Haired)

  6. Spaniel (English Springer)

  7. Retriever (Golden)

  8. German Shepherd

  9. Pug

  10. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

But how often should they be taken to the groomers? let's find out!


Retriever (Labrador)


Labradors are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the UK and they need to be groomed no more than once every 4 weeks, although this may need to be increased in the summer months to prevent matting.


We all know that Labradors love a nice pool of mud or a swim in the river, so a quick rinse down and towel dry will be sufficient in between your regular grooming schedule.





French Bulldog


This breed is known for its quirky personalities and individual traits, and there is no definitive answer for French Bulldogs.


If your Frenchie needs a bath once a week, then that's absolutely fine. If your Frenchie however isn't the active type that gets into all sorts of dirty spots then you could leave it for a month between grooms, but you should never leave it for more than 6 weeks.




Spaniel (Cocker & English Springer)


The Spaniel is a popular breed of dog in the UK and needs to be groomed every three weeks. However, if your dog is particularly active and tends to get dirty, you may need to take them to the groomers or bath them at home more often.


Again, like the French Bulldog, if your Cocker Spaniel isn't too active then you could leave it for 5 to 6 weeks between grooms.




Bulldog


The Bulldog is a breed that typically needs to be thoroughly groomed every 4 to 6 weeks, but is fine to have a freshen up wash and bath every week if needed.


Bulldogs have short, smooth coats that are relatively easy to care for. However, their characteristic wrinkles and skin folds can be prone to bacteria and moisture accumulation if not cleaned regularly. Bulldogs also tend to drool a lot, so it's important to keep their facial wrinkles clean and dry. If you're not comfortable grooming your Bulldog at home, you can take him to a professional groomer every 4 to 6 weeks.


Dachshund


Dachshunds are amongst the top 10 most popular breeds of dogs in the UK and they need to be groomed regularly to keep them looking and feeling their best.


Your Dachshund should be brushed at least once or twice a week, and more often if they have a lot of fur.


Bathing a Dachshund is only necessary when they start to smell bad or their fur is looking particularly dirty and could be as infrequent as up to once every three months.


Retriever (Golden)


Golden Retrievers need to be bathed every 6 to 8 weeks, depending on how much their hair is trimmed and whether or not they swim.


Bathing more often will strip their coat of natural oils, so be careful not to overdo it. During bath time, make sure to also clean the dog's ears and trim their nails.






German Shepherd


German Shepherds need to be bathed about once every two months. They are a breed that can tend to get a little stinky if they aren't cleaned regularly.


Grooming your German Shepherd is important not just for their hygiene, but also for their mental wellbeing. Regular brushing and bathing will help keep your dog's coat healthy and shiny.


It will also help reduce the amount of hair they shed, making it easier to keep your home clean.


Pug


Pugs need to be groomed every 3 weeks. They have a lot of hair and it can easily become matted without regular grooming.


Their wrinkles also need to be cleaned and dried regularly or they can become infected.


Grooming a Pug is not a difficult task, but it needs to be done regularly to keep them healthy and looking their best.




Staffordshire Bull Terrier


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a common dog breed in the UK. They need to be groomed every 6 to 8 weeks, any more often than this can cause skin irritation and sensitivity.


This breed is known for being a bit of a handful, so make sure you are prepared for a lot of work if you decide to do bath times at home.





Was your dog on the list? Share your comments below and let us know what breed of dog you have, and how often you get them groomed.


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