Dog Grooming – Top Five Most Popular Haircuts for Dogs

So you are having trouble brushing your pet’s fur. You look at your pet, and his hairstyle looks like a 1980s hairdo. Well, if that is the case, you might need to start thinking about dog grooming. Some dogs, especially the hypoallergenic breeds, require regular grooming in order to keep their fur healthy. Dogs that do not shed, also need grooming to maintain their silky smooth look.

How much does it cost?

The first question pet owners have when they think about grooming is how much does it cost. There is no clear answer to this question. There are a multitude of factors that will determine the price. For starters, it is the type of animal and size. For example, taking a collie to a groomer will cost more, because the collie requires a lot of time for combing.

Teeth cleaning, flea treatments, and nail clipping are options that some dog groomers charge extra. Depending on the size of your dog, the type of coat/fur, and extra treatments, you can expect to pay anywhere between $30 and $90 for standard grooming.

What are the most popular haircuts?

Neaten

The most popular style when it comes to dog grooming. The main reason is, the look looks clean and neat. For this treatment, groomers trim their feet, sanitary areas, and featherings, including the back of the legs, belly lines, and neck and chest. The neaten style for dog grooming is best for double-coated breed. Think Golden Retriever and Australian Shepherd.

Lion Cut

If you want your dog to resemble a lion, this is the cut for you. The cut is just like it sounds, you dog will resemble a lion’s mane. Groomers cut your dog’s body hair short, but leave the hair on the neck and head much longer.

Lamb Cut

Your dog can resemble both a lion, and a lamb. For the latter, groomers clip the hair on the body and neck short, but leave the hair longer on the head and legs. The cut is often seen on poodles. But do not be fooled, it is not a breed-specific haircut.

The Schnauzer Cut

Do not get fooled, this cut is not just for Schnauzers. You can get it for all large and small dogs alike. The trick is that you leave longer hair on the dog’s legs, but trim the back and sides very short. The goal of the haircut is to leave light fringe of hair on the lower side of your dog’s body, making your dog look more royal. And of course, there is a little mustache cut around his face.

Teddy bear cut

For those who want complete opposite of the Lion cut, the teddy bear is the one. Some people like their dog to look powerful and majestic, others want to look like a teddy bear. Groomers trim the hair on the head shorter, and leave the hair on the rest of the body longer. The body hair can be clipped to any length, depending on your preference. The end result is a dog that resembles a teddy bear.

Why invest in grooming?

There are a number of reasons why you need to invest in grooming of your pet, be it a dog or a cat. For starters, pet grooming improves pet health.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests that you groom on regular basis in order to avoid health issues. You see, grooming is not just a style thing, but it is also a health thing. Grooming includes much more than just taking your dog for a haircut. Here are some grooming basics you need to know:

  • – Make sure to bathe and/or brush your pet on a regular habits in order to cut back on dirt and tangles in dogs
  • – Trim your dog’s claws on a regular basis to avoid infections caused by the nails growing into the pads on the bottom of the feet
  • – Gently clean the eyes and ears of your pet, checking for signs of infection like mucus surrounding the eye

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