When should I get my dog groomed?

A frequent question we get; ‘how long should I leave it between grooms?’

This is obviously not a straight cut answer and there are things to consider when making this decision. However, don’t leave it too long is the best advice. If your dogs hair is getting matted or unmanageable, don’t continue to wait until the suggested period we give get them booked in. Dogs hair all grows at different rates, and many other outside factors can effect this. such as, illness, medication, food, temperature. Style requirements along with your home grooming regime can also play a factor. For example, not brushing your dog is less of a problem if you bring your dog to the groomers more frequently.

See our page on ‘How to brush a dog correctly’


When you get a new pup we would recommend they come in for a Puppy Intro between 10 Weeks and 20 Weeks old.

Get them on the right path for their life of visiting the groomers. They will get to meet us, we will have them interacting with other dogs, getting used to water and blow dryers and the overall process of grooming.

Some dogs, might need bits of scissor and clipper work doing even at this young age. For example, Poodles; clipping the face nice and short. Or Shih Tzus; might need some hair trimming out their eyes.

What we say is, there is no strict rule. You may find information that says ‘not to cut a dogs coat while it is still growing or you will mess it up for life’. We have not personally seen evidence to support this, and we would say if your dog is getting matted or knotted you are better to get that dealt with, no matter what their age.

Low maintenance and short haired dogs…

So dogs like SharPei, and Staffys etc, are low maintenance dogs. Their hair is short and not very thick, they don’t have any undercoats and are pretty easy to deal with.

Some might shed more than others so if you want us to deal with that for you, you might want to bring them sooner. But you could get away with 6 Months provided they keep away from dirt. If they are mud loving dogs then you might want to bring them sooner to get rid of any pongy smells or dirty legs.

Dogs like Labradors or short haired Huskies etc, they are also pretty good at staying clean, with just general living (swamps and mud excluded). But they do shed a lot. Every 12 Weeks should do it, but if you really don’t like hair in your house then every 8 Weeks. The bath gives them a good clean, the blow dry helps blow a lot of the dead hair out of their coat, with a nice deshed to finish it off. This would be a Full Groom for these types of breeds.

Included in the full groom for these breeds we also provide Nail Clips and ear cleans. But if your dog needs these doing before your next groom you can call in earlier as we provide these as stand alone services anyway.

Pet Styled Floofs…

What we mean by ‘Pet Styled’.. It is just a loose term for a more practical groom for your average house pet. Competition grooming (which we can do if you want) are more geared towards if you present your dogs in a competition, keep reading for more information on this.

A more Practical Pet Groom – vs – Competition Standard Groom

Floofs of big and small sizes that come with a lot of hair and have a style are usually groomed about every 6 weeks –  8 weeks.

Dogs like ShihTzu, LhasaApso, Miniature Schnauzers, Old English Sheepdogs etc, their hair grows very fast and very long. All these dogs should be brushed at home in between grooms, but we realise it can be hard work and not everyone has the ability to keep on top of this. Without thorough constant maintenance the dogs coats will get matted.

Although we would say 6 – 8 Weeks there are obviously things to consider..

– If the dogs coat is growing very fast (each dog is different) then you might need to come in sooner.
– If you are unable to do any brushing in between grooms then mats will show and you might need to bring them to be groomed sooner.
– The dog loves the mud and undergrowth and there for comes out looking like swamp thing after each walk..

In these cases we would suggest every 4 Weeks

On the other side of this, If you have your dog shaved right down and maintain the coat between grooms it might stretch to 10 or 12 weeks

Competition Styled Floofs

This one is a bit stranger, you might want to keep them tidy between competitions so we would suggest every 4 Weeks but then if you need to grow the coat out so you can get the style required for the competition then you might leave it 6 – 8 Weeks for grooms between competitions. Move it to 4 or 2 Week intervals on the run up to the competition. People who compete in dog shows often thoroughly maintain the coat between grooms. If not, when they take their dog to the groomers they might want the show standard, but what they get might be a shave off to deal with matts and knots!!

All these suggestions do still depend on the breed and may vary.

For more details on grooming for competitions please do give us a call and we can discuss the matter further. 07495496888

No Style, All Floof!

So now we come to dogs like Long Haired German Shepherds or Malamutes. These breeds have coats that are great at letting mud and dirt run off them, even rain tends to just run off them with some minimal towel drying after a walk…

BUT, they have thick undercoats, they have long hair, they shed a LOT! All this means if dirt does get past their top coat, it is gonna be stuck in there. It means they can get matts under there top coat, and if you have one of these breeds you will know about your house being carpeted in their fur from all the shedding!! They are lovely though and we wouldn’t change them for the world.

The bath makes them wet through down to the skin so a simple towel dry will not suffice, and they are really hard to get dry due to that top coat. Our High Velocity dryers can blast air at over 90mph! this helps us a great deal. As well as drying, it helps ‘blow out’ all the dead loose hair.

How long to leave these dogs between grooms could vary from every 3 Months to maybe 6 Months.. How often the dogs get brushed at home and maybe how often they end up in a muddy field would be the deciding factors.

Mixed, mongrels, Heinz 57, X breeds

No clue, couldn’t even guess due to the nature of these dogs being a mix. A Shih-Tzu crossed with a Jack Russel could come out tiny with thin short hair or it could be medium sized with long thick hair. Until we see the dog we wouldn’t have any idea and even then, how fast the hair grows would still be unknown until after a number of grooms.
Sorry on this one, not really much help, we just wanted to point this out as it is asked often.

Summery + Additional

In short, it is no hard and fast rule to how often you get your dog groomed. It is all very subject to you and your dog… However we would like to drive home the point don’t leave it too long between grooms. Matts are uncomfortable for dogs and can even cause pain and bleeding. Illness and issues can arise from having a dirty dog. And overall outlook from your dog is brighter when they are clean and tidy.

Always try to re-book after you last groom so that when they do need a groom you are not struggling to get them in.

Alabama Rot – Please check out our page for more details on this, but we have been talking about home grooming regiments and keeping on top of it, but Alabama Rot is something to think about after your dog has been on a walk, it should be rinsed down to help prevent it.

Published : 05/02/20
Author : Bob Dent