Types of dog coats

It’s not unusual for us humans to have several coats that we don throughout the year. We pick them to match out mood, the weather, the temperature and our outfit, but dogs have no such luxury. Come rain or shine, regardless of their mood, they are stuck with a single coat, though not all dog coats are alike. In this blog post, we’re going to take you through the most common types of coat and what they mean for you and your dog.

The puppy parka

Now, before we go into specifics, it’s worth noting that every dog has a different coat when they are a puppy to when they are an adult. You know how soft and silky puppy fur is? Well, that’s because it’s a puppy coat. A puppy’s coat is more delicate than that of an adult dog as all the hairs are new, so this needs to be handled with care. If you are grooming it, be gentle, use puppy-specific products and dry them with a nice soft, fluffy towel.

The double-coated duffle

From Siberian Huskies to West Highland White Terriers, many dogs don a double coat which consists of a thick, short undercoat, and a longer coat of guard hairs that protect it. This double-coat keeps these dogs very warm and they’re usually the ones that suffer most in the summer, though of course some of these breeds do shed. And boy, do they shed. These dogs are notorious for losing a lot of their coat as the weather warms so regular grooming with them is a good idea.

The silky swing coat

From Cocker Spaniels to Afghan Hounds, these glamorous dogs sport a silky coat, often featuring slight curls or waves that make for extra soft snuggles. They need regular brushing to weed out knots and prevent matting, and a good trim back for the summer will help them to keep cool and clean when they play outside in the sunshine.

The wire wrap

Wiry dog fur is often associated with terriers and for good reason. Jack Russells, Scotties, Fox Terriers and many more terrier breeds have a wire coat. These coats are hardy and protective, though they’re not as nice to the touch as many others on this list. That being said, these dogs tend to be a bundle of fun, so that makes up for the scratchier coat. They do need a lot of brushing though, and if they get something icky in their fur, they can fast develop that “dog smell” odour, so they might need a bath more often than other breeds.



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