With so many breeds of dog out there – not to mention cross-breeds – it's no surprise that grooming needs vary dramatically from one dog to the next. While some dogs only need the occasional quick bath to keep their fur clean and looking good, others need a strict, regular routine to stop them becoming scruffy.
If you're thinking of getting a dog, bear their grooming needs in mind beforehand. This list has some particularly demanding dogs with high grooming needs, to help you decide. If you already keep one of these breeds, some tips are included for grooming them.
Cocker spaniel coats can grow very long, and that means there's a risk of serious matting. Some people deal with this problem by opting for regular trims at the grooming parlour, and that's perfectly fine as long as you keep on top of it.
If you prefer to enjoy the full, long coat of your dog, then daily thorough brushing is essential, especially after walks. Weekly washing with a good quality dog shampoo is also important.
Another breed prone to matting, daily brushing is an essential part of the routine with a Maltese. Pay particular attention to the ears, inside and out, lifting them to gently brush the hair underneath where mats can sometimes develop unnoticed.
Maltese dogs sometimes develop tear stains around their eyes, so wipe them away with a wipe specifically designed for the purpose.
Old English sheepdog
Their big shaggy coats actually comprise of two layers, with the visible outer layer and soft, shorter undercoat. This makes it important to keep them tangle-free. They also tend to shed quite a lot, so brushing daily gets rid of loose hairs.
Because Old English sheepdogs are prone to drooling, it's important to keep the area around their mouths clean and neat.
Everyone is familiar with the traditional poodle cut, with their thick curly coats allowing some interesting topiary-like effects.
While this style isn't a necessity, some manner of coat trimming should be carried out regularly to keep them tangle-free and to stop fur growing over their eyes or restricting hearing, and to keep their tail neat and tidy.
Outside of shows, it's quite unusual to see a Yorkshire terrier with a long coat, so you might not realise how long they can grow without regular attention. Their fine, straight fur is less prone to tangling than some breeds but still needs regular brushing to avoid problems.
If you decide to let your Yorkie's coat grow out, keep on top of washing and brushing, and have the hair on the top of their head put into a topknot to keep it out of their face.