Canine Coat Care – Silky Coats
Many dog owners, especially new dog owners, feel slightly lost in the world of grooming. With so many coat types and breeds, along with the huge number of grooming tools available, it can be difficult to know which tools and techniques are suitable for your dog. Grooming is a very important element of dog ownership, however. It is important for skin and coat health, and also helps you bond with your pet. We at Groomers have therefore compiled a guide to typical grooming tools and techniques needed for popular breeds by coat type. Today we will look at the needs of a silky coat.
Qualities of a Silky Coat
Silky coats usually feature straight or slightly wavy hair that is fine and soft. They are are often single coated, but this can vary from breed to breed. This type of coat sheds seasonally twice a year and needs daily brushing during these periods. Popular breeds with silky coats include Cocker Spaniels and all types of Setter. Silky coats are usually kept long, and a centre parting is typical, but not obligatory.
Silky coats need a fair amount of care to help keep them at their best. They need regular brushing, daily in some cases. Regular brushing will remove any dead hair, and will stop the coat from becoming matted and tangled, which is very uncomfortable for the dog. A little regular trimming of the face and feet is also necessary. It is a good idea to plan a grooming schedule to keep on top of the needs of this coat type. A full groom (by you or by a professional groomer) is necessary every six to eight weeks.
- Pin brush. This is the ideal brush for a silky coat. This type of brush is gentle on both skin and coat, and works well for untangling and separating the hair. You should groom the coat a few times a week with this brush.
- Bristle brush. After you have brushed your dog with a pin brush, you should follow by grooming with a bristle brush to help smooth the coat and distribute its natural oils. Use a brush with natural bristles for best results.
- Detangling spray. Silky coats are prone to matts, especially around areas such as the armpits. Use a medium comb, along with some Groomers Groom and Detangle to loosen any knots.
- Shampoo. Silky coats need a little more bathing than other coat types, as dust and dirt can get caught more easily in this type of hair, making the coat dull. Silky coats should be bathed every six to eight weeks or so. Try using a nourishing shampoo such as Groomers Crown Coat with Royal Jelly, which features natural proteins to add condition and shine.
- Clipper set with attachment combs. Not all silky coats need clipping, but many do need a regular clip every few months to tidy the coat. This can be completed by a professional groomer or by yourself at home. Try the Wahl Multi-cut Clipper Set, which includes all the essential clipper accessories including attachment combs.
- Bullnose scissors. Invest in some bullnose scissors to help you neaten any stray hairs. You should also check and trim between your dog’s toes regularly, as these areas are prone to accumulating dirt and debris. Bullnose scissors are ideal for home use as they help guard against accidental injury.