How Often Should Your Dog… Go To The Groomers

How often your dog goes to the groomer really depends on their coat and on how well you can look after it. One of the first things you should ask yourself when getting a dog is:

How much time am I willing to spend grooming them?

This includes brushing, bathing, trimming nails, cleaning ears, brushing teeth and washing faces. The less time you’re willing to spend, the more often they need to go to the groomer.

Many owners opt to get their dog’s nails clipped at the groomers or vets. The timing depends on lifestyle and rate of growth, but a general rule of thumb is when you can hear their nails clacking on surfaces, it’s time for a trim.

General Guides

The following are general guides to how often your dog should be going to the groomer. But remember – if you don’t keep on top of your brushing on fluffy, long, curly or combination coats, don’t be surprised if your dog needs shaving off.

Short/Smooth Coat – E.g. Boxer, French Bulldog, Greyhound

Every 8 weeks or so

Harsh Double Coat/ Hand Strip – E.g. Schnauzer, Border Terrier,

Many pet owners find it easier to care for when the coat is ‘taken down’ to just undercoat a few times a year. However, if you want a show standard rolled coat, it needs to be done weekly.

Fluffy Coats & Heavy Shedders – E.g. Border Collie, Bernese Mountain Dog, Husky, Akita, German Shepherd

Every 6 weeks or less

Curly Coats – E.g. Bichon Frise, Poodle or Poodle Cross, Spanish Water Dog

Every 4-6 weeks

Long Coats – E.g. Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, Afghan Hound, Briard, Shih Tzu

Every 4-6 weeks

Combination Coat – E.g. Golden Retriever, Setter, Cocker Spaniel

Every 6 weeks or less


  • Dee

    This is a great guide to grooming times. In addition, I usually modify the times during winter and summer. I let the coat grow a little longer in winter and ask for a longer trim. While in summer I get my dog groomed more often with a shorter trim. i.e. 9-12mm in winter, 6mm in summer. Thanks for the info.

  • Gary

    I’d say every 2 months, unless something out of the ordinary happens. If you stick to that to see how it goes and then you can review it. At least this way you have a schedule to begin with.

  • One of our dogs is a poodle/spaniel cross. It’s amazing how quickly her fur grows. She looks so skinny once it’s been trimmed!