Grooming

WHITE SWISS SHEPHERD DOG GROOMING PROFILE

Coat: Both long and short coat accepted
Grooming Demand Rating: Moderate

Full Grooming Interval: 8 to 12 Weeks

Maintenance Interval: Twice Monthly

BLADES & TOOLS

Slicker brush, pin brush, natural bristle brushes, shedding blade, metal rake, metal comb and scissors.

COAT & GROOM TIPS

Regular brushing and combing twice a week is essential in order to manage the double coat of the Shepherd breed. Remove the wooly hair shed from the dense undercoat, and not only the outer coarse guard coat which protects the undercoat. The density of the hair coat can be misleading to novice groomers or owners of this breed; it is somewhat dense. This breed sheds year round.

Shedding blades can be very helpful, but you should be trained in the proper use of this tool before attempting its use. Metal rakes are also useful to remove matted undercoat usually in the neck, chest and thigh areas.

Using modern high velocity dryers to blow off excess water after the bath saves a tremendous amount of drying time. Slicker brushes are ideal on this breed for the hand fluff dry process, and you should brush in the direction of the hair growth. You can expect even more loose hair to remove after the bath, and finish with a final comb out.

Don’t forget to scissor any long hairs under the feet level with the pads, and trim any other stray hairs around the feet. It is not common on this breed.

MORE GROOMING TIPS

Shedding blades should be used gently. They should be placed on the dog and lightly pulled back with only the slightest pressure. The better method of removing undercoat is by using a shedding rake. It also massages the skin and distribute oils throughout. Its better to brush after the bath too because when the dog is almost dry but still moist, the fur-to-be-shed comes out very easily. The dog can also be finished off with a chamois cloth to give some extra shine. Shepherds should never be clipped for cosmetic purposes, even for show as the dog could get serious faults. To make the Shepherd appear “fluffier” and “fuller of coat” you can brush the dog in the opposite direction of hair growth and then lightly brush back with the direction of hair growth, not usually using a slicker brush.” Submitted by “Hello Hello”.

The hair on the back of the hock can be trimmed with thinning shears to neaten the overall appearance of the feet as well. Often the hair is uneven and or matted back there. Also, by selectively thinning the area, you can create the appearance of a heavier boned dog. I also use a matt breaker (but I am sure that you can use a Coat King as well) to debulk the croup area. Many dogs seem to have a lump of hair at the base of the croup where the tail and croup meet. WSs should have a gently sloping croup – not an abruptly ending one. So, by getting out some of the undercoat at the base of the tail – you elongate and smooth out the croup. Submitted by Lisa Correia

The FURMINATOR is a handy tool for controlling shedding. Said to reduce shedding by up to 90% in dogs and cats. Comfortable ergonomic grip handle. May reduce the amount of airborne elements that cause allergic reactions in many people.

OLDFIELD DRYERS
Oldfield CD4000 Dryer is an Australian made dryer which has proven to be very popular with dog grooming. Its powerful warm airflow greatly reduces drying time. This budget model comes with a 2 m flexible hose and small nozzle attachment to give even more intense air pressure. Single speed. This dryer stands 28cm high and is 30cm long it is made from Zincalume steel which is strong enough to withstand hard conditions. It has been professionally painted in a two pack paint which stops scratching and helps prevent rust. 12 month warranty. Add $25.00 postage Australia Wide