When it comes to dogs, I love them no matter what shape and size they come in. However, I would be lying if I said I don’t have a soft spot for small breeds with long coats, more so if the coat is a pure white. A Japanese Spitz or a Bichon Frise comes to mind. But if you are like me and you own a dog with a white coat that is also long here are a few things you need to know.
To maintain that coat in as good a condition as possible, you have to accept that your dog is high-maintenance. You will therefore need to set aside some time every day to combing and brushing the coat.
You also need to find a good groomer who is familiar with your dog’s breed. A horror story is told of one owner who took her Bichon Frise to a groomer who had never interacted with the breed before. The groomer ended up grooming the dog as a Poodle, much to the displeasure of the owner. To avoid such problems find a groomer who has experience in the field so that he has the likelihood of having come across your breed in the past.
Just like humans, dogs’ coats and skin is a manifestation of what they eat. No amount of brushing or combing and no amount of professional grooming can hide the damage done by poor feeding. If you need help, consult your vet on which food is best for your dog’s breed.
If your dog has special needs such as if he is old or he has allergies, find the right food to feed him so that his coat is already in good shape when you are grooming it. In this case grooming will just be the final touch on an already healthy coat.
As a bonus to a great-looking dog, don’t forget to clip his nails and also to brush his teeth with a doggie toothbrush. If the coat is looking great but his nails look pathetic, you won’t have the complete runway-ready look you crave for your furry baby.