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Dog Coat Types

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (360)
Dogs have either single or double density coats…What does your dog have? 

Single/Smooth Coats: Dogs with single coats have outer guard hairs, but they have no inner layer or undercoat.

  • Short Length, Single Coat (Boxers, Pit Bulls, Boston Terriers)
  • Medium Length, Single Coat (Wheaten Terriers)


Double Coats: A double-density coat has outer guard hairs with an undercoat that is shorter and finer. The undercoat can be thick or thin as well as downy. Herding and working dogs usually have a double coat.

  • Short Length, Double Coat (Labrador Retriever)
  • Medium Length, Double Coat (Golden Retriever, German Shepherds)
  • Long Length, Double Coat (Newfoundlands, St. Bernards)

The exceptions:

Curly Coats: (Poodles, Bichons)
Long “Drop” Coats: (Shih tzu, Lhasa Apso, Yorkie, Maltese)
Hairless Coats: (Chinese Crested)

Each of these coat types require different grooming techniques. I will cover each type thoroughly, so check back frequently for updates!

Stacie Seward
Pet Groomer


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