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Understanding Dog Coat Types and Care with Cleo&Hooman

Understanding Dog Coat Types and Care with Cleo&Hooman

Every dog has a unique coat that requires specific care to keep it healthy, shiny, and beautiful. At Cleo&Hooman, we believe in providing the best grooming solutions tailored to your dog's individual needs. This comprehensive guide will help you understand different dog coat types and how to care for them effectively with our premium products.

It's important to note that all our shampoos and conditioner duos have the same effective formulation, with options available in different fragrances or fragrance-free to suit your preference.

Smooth Coats

Smooth-coated dogs have short, sleek fur that lies close to their body, giving them a glossy appearance. These coats are easy to maintain but can still shed a lot. They typically do not mat or tangle, but their short hairs can embed into fabrics and carpets, making regular grooming essential to minimize shedding.

Breeds Include: Beagles, Boxers, Dalmatians, and Greyhounds.

Care Tips:

  • Brushing: Use a rubber brush or grooming mitt to remove loose hairs and distribute natural oils. Regular brushing also helps to stimulate the skin and maintain the coat's sleek appearance.
  • Bathing: Bathe as needed, but not too frequently to avoid stripping natural oils. Our Pure Pup – Fragrance-Free shampoo is perfect for gentle cleansing without causing irritation. This formula is particularly suited for smooth-coated breeds, ensuring their skin stays healthy and their coat retains its natural shine.

Double Coats

Double-coated dogs have a soft, dense undercoat beneath a longer, weather-resistant topcoat. This type of coat provides excellent insulation but can lead to heavy shedding, especially during seasonal changes. These dogs are well-suited for colder climates due to their insulating undercoat.

Breeds Include: Golden Retrievers, Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers.

Care Tips:

  • Brushing: Brush several times a week to manage shedding and prevent matting. Use a slicker brush or an undercoat rake during shedding seasons to effectively remove loose undercoat hairs.
  • Bathing: Use a deep-cleaning shampoo like our Spaw Day – White Tea, Peppermint & Cypress to keep their coat clean and healthy. This shampoo penetrates both layers of the coat, ensuring a thorough clean while soothing and moisturizing the skin.

Long Coats

Long-coated dogs have hair that grows continuously and can become tangled and matted without regular grooming. These coats are often luxurious but require diligent care to maintain their beauty and health.

Breeds Include: Shih Tzus, Afghan Hounds, Yorkshire Terriers, and Maltese.

Care Tips:

  • Brushing: Daily brushing is essential to prevent tangles and matting. Use a pin brush and a detangling comb to gently work through knots without damaging the hair.
  • Bathing: Bathe regularly with a moisturizing shampoo like our In Bloom – Bergamot, Rose & White Sandalwood to keep their long hair soft and manageable. The conditioning agents in this shampoo help to maintain the coat's silkiness and prevent breakage.

Curly/Wavy Coats

Dogs with curly or wavy coats have hair that tends to tangle and mat if not properly cared for. These coats need regular grooming to maintain their shape and cleanliness. The curls can trap dirt and debris, requiring consistent maintenance.

Breeds Include: Poodles, Bichon Frises, Portuguese Water Dogs, and Curly-Coated Retrievers or even Golden Doodle.

Care Tips:

  • Brushing: Brush frequently to prevent matting and keep curls defined. Use a slicker brush and a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle the hair.
  • Bathing: Our Spritz – Mandarin Orange & Basil shampoo provides deep hydration and enhances the natural curl and wave of the coat. This formula helps maintain the texture and bounce of curly coats while leaving a refreshing scent.

Wire Coats

Wire-coated dogs have a rough and bristly texture that requires specific grooming techniques to maintain. These coats need to be hand-stripped or groomed with a stripping knife to keep their texture intact and prevent the coat from becoming soft and matted.

Breeds Include: Wire Fox Terriers, Airedale Terriers, Schnauzers, and Border Terriers.

Care Tips:

  • Brushing: Regularly brush to remove loose hair and debris. Use a slicker brush and a stripping knife to maintain the coat’s texture and remove dead hair.
  • Bathing: Use a gentle shampoo like our Spaw Day – White Tea, Peppermint & Cypress to clean without stripping the natural texture. This shampoo is ideal for wire coats, preserving their unique feel and resilience.


Hairless dogs have minimal to no hair, often with exposed skin that requires special care. Their skin can be sensitive and prone to dryness and irritation, necessitating regular moisturizing and protection from environmental factors.

Breeds Include: Chinese Crested, American Hairless Terrier, and Xoloitzcuintli.

Care Tips:

  • Skin Care: Regularly moisturize the skin to prevent dryness and irritation. Use gentle, hypoallergenic lotions or oils suitable for pets.
  • Bathing: Use a mild shampoo like our Pure Pup – Fragrance-Free to ensure the skin is clean and hydrated without causing irritation. This shampoo is perfect for maintaining the delicate balance of hairless dogs’ skin and keeping them comfortable.

Why Choose Cleo&Hooman Shampoos?

At Cleo&Hooman, we believe that every pet deserves the best care possible. Our range of shampoos is crafted with natural ingredients, ensuring they are gentle yet effective. Each formula is designed to cater to specific coat types, promoting a healthy, shiny, and manageable coat for your furry friend. Our commitment to quality means all our products are hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and pH balanced, making them safe for all dogs, even those with the most sensitive skin.

Additional Benefits of Cleo&Hooman Shampoos:

  • Anti-Itch Properties: Our shampoos contain soothing ingredients that help alleviate itching and irritation, providing relief for dogs with sensitive skin.
  • Moisturizing and Conditioning: Each shampoo is formulated to hydrate and condition the coat, ensuring it stays soft, smooth, and free from tangles.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients: Our shampoos contain natural anti-inflammatory agents that help reduce redness and inflammation, promoting healthier skin.
  • Repair and Strengthening: Our products help repair the skin barrier and strengthen fur, reducing breakage and promoting a healthy coat.
  • De-Matting and Detangling: The conditioning agents in our shampoos help prevent mats and tangles, making grooming easier and more enjoyable for both you and your pet.

Understanding your dog’s coat type is essential for choosing the right grooming products. Cleo&Hooman’s specially formulated shampoos provide the perfect solution for each unique coat type, ensuring your dog looks and feels their best. Visit our Shampoo Shop today to find the ideal shampoo for your dog and give them the care they deserve. With Cleo&Hooman, you can trust that your pet is getting the highest quality grooming products designed with their specific needs in mind.

Explore our collection and see the difference Cleo&Hooman can make in your dog’s grooming routine. Your furry friend will thank you!