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An illustrated grooming guide.

Keeping a long coat well groomed requires time and patience, but more, it also needs the correct tools and techniques.

Using the right equipment the right way can make the job much easier.

This book is based on many years of practical experience in teaching students to groom their own dogs.










Two Chinese Crested Powderpuffs in full coat, with clipped faces. 



A dog with a well groomed long coat is a pleasure to see. But if you want to keep your dog’s coat long, then the first thing you need to know is whether your dog has a good easy-care coat, or one that knots up and matts easily. Once you have established that, you will have some idea what length it is going to realistically be possible to keep their coat.


Difficult coats

Some dogs, both crossbreeds and purebreds, have coats that will be unmanageable once they reach a certain length. This is a sad fact, and very disappointing if you have acquired a long coated dog with visions of it always being in beautiful, full-length coat.


With some dogs even brushing and combing them twice daily won’t be enough to keep their hair untangled—they will still manage to get matts.


The reality is that some dogs’ coats are just like that. If you wanted a long coat and are unlucky enough to have a dog whose coat turns out to be like this, then you must accept that you will have to keep your dog clipped.


Such coats will often be quite all right until they grow to between 2 cm (1 inch) and 4 cm (2 inches) in length. Once they reach this length they suddenly become unmanageable, and it can literally seem to happen overnight.


If this is going to be the case with your dog, you will find out fairly quickly after it loses its puppy coat. A dog generally loses its lovely, easy-care puppy coat between the ages of 4 and 10 months.

Our cover dog is an adult American Cocker Spaniel in stunning show coat. The shorter hair on his face and upper ear are enhanced natural features. But the lovely straight line around the bottom of the legs is obviously man, or woman, made!


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