Dog breed grooming guide

No two breeds of dog are the same when it comes to the correct way of grooming. Here is our guide to the best methods of grooming your breed.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire bull terriers are one of the most popular breeds in Australia. These active medium sized dogs have a beautiful short flat coat that sheds throughout the year. Regular brushing will help in keeping your dog’s hair clean and shiny. Dog grooming is suggested every 4 weeks to clean ears, clip nails and maintain the coat in good condition.

Labrador Retriever

While these fur balls have beautiful, soft and shiny coats, you need to brush them regularly to maintain their shininess. By grooming/brushing them often you will reduce shedding and it will promote new growth. Luckily Labs are one of the easiest dogs to care for because their coat is quite short. It’s recommended to bath your lab at least once a month. If you are not sure please ask your local dog groomer.

German Shepherd

These adorable and smart GSD’s are what you call double coated breeds. These beauties have two coats – under coat and the longer top coat. While I proudly wear my German “Shedder’s” fur all over my clothes, I need to brush her regularly to avoid getting my whole world covered in fur.  An adult shepherd will shed heavily twice a year, you might want to start brushing your GSD pups regularly as they need to get familiarized to being brushed and touched all over. Blue Wheelers recommend grooming/bath your GSD every 4 weeks.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are lovely little gentle beauties with silky coats. They often have wavy medium length coats in shades of Blenheim, Solid Ruby, Black and Tan and Tri-colour. To remove dead/loose hair you need to brush them a few times a week. More active Cavalier King Charles Spaniels require more regular bathing than others. Grooming is suggested every 2-4 weeks to maintain a healthy and a silky coat.


Poodles are one of the most popular breeds in Australia. Regular grooming is important when it comes to all dogs, however consistent grooming is a must for these beauties. Regular grooming will help prevent matted coats, skin rashes and many health problems. Therefore a Poodle needs to be groomed on a minimum every 6-8 weeks.

Maltese Shih Tzu

Maltese Shih Tzus’ are another popular breed in Australia, not only because they are cute little things that make us happy but also they don’t shed much. However you need to brush them often, at least once a week. By brushing them regularly it will help prevent tangles from forming. A Maltese Shih Tzu needs to be groomed on a minimum every 6-8 weeks.


Pugs are one of the most endearing dog breeds that we all love. These goofy little fur balls are surprisingly heavy shedders given that they have a very short coat. It’s important to regularly brush your pup to minimize the shedding as well as keeping the coat in top condition. It’s also important to remember to clean well under the folds of the skin particular under the nose and the eye area. Blue Wheelers recommend regular 2-4 weekly visits by your dog groomer to maintain a healthy coat and a happy pug.

To find your local Blue Wheelers mobile dog groomer click here.

Ran Rodrigo is the Blue Wheelers mobile dog grooming resident blogger. She is also the proud pet parent of three very naughty but lovely rescue dogs named Teddy, Mishka and Lexa.

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