How Often Should a Dachshund be Groomed?

Dachshund GroomingIt is important to know how to properly care for your dachshund, which would include the grooming schedule. Short haired dachshunds require significantly less grooming than the long haired variety. However, there are a few basic grooming practices that apply to both types of dachshunds.

Regular brushing, in most cases done with a soft bristle brush, is recommended. You can use a brush like the Furminator to do this job from the comfort of your own home. For matted hair, which often occurs behind the ears of long haired dachshunds, use your fingers to deal with the worst of the tangles. In addition to keeping your dog clean, regular brushing controls the amount of shed hair that will be spread around your house.

Dachshunds produce a type of hair fat that coats their fur and provides with some protection from harsh weather. Bathing your dog too often can compromise this protection, so be sure to bathe your dog only a few times a month at the most. Use lukewarm water and gentle shampoo before patting or blow drying (on low heat) the wet fur. You may wish to visit a professional dog groomer to ensure that your dog gets the proper bathing care and shampoo.

Since long haired dachshunds require additional grooming—including face trimming—it is often a good idea to visit a professional for at least the first grooming. They can give you advice on how to best care for you long haired dachshund at home.

When you visit a dog groomer, you should have your dachshund’s nails trimmed / clipped to keep them healthy and to help avoid scratching wood floors. Regular toothbrushing is also recommended.

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