How often should a dog be bathed?

bathing golden retriever

As per my experience, the bathing ritual of the dogs depends on their breed. Also if the dog is single coated or double coated. Single coated dogs easily get dirty as their fur is unable to repel the water and other debris. They need to be bathed quite often so are toy breed of dogs. Working dogs in the other hands needs less bathing as most of them are double coated.

I have a golden retriever, a double coated breed which i bath him every two to three months. But i do wash his legs and belly if he happens to step out in the rainy days.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Bathing once a month works for most dogs.
  • Dogs with oily coats, like Basset Hounds
    , may need bathing as frequently as once a week.
  • Many short-haired breeds with smooth coats, such as Beagles and others do just fine with less frequent baths. Short-coated Basenjis are fastidious in their personal hygiene and rarely need a bath.
  • Breeds with water-repellent coats, such as Golden Retrievers
     and Great Pyrenees, should be bathed less often so as to preserve their natural oils.
  • Dogs with thick, double coats, such as Samoyes, Malamutes
    , and other Northern breeds, do best with fewer baths and a lot of extra brushing, which gets rid of loose, dead hair and helps distribute natural oils that keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy.

Factors such as dog odour, skin conditions and levels of dirt or grime will determine how frequently your dog will need a bath. Working dogs who spend most of the year outdoors may require more frequent bathing than dogs who live predominantly indoors and don’t get as dirty. If your dog’s odour doesn’t bother you, their fur isn’t visibly dirty or their lack of bathing doesn’t lead to health issues then there is no imminent need for dogs to take a bath. Although some dogs with allergic skin issues may need more frequent bathing because it will be part of their prescribed treatment.

This means that some owners will choose to bathe their dogs monthly, whilst others only a few times per year. Factors such as breed, size, fur thickness and length of fur, lifestyle factors, activity levels and types of activity will dictate the amount of bathing your own dog will require. It is something that your nose and common sense will help you determine.

Anyway I will update shortly the breeds that are available in Nepal and their needs. For that you can directly choose dog breeds and see if any falls under the one that you have.

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