Why You Are Wrong About Grooming Short Haired Dogs


By Maria Sweeney, Owner at Vanity Fur

“My dog doesn’t need to be groomed he’s got short hair.”

If you have uttered these words then please don’t take offence to the fact that I am at this moment imitating you in a high-pitched sing-song voice, while making a sock puppet from my hand. It gives me no pleasure at all to correct your misguided view on grooming short haired dogs.

That is of course an outrageous lie, it is of enormous satisfaction to me.

Rest assured however that you are not alone in your assumption. I have had this conversation with endless amounts of short haired dog owners all of whom admitted gracious defeat on seeing the finished product. Ok again that is not entirely true. Some were not the least bit gracious.

So you’ve got a short haired dog and you think a dog groomer is a crazed razor wielding weirdo. You are correct for the first and only time in the context of this post. However, you may be surprised to know we know a few more tricks other than just how to clip off a dog’s entire coat.

Grooming a short haired dog achieves 3 key things:

  1. You will no longer have to wade through the carpet of little hairs that lies throughout every inch of your entire home
  2. Your dog will be able to regulate his temperature more effectively, ensuring he stays cool in the heat and warm in the cold
  3. He will look a damn sight better. And feel it. See our 5 Reasons Your Pet Needs Regular Grooming here on our home page www.vanityfur.ie

Let’s take Oscar as an example (names have been changed to protect the innocent). I’ve chosen him as he is a chocolate Labrador and it’s easier to see on his coat, but rest assured this is happening under the surface of your short haired dog’s coat even if you can’t see it.

This is him when we he first jumped up on the grooming table:

grooming a labrador

Here’s a close up of all that nasty dead fur:

grooming a short haired dog

I started with a brush out of the dead undercoat using a terrier pad – you wouldn’t think this came off a short haired dog would you?

dead undercoat

After the initial de-shedding, he had a bath and then I used the high velocity blaster on him. This is not a weapon of mass destruction from an Austin Powers movie as the name would suggest but a powerful hose dryer that literally blasts away the remaining dead undercoat (and onto my salon walls… who suggested white paint?!).

dog grooming blaster

After blasting he was finished with a warm dryer and then given the once over with a Coat King (a Furminator will also achieve similar results). This is a nifty little brush with a sharp blade-like edge that scrapes away any dead fur. If you have any interest in keeping your dog groomed between grooms it is a worthwhile investment as it will help you stay on top of the shedding.

undercoat rakeFurminator

To finish off he had his ears cleaned and his nails clipped, and despite his protestations we got him with the baby powder cologne. He skipped out of the salon like a new dog. Look how shiny he is!

Oscar after 2 short haired dog after grooming


1 reply
  1. Miss Cellany
    Miss Cellany says:

    I haven’t brushed my mixed breed for months and she’s shinier than that freshly groomed lab. She never gets bits of undercoat hanging out like that – I think her undercoat is very sparse, perhaps even non-existent? Her fur is between half an inch to 2 inches long depending on where on her body you look at and is very sleek and shiny.

    I used to brush my border collie as he had a very thick undercoat that used to form small dreds at his neck and cheek ruff / mane. He did look better after brushing, but on the mixed breed the only difference it seems to make it to static up her fur and make her look fluffier temporarily (normally the fur lies very flat on her body, making her look sleek and shiny, after washing or brushing it stands up on end more and looks softer / fluffier).

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