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What Kind of Coat Does My Dog Have?

Make grooming easier when you know what you’re brushing up against.

Overview

Find your dog’s coat type

Flat Coat

Breeds with very short fur that’s close to the body include:

  • Boxer
  • Dalmation
  • Greyhound
  • Miniature pinscher
  • Pointer
  • Staffordshire terrier

Short Coat

Dogs with 1- to 2-inch fur:

  • Beagle
  • Cattle Dog
  • Labrador
  • Pug
  • Rottweiler

Combination Coat

Dogs with a mixture of short and long fur include:

  • Border collie
  • Golden retriever
  • Long-haired dachshund
  • Papillion

Double Coat

Breeds with thick, soft undercoat and an outer coat of longer, coarser guard hairs include:

  • Elkhound
  • German shepherd
  • Husky

Heavy Coat

Thick, dense-coated breeds include:

  • Chow
  • Collie
  • Pomeranian
  • Samoyed

Silky Coat

Dogs with long, wispy, soft hair:

  • Setter
  • Spaniel

Curly Coat

Curly-topped dogs (which shed less frequently than other breeds) include:

  • Bichon
  • Bouvier
  • Kerry blue terrier
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese water dog

Wire Coat

Coarse-coated breeds:

  • Airedale
  • Deerhound
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
  • Schnauzer
  • Scottie
  • Westie

Natural Long Hair

Breeds with soft, flowing coats:

  • Lhaso Apso
  • Maltese
  • Sheepdog
  • Shih Tzu
  • Yorkshire terrier
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