Dog Breed Info

Brush Phase

About Brushing the Coat Type
As stated previously, the objective during the brushing phase for the medium long coat type for the show trim, is to leave as much undercoat as possible and for the pet trim, the objective is to remove as much as possible. All technical skills must be applied with the lay of coat to maintain the smooth coated appearance and to keep the longer coat as straight as possible.

To begin the task of removing this undercoat, utilize various types of rakes to loosen the hair on the longer coated areas that have a tendency for the coat to pack. Use a carding technique, with the lay of coat, on the shorter coated areas that show a clear coat growth pattern to remove faded and loose undercoat. The jacket will be the largest area for you to card. When the undercoat is very profuse, you can also use the handstripping technique to remove the longer, "blown", undercoat hairs. Note: dogs that are spayed or neutered within this coat type typically have excessive undercoats. It should be our focus to remove as much of this undercoat as needed to insure the correct profile and display of the typical coat characteristics of the medium long coat type.

Follow up with the line brushing technique, using a slicker brush, beginning at the back foot working your way toward the head. For the show trim, use a pin brush to brush the longer coat. Check the coat afterwards by combing with the lay of coat with a wide tooth comb. The comb should glide through this coat type with no resistance.

To complete the brushing phase and to set this coat type for the finishing phase, begin at the head and brush the entire coat, with the lay, using a slicker or a pin brush.


Brushing Technique Pet: Line Brush Long Coat; Comb Long Coat; Brush Short Coat; Card Short Coat; Comb Short Coat

Brushing Tools Pet: Carding Tool; Comb; Slicker Brush


Brushing Products: Moisturizing Spray

Brushing Direction: With Coat Growth
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