Dog Breed Info

Prep Phase


Care of eyes on breeds with Nordic coat types are the same for the pet and show trim, and at a minimum due to length of coat, except for specific breeds with large, protruding eyes or breeds with eye disorders.

Eye Care Procedure
Use a soft cloth with a mild shampoo to remove tearing and to clean the skin and coat around the upper and lower eyelids, corner of eyes, stop area and upper muzzle. Use a damp cloth with a waterless shampoo on a dog that is head shy. If the dog has wrinkles, spread the skin to smooth out the wrinkle to clean, rinse and dry the area properly.

Maintenance Level: Minimum
Time Frame: Weekly


Care of the eyes on breeds with short, smooth, medium smooth. Nordic, rough Nordic, rough and medium long coat types are the same and require same amount of time and maintenance.

Erect Type Ears
Care of the ears on breeds with Nordic coat types, with erect ears, is the same for the pet and show trim, and at a minimum due to short hair on ear, lack of hair in ear canal and structure of ear. The erect ear allows for excellent ventilation and the sparse hair acts as a filtering system.

Drop Type Ears
Care of the ears on breeds with Nordic coat types, with drop ears, require a more frequent ear cleaning schedule to keep ears smelling fresh and to prevent ear infections due to type of ear (drop) and lack of ventilation that keeps ear canal moist, creating an environment for odors and bacteria to grow.

Ear Care Procedure
Use a cotton ball soaked with ear cleaning solution to swab ear canal and area around canal, including underside of ear leather.


Maintenance Level: Minimum
Schedule: Weekly
Ear Canal Hair Removal: No
Ventilation Strip: No


Care of the ears on breeds with short, smooth, medium smooth and Nordic coat types are the same and require the same amount of time and maintenance.


Care of the feet on breeds with Nordic coat types may require trimming coat between pads, coat that grows over pads and around the edge of the foot.

Maintenance Level: Minimum
Schedule: Weekly - Check nails and bottom of feet, especially between the pads.
Hair Removal Between Pads: Optional
Hair Removal Over Pads: Optional


Care of the feet on breeds with short coat types do not require trimming coat on feet. Smooth, medium smooth and Nordic coat types may require trimming coat from pads, coat that grows over pads and around edge of feet.


Breeds with the Nordic coat types may require a sanitary clippering due to length of coat on stomach, around rectal area and under tail.

Maintenance Level: Minimum
Schedule: N/A
Sanitary Type: N/A


Breeds with short coat types typically do not require a sanitary clippering due to length of coat. Breeds with smooth, medium smooth and Nordic coat types may require trimming coat on stomach and around rectum.


Breeds with Nordic coat types require no coat prepping before bath when creating a pet or show trim due to length of coat. Undercoat is removed during bathing and drying procedures.

Coat Removal Before Bath: N/A


Breeds with short, smooth, medium smooth and Nordic coat types require no coat prepping before bath when creating a pet or show trim due to length of coat. Undercoat is removed during the bathing and drying procedures. Exception to the rule is the Smooth Fox Terrier which requires handstripping techniques to remove coat before bath.
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