Dog Breed Info

Prep Phase

Ear Care
Breeds with the drop coat type have hair in the ear canal and do require the hair to be removed to help prevent ear infections and odor.

Removal of the hair creates better ventilation which keeps the ear canal dry.

Excessive hair can also be removed to allow for optimum hearing.

Many breeds with this coat types require at least a 4 week grooming sessions to remove this excessive coat.

The hair on the base of the ear can be clippered when creating a pet trim to allow for better ventilation for the drop ear.Typically, this is not a procedure that needs to be achieved on the erect ear.

The excessive hair must be removed from the ear canal utilizing a plucking technique. The amount of the hair in the ear determines the ear grooming schedule. A six week grooming schedule usually accommodates the breeds with this coat type, however, excessive hair growth in the ear canal can require the hair to be pulled every 2 weeks to prevent skin irritation in the ear canal due to removing so much hair during one session.

For the average pet with excessive coat on the underside of the ear leather with ear chronic ear infections that must be treated daily, trimming the coat from the topside and the underside down to eye level creates excellent ventilation besides making it easy to keep the skin and coat area cleaner. Trimming the cheeks short from the outside corner of the eye backward to the base of the ear leaving a mustache and beard creates excellent ventilation for these dogs with special needs. The tasseled ear trim style is another excellent choice for dogs with special needs.


Maintenance Level: Moderate

Time Frame: Every 6 weeks

Ear Canal Hair Removal: Yes

Ventilation Strip: No

Eye Care
Eye care for breeds with the drop coats is at a maximum due to the continuous hair growth on the entire head including the cheeks, muzzle and brow making it much more difficult to keep the eye area clean on dogs with this coat type.

If the tearing is not removed in a timely manner, it can dry creating a crusted mass that is making the longer coat stick to the skin under the corner of the eyes. This makes the area stay wet due to the amount of coat on this area.

When the coat is trimmed short around the eye area as the hair begins to grow, often times, it grows toward the eye creating a situation where the eye is constantly irritated by this new growth.

Breeds that have the hair trimmed around the eyes must continue to have the coat trimmed to keep it very short to prevent this situation.

A schedule as frequent as every 2 weeks may be required with this undetermined hair growth.

Breeds with this coat type with large protruding eyes require the highest degree of eye care to maintain a healthy eye.

You also see Brachycephalic skull types in combination with large eyes. There is no middle of the road in your choice of the length of the hair in this coat type in combination with the Brachycephalic skull type. Either it’s kept long or very short so that the hair doesn’t irritate the eye.


Maintenance Level: Maximum

Time Frame: Weekly

Foot Care
The hair between the pads must be removed to prevent matting.

Maintenance Level: Maximum

Time Frame: Every 6 weeks

Hair Removal Between Pads: Yes

Hair Removal Over Pads:

Sanitary Area
Sanitary clips around the rectum are not an option when the coat is kept long, If the client whishes a tight removal of hair around the rectum could be an option. The removal of the hair on the abdomen can be done provided that this clip is not seen from the out side.
When clippered or scissored a normal sanitary clip can be executed.


Maintenance Level: Maximum

Time Frame: Every 6 weeks

Sanitary Type:

Coat Preparation and Coat Removal
When kept long and flowing we check for mats before the bath. When clippered or scissored the coat removal depends on the grooming interval

Coat Removal Primary (before the bath): Clippering
Pet Grooming Training