If you’re looking for an Australian Shepherd that will look like the dog from your dreams, you need to take into account its fur style as well as body type when choosing its grooming cut. Just because a particular breed of dog is long haired doesn’t mean it has to have curly hair — there are plenty of short coated dogs out there that can still be styled just right! In fact, these 8 Australian Shepherd Grooming Ideas should help make any coat and face shape work together beautifully.
1. Short Hair Before and After
For Australian Shepherds who want their coats to stay neat and trim, try brushing their fur toward the ends (or top) before giving them a haircut. This will keep all that lovely natural curl at the bottom under control. If you prefer your coat to fall over the ears and nose, go ahead and clip those areas back.
If you’d rather let your dog’s hair flow down around his neck, leave some length on this part of the body too. When styling your pup’s locks, remember that shorter is better. Whether you choose to shave off the undercoat entirely or give your pooch a little bit of fur, use a comb to remove tangles and snarls. You’ll also want to avoid brushing your pet’s hair while wet so it won’t become tangled even more easily.
While most people think they know what “frosted tips” means, the truth is, there isn’t really such a thing. There are only two types of Australian Shepherds — one with frosted tips, and one without. So if you’ve been asking about how to tell which kind of dog your pal belongs to, forget about it. It’s not possible.
2. Australian Shepherd Shaggy or Curly Fur
Some breeds of Australian Shepherds feature longer coats than others. While the American variety may sport a full mane, British Shepherds typically don’t have quite as much hair. However, regardless of how thick their coats are, all Australian Shepherds are prone to shedding. As such, keeping your pooch clean is important.
To get rid of loose hairs, gently brush them downward once they’re dry. Be careful not to push them further down into the skin, though.
To prevent that from happening, apply a good quality shampoo designed specifically for pets. After washing your dog’s fur, rinse it thoroughly and then towel it dry. Don’t rub your pet’s head hard — instead, pat it lightly and blot away excess moisture. Finally, run your hands through your dog’s hair to distribute the soap evenly. Use a gentle hand when applying conditioner.
Once your dog’s coat is nice and soft, it’s time to cut it. For maximum results, you’ll want to find someone experienced with shearing Australian Shepherds. Most groomers aren’t used to cutting pups with thicker coats, and having your dog sit in an uncomfortable chair can lead to accidents. Look for a salon where stylists regularly handle animals of varying sizes. And don’t ever pay for a haircut unless you’re completely satisfied with the result.
3. Fur Face Ruff Longer Coat
An Australian Shepherd with a cute ruff around its muzzle looks extra precious. These furry circles usually appear below the eyes and above the mouth. They’re made up of short, light-colored hairs. If your dog sports one of these ruffs, make sure it stays healthy by brushing it often. Also, watch out for ear infections. Because many Australian Shepherds can develop these conditions, it’s best to seek medical attention immediately if your pet begins to show signs of discomfort.
These ruffs shouldn’t come off during a bath, but you can wash them using mild soap and warm water. Simply scrub the area gently with a soft bristled brush and wipe away any sugary residue with a damp cloth after each session.
4. Australian Shepherd Furry Ears
Just like other parts of your pet’s anatomy, the ears and nose deserve special care. Since these areas are especially sensitive, it’s best to use a non-toxic shampoo and conditioning treatment for your dog’s fur. If you notice anything unusual going on with your canine buddy’s face, consult a vet right away.
Ears and noses can also be prone to infection. If you see sores or lumps developing, you should visit your veterinarian. He or she might prescribe ointments, creams or antibiotics to treat the problem.
It’s easy enough to groom your dog’s fur when it’s dried. With a pair of scissors, trim stray hairs that hang loosely beneath your pet’s lower lip. Then, grab a small comb and carefully remove dead and dirty fur along your dog’s cheeks. Next, use a fine-toothed comb to untangle tangles in between the teeth. Finish off by brushing your pet’s fur upward with a sturdy bristle brush.
5. Short Coated Australian Shepherd Before After Picture
Most Australian Shepherds are shorthaired. Not all of them, however. Some large male Shepherds have long guard hairs that grow low on their bodies. Their undercoats are slightly longer than their outer coats. Female Shepherds have similar coats, although they tend to be shorter overall.
Because coat color can affect your dog’s appearance, it’s important to consider whether or not your Australian Shepherd needs to wear a mask. Dark colors tend to recede, making your pet look smaller and less noticeable. Light colors, meanwhile, stand out against the background. Your dog’s expression may change depending on the color of his face, too. A black mask makes him look severe, whereas a white mask gives him a friendly demeanor. If you own a chocolate-colored pup, ask your veterinarian if he wants to put something over her face.
Although it sounds like a lot of fussing over a simple matter, proper grooming takes time and experience. Make sure whoever cuts your dog’s hair really knows what they’re doing. Otherwise, you could end up with a big mess on your hands!
6. Medium-length Hair Before and After
There are lots of different lengths of Australian Shepherd hair. Some dogs have long, flowing coats while others feature shorter hair. Many medium-haired Shepherds are known for sporting short, stiff tufts of fur near their tails.
As with other breeds, brushing your dog’s hair helps keep it clean and free of tangles. However, since medium-length Australian Shepherds have shorter coats, you have to be especially vigilant. Try to brush your dog’s hair weekly. Keep an eye out for knots and tangles while you do it. When you notice any problems, talk to your vet about what caused them.
In addition to regular brushing sessions, medium-haired Shepherds should be bathed occasionally. Only use products specially formulated for animals. Never use human shampoo or soap on your pet’s coat. Doing so could cause serious damage to its skin.
When shampooing your pet’s hair, be mindful of its scalp. Avoid massaging it too hard. Instead, massage the shampoo gently across your dog’s head in circular motions. Rinse your dog’s fur thoroughly, being careful not to agitate its skin. Next, apply a thin layer of conditioner and allow it to soak in for several minutes. Finally, rinse the entire coat until it runs clear.
7. Long Hair Before After
Like many members of the Herding Group, Australian Shepherds have long coats. Generally speaking, their fur ranges anywhere from 3 inches (75 millimeters) to 5 inches (13 centimeters). Depending upon your dog’s size, you may want to opt for a shorter coat. Smaller Australian Shepherds will look adorable wearing shorter coats no more than 2 1/2 inches (25 centimeters) in height. Larger dogs can even rock wispy mops 4 inches (10 centimeters) tall.
Brushing long-haired Shepherds’ hair is a bit trickier than brushing shorter-haired varieties. Although it’s not impossible, brushing long-haired dogs requires a bit more patience and practice.
Here are some step by step how you can do it:
- Start by brushing your dog’s fur downward.
- Work slowly and gently, taking extra care not to pull too tightly.
- Once you reach the base of your dog’s tail, move upwards to the tip.
- From there, brush your pet’s hair back and forth, gradually increasing the speed of your strokes.
- This way, you won’t accidentally tug on any loose strands.
- Also, when cleaning your dog’s face, be careful not to touch its eyes. Rubbing them can harm your pet’s cornea, causing blindness.
8. Cut in a Bob or Bow
Your dog’s forehead may be its first place you notice when greeting new friends. Sometimes, it’s easier to spot abnormalities there than elsewhere on its body.