As dog lovers, we understand that every pup is unique, from their little personalities to their grooming needs. At The Bark Spot, we believe in providing personalized care for each of our furry clients based on their breed-specific requirements and owners desired maintenance preferences. Let us help you understand different dog breeds’ needs and share some of our tips for keeping your canine companion looking and feeling their best!

Why Understanding Breed Needs is Important

Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and coat types, and works for one breed may not be suitable for another. To ensure grooming sessions are enjoyable and effective for your four-legged friend, our team provides the right cut and care to help maintain their coats year-round.

Different Coat Types and Their Grooming Needs

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Let’s explore some common coat types and breeds that fit in each category and discuss their unique grooming requirements.

Short-Haired Breeds (i.e., Dalmatian, Vizsla): These breeds typically require regular brushing to reduce shedding and maintain a healthy coat. Bathing can be done as needed with a mild shampoo to avoid stripping natural oils. We recommend coming in for professional grooming every 4-8 weeks.

Long-Haired Breeds (i.e., Golden Retriever): Regular brushing and deshedding are essential to prevent matting and tangles. Trimming around the ears, paws, and sanitary areas helps keep them clean and comfortable.

Long-haired breeds require additional maintenance, making our Bath + Brush Memberships an ideal choice for these breeds. Learn more about our membership program, tiers, and pricing on our website!

Curly-Haired Breeds (i.e., Poodle, Bichon Frise): These breeds need frequent grooming to prevent matting and maintain their signature curls. Professional grooming for trimming and shaping is recommended every 4-6 weeks, especially for those looking to maintain the “teddy bear” look and avoiding shaving their coats completely. Typically, we recommend Bath + Brush Memberships for all curly haired breeds, that goes for all Poodle mixes, such as Bernedoodles and Golden Doodles!

Special Breeds Specific Needs

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Some breeds require extra attention due to their unique characteristics!

Double-Coated Breeds (i.e., Husky, Bernese Mountain Dogs): Regular deshedding is crucial to manage their seasonal shedding and prevent excessive fur buildup. Avoid shaving double-coated breeds, as their double-layered coat serves as insulation. You can add a Deshedding Service to any grooming appointment at The Bark Spot. Book your appointment today!

Brachycephalic Breeds (i.e., Bulldog, Pug): Regular cleaning of facial folds is necessary to prevent skin infections. Use mild, tear-free products for bathing to avoid irritation to their sensitive skin.

Nail Trimming and Ear Care

Regularly trimming is necessary to prevent discomfort and potential health issues. The frequency of trims will depend on your dog’s activity level and growth rate. As a general guideline, when you hear your dog’s nails clicking on hard floors, it’s time for a trim!

Dogs with floppy years, like Basset Hounds and Cocker Spaniels, are more prone to ear infections due to limited ear circulation. Check and clean their ears weekly to avoid wax and debris buildup.

Professional Grooming for Specific Breeds

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Some dog breeds have grooming needs that may be challenging to meet at home. Breeds like Poodles, Bichon Frises, and Yorkshire Terriers often require professional grooming to maintain their traditional breed-specific haircuts. Additionally, professional groomers can handle tasks that might be difficult or risky to do at home, such as anal gland expression. In that case, it’s important to find a groomer in your area who can handle your four-legged friend’s needs.

Contact us or schedule an appointment online to have your furry friend pampered by our grooming staff. While you’re there, be sure to ask about our Bath + Brush Memberships to save time and money on your next visit!


Understanding different dog breed’s needs is essential to caring for your pet and finding a groomer who is up for the job. At The Bark Spot, we take pride in our expertise and personalized approach to grooming, ensuring your furry friend receives the care and attention they deserve. Whether your pup has a long, luscious coat or short, wiry hair, we’re here to help them look and feel their best.

Contact The Bark Spot to schedule an appointment or login to our online portal to view our availability. And don’t forget to follow us on social media for more grooming tips and tricks!