The coat of an Australian Shepherd is of medium length and texture, straight to wavy, weather-resistant with undercoat.
The hair is short on the head, ears, front of the forelegs and below the hock joints. The backs of the legs are moderately feathered. The mane, described as moderate, is more pronounced in males than bitches.
Maintenance: Relatively easy, with regular brushing.
Equipment needed: Slicker brush, comb.
Breed tip: Brush with a pin brush every week, from a young age.
- Brush the entire coat with a slicker to remove dead hairs.
- Catch any last dead hairs by combing the coat.
- Next, bathe the dog in a suitable pH-balanced shampoo, such as tea tree and lavender, which smells wonderful and brings the coat up beautifully.
- White parts of the coat may benefit from a whitening shampoo, which can be left in for a few minutes before rinsing. Bathing the white parts first, and then turning your attention to the rest of the coat, will save you time.
- Condition with a coat-nourishing finish.
- Use super absorbent towels to remove as much of the moisture as possible.
- Next, blow-dry the coat, brushing with a pin brush to separate the hair and to assist the drying process.
- Check the dog’s nails, ears and teeth.
- Trim the dog’s hocks with thinning scissors or scissors to tidy, and clip away excess hair from between the dog’s pads and around the anus.
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