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The trademark characteristic of a Samoyed is a bountiful, fluffy white coat. As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to keep your Sammy’s coat clean and healthy. But looking at that impressive coat, you may be asking yourself how often should you groom your Samoyed? When it comes to this breed, less is not more.
About Samoyed Fur
The Samoyed coat consists of two layers. The soft, fine fur closest to the skin creates an insulation effect for your dog. It will keep your Sammy warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It is because of this insulation that it is not recommended to shave your Sammy, even in the summer months. So while it may be tempting to buzz away all the fur and skip on grooming, it can actually create more problems in the long run like exposing the sensitive skin to sunburn or not allowing your pet to maintain its temperature.
How Often Should a Samoyed Be Brushed
A quick, 5 minute brushing every day or two can do wonders to keep your Sammy looking its best. This will also help with shedding and reducing massive white fur balls lurking in the corners of your house. Carve time once a week for dedicated Samoyed grooming and do a more thorough brushing, spending about 15-20 minutes combing your Samoyed.
Frequent, gentle brushing will help prevent matting of the fur. Be sure to check areas like the fur between the toes and behind the ears to ensure no mats have formed. Keeping the fur in those areas trimmed can be an easy remedy to prevent any issues.
You need to be careful not to overdo it on the brushing, however. Sammy skin can get irritated and red. Avoid this by not digging the brush too far into the coat or going over the same spot too many times. By keeping to a short, quick brushing session, you are less likely to cause a brush burn.
Using a high-velocity dryer can also cut down on lose coat and remove any dirt and debris that may have accumulated.
How Often Should a Samoyed Be Bathed
Whether you prefer to let a professional handle your Samoyed grooming needs or want to fill up the bathtub yourself, bathing your Samoyed can be a few times a month or once every few months. A lot of bathing can be determined by necessity such as a romp through a particularly muddy puddle.
By being proactive about Samoyed grooming and taking it a little bit at a time, your Sammy will not only look good, but feel good too. So instead of thinking of it as a chore and wondering how often do I really HAVE to groom my Samoyed, think of it as time you get to spend bonding together with your best fur friend.
When you’re ready to start brushing your Samoyed, make sure you have the right grooming supplies.
Written by Molly Schnepel