Brushing a Samoyed Dog

Find out how to brush a heavy-coated dog breed like the Samoyed dog.

By Richard G. Beauchamp | June 5, 2012

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The Samoyed dog is a natural dog breed that requires no clipping or trimming aside from tidying up the feet or perhaps removing the whiskers. Regular thorough brushing is an  important part of keeping your Samoyed clean, healthy and pleasant to be around.

Before you get a Samoyed dog, you will need to invest in two brushes and a comb:

  • a pin brush, which has long wire bristles set in rubber for the Samoyed’s long hair,
  • and a slicker brush, which has shorter, angled bristles and is best used on the shorter hair of the dog’s head and feet.
  • You will also need a steel comb to remove any debris that collects in the longer furnishings. A comb that has teeth divided between fine and coarse is ideal.

Consider the fact you will be using this equipment for your Samoyed for many years and buy good-quality grooming products.

When brushing your Samoyed, go through the coat from the skin out. Do this all over the body and be especially careful to attend to the hard-to-reach areas between the dog’s legs and under the body.

Mats can occur rapidly during the time when the Samoyed is shedding his puppy coat. Should you encounter a mat that does not brush out easily, use your fingers and the steel comb to separate the hairs as much as possible. Do not cut or pull out your Samoyed’s matted hair. Apply baby powder or one of the especially prepared dog grooming powders directly to the mat and brush completely from the skin out.When brushing your Samoyed, go through the coat from the skin out. Do this all over the body and be especially careful to attend to the hard-to-reach areas between the dog’s legs and under the body. Mats can occur rapidly during the time when the Samoyed is shedding his puppy coat. Should you encounter a mat that does not brush out easily, use your fingers and the steel comb to separate the hairs as much as possible. Do not cut or pull out your Samoyed’s matted hair. Apply baby powder or one of the especially prepared dog grooming powders directly to the mat and brush completely from the skin out.

Thoroughly brushing your Samoyed while misting very lightly with either distilled water or a mixture of distilled water and conditioner goes a long way toward keeping your dog clean between wet baths. It is best to use either rinseless shampoo or baby wipes for quick clean-ups. This process will remove most debris that has accumulated in your Samoyed’s hair.

Dry-bath powders seem to dry out the Samoyed’s coat and can lead to breaking the guard hairs. The guard hairs are important in that they are the hairs on which debris initially lands. The hard surface of this hair allows seeds, weeds and other unwanted accumulation to be brushed away easily if caught early enough. Without the protective guard hairs, debris goes directly into the Samoyed’s soft downy undercoat and immediately sets about creating mats and discomfort.

If you accustomed your Samoyed dog to brushing as a puppy, the brushing process will be much easier as an adult dog. The two of you have survived the shedding of the puppy coat and the arrival of the longer and far more abundant adult Samoyed hair. A thorough grooming session at least once a week is mandatory for this heavy-coated dog breed.

Excerpt from Samoyed, part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Samoyed here.
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