When should I cut my dog’s hair?

When spring arrives, you may find it time to cut your dog's hair. Others think it is better to wait for the summer. If you've ever wondered when the right time to get your dog's coat trimmed is, here's some advice to help clear your doubts.

Should all dogs have their coat trimmed?

Many experts say that trimming your dog's coat is unnecessary and even dangerous with certain dog breeds. After all, their coat is their best protection against outside threats. So cutting or thinning it might make them more vulnerable to disease and heat.

Dogs with short coats do not need to go to the groomer. Their coat protects them from the cold and the sun and helps prevent sunburn and cancer. One thing you can do, however, is an annual trim around their eyes, nose, legs, and genitals. This to maintain their hygiene.

Dogs with long or thick coats may need a full haircut every year. It can be especially good for breeds with a lot of hair around their faces and ears. Moisture accumulates in these sensitive parts of the body and there is constant contact with microorganisms. A haircut can help prevent pathogens from entering the body.

Brushing your dog is always necessary

All dogs require weekly brushing to remove dead fur and impurities. The recommended brushing frequency depends on your dog’s coat, of course. Dogs with short coats should be brushed once or twice a week. However, dogs with long coats usually need brushing at least four times a week.

Dogs that shed a lot

Dogs that shed a lot of hair need one brushing session a day and twice a day during the shedding season. It is not just dogs with long coats that shed a lot of hair. Pugs, for example, have an extremely short coat, but still lose a lot of hair.

Fall and winter: the worst time for dog grooming

Winter is definitely not the time to trim your dog's coat. It is the coldest part of the year and that's when our pets need their coat the most. It helps keep them warm and protects them from the snow and rain.

It is also not a good idea to trim your dog's coat during the fall, as it will not grow back in time for winter. Moreover, this is when the temperature starts to drop. So it is clear that your dog should have its natural coat for the winter.

Spring or summer: when should you trim your dog's coat?

Is it best to trim your dog's coat in the spring or summer? The classic answer is in the summer, but many owners start earlier for one specific reason: parasites. Climate change is a global reality and temperatures are increasing every year. The heat can be nice after winter, but high temperatures are also what helps many pathogens thrive.

Trim your dog's coat at home

When the spring heat emerges, ticks and other parasites also appear and begin to reproduce.
They attack all types of dogs but they prefer to settle in a thick coat as it provides them with shade and protection. Plus, it's harder to spot these types of parasites if your dog's coat is really long.

Today, it is recommended that you have your dog's coat trimmed between the first and second months of spring. In other words, the best time is when you notice the temperature starting to rise, which means there is a higher risk of encountering parasites.