Every dog is different when it comes to how often you should bath them. If your pup has any skin conditions or cause for concern be sure to consult your veterinarian for specific guidance.
In general dogs don’t need a daily wash but they do need regular baths to keep their coat in top condition. Washing too often can reduce the natural oils and minerals in the hair follicles and can also be detrimental.
- Most dog breeds benefit from a monthly bath.
- If your dog has an oily coat, they may benefit from a medicated weekly wash.
- Short-haired breeds with smooth coats don’t need frequent baths.
- Breeds with water-repellent coats should be bathed less often to preserve their natural oils.
- Dogs with thick, double coats do best with fewer baths and loads of extra brushing instead to remove loose, dead hair.
The environmental impacts will also guide how often a wash is needed. A dog living indoors 99% of time will need less bath time than outdoor pooches who take a daily roll in who-knows-what.
Look for good quality products to use on your dog – natural ranges and ones for sensitive skin can often be more beneficial. Cheap brands tend to leave their hair brittle or lead to skin irritations.