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Dog Breeds Requiring The Most Grooming

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These high maintenance dogs require a lot of grooming! Double-coat dogs, like sled dogs, are notorious for turning your home into a fluff factory!

However, if dog grooming is your secret hobby, or you just enjoy a fluffy dog, these dogs will live up to your expectations. A dog that needs frequent grooming requires a committed dog owner who won't mind shelling out the extra expense for a groomer if need be.

Dog breeds that require the most grooming are also some of the most beautiful dogs around. When cared for properly, a dog like the Afghan Hound will wow strangers with their beautiful, long coat.

If you have your heart set on a high maintenance breed, like the Cocker Spaniel, but don't like the idea of living in a furry blizzard, find out if it's okay to give those Rapunzel locks the chop. Spaniels and Poodles can be shaved, reducing a lot of the shedding in the process. But double-coated dogs, like the Siberian Husky, should never be shaved.

Sled dogs have sweat glands that work differently from other dogs, and the double coat helps them cool off. Huskies, for example, have no protection in their skin from the sun. Shaving them can actually expose them to dangers like skin cancer and potentially ruin their shedding process for life. Always research how to groom the dog breed of your choice.

Northern Inuit Dog

The Northern Inuit Dog is a sleek, muscular, medium-sized dog, which came to fame in the HBO series Game Of Thrones. Northern Inuit Dogs were cast to play direwolves, and have become a popular choice for dog owners looking for a dog that looks like a wolf. Northern Inuit Dogs are a mix of Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, and other Inuit breeds. Despite looking like a wolf, Northern Inuits have no wolf content in their DNA.

Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a balanced and muscled breed with a strong bone structure. The head is long with small dark eyes; ears are carried high on the head with a v-shape and folded towards the front of the skull. The nose has strong nostrils and is black in color, and the jaw is strong with the upper teeth slightly overlapping the bottom. The dogs back is short and straight, and its tail set high and carried erect. The coat is wavy, full and soft; coloring is blue-gray or slate and may... read more about the Kerry Blue Terrier.

Pekingese

A compact dog with the disposition of a lion, the Pekingese is anything but delicate. The breed has a small build, dense muscles and a solid bone structure. The head is large, with a flat face and ears that are heavily fringed with hair. The Pekingese has large, dark eyes that are round but not bulging and a very broad nose with wide, black nostrils. A characteristic V-shaped wrinkle of skin adorns the face just between the bridge of the nose and the eyes. The dog has a flat, whiskered muz... read more about the Pekingese.

Portuguese Water Dog

Named for its great love of water, the Portuguese Water Dog is a medium sized dog of robust build. The head is large, with a noticeably wide top skull, well defined stop, and high set, heart shaped ears. Eyes are nearly round, medium sized and wide set. The muzzle tapers slightly toward the nose and houses powerfully developed teeth that meet in a level or scissors bite. The body is strong all around, with a level topline and deep chest. The long, tapering tail is carried in a high ring wh... read more about the Portuguese Water Dog.

Puli

The Puli (pluralized as Pulik) is a compact, squarely proportioned dog notable for its distinctive corded coat. The head is of medium size, with hanging v-shaped ears that are largely obscured by the coat. Eyes are almond shaped, large, deepset and dark brown in color. The stop is well defined, and the muzzle is straight and strong, ending in a black nose and filled with powerful teeth that meet in a scissors bite. The body is strong and athletic, enabling the Puli to change directions qui... read more about the Puli.

Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is a graceful medium-sized dog of good proportion. The head is well-rounded yet narrow, with a short skull and long jaw. On top of the head is a thick topknot which is lighter in shade than the rest of the coat. The almond-shaped eyes are set high on the head, and range in color from hazel to dark brown depending on coat color. The expression is one of courage and energy. The low-set triangular ears sport rounded tips and are three inches at their widest point. The n... read more about the Bedlington Terrier.

Bichon Frise

It only takes one look at a Bichon Frise to know exactly what type of dog you are going to get. These little fluffballs act as cute as they look and make great companions for all ages. This breed is often mistaken for a Poodle, but they are members of the Barbichon family. They stand just under a foot tall and weigh about 10 pounds. Despite their small stature, the American Kennel Club does not classify them as a toy breed. Rather, the Bichon Frise dog is a member of the non-sporting group... read more about the Bichon Frise.

Afghan Hound

One look at the majestic Afghan Hound summons images of palaces, red carpets, and chandeliers. Afghan Hounds have a regal bearing and a distinctive, luxurious coat of fur that drapes down their sides like a royal robe. Their long noses are prominent, and their cultured faces are framed by a topknot of hair that is positively silky to the touch. Even their paws are covered in long fur, almost like slippers.

The color of the Afghan Hound’s coat varies widely, from dark to light.... read more about the Afghan Hound.

Poodle (Standard, Miniature and Toy)

Note: For the height and weight information above, "S" denotes Standard, "M" denotes Miniature, and "T" denotes Toy. Squarely built and elegantly proportioned, the Poodle is among the most popular breeds in the world today. The Poodle comes three distinct sizes - Standard, Miniature, and Toy - but other than size the appearance of the three is the same. Trademarks of the Poodle include a rounded skull shape and a thin, long muzzle. The tail is typically docked, though an increasing number... read more about the Poodle (Standard, Miniature and Toy).

Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is an intelligent, friendly breed that results from a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. This breed was intended to be a hypoallergenic service dog, and their coat is divided into three categories: wool (tightly curled), hair (similar to a Labradors coat), or fleece (soft and wavy). Labradoodles also come in three sizes: the miniature Labradoodle, medium, and standard. The Australian Labradoodle refers to a crossbreed that has been bred over multiple generations,... read more about the Labradoodle.