Top 10 Indian Dog Breeds to Adopt

In an attempt to urge citizens to become more self-reliant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has requested Indians to adopt only Indian dog breeds as pets. In his recent Mann ki Baat radio address, he emphasized on the need to become truly independent in all aspects, even in adopting dogs by only opting to adopt Indian breeds.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Indian breed dogs are competent and very good. Among them, the Mudhol Hound and Himachali Hound are high-pedigree dogs. He also mentioned the Rajapalayam, Kanni, Combai, and Chippiparai in the list of good Indian breeds.

These breeds are not popularly discussed or even featured in mainstream media. Thus, here is all you need to know about these lesser-known but just as amazing Indian dog breeds.

The list of Top 10 breeds in India

1. Indian Spitz:

Indian-Spitz
Picture from Dogbreedo.com

The Indian Spitz looks a lot like the Pomeranian. They are an extremely active and bright breed of dog.

  • Origin: India
  • Size: Small/Medium
  • Weight: 12 to 20 kilograms
  • Height: 35 to 45 centimeters
  • Life span: 10 to 16 years
  • Home dwellers: Yes
  • Temperament: Intelligent and human-friendly

2. Rampur Greyhound:

Rampur-Greyhound
Picture from LiveLife.guide

One of the strongest Indian dog breeds – the Rampur Hound is one of the best Indian breeds of dogs out there. They have a super-powerful body build and strong jaws.

  • Origin: Rampur region, Near Delhi-Bareilly border, India
  • Size: Muscular and tall
  • Weight: 23 to 32 kilograms
  • Height: 56 to 76 centimeters
  • Life span: 10 to 12 years
  • Home dwellers: No
  • Temperament: Not human-friendly

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3. Himachali Hounds:

Himachali Hounds
Picture from Himalayandog.com

The Himachali hounds are a massive, Mastiff-like breed that has a thick coat to protect them from the cold. Hailing from the Himalayan region, the primary job of these dogs is to guard livestock.

  • Origin: Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Size: Medium/Large
  • Weight: 40 to 45 kgs
  • Height: 61 to 71 centimeters
  • Life span: 9 to 14 years
  • Home dwellers: Yes
  • Temperament: Fearless and friendly

4. Mudhol Dogs:

Mudhol
Picture from Caravanhound.in

According to legend, the brave Chhatrapati Shivaji bred these dogs and used them in his army. They can be found near the borders of Karnataka and Maharashtra. The breed is named after the princely state, Mudhol. These dogs have heads that are smaller than the bodies but they have a nice height.

  • Origin: Mudhol – Karnataka, India
  • Size: Tall and muscular
  • Weight: 9.1 to 13.6 kg
  • Height: 64 to 68 cms.
  • Life span: 10 to 12 years
  • Home dwellers: No
  • Temperament: Highly alert and intelligent. Trainable and useful in sentinel purposes

5. Rajapalayam Dogs:

Isha_female_rajapalayam
Picture from Wikimedia commons

This is a rare Indian dog breed, found only in some pockets of Tamil Nadu. They are historically great hunters, with their tall and muscular built. They are named after the Rajapalayam city in the Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu.

  • Origin: Tamil Nadu, India
  • Size: Tall and lean
  • Weight: 30 to 45 kgs
  • Height: 65 to 75 cms
  • Life span: Up to 20 years
  • Home dwellers: No
  • Temperament: Courageous, intelligent, and aloof

6. Pariah Dogs:

Indian-Pariah
Picture from DogExpress

Indian Pariah dogs are the most commonly found Indian breed. They are very sociable, alert, and highly intelligent. They make for great watchdogs.

  • Origin: All across India
  • Size: Small/Medium
  • Weight: 15 to 35 kgs
  • Height: 46 to 64 cms
  • Life span: 10 to 13 years
  • Home dwellers: Yes
  • Temperament: Friendly, alert, and sociable

7. Kanni And Chippiparai:

chippiparai
Kanni on left and Chippiparai on right. Picture from My Dog Breeds

Kanni is another breed found in Tamil Nadu. The word “Kanni” means “pure” and the dogs are named so owing to their fiercely loyal attitude. Like the Rajapalayam, these dogs also make for great hunters. They are also registered under the name Chippiparai by the Kennel Club of India.

  • Origin: Tamil Nadu, India
  • Size: Tall and lean
  • Weight: 16 to 22 kgs
  • Height: 64 to 74 cms
  • Life span: 14 to 16 years
  • Home dwellers: Yes
  • Temperament: Friendly and loyal

8. Combai:

Kombai Dog
Picture from The Tamil Nadu Kombai Dog Revival Foundation/Facebook

Another breed found in Tamil Nadu, the Combai is a tan-colored breed with a black snout. They are shorter and stouter than the Rajapalayam and are classified as “terriers”. These dogs too were amazing hunters but currently, they’re a dying breed, just like the Combai or Rajapalayam.

  • Origin: Tamil Nadu, India
  • Size: Small/Medium
  • Weight: 20 to 30 kgs
  • Height: 40 to 50 cms
  • Life span: 9 to 13 years
  • Home dwellers: Yes
  • Temperament: Adaptable and intelligent; aggressive or aloof from strangers

9. Bakharwal Dog:

Bakharwal Dog
Picture from Roy’sFarm

Almost on the verge of extinction, the Bakharwal dog is found in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir. They are extensively used for herding as a working and herding dog breed.

  • Origin: Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Size: Medium to large dog
  • Weight: 40 to 60 kgs
  • Height: About 60 cms
  • Life span: 10 to 12 years
  • Home dwellers: Yes
  • Temperament: Alert and great guard dogs

10. Pandikona:

Pandikona
Picture from Pandikona

Found in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, the Pandikona is a great hunting dog. They are also fiercely loyal and great with children.

  • Origin: Central India – Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh
  • Size: Medium to large
  • Weight:
  • Height: 48 to 66 cms
  • Life span: About 10 to 15 years
  • Home dwellers: Yes
  • Temperament: Brave, fearless, and loyal to their owners

We have listed the top 10 Indian breeds of dogs for you. With the ever-rising popularity of foreign breeds, these dog breeds are getting adopted less and less, leading to part extinction of the breed. Therefore, we urge you to consider one of the breeds from this list or any other Indian dog breed the next time you are in the impound to bring home a furball.

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Engage Your Dog in Some Fun This Lockdown!

How to keep your dogs entertained during lockdown

Tucker looked helplessly from behind the ‘Great Wall of butt wipes’. He flipped and turned and desperately gazed at the tempting ‘chimken’ waiting for him on the plate. Linda, that’s unfair.

You can’t get bored with him. You just can’t. @tuckerbudzyn on Instagram is the ultimate cutie. And Linda, his mommy has been creating waves with exciting activities and challenges involving Tucker that serves as sugar syrup for the heart of dog lovers all over the world! Be it those humorous dog reviews of different foods items, or an adorable video of Tucker, the golden retriever, showing his furry face, you can never get enough of him. 

Let me prepare a questionnaire. Have you been lying around just scrolling through Instagram and stalking your celebrity crush throughout the day? Has your dog been whining and tugging at your boxers, apparently wanting to go out for a stroll in the park? Do you and your pup sit side by side near the window, staring out into the oblivion, doing absolutely nothing? If your answer is yes to these questions, congratulations! You are stuck with your dog amid a pandemic! Then why drag your lazy self around with no purpose? So as Linda plans such fun activities to do with her retriever, haven’t you too got all the time in the world to devote to your dear pooch? See no ideas popping in your head, nigh and afar? Fret not, we have got it all covered! Here are some fun games for your dog!

POLE IT UP

You may like flirting, and so does your dog! Well, not in the very obvious way: but the flirt pole style. This activity is perfect for high energy dogs as it keeps it mentally and physically active in a fun way while tiring out your doggo real easy. Flirt pole or flirt stick is a long pole with a rope tied to it. At the end of the rope, you can attach a lure to entice your dog for a chase. This whole game provides a great exercise and lets your dog use their natural prey drive instincts, but in a non-destructive way. There are a few things to remember, however. For instance, let your dog ‘win’ occasionally as a reward. This keeps the dog engaged and encouraged. Remember if your dog has any joint or mobility problems, make sure you don’t go rough on the joints as this is a high-energy exercise.

A TUG-OF-WAR

THIS BUBBLY AFFAIR

Tug-of-war is another fun way to keep your pug engaged! It is a good physical exercise, while also letting your dog practice their manners. Get a favorite toy and use it as a tug thing. It just has got to have a basic rule: whenever your dog’s mouth touches your hand, you stop tugging, giving the notion in the head of your friend that ‘the game terminates when I mouth my human’. Refuting the popular belief that playing tug makes your dog aggressive or dominant when you let it ‘win’, this exercise is purely for fun and doesn’t create a negative impact on your doggo’s mind.

THIS BUBBLY AFFAIR

Playing around with bubbles is one thing that kids or dogs would love to do. Chasing them and getting at them before they touch the ground can keep the pup engrossed for a long time. If your dog doesn’t know how to chase a bubble or suspects some evil intention, teach it how it is done by doing the activity yourself. This just needs some precautions as the soap can irritate the eyes or the dog can ingest some of it. So make sure you keep wiping the mouth and keep the game going!

HIDE AND BARK

Hide and seek is one of the most loved games by any doggo. For the cherry on the cake, it’s quite simple as well. Just have your dog stay at a spot until you go find a place to hide. Once you are done, call out to your pooch and it will try to find you by using its natural scent tracking abilities. This game is both fun and stimulating for you and your dog anytime.

IN GROOM’S FAITH

As it is quarantine season with all the time in the world on your clock, why not utilize it all for something productive? Give your dog some grooming sessions for a sparkling doggo! Hand out lots of treats to your dog during the session to ensure that it associates grooming with a positive experience. 

Confused on how to hold a grooming session at home? Check out this video for some amazing tips!

OBSTACLE DELIGHT

Create an indoor obstacle course for your dog with handy objects for it to jump over to the finishing point. You may use domestic stuff like chairs for it to crawl under or jump over, a basket with its toys, hula hoops, towels, or blankets. Let your imagination run riot and create your very own track!

TREAT-O-MANIA

Doggie treats if combined with a couple of games to make the same look like an accomplishment would keep the dog engaged. There can be many treat games like a scavenger hunt of goodies, which hand holds the delicacy or the shell game where your dog has to keep an eye on the treat as you place them under the cups and shuffle them around. 

Check out how to prepare some DIY dog treats before you start the game!

TRICK OR WOOF

If a lockdown isn’t the right time to teach your dog some interesting tricks then when is it? Teach your doggie some incredible stuff that will be new and gripping for you the duo. Train your pooch to do some tricks like open/close the door, play dead, roll over, speak, bow, hug, or crawl.

When you are done spending quality time with your dear doggo, why don’t try something exciting? Like, make your dog famous! Read on to find out more!

MYTH BUSTED: Is It True That PitBulls Lock Their Jaws When They Bite & Grip?

Pitbull might be our favorite, but so is the Pitbull. One wins our hearts through raps, the other through the adorable puppy eyes!

Pitbull, the pure-breed American Terrier, has temperaments ranging the two poles: clownish and stubborn, friendly and strong-willed, obedient, and intelligent. While Pitbull is such a sensitive, affectionate and tolerant breed, it is often alleged for being that ferocious dog that can attack unprecedentedly. In fact, in 1991, the United Kingdom Government decided to pass a ban on the Bull Terrier breed following several incidents that involved vicious, often unprovoked attacks by the dog. Incidentally, several myths and misconceptions revolve around this breed.

A Pitbull yawning at the camera. MYTH BUSTED Is It True That PitBulls Lock Their Jaws When They Bite & Grip

A HANDFUL OF MYTHS

  • Pitbulls are inherently vicious: This is a stereotype that has emerged because of a generic evaluation. 
  • An aggressive Pitbull towards dogs is also aggressive towards humans: These are two distinctive traits towards two distinct species, which shouldn’t be confused. In fact, these are some of the most loyal and friendly companions one can have.
  • It is better to adopt a Pitbull puppy rather than a full-grown adult: It is just a decision solely based upon the owner. Both little pups and adults have their pros and cons.
  • Adopting a Pitbull from an unknown parentage or history from a shelter home is dangerous; adopting one from a breeder is suggested: Each dog should be judged by his current personality and behavior, and not because of genetics or history.

While these myths have been prevalent in the Pitbull fable book, another more popular misconception is the one that says pit bulls have locking jaws. Although the very idea of this assertion seems pretty bizarre, people have had this notion in their minds of this dog breed locking their jaws when they bite and get hold of someone or something. 

ORIGIN OF THE MYTH

As far as the creation of pit bulls is concerned, the history goes that Terriers and Bulldogs were crossbred to produce a dog that has the brawn and muscle of a bulldog and the agility and gritty gameness of a terrier. Check out this video for some ‘paw-some’ facts about bulldogs and increase your bulldog knowledge base!

As the quote says of there being no smoke without fire, every myth, misconception, and saying has one or the other origin. After all, where would a thing as uncanny as this come from?

To begin with, these dogs were used in blood sports like bear-baiting and bull-baiting. Later, when these sports were officially banned in 1835 in Britain, other games emerged. Dogfights replaced the initial blood sports as it was cheaper and easier to organize and conceal from the authorities. 

As years passed, Pitbulls were used as catch dogs in America for semi-wild cattle and hogs, for hunting and driving livestock and simply as family companions as well. 

Therefore, with the passage of time, conceptions like these began to get associated with the Pitbull. Somewhere from amid all this, it started to emerge the locking jaws of Pitbull myth.

BUSTING OF THE MYTH

A boy is hugging and kissing a black Pitbull puppy in his arms
Busting of the Myths about Pitbull’s Jaws or Bite.

As the myth ‘Pitbulls lock their jaws when they bite’, is such a popular one in the canine world, researches have been conducted in this field. Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia has busted the myth in high time. He says that no dog of any breed has any kind of anatomical structure that enables them to lock the jaws which can be a functioning lock and grip mechanism. Dr. Brisbin further added that there are no morphological differences or evidence that can prove this point of jaw locking.

Furthermore, as goes another conception in tandem with the aforementioned one that Pitbulls have a massive ‘biting power’. Learn more about dangerous dogs with this video that is measured in thousands of the measuring unit ‘pounds per square inch’; this too shall be put to rest. Research says that no dog of any breed is biologically equipped with any such unique biting mechanism that would be a differentiating factor for the dog breeds. No scientific claim exists which substantiates the claim.

This kind of gripping reputation of the Pitbull is quite old. But relating it with the bloody tendencies of the dog is wrong. One of the characteristic traits of the Pitbull is that whatever it does, it performs it with a great deal of enthusiasm. Thus, this attribute may look like and seem that they have that ‘locking jaw’ when they bite down something, but it is just their determination that compels it to not release the catch.

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A time travel tour: looking at our favorite dogs change over the century!

Charles Darwin was playing Pokémon when he came up with his ‘Darwin’s theory of Evolution’. Although the evolution of our favorite Pokémons (though I personally don’t like Charizard in comparison with Charmander: it’s such a cutie!) is more of a metamorphic process, humans, or generally speaking, living beings, evolved real-time. You know, genetic transmutations and inherited variations to boost one’s abilities and skills. Well, human evolution might have paused there and then when we reached the basic stage of being less hairy, draped our nakedness in animal skin and started eating roasted flesh (crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside… no, KFC wasn’t there at that time). I don’t see humans evolved much after that, to be honest.

But what about the other creatures? Like, for instance, dogs? Was their evolution brought to a standstill as well?

two dogs running in water.

For the starters, dogs originally were wolves. Yeah, that’s true. The same dogs that guard the flock of sheep against some bloodthirsty wolves were actually the same creatures around 130,000 years ago! Now humans, the intelligible and innovative creatures as we are, cross-bred those and woof! Emerged our all-new pups we adore! 

For the main course, let me put it plainly on the platter. This ‘evolution’ did not stop there. With numerous cross-breeding and experimenting with traits, dogs changed over thousands of centuries… But not always for the good. Errors happen. 

And finally, for the dessert, we have brought here a delectable treat for your eyes, and food for thought of the mind! We prepared a salver loaded with lots of cuteness with a dip of incredible facts for your appetite, finally garnishing the whole with a generous serving of what you are here for some paw-some magic! Here’s what some popular breeds of dogs looked like a hundred years ago, how they’ve genetically changed their appearance and behavior, and what kinds they are today. Without much ado furthermore, let’s begin!

While we have listed here the changes our favorite dog breeds went through, you can check out the popular dog breeds that dominated the last 100 years of mankind for more information!

  1.  BULL TERRIER

Bull Terrier dog breed evolution
The Bull Terrier breed evolution.

Sparky was missed. Victor couldn’t get over it. Huh, the bull terrier of Frankenweenie was love enough to pine for. Well, that’s what bull terrier looked like in the 1900s. Fast forward to this age of digitalization, and we have the present-day terrier, which in my opinion was better off during the world war. It was fitter, more athletic, and handsome; pretty much like a dog version of Mr. Darcy of our dreams!

The Dogs of all Nations’ was not wrong when it called the bull terrier of 1915 the “gladiator of the canine race”. But as it was bred through these hundred years, the bull terrier we know today is nowhere close to the knight of the hounds. Nowadays, these dogs have a mutated skull: shorter face, resembling a football with the jaws being larger. The abdomen has become thick, stockier, and squat: way beyond the agile, lean, and athletic terrier we had in that epoch.

2.  GERMAN SHEPHERD

German Shepherd dog breed evolution
German Shepherd dog breed evolution

A wolf-like pooch straight from the prehistoric era! And that’s what a German shepherd can be described as! Another dog on the list of a corrupted evolution and a distorted physique is the German shepherd. The shepherds had a place in the police force a century earlier, as they were these agile, muscular, straight-backed dogs with a deep chest and strong loins. But as they went through the ages, a breed that was thicker emerged. Today, the German shepherd has a wide chest and is bloated. The croup is lower, while the fur is now longer and thicker, unlike the previous version.

Always been confused between an Alsatian and a German shepherd? Can’t seem to individuate one from the other? Head on to some interesting facts about the same!

3. ENGLISH BULLDOG

English Bulldog breed evolution
English Bulldog breed evolution

Let’s have a question first. Which dog looks like an oldie, wrinkly dog even when it is a baby? The bulldog! The English bulldog today after its mutations have become one of those recipes in which you keep adding sweet and savory alternatively resulting in a disaster.

These dogs are the unhealthiest breed, with a lifespan of just six and a half years. Over the years, these dogs have become thicker and massive, with stockier bodies. Initially, before 1835, these were used for bull-baiting sport. Now they have more pronounced facial wrinkles, flattened faces, and stout legs.

4. BASSET HOUND

Basset Hound dog breed evolution
Basset Hound dog breed evolution

“Fetch it yourself” Pops, the oldie from The Secret Life of Pets was such a badass. From hosting all-nighters for his friends to inviting his girlfriend over to his apartment, he has done it all. Now that’s what a basset hound looks like. As other breeds of dogs might have changed drastically over the century, this particular breed is just as a badass as Pops. “I won’t change, just exaggerating.”, he would say. We might call its characteristics somewhat extreme kind, and that’s what has been exaggerated over the years. Its abdomen got lower and closer to the ground; hind legs got shorter with excessive skin and folded on; while the elastic skin sagged even further.

5. PUG

Pug dog breed evolution
Pug dog breed evolution

If you talk of adorable pups, and you don’t mention pugs, are you even a dog lover? Those round, lustrous pair of eyes looking up at you are sure to melt your heart right there! They have been human companions since the beginning of their time. Pugs are also in the role of dogs who have maintained their physical attributes as years and decades went by. Resembling the health risk factor as of bulldogs, pugs too have problems like overheating, heart problems, and low oxygenation, to name a few. Although they have roughly maintained the same size as might be in the 1920s, selective breeding made them have wider eyes and flatter noses.

6. POODLE

Poodle dog breed evolution
Poodle dog breed evolution

One of the fanciest and swankiest breeds in the catalog of four-legged furry companions, the poodle has been seen in the arms of those jewel laden women with that British accent. This dog looks like it has recently got a parlor session done after having put a lot of bucks at stake! But the poodle hasn’t been such a posh breed since eternity.

They were used as duck hunters before the work shifted to retrieving water. That was around four hundred years ago. The popular hairdo, the ‘poodle-do’, wasn’t such a flamboyant thing a century ago. The poof cut of the poodle was started more as a functioning trait rather than as a style statement. Owners began shaving them in certain areas and left hair on the skin where protection from the cold would be needed. This was done to make it easier for them to move around carrying water. Briefly stating, poodles are still the ‘purebloods’ that they were a century ago, while other dog breeds supposedly turned ‘muggles’ and ‘half-bloods’ !

7. AIREDALE TERRIER

AIREDALE TERRIER dog breed
Airedale Terrier dog breed

With many dog breeds already on the register of ‘Not changed much. Period.’ We shall add the Airedale Terrier as well. Going with the checklist, let us tick off the similar factors: 

Long hair? Check.

Rich tan on the head, ears, and legs? Check.

Size issues? Check. The very basic changes over the last century can be seen if we look at the shaggier appearance, a longer face, and a coat which is not hard and wiry”. The fur of a modern-day Airedale Terrier would seem more rugged than it used to look like in the 1915s and close. The longer face and heavier fur make the dog look much like the grassland dog!

8. WHITE TERRIER

West king white terrier dog breed evolution
West king white terrier dog breed evolution

No one can pull off a mustache better than a white terrier! With drooping hairs down the nose that looks much like a Chinese mustache, this cute little pooch has won a million hearts! A particular kind of this breed, West Highland used to work as rat exterminators, just like a Catto. But: times have changed. How many times has the pauper risen to become a model? Well, it did in the white terrier’s case! 

They have become known to model for brands like Juicy Couture and Black & White Scotch. As far as the difference in the physical appearance of the terrier over the century is concerned, a basic evolutionary factor of a bit longer hair and thicker fur, along with shorter and hairier legs is seen.

9. DACHSHUND

Dachshund dog breed evolution
Dachshund dog breed evolution

This peculiar breed has been an odd pick ever since the beginning of its time. With a long slender abdomen and short legs, Dachshund has always made heads turn. In the 1900s, this dog had a better proportionate body structure: the torso section was long enough to be supported by those short legs. But with cross-breeding over the years, Dachshund has grown a longer face and body much closer to the ground, shorter hind legs, and a wider chest jutted forward. The proportion no longer makes sense as the body looks oddly elongated.

10. HUSKY

Siberian Husky dog breeds evolution
Siberian Husky dog breeds evolution

Who knows for sure that Santa Claus drives around with a herd of reindeers, Rudolph the rednosed reindeer leading them? What if Santa fancies a group of huskies, with a great Alaskan husky leader, to pull his sled along! Huskies, though haven’t changed much, have pointier ears now than they ever used to have. Furthermore, this breed has always been known for its varying physical attributes, without changing much over time.

Now that you’ve successfully completed the time travel, buckle up for some more paw-tastic stuff on Monkoodog!

 

The Ultimate Guide To a Perfectly Groomed Pet

Keeping yourself prim and proper can be challenging, isn’t it? Getting your locks trimmed to the proper length, pruning those perfectly manicured nails, and waxing for that polished, smooth skin is exhausting. But when you spend a fortune and time for beautifying your pretty self, then why ignore the grooming of your lovely pooch? 

Grooming your dog is as important as paying attention to its health and nutrition. Be it meat for proteins, or some additional minerals in their diet or just some special treats for your four-legged friend, you leave no stones unturned (Head to your dog food shopping guide here). So why compromise on grooming your dog the right way? Chuck your worries under the covers, you have arrived at the right station! 

Watch this video to get amazing tips on how to groom your dog like a professional at home and save your bucks to get your doggie some treats! 



Now read on to get some grooming tips and do’s and don’ts to keep in mind so you buckle up for a hassle-free grooming session!

Brush Up Your Ways

adult golden retriever taking a bath

Brushing your pooch’s fur is the foremost thing you should pay attention to when you go about grooming your dog. The coat of your canine is undoubtedly the most precious thing for some warm rough-day cuddles, but it also is the most problematic area to work on. While you might have had this notion since forever that brushing wet fur is easier and better for both you and your dog, you might be wrong there. You might end up with more dreadlocks on the coat even as you try to untangle them. I would like to add a pro-tip here, the ‘Three B’ motto: Brush Before Bath.

Secondly, choose a good brush according to the breed of your furry pal. It is as important as choosing the exact shade of lipstick to go with your outfit. For instance, a bristle brush works well with short hair, whereas sleeker type is excellent for a longer mane.

Finally, for a shiny coat, brushing daily is recommended. But if that is not possible, frequent sessions should be held for combing the coat to prevent matting and control shedding of hair.

Nail IT, Mate

brown and black animal paw

Doggos indisputably belong to the canine family, but you wouldn’t appreciate your pet roaming about like a beast with long nails on those cute paws, uh, claws! Trimming of its nails is a tough task, but it is for the more essential cause to avoid any discomfort the dog is facing. Moreover, they may hurt themselves if they run around with untrimmed nails. One should keep a very crucial point in mind when trimming the nails that you don’t cut them too short. As a dog’s nails are too sensitive because blood flows through them as well, a considerable length is to be maintained. However, if bleeding does occur during the discourse of trimming the nails, make sure you keep some cornstarch or a towel handy to stop further blood.

Start Young

Grooming your dog can be a smooth procedure if the pet is cooperative. This can be achieved if you start grooming it from a young age. Older dogs tend to hate bathing and getting into such routines if grooming hasn’t been a regular practice. Thus, a well-planned schedule runs parallel to a well-groomed dog.

Tooth Tales

Adult Brown and White Shih Tzu

A healthy dog is the one with healthy teeth. A grooming routine that doesn’t perform teeth brushing regularly can increase health risks and some serious health issues like heart problems, kidney diseases, etc, which is the last thing you would want. Although daily brushing of teeth is suggested, a few times a week also works well.

Head on to some teeth brushing techniques for a perfect cleanse!

Keep a Check

Visit a vet if you find any sorts of lumps, open sores, new skin tags, or moles by feeling or looking at the coat superficially. This can only be made possible when you wash your dog’s fur for ticks or outdoor debris. Most importantly, don’t try to treat any unusual addition on the dog’s body. Consult trained professionals for such problems. 

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medium short-coated white dog lying on green grass field

Let us have a look at some don’ts: What not to do when grooming your dog.

  • You have to be careful when you wash up your furry friend. The ear area in a dog is quite sensitive; if water gets in somehow, it can cause a whole new host of problems and infections.
  • Never use any non-vet approved products or fragrances on your dog. They might contain some harmful ingredients which may not go well with the pet’s skin.
  • Don’t hold your dog’s limbs awkwardly when grooming it, they may end up getting hurt in the process.Bathing your dog outside on a cold, winter day is a bad idea. Chilly temperatures can cause dangerous drops in their body temperatures. So avoid an outdoor session if the weather is frosty.
  • After you’ve adopted a dog, it’s quite obvious that you’re aware of a doggie’s childlike tendencies. Dogs are just babies, thus it is inadvisable to leave them unattended in the grooming area. They might cut their paw pads with some sharp object. 

Now that you have groomed your dog the right way, why don’t you start thinking about getting some awesome dog accessories for a full-fledged pet experience!

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