Category 1 - Short to Medium Length Coat:
Typical Breeds: Beagle, Boxer, Chihuahua Smooth
Coat, Corgi, Doberman, Fox Terrier Smooth, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Italian
Greyhound, Labrador, German Shorthaired Pointer and Whippet.
The majority of breeds in
this group call for a smooth texture where each hair can be easily defined by
eye. They should feel slick to the touch with a natural lustre. This category
makes up nearly 70% of all breeds.
If the coat is in good
condition then shampoo with any of the following; Stripping, Lanolin, Herbal or
Duo 2 in 1 Shampoo. It is recommended that you use Stripping Shampoo at least
every 6 - 8 weeks to ensure that the coat remains free of build up,.although you
can use Stripping Shampoo every week. A coat displaying excess build up will
look dull and fluffy. You should shampoo the coat twice, ensuring that you
thoroughly rinse all shampoo from the coat.
It is recommended that you
condition the coat with any of the following; Acid Rinse, Balsam or Lanolin
mixed with 1 cap of Silk for extra shine and smoothness. Rinse coat leaving just
a touch of conditioner.
If the coat is in excellent
condition and you have used Duo 2 in 1 Shampoo you may not need further
On show day we recommend either Liquid Diamonds or
Show Spray. These can be applied using your favourite grooming mitt with
preference given to pure sheepskin mitts.
Many of the breeds in this
category are not bathed every week. If bathing these breeds it is recommended
that the show bath procedures be followed. When you are not completely bathing
your dog you can use Dry Kleen which is a waterless shampoo. This type of
shampoo is designed not to be rinsed off. Simply spray Dry Kleen onto the coat
and place a warm damp towel over the animal. This will lift the dirt, grime and
smell from the coat leaving a fresh scent. Follow this procedure once or twice
until the coat has returned to the desired state. A Laser Lites aromatherapy oil
deodorant is also suggested.
article we will be presenting breeds in categories according to coat texture
relevant to their breed standard. In each of these categories we will be giving
examples of breeds. Unfortunately we are unable to name every single breed with
relevant coat texture for each Group; however, I am sure that you will be able
to ascertain which category that your breed (or any breed not listed) will fit
Fundamentally, categories range from short / medium
coated breeds, (with or without fringing), through to bouffant, coarse, harsh /
hard , and silky / flowing.
Within these categories
we also encounter single versus double coated, coarse to soft fluffy bouffant
and coarse wiry to harsh textured.
Throughout the Laser
Lites range we have products to suit all coat textures. We have products that
simply maintain a correct coat texture to products that can enhance an incorrect
coat texture to bring it to the optimum for the breed requirement. And we have
products for maintenance ie non-show finish.
Further, because no two
dogs have identical coats (not even within the same breed) we sell core products
plus additives so that you can customise your own formulation that will be just
right for your particular dog.
Let's commence by
discussing the individual coat types.
Click below on any of the
items to continue our discussions.