Being a black and tan who is maturing with age, she is starting to grow an incredible coat. My Mom keeps her tangle free, and as clean as she can, but more often than not she looks exactly what she is; a spoiled princess living on a farm.
When she comes to visit I always cringe looking at her coat. In truth though, it doesn't take long to have it laying flat and looking good when the right tools are used.
Looking like a farm girl
Beautiful girl with a wild coat!
- The first step is to throw her in the bath! You don't stand a chance of taming that coat without it being completely wet.
- Wash, and condition thoroughly. My two favourites are Vellus, and Chris Christensen Spectrum 10. Make sure you dilute the products if instructed. They really do work better that way! If things are really out of control, add a clarifying shampoo into the mix. Clarifying shampoo - shampoo - conditioner.
- Buy yourself a Chris Christensen Wooden Pin Brush, trust me. You'll never buy another brush again.
- Use a dryer with a cool setting. Use the pin brush, and cool dryer to smooth and get the coat to lay in the right direction.
- Get yourself a drying coat, dog pajamas, or a snug fitting dog t-shirt, I've even pinned a towel in a pinch. When the coat is laying flat, but not entirely dry, use Vellus Satin Cream to keep hair going in the direction you want. Quickly dress dog before they have time to shake, and send everything flying in the wrong direction again.
- Clip nails, clean ears, brush teeth - after the drying coat/shirt/pajamas are on.
- Dry ears completely. Ears at my house always look like somewhat of a mess. If you want them looking nice for longer than 2 minutes after dry, put on a snood!
Under the coat and snood, you end up with this;
Everyone adapts their own ways for keeping their Cavaliers coats in control. I had a few tips when I was learning, but I mostly used trial, and error on my own. If you do this after every bath the coat should learn to stay flat, and laying in the same direction.
Zo, and Mylee could go visit the farm for a month without a bath and their coat would still be laying flat when they came home. They'd be filthy, but their coat wouldn't be insane, and all over the place. Unless Mom bathed them without a coat.
If you let them dry naturally with no intervention, you are guaranteed wild woman fur every time.
Spay/neuter coats are different than intact males, and females. For cavaliers with thick, unruly coats, start with a Mars Coat King. Even a knock off one works well from what I've heard.
To a clean doggy weekend!