Hokkaido Breed Maintenance
The Hokkaido has a very dense double coat that does require weekly brushing. He will have intense seasonal shedding twice a year, in the spring and fall. Use a pin brush and metal comb when grooming to ensure that the undercoat is also being fully brushed. A deshedder can be used when he is shedding to make the process easier. Daily grooming is recommended when he is shedding. Typically, the Hokkaido does not need to be bathed often. Three to four baths a year are recommended to loosen hair and remove dirt. Use a mild shampoo on him. Because of the density of his coat, it will take a long time for him to dry. Trim his nails every two to three weeks or as needed to ensure they are kept neat and tidy. Check his ears weekly and clean as needed. A dental plan should be adhered to so he has healthy teeth and gums.