Several breeds have a combination coat. This typically means they have long outer fur and shorter fur under or throughout their coat. Some dogs will have long fur on the body and shorter fur on the face and legs. Other dogs have an undercoat that is thicker than the wiry outer coat. These combination coats are usually a combination of thick, soft fur under woollier coats. Caring for and brushing combination coats can be a challenge because they may require different brush types to handle tangles that form in one part of your pup’s coat but not others.
Your dog might become frustrated quickly with the length of time it takes to work through his combination coat. He may have areas such as the fur between his paw pads that tangle easily. These tangles can be lost in the outer coat but still pull, causing pain or discomfort.