How to Brush a Small Dog With Short Hair

Easy
5 - 10 Minutes
2 Week

Introduction

So you have a small dog with short hair. Should be easy to brush, and not a lot of hair spread around right? Err, not so fast.  

In many ways, short-haired dogs are easier to brush; tangles and mats are not usually an issue and a small short-haired dog can be brushed fairly quickly. However, many short-haired little dogs do shed, and quite a lot. You will need to brush regularly to keep their hair at bay and not all over your home!  Also, your short-haired dog can get many skin issues, such as dry skin, dandruff or yeast infections like any other dog, from dirt, debris and hair build up on this coat and skin. Small short haired dogs like Pugs, Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Boston Terriers and Min Pins need regular brushing to keep their coats healthy and your home hair-free. Using the right tools and brushing regularly will keep your little short-haired dog looking slick and prevent skin and coat conditions.

Dog's Perspective

The good news is, brushing your small short haired dog does not take long and can be done a few times a week. Also, because your dog does not generally get tangles and mats in his fur, you will not need to work at or pull fur to get them out. However, remember that your small short-haired dog will need brushes with protective ends on them or soft brushes so his skin is not scratched during brushing, which would be uncomfortable.  Most short-haired dogs appreciate a good brush with a soft brush, curry or mit and if done regularly and gently, it pretty much feels like being petted. What dog doesn't like to be petted?!

The Regular Brushing Method

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Pin Brush
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Use gentle brush
Use a bristle brush or a pin brush with protective, rounded ends on your small short haired dog. Boar bristles are gentler and good for smoothing coats and distributing body oils.
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Medium pressure
Using medium pressure, work with your brush from neck to back end of your dog. Brush in the direction that hair grows.
Step
3
Brush nooks and crannies
Check under limbs, belly, on legs and at back of the neck for possible knots that need working through, although theses are rare. If your dog has wrinkled skin, carefully check and work into the wrinkles with your brush. If necessary use a flea comb, which is a fine toothed comb, useful for combing your short-haired small dog and removing hair and debris.
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4
Check for conditions
Check for sores, parasites and other skin conditions that may need addressing.
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5
Smooth
Use a curry or rubber mitt to smooth hair down and stimulate circulation.
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The Deshedding Method

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Slicker Brush
Pin Brush
Deshedder
Step
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Use deshedding tools
Short-haired dogs do shed, especially during transition seasons. At these times, extra care to remove hair with specialized shedding tools may be required. Obtain a specialized shedding tool or use a slicker brush to thoroughly shed out small short haired dogs when necessary.
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2
Brush as usual
Brush your dog first with regular brushing tools like a pin brush or bristle brush to remove dirt and debris.
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3
Use deshedder
Start at your small dog's neck with a specialized de-shedding tool and work backwards in short strokes all over your dog's body.
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4
Clean tool
Frequently remove or release shedded hair from the shedding tool.
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5
Smooth
When done, smooth short hair with bristle brush, rubber mitt or curry.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Do not be tempted to neglect brushing your small dog because he has short hair. Brushing removes debris, stimulates circulation and distributes oils and is still necessary.
  • During brushing, check skin for conditions that need addressing.
  • If your dog has wrinkly skin, be sure to brush in his wrinkles and check for issues.
  • During shedding season, excess hair shed by short-haired dogs may be more effectively removed with a specialized shedding tool.

Conclusion

Even short-haired dogs need brushing, and your small short-haired dog is no exception. Brushing will remove not only dust, debris and dirt on his coat, but excess hair, preventing it from becoming distributed all over your home. Removing debris and excess hair also keeps your dog's coat healthy and prevents skin conditions  During brushing it is always important to check your dog for conditions such as yeast overgrowth, sores, or parasites that may need medical attention. Don't neglect brushing your small short-haired dog. It only takes a few minutes a couple times a week to keep him brushed and beautiful!

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