Brushing your wavy coated dog's hair can be a bit of a challenge, as the great outdoors really likes to cling and become embedded in this type of hair. Also, if you don't keep up with daily grooming, wavy hair tends to curl around itself, creating mats, especially around ears, at the neck, in armpits, hind end and between toes. These mats trap moisture and can result in sores and hot spots. Most wavy coated dogs are low shedding dogs, which means your house will not have as much hair distributed all over it, and most wavy haired dogs do not trigger allergies. However, lots of daily brushing is required so their wavy coats don't become tangled and matted, and accumulate everything they come into contact with. So when your wavy haired dog comes in looking a lot like the field he just ran through, it’s time to pull out the burrs and get to work!
Wavy haired dogs can be a lot of work to brush, as their hair tends to knot and snarl easily. However, for those who want a low shed dog that won't leave hair all over the house, or those that suffer from allergies, a wavy-coated dog may be the best option, and well worth the extra grooming work. You will need to brush your dog's hair from root to tip, gently, so as not to pull hair when removing knots. Slicker brushes or pin brushes can be used to remove dead hair and debris from wavy coats. Keep an eye out for skin problems while brushing down to the skin, and make sure you get your dog's underarms, behind the ears, and other problem areas where knots are apt to form.