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AllGroom Shampoo Selector

We know there’s a huge range of shampoo, conditioner and coat treatments available these days so it can get confusing trying to pick just one! That’s why we created our Shampoo Selector.

This guide brings together expert advice from groomers, breeders and shampoo makers, all in one place to help you match the right product to your dog’s breed, coat type, condition and health concerns.

Note we have also included our best match, top sellers for you - but there is a much bigger range than just these - so use this as a starter guide only. Note some breeds and cross-breeds will fit into more than one coat category.

Choose your dog’s coat type…

Wool, fleece or curly coat > eg: Poodle, Bichon, Labradoodle, Spoodle, Cavoodle, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Smooth coat > eg: Greyhound, Boxer, Bulldog, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Boston Terrier, French Bulldog

Short coat > eg: Pug, Labrador, Beagle, Rottweiler, Mastiff

Long coat > eg: Shih Tzu, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, Old English Sheepdog, Tibetan Terrier, Bearded Collie

Wire coat > eg: West Highland White Terrier, Schnauzers, Airedale, Border Terrier, Griffon, Scottish Terrier

Double coat > eg: Husky, Malamute, Pomeranian, German Shepherd, Corgi, Akita

Heavy coat > eg: Samoyed, Chow Chow, Sheltie, Pekingese, Pomeranian

Combination coat > eg: Cocker Spaniel, Cavalier King Charles, Golden Retriever, Border Collie

 

dog coat type wool fleece curly best shampoo

Best shampoo for WOOL, CURLY & FLEECE dog coats

EXAMPLES BREEDS > Poodle, Bichon Frise, Labradoodle, Spoodle, Cavoodle, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Bedlington, Bouvier des Flandres, Portuguese Water Dog.  

The typical wool or fleece, non-shed coat is thick, curly or wavy, and has a lot of volume. In fact it’s a myth that they are non-shed. All coat types shed. However with wool and fleece coats the shedding process is much slower, and dead hair usually gets trapped in the coat, making them much more prone to knotting. Some tend towards being dry and frizz-prone, especially if frequently brushed or frequently washed. 

Choosing SHAMPOO > Lighter-weight shampoo is preferred as wool and fleece coats are not usually oily or odour-prone. Dirt is best left to dry, then brushed out rather than washed out. Using any shampoo by itself is not recommended for wool or fleece coats, as in order to clean the coat, shampoo opens the cuticle, leaving it rough. This increases the risk of knots, as well as frizz and breakage when brushing. To reduce tangles and knots choose a mild, light shampoo (or a shampoo you can dilute) and follow with a diluted conditioner or a coat spray to close and smooth the cuticle. Gentle, mild shampoo that won’t strip natural coat oils is ideal, especially for frequent bathing. If extra lift and body is required, try a volumising shampoo.

Choosing CONDITIONER > Rather than typical, heavy conditioners - which can weigh down wool coats - either use conditioner diluted, or use a spray-on conditioner instead. Fleece coats with a wavy texture (rather than tightly curled), do benefit from normal strength conditioner however, as it helps add a little weight to create smooth, loose waves and reduce frizz and knotting - but you can use conditioner diluted if you find it too heavy. For both coat types, conditioner smooths and closes the cuticle after shampoo use, reducing the chance of knots forming, and giving a smoother, more even result when clipping. A coat spray used while brushing is another option instead of conditioner (no need to double up!). They give targeted conditioning where the coat needs it. If the coat seems heavy or lacking lift, try a volumising shampoo followed either with diluted conditioner, or skip conditioner and use a coat spray instead.

TIP: You can skip liquid conditioner all together if using a coat spray. Coat sprays also help protect from brush damage as wool and fleece coats should be more frequently brushed. Some coat sprays also double as detanglers to help with easier knot removal with less discomfort for the pet.

CLIPPING: Need a hand working out which clippers and blades you need? Read the Bichon Grooming Guide, the Poodle Grooming Guide or the ‘Oodle Grooming Guide (for Labradoodles, Spoodles etc).

SHAMPOO for wool, fleece & curly coats…

Bio-Groom So Gentle Shampoo > (extremely mild, lightweight, for frequent use or sensitive skin)

Bio-Groom Pure Sulfate Free Shampoo > (mild but more nourishing, for dry or frizz-prone coats)

Fidos Everyday Shampoo > (mild, hypoallergenic, quick-rinse formula for frequent bathing)

Bio-Groom Extra Body Shampoo > (adds fullness, lift, texture and body without weight, can dilute 4:1 if needed for frequent use)

…PUPPY shampoo

Popular as an extra mild option for frequently washed coats, or when an extra fluffy result is desired. 

Bio-Groom Fluffy Puppy > 

Pet Head Puppy Fun > 

…COLOUR shampoo

Colour shampoos are particularly popular for this coat type to correct and protect from colour damage, including fading, sun-damage and saliva staining. Colour damage is more noticeable on wool and fleece coats with their much slower rate of shedding, meaning the coat is 'older' and colour damage more obvious, especially bronzing on black coats, colour fade on chocolate coats, and yellowing or staining on white coats.

Bio-Groom Ultra Black Shampoo >

Bio-Groom Super White Shampoo >

Bio-Groom Bronze Lustre Shampoo > (for chocolate, gold and brown coats)

TIP: Any whitening shampoo can be a little more drying, so conditioner or coat spray is always recommended after use.

…CONDITIONER for wool, fleece & curly coats

Bio-Groom Silk Conditioner (can dilute 4:1)

Bio-Groom Groom N Fresh Conditioner (can dilute 4:1)

TIP: Look for conditioner that can be diluted, as most wool coats don’t need heavy conditioning. Dilute with water before applying. For dry or overworked coats use undiluted. Use a deep conditioning coat treatment like Super Cream > when the coat needs extra care or protection.

…COAT SPRAYS

Bio-Groom Argan Oil Coat Conditioner (leave in conditioning spray and brushing aid for frequentlly brushed coats, can use daily)

Bio-Groom Anti Stat Detangler Aid (brushing aid, eliminates static for frizz-prone coats, ideal for frequently blow-dried or brushed coats)

Pet Head Detangler Watermelon > (primary use is a detangler, also conditions the coat)

…Tear and saliva STAINS

Lighter coloured wool and fleece coats can show tear and saliva stains, best treated frequently rather than left to build up.

Fidos Tear Stain Remover >

TIP: Trim the coat from touching the eyes (which can irritate the eye to produce extra tears), and from getting in the mouth - both will help reduce repeat staining.

…EARS

A regular wipe with ear cleaner is recommended to prevent wax and dirt build-up, especially in breeds with folded-down ears.

Fidos Ear Drops >


smooth coat dog breeds shampoo guide

Best shampoo for SMOOTH coats

EXAMPLE BREEDS > Greyhound, Bulldog, Boxer, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Whippet, Pointer, Weimeraner, Doberman, Great Dane, Boston Terrier, Dalmatian, French Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Dachshund (smooth coat).

Smooth coats are one of the easiest to maintain but can be high shed. The coat turns over anywhere from weekly to 3 monthly. The very short coat lies flat, making it very smooth, usually with minimal texture or wave. Darker colours tend to be extra shiny. A smooth coat and a short coat are not the same - although there is cross-over with shampoo and conditioners that suit both. Also see Short Coats > if you’re unsure.

Choosing SHAMPOO > A smooth coat doesn’t usually need intense cleansing. Most tend not to hold oil or odour like short coats, so a standard or moisturising shampoo is a popular choice. Smooth coats breeds tend to have softer, more sensitive skin. Although less common, some can be more oil or odour prone than others, which is when a stronger cleansing shampoo is recommended. A typical smooth coat however lacks the natural protection from the elements that oilier coats provide, which is why a nourishing, moisturising shampoo isthe most popular choice - even more so for smooth coats that spend a lot of time outdoors.

Choosing CONDITIONER > Conditioner is not essential for smooth coats, but will leave the coat softer, silkier and shinier. Look for conditioner that can be diluted. Smooth coats lack the natural protection from the elements that oilier coats have, so if prone to dry skin or a flaky coat, use conditioner undiluted to add extra protection. 

TIP for shedding: Most smooth coats are high shed, some constantly, some go through higher shed times every few months. When shedding is worse, use deshedding shampoo to get dead coat out during bath time, instead of being shed out slowly around the house.

SHAMPOO for smooth coats...

Pet Head Oatmeal Shampoo > (moisturising shampoo, dry or sensitive skin, helps protect non-oily coats, amazing caramel smell)

Pet Head De Shed Me Shampoo > (use as a second rinse after usual shampoo at high-shed times)

Bio-Groom Crisp Apple or Country Freesia Shampoo - both from the Natural Scents range (good all-rounder, use full strength or dilute for lighter weight for frequent bathing)

Fidos Everyday Shampoo > (mild, hypoallergenic, quick-rinse formula for frequently bathed dogs)

Pet Head Feeling Flaky Shampoo > (extra moisturising shampoo for very dry skin, for non-oily coats, lovely strawberry scent)

...for OILY or SMELLY coats

Pet Head Dirty Talk Shampoo > (deep cleansing and odour removal for a dirty, oily or smelly coat)

Fidos Baking Soda and Oatmeal Shampoo > (cleans and deoderises for oil-prone or smelly coats)

…CONDITIONER for smooth coats

Bio-Groom Silk Conditioner (can dilute 4:1 for lighter conditioning)

Bio-Groom Groom N Fresh Conditioner (can dilute 4:1)

Fidos Crème Conditioner Apple (normal strength conditioner)

 

short dog coat shampoo guide

Best shampoo for SHORT coats

BREED EXAMPLES > Pug, Labrador, Beagle, Rottweiler, Bullmastiff, Fox Terrier (smooth), Australian Cattle Dog, Shar-Pei, Mastiff, Basset Hound.

Short coats have 2 layers of short fur, so can be very dense. The coat is designed to protect from the elements, so is thicker and oilier, with more texture than a smooth coat. With extra oils to protect the coat, short coat breeds can become smelly as the coat traps odours. Without regular washing, smooth coats can build up a film of dirt and oil that will come off on the hand and on bedding. Short coats can be medium to high shed, with some higher shed only at certain times of year. A smooth coat and a short coat are quite different, although there is some cross-over with products that suit both. Also see Smooth Coats > if you’re unsure.

Choosing SHAMPOO > For the typical oily or odour-prone short coat, look for a deep cleansing shampoo that also deoderises, ideally that gets rid of bad odours, not just masks them. If frequently bathed, look for a standard or ‘everyday’ shampoo for frequent use. During high-shed times, deshedding shampoo is ideal, best used after standard shampoo. It helps get dead coat out during bath time, instead of it coming out around the house. A deshedding tool is excellent for short coat breeds also, as it dramatically reduces shedding by up to 90%.

Choosing CONDITIONER > Being naturally oily, conditioner is not essential for short coats, but will give extra softness and shine if the coat is dull or dry. If conditioner is desired, use diluted.

SHAMPOO for short coats...

Pet Head Dirty Talk Shampoo > (deep cleansing and odour removal for a dirty, oily or odour-prone coat)

Fidos Baking Soda and Oatmeal Shampoo > (cleans and deoderises for oil-prone or smelly coats)

Pet Head De Shed Me Shampoo > (use as a second rinse after usual shampoo for high shed times)

Fidos Everyday Shampoo > (mild, hypoallergenic, quick-rinse formula for frequently bathed dogs)

Bio-Groom Protein Lanolin Tearless Shampoo > (a more mild formula for sensitive skin, ideal for more frequent use)

…CONDITIONER for short coats

Bio-Groom Groom N Fresh Conditioner (can dilute 4:1, lasting scent for odour prone coats)

Fidos Crème Conditioner Apple (normal strength conditioner)

…EARS

A naturally oilier coat combined with folded down ears, makes short coat breeds more prone to build-up of dirt, oil and wax in the ears. A regular wipe with ear cleaner is recommended. 

Fidos Ear Drops >

 


long coat dog shampoo guide

Best Shampoo for LONG COATS

BREED EXAMPLES > Shih Tzu, Maltese, Old English Sheepdog, Lhasa Apso, Havanese, Tibetan Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Silky Terrier, Skye Terrier, Afghan Hound, Bearded Collie, Lowchen, Chinese Crested (Powerpuff).

A long coat means high maintenance! The right shampoo and conditioner helps immensely in keeping long coats smooth, soft, less frizzy and tangle-free. The texture varies from coarse (like the Old English Sheepdog) to silky (like the Yorky). Frequent brushing is a must or knots and mats can quickly take over. A common mistake with long coats is to skip conditioner. Note there is cross-over between long coats and products for wool fleece & curly coats so do check both guides.

Choosing SHAMPOO > A moisturising, nourishing shampoo is the most popular choice to help smooth the hair and help it lay flat. Avoid anything too strong (such as a deep cleansing shampoo) or it can strip the coat, making it harder to brush and keep tangle free. Always follow with conditioner. A shampoo for frequent use is an ideal solution if bathing more than once every 4 weeks, otherwise a standard strength shampoo is ideal.

Choosing CONDITIONER > A must for long coats! It helps weigh the coat down, protects from brush damage and from the elements (wind, saltwater, air conditioning, heating), helps grow a long, healthy coat by reducing breakage, adds strength and shine, and smooths the cuticle after shampoo use. Conditioner greatly reduces the risk of knots, but an anti-stat spray or brushing aid spray should ideally also be used every time the coat is brushed. Unless the coat is wool or fleece, even when using a brushing aid or coat spray, for long coat breeds the spray should not replace using conditioner (always use both). The nature of long coats means they can become very static, making them hard to manage during brushing, so always use either a purpose-made coat spray or brushing aid. You can freshly dilute conditioner into a spray to use as a brushing aid, however don’t store diluted conditioner long-term.

SHAMPOO for long coats…

Pet Head Oatmeal Shampoo Caramel (rich and nourishing, moisturises and protects, adds weight)

Pet Head Feeling Flaky Strawberry (soothing, rich, moisturising shampoo for dry coats or flaky skin, adds weight)

Bio-Groom Protein Lanolin Tearless Shampoo > (a more mild formula for sensitive skin, for frequent use)

Bio-Groom So Gentle Hypoallergenic Tearless > (extra mild and gentle for very sensitive, allergy-prone skin)

Fidos Everyday Shampoo > (a lighter, hypoallergenic, quick-rinse formula for frequent bathing)

…COLOUR Shampoo

Very popular for long coats. With the extra coat length and straighter, drop coat, colour damage is more noticeable. Fading, staining or sun-damage are the common culprits, such as bronzing on black coats, colour fade on chocolate coats, and yellowing or staining on white coats. Note whitening shampoo can be slightly more drying than other formulas, so always follow with conditioner.

Bio-Groom Ultra Black Shampoo >

Bio-Groom Super White Shampoo >

Pet Head White Party Shampoo >

Bio-Groom Bronze Lustre Shampoo > (for chocolate, gold and brown coats)

…CONDITIONER for long coats

Bio-Groom Silk Conditioner (leaves the coat silky and shiny, for knot-prone coats, can dilute for frequent use)

Bio-Groom Groom N Fresh Conditioner (helps control frizz, gives deep conditioning, can use diluted)

Bio-Groom Super Cream Treatment (very nourishing, deep-conditioning treatment, eliminates static, helps relieve dry, itchy or sensitive skin, use when coat needs extra care)

…COAT SPRAYS

Bio-Groom Argan Oil Coat Conditioner (leave in conditioning spray and brushing aid for frequentlly brushed coats, can use daily)

Bio-Groom Anti Stat Detangler Aid (brushing aid, eliminates static for frizz-prone coats, ideal for frequently blow dried and brushed coats)

Pet Head Detangler Watermelon > (primary use is a detangler but also conditions the coat)

… Tear and saliva STAINS

Long coat breeds are prone to tear and saliva stains, best treated frequently rather than left to build up.

Fidos Tear Stain Remover >

TIP: Trim the coat from touching the eyes (which can irritate the eye to produce extra tears), and from getting in the mouth, as both will help further reduce staining.

…EARS

A long coat combined with folded down ears, makes them more prone to wax and dirt build-up. A regular wipe with ear cleaner is recommended.

Fidos Ear Drops >

 

wire wiry dog coat type shampoo

Best Shampoo for WIRE COATS

BREED EXAMPLES: West Highland White Terrier (Westie), Miniature Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer, Giant Schnauzer, Airedale (wire), Border Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon, Vizsla (wire), Irish Wolfhound, Dachshund (wire), Spinone Italiano.  

Wiry coats have a rougher, sometimes bristly hair (also called a broken coat), typically a mixed texture of a soft, denser undercoat and a wire coat with guard hairs. Mainly low shed, but even the non-shed wire coats do in fact shed, just more slowly, with dead coat getting trapped instead of falling out, which can lead to knots. The longer guard hairs can also form knots or nasty mats if not regularly brushed. Grooming wire coats ideally requires hand-stripping or plucking to maintain correct coat texture, however for pets, clipping without stripping is more common. Note this can change the coat colour and texture over time. A deshedder is highly recommended when hand-stripping is not possible or not desired. Deshedders help remove excess, soft undercoat, help maintain correct coat texture, and reduce knotting.

Choosing SHAMPOO > Either a volumising or light weight shampoo is preferred for wire coats to help maintain the correct texture. A moisturising or more nourishing shampoo can otherwise weigh the coat down and cause it to become too soft, so is best saved for when skin or coat are dry, flaky or brittle, or when extra conditioning is required.  

Choosing CONDITIONER > Conditioner is not often used for wire coats as it can soften the coat and make it too silky to grip for hand stripping. For knot removal however, a detangler spray is popular for wiry coats, which will add conditioning and protection at the same time. If the coat is dry or brittle however, use conditioner that can be diluted before applying.

SHAMPOO for wire coats…

Bio-Groom Wiry Coat Shampoo > (adds desired texture and coarseness, helps maintain correct wire texture, aids grip for hand-stripping, increases hold for scissoring)

Bio-Groom Extra Body > (adds fullness, texture and body)

Bio-Groom Protein Lanolin Tearless Shampoo > (light, mild formula for sensitive skin or frequent use)

Bio-Groom So Gentle Hypoallergenic Tearless > (extra mild for very sensitive, allergy-prone skin)

…CONDITIONER for wire coats

Bio-Groom Groom N Fresh Conditioner (can dilute 4:1, lovely scent too)

Fidos Crème Conditioner Apple (normal strength conditioner)

…Tear and saliva STAINS

White and paler wire coats can show tear and saliva stains, best treated frequently rather than left to build up.

Fidos Tear Stain Remover >

TIP: Trim the coat from touching the eyes (which can irritate the eye to produce extra tears), and from getting in the mouth, as both will help further reduce staining.

…COAT SPRAYS

Pet Head Detangler Watermelon > (primary use is a detangler but also conditions the coat)

Bio-Groom Anti Stat Detangler Aid (brushing aid, ideal for frequently brushed coats)

…EARS

Many wire coat breeds have folded down ears, which can be more prone to build-up of dirt, oil and wax in the ears. A regular wipe with ear cleaner is recommended. 

Fidos Ear Drops >

double heavy coat type dog shampoo

Best Shampoo for DOUBLE or HEAVY COATS

Breed examples:

DOUBLE coat breeds: Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Collie (smooth), German Shepherd, Corgi (Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke), Shiba Inu, Akita, Finnish Spitz.

HEAVY coat breeds: Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Collie (rough), Chow Chow, Shetland Sheepdog, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dog, Great Pyrenees.

Coat, coat and more coat! Double and heavy coats are not the same but do have cross over in the best products to use…

Double coats have a harsher, outer coat of guard hairs, and thick, dense, softer undercoat. Their coat gives extra protection from the elements making some prone to being oily or smelly, as the coat ‘holds on’ to odours. Seasonal shedding can be extreme, with very heavy shedding when they ‘blow’ their coat, usually twice a year in Spring and Autumn (TIP: a velocity dryer can make the world of difference for getting out stuck coat when wet or dry, and to speed up drying time considerably).

Heavy coats are also usually a double coat, but with a longer, silkier, thicker coat combined with shorter, smoother hair.  Like the double coat, the heavy coat does shed, although not always to the same extreme (there are some high-shed exceptions!). Some will blow their coat seasonally, usually in Spring and Autumn, some will be regular, daily shedders. Dead coat can get stuck in their thick coat instead of falling out, so heavy coats can be prone to knotting without regular brushing. Using a velocity dryer (used on the wet or dry coat) can make a big difference, especially when they blow their coat, to make quick work of drying heavy coats, and helping blow out knots and remove stuck, dead coat.

Choosing SHAMPOO > Any shedding coat will benefit from a deshedding shampoo. Use it after your usual shampoo during high shed times to get dead, stuck coat out fast and easily during bathing – instead of it coming out constantly all around the house. Finish with a velocity dryer for best results. Some double and heavy coats tend to be oily or odour-prone, making a deeper cleansing, odour removing shampoo a popular choice. Colour shampoos are particularly popular with both lighter and darker coats - like whitening shampoo for the Samoyed and black shampoo for the Newfy - as their longer, thicker coat makes colour fading, sun damage, bronzing and yellowing more obvious.

Choosing CONDITIONER > An anti-stat conditioner or a coat spray are options for both the double and the heavy coat. Heavy coats in particular benefit from standard strength or diluted conditioner, which help close the cuticle after shampoo use, reduces knots forming and protects from frequent brushing.

SHAMPOO for double or heavy coats…

Bio-Groom Extra Body > (adds fullness, texture and body without weighing down the coat)

Pet Head De Shed Me Shampoo > (use as a second rinse after usual shampoo for high shed times)

Bio-Groom Protein Lanolin Tearless Shampoo > (light, mild formula for sensitive skin or frequent use)

Fidos Everyday Shampoo > (a lighter, hypoallergenic, quick-rinse formula for frequent bathing)

Pet Head Dirty Talk Shampoo > (deep cleansing, odour removal for a dirty, oily or odour-prone coat)

Fidos Baking Soda and Oatmeal Shampoo > (cleans and deoderises for oil-prone or smelly coats)

…CONDITIONER for double or heavy coats

Bio-Groom Groom N Fresh Conditioner (can dilute 4:1, lovely floral scent too)

Fidos Crème Conditioner Apple (normal strength conditioner)

…COAT SPRAYS

Pet Head Detangler Watermelon > (primary use is a detangler but also conditions the coat)

Bio-Groom Anti Stat Detangler Aid (brushing aid, eliminates static for frizz-prone coats, ideal for frequently brushed coats)

… Tear and saliva STAINS

Tear or saliva stains are best treated frequently rather than left to build up. 

Fidos Tear Stain Remover >

…EARS

Heavy or double coated breeds with folded down ears are more prone to build-up of dirt, oil and wax in the ears. A regular wipe with ear cleaner is recommended. 

Fidos Ear Drops >

 

combination coat dog shampoo guide

Best shampoo for the COMBINATION coat

Example breeds: Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Border Collie, Cavalier King Charlies Spaniel, Chihuahua (long coat), Japanese Chin, Australian Shepherd, Dachshund (longhaired), Borzoi, Papillon, Tibetan Spaniel, Saluki, Flat Coat Retriever.

The combination coat includes a longer, silky coat and shorter, smooth coat in one. Some can be very prone to knots. Most have a longer coat in areas like the ears, chest, ruff, along the ribs, and front and back of the legs (also called feathering). Usually medium shed - although there are some high-shed exceptions on the list! - a combination coat usually goes through high-shed times seasonally – often in Spring and Autumn when shedding increases temporarily.  Frequent brushing is recommended to avoid knots and mats.

Choosing SHAMPOO > Shampoo is usually selected to match the longer coat. A smoothing, nourishing shampoo is popular to help the coat lay flat, make it easier to brush and to retain shine. A deshedding shampoo or rinse is ideal during high-shed times (use as a second rinse after your normal shampoo), to get out stuck, dead coat so it’s easily washed and brushed out during bathing, rather than shed around the house! Most combination coats are not oily or odour-prone, so avoid stronger shampoos (unless really needed), as they can otherwise make the coat harder to brush and more difficult to keep knot-free.

Choosing CONDITIONER > Rather than condition the entire coat, a conditioning spray or coat spray is popular, used on the longer, more knot-prone areas of the coat to target conditioning where it’s most needed. A brushing aid is recommended to reduce static and help smooth the cuticle to reduce knots forming. Conditioner is popular when the coat is dry or brittle, lacking shine, or is extra knot-prone. Conditioner helps close the cuticle after shampoo use, reducing the risk of knots forming. It also helps protect the coat from the elements, ideal for dogs who love to swim for example. Look for conditioner that can be diluted and only use full-strength when needed.

SHAMPOO for the combination coat…

Pet Head De Shed Me Shampoo > (use as a second rinse after usual shampoo for high shed times)

Bio-Groom Protein Lanolin Tearless Shampoo > (light, mild formula for frequent use)

Fidos Everyday Shampoo > (light, hypoallergenic, quick-rinse formula for frequent bathing)

Pet Head Oatmeal Shampoo Caramel (rich and nourishing, moisturises and protects, adds weight)

Pet Head Feeling Flaky Strawberry (soothing, rich, moisturising shampoo for dry coats or flaky skin)

 …COLOUR SHAMPOO

Colour shampoos are also popular for combination coats. With the extra coat length and straighter coat – a lack of coat condition becomes more obvious, such as fading or sun-damage (eg: bronzing on black coats), colour fade on chocolate coats, and yellowing or staining on white coats.

Bio-Groom Ultra Black Shampoo >

Pet Head White Party Shampoo >

Bio-Groom Super White Shampoo >

Bio-Groom Bronze Lustre Shampoo > (for chocolate, gold and brown coats)

…CONDITIONER for the combination coat

Bio-Groom Groom N Fresh Conditioner (can dilute 4:1, lovely scent too)

Fidos Crème Conditioner Apple (normal strength conditioner)

…COAT SPRAYS

Pet Head Detangler Watermelon > (primary use is a detangler but also conditions the coat)

Bio-Groom Anti Stat Detangler Aid (brushing aid, eliminates static for frizz-prone coats, ideal for frequently brushed coats)

…EARS

Any breed with folded down ears is more prone to build-up of dirt, oil and wax in the ears. A regular wipe with ear cleaner is recommended. 

Fidos Ear Drops >