Miniature Australian Shepherd Coat and Grooming Question


I have a Miniature Australian Shepherd that is five years old. She seems to have way too much fur for her frame even after professional grooming. I have seen full-size Australian Shepherds who appear to have a beautiful coat that has a good balance of undercoat and topcoat with a bounce to it that just screams, "FUN!" :)

My Mini Aussie's undercoat seems to rarely shed, instead hanging on for dear life. When I brush her, hardly any fur comes off unless I use a comb. She must have extremely sensitive skin because she appears to feel like being groomed is a punishment despite me very gingerly using the comb. I do not use rakes on her fur because it seems to be so uncomfortable. Her britches are out of control. They are very coarse and wiry. We have her professionally groomed every eight weeks.

I am wondering if this is common? Is she being groomed incorrectly?

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Grooming
by: Anonymous

I think that if you are sending your dog so regularly to the groomer, you should be getting a better result on the coat. The groomer should be managing the undercoat better and should be thinning out the furnishings in back.
That said, my 5yr old is also very sensitive and I know the groomer hated upsetting him so much. So I learned to do his coat myself, a bit at a time.

coat
by: jcrply

The coat that your pup has will depend on which breed of dog was bred with an Australian Shepherd in order to produce the small size Miniature American Shepherd that you have.

Brushing
by: Anonymous

We give our dogs bully stickswhen we are brushing them. They get so involved with the bully stick they don’t mind an occasional tug trying to get their undercoat.

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