- Coat Care
- Grooming Tools
- Health & Wellness
- Home & Travel
- Expert Advice
Posted by Daryl from Groomers the Professional Choice on Aug 1st 2019
The Science Behind Canine Hair Structure
The physical structure of canine hair is varied, as you might expect. For example, German Shepherd hair is on average three times thicker than Shih Tzu hair. Different breeds and hair types need different care and treatment. Ultimately however, all canine hair has a similar base structure, and is subject to the same type of damage.
The canine hair shaft is made up of dead, hardened protein called keratin, as well as water and a small amount of oils called lipids. These combine to form three key sections in canine dog hair:
The Damage Grooming can do to Canine Hair
Hair damage is usually gradual. The hair cuticle is usually affected first, becoming raised and chipped. With repeated mistreatment the cuticle can completely wear away, making the hair weak, dry, and subject to breakage. Once the cuticle has completely worn away there is no way to repair the damage. The interior cortex will start to shed, leading to broken hair and spilt ends.
There are a number of ways that professional dog grooming can actually damage the structure of canine hair. Over-enthusiastic brushing, high velocity dryers, harsh detergents and heat from water/dryers can raise the cuticle, making hair more susceptible to damage.
Sun, wind, indoor heating and static electricity can also cause hair damage, as well as health and hereditary factors.
How Damaged Hair Appears
Damaged hair appears to us as:
What You can do to Prevent Canine Hair Damage
Hair damage is inevitable, but you can reduce the amount of damage by considering and employing the following:
Information in this blog was sourced from Barbara Bird’s talk “Canine Hair & Coat Damage: A Close-Up View“ at the Festival of Grooming 2012.
When making travel decisions, choose what is safest and most comfortable for your pet. For instance, unless you'll be able to spend a lot of time with your dog, they'll probably be happier at home than tagging along on your trip. As a rule, cats are almost always better off in their own home.But if [...]
How to Groom a Hyper, Uncooperative Pitbull Who is Jun the Groomer? "I believe that all dogs deserve to live happy, comfortable lives with their human companions. Most people don't realize that the cause of most of their dog's skin issues (excessive itching, scratching, chewing; strong odors; hot spots) are caused by improper grooming - NOT DIET.It [...]
By Yahaira CespedesLike many Americans, you may be planning to have a festive Fourth of July. Along with barbeques and day at the beach, no July holiday celebration would be complete without enjoying the fireworks that celebrate the birth of our nation.Perhaps you are considering staying at home and planning a get-together with friends and family. [...]
“Life hacks” have been quite popular in the last few years. This term is used to refer to a shortcut, trick, or novel method of accomplishing something in a way that makes life more efficient and productive. Sometimes “hacks” describe a method of using ordinary things in creative ways.I’ve been thinking for a while of [...]
Cats are often regarded as fairly low maintenance pets, with their independent personality and reputation as fastidious groomers. Many require little day-to-day input from their owners to lead a healthy, happy lifestyle.But believe it or not, there are actually many benefits to adopting a regular grooming a regime for your feline, from a healthier, shinier [...]
Summertime means sun, fun, and outdoor activities, many of which you can share with your dog. However, longer daytime hours and warmer temperatures bring hazards along with them. Be aware of those summer hazards so that you can enjoy a carefree and safe summer with your best friend!1. Be CoolAlways be on the lookout for [...]
Anyone who loves dogs, knows there is a lot of information you need to know in order to keep them healthy and happy. There are a lot of myths and some misinformation too. Here are some interesting facts that just may surprise you. We've tossed in some fascinating trivia too! It is a myth that dogs [...]
Agility is a competitive sport for dogs. It is an obstacle course made up of jumps, tunnels, and walkways. Dogs and handlers work as teams, with the handler helping the dog navigate the obstacles in the correct order.Some people do agility training just for fun, while others enjoy competing in agility trials. During the trials, [...]
ShowDogStore Recommendations: DOUBLE K - CHALLENGAIR 9000II STAND DRYER WITH HOSE AND NOZZLE KITDOUBLE K - CHALLENGAIR 2000P.V. FORCED AIR DRYER PLUS VACUUMANDIS - PREMIUM SOFT-TOOTH SLICKER BRUSHANDIS - PREMIUM LARGE FIRM SLICKER BRUSHRESCO - LONG TOOTH COMBINATION COMB, 1.5" LONG TEETH, MEDIUM/COARSE SPACING#1 ALL SYSTEMS - PERFECT POODLE COMB 9 1/2"CHAMPAGNE - LARGE GROOMING [...]