How often should you bathe your dog?

Although every dog is different, these useful guidelines will help you figure out how often you should bathe your dog.

What is the ideal bath frequency?

Healthy dogs with a short, smooth coat and without any skin issues don't need to be bathed more than once every two or three months. However some dogs may need you to bathe them more often depending on the following factors:

When should you bathe your dog more often?

If your dog loves outdoors

Dogs who swim, play in the grass and tend to get dirty will need to get a good wash more regularly. 

Depending on their type of coat

Breeds with long or curly hair should be bathed and groomed every 4 to 6 weeks. They also need to be brushed regularly. 

Hairless breeds need a weekly bath as their skin is not protected.

As for dogs with oily skin, such as cocker spaniels, a more frequent bath is also recommended to get rid of the excess oil. 

If they have skin conditions

If your dog suffers from skin allergies or dermatological issues they will most likely need to be washed with a specific shampoo. The frequency will then be dictated by the treatment and your vet's advice. 

Finally, dogs who are prone to getting parasites might need to be bathed more often which can help them get rid of fleas and ticks. 

Final tips

If you're unsure, ask your vet for advice. Too many baths can make your dog's coat become dry and itchy. 

 

Finally, take bath time as an opportunity to take a good look at your dog's skin and ensure that there's no lumps or signs of skin issues.