Great Pyrenees Grooming
Great Pyrenees grooming can be a big task. The dogs are big, and the fur is seemingly endless. I have heard the breed referred to as a giant cotton ball on legs. The theory that if you just sheer for a long enough time period, you will go right through the dog, never finding skin or bone, but only fur. There is some truth to these jokes, since the Great Pyrenees is one of the few breeds that technically ‘blows’ their coats, as opposed to merely shedding. This process occurs seasonally at logical times, such as early Spring. At this time of year, fur will be everywhere. Great Pyrenees grooming will go hand in hand with vacuuming, sweeping, and lint brushing fur off of every piece of clothing you own.
The main task in Great Pyrenees grooming is brushing. Any person with a lot of hair can tell you that an unbrushed mass can become tangled and gnarly. To prevent this, quiet evenings on the carpet brushing your Pyr for about 15 minutes a week should keep your pet looking great. This is not a big time commitment, nor a big struggle. The Great Pyrenees do not mind this aspect of grooming, and many are calmed by the process. For a large dog such as Pyr, FURminator deShedding Tool is recommended. It’s used by many veterinarians and recommended by doctors . It addresses the issue of the undercoat, which can become a dense mess of loose, dead hair and the major source of shedding, and the allergies and cleanliness problems that come with it. It’s not damaging the topcoat, yet brings out the pet’s natural oils, leaving a shiny and healthy topcoat. Check it out here: FURminator deShedding Tool.
This is not true for clipping their nails. This aspect of Great Pyrenees grooming can elevate into a domestic battle between owner and pet. The dogs becomes nervous at the sight of the clippers, but a determined master must brace the dog and clip all their nails, especially the two dew claws on each rear foot. If unattended to, these claws can grow too long and hurt your Great Pyrenees. Grooming in this sense takes place of the natural process where the claws were worn down from galloping around a mountainside.
There are several types of Dog Nail Clippers that you can used for Great Pyr; click here to see some of the Dog Nail Clippers. To clip the nails of small or medium Great Pyrenees, we recommend to use Safari Professional Pet Nail Trimmer. For large adult Great Pyr, Miller Trimmer Large Dog Nail Clipper is highly recommended. Besides that, you may use Oster Pet Nail Grinder for your dog, this is safe for the dog and easy to use. The only nail grinder with an automatic spin stop for safe nail grinding.
Other Great Pyr grooming tasks can include baths, wiping off muddy paws, and brushing their teeth. Of these tasks, wiping off their paws will become a regular habit. Pyrenees are notorious diggers, so you dedicate a towel to your dog early on. Baths can be quite a struggle, similar to trimming their claws, but in the case of bathing the results are nice, but not necessary.
For those scared of grooming a Great Pyrenees, you can always pay a little money and get the professionals to do it for you.
Great Pyrenees Bathing
A proper ways in wet and dry bathing a Great Pyr. The techniques that every owner should know.