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We can tell when our dogs are in desperate need of a bath. We're usually tipped off by our noses, as it's pretty obvious when our dogs need a bath since he or she smells bad. Or maybe you just got back from a muddy hike or a swim in the ocean. But we don't always know how frequently we need to bathe our dogs. So, how often does your dog need a bath? The answer to that question depends on a few factors:
It's not always the case but, in general, shorter fur means less frequent baths while longer fur means more frequent baths. Some dogs with short fur, like Beagles, only require baths every few months and more frequent baths can actually make their coats dry or itchy. On the other hand, long coats generally require more regular baths because longer fur typically catches more dirt and dander. In addition, dogs with thick coats and those that shed seasonally require less bathing because doing so too often can cause dry skin and disrupt the natural process of fur growing and shedding. Dogs in this category include Labrador and Golden Retrievers, among others.
Pro Tip: One way to reduce the number of baths your long-furred dog needs is with regular brushing and grooming sessions. For example, Siberian Huskies have long double-coats but with regular brushing, can go around six weeks between baths.
This is probably not surprising, but dogs that are more active tend to need baths more frequently. Your dog will need to be bathed more regularly if he or she is likes to roll in the mud, go swimming or get dirty on walks and hikes. This also applies to the seasons, as we're more active in warmer months and less active during the colder ones. Dogs typically don't need as many baths during winter as they do during spring or summer.
Pro Tip: Regardless of breed, coat type or activity level, it's recommended that you bathe your dog no more than once a week (with exceptions for those days you end up outside and dirty).