The wavy coat is characterized by curls, which is why it is often referred to as the curly coat. This type of coat tangles and knots easily and has a tendency to become dry. Before brushing your wavy-coated dog, you should always spray him with some sort of conditioning spray to avoid breakage.
While wavy coats can be difficult to maintain, this is not always the case. Trying to keep a wavy coat in tip-top shape is challenging, but not impossible. In fact, unless you plan to show your wavy-coated dog, his grooming should take up much less time than you probably anticipate. A monthly session with the clippers should be enough.
There are several different varieties of wavy-coated breeds, and some wavy-coated breeds stand on their own, so there are no hard-and-fast rules for grooming a wavy-coated dog. Before grooming, seek specific advice from a veterinarian or professional groomer on how to best groom your particular breed of wavy-coated dog. For more information, read The Simple Guide to Grooming Your Dog.
The following are some examples of common breeds with wavy coats:
- Bichon Frise
- Curly-Coated Retriever
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Portuguese Water Dog