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What is the best shampoo for double coated dogs?

Double Coated Breeds include: 

Husky, Samoyed, Japanese Spitz, Pomeranian, Chow Chow, Akita, Corgi, Malamute, German Shepherd, Border Collie, Rough Coated Collie, Sheltie, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, Golden Retriever, and more. 

About the Double Coat

Double coated dogs have 2 layers of fur. They have the top guard coat, and the softer undercoat that lies beneath the guard coat. The undercoat has a shorter growth cycle than the guard coat, which means the undercoat sheds much more frequently. If the undercoat is not removed when it is ready to fall out, it will fall into the coat and can create heavy, pelted matts if not removed. 

Many double coated breeds were originally bred as working dogs to work regardless of the weather conditions. The guard coat helps to protect the dogs skin against UV rays, and also prevents the undercoat from getting wet. The undercoat works as a built in temperature regulator. It helps to keep the dog cool in summer and can prevent overheating, as well as keeping them nice and warm in the colder winter months. 

A double coat has many benefits for the dog, and the right shampoo can help you reduce the amount of hair around your home. 


Choosing the right SHAMPOO 

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The main concern of many double coated dog owners is the amount of shedding around the house. Thankfully, there are a range of products that can help with this, with both Shampoo and Conditioners now having deshedding properties. Double coats are often quite resistant to water, which can make deep cleaning the coat difficult. A concentrated deep cleansing formula will have a runny consistency when diluted, and can make distributing the product easier while getting the deepest clean possible.

Choosing the right CONDITIONER 

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Double coats generally don't need to be conditioned, as conditioner can reduce volume within the coat. Conditioner can help to close the hair cuticles after washing, which reduces the formation of mats between baths. If you do want to use conditioner on your double coated dog, use something light that can be diluted, or one with deshedding properties. 

Best-match products for Double Coats: 


ProGroom Furex - Step 1 CleanseThis shampoo deeply penetrates the coat. Cleansing while neutralising the ionic charge within the coat. Removes dirt, odour, excess sebum and oils. This step preps the coat for loose hair removal and is the start of the deshedding process. Can be diluted up to 10:1

Bio-Groom So Dirty ShampooThe ultimate deep-cleansing, soap-free shampoo for a stinky or dirty dog. Helps return body and shine back to the coat and will not strip natural oils from the skin. Can be diluted up to 12:1

Bio-Groom Extra Body Shampoo > A specialist shampoo specifically developed for double coated breeds to add desired fullness, texture and body. Can be diluted 4:1

ProGroom Clarifying Shampoo > Deep cleans excessively dirty or greasy coats, restoring the coat to its natural condition. Won't irritate or dry out sensitive skin. Can be diluted 6:1

Groom Professional Almond Detangle Shampoo > Designed to make the grooming process easier for difficult, specifically tangled or knotty coats. Natural almond oil helps to remove odours and dirt as well as matts, making combing and brushing out the coat kinder on the dog. Also aids in undercoat removal. Can be diluted 10:1

Bio-Groom So Gentle Shampoo > A very mild, lightweight, hypoallergenic option for frequent use or for sensitive skin. Can be diluted 16:1

PUPPY shampoo:

Bio-Groom Fluffy Puppy > Light, gentle, mild. For a puppy's first coat before adult coat comes through. Suitable for frequent use. Clean baby shampoo scent. Can be diluted 16:1.

COLOUR shampoo:

A colour shampoo can correct fading and bronzing of darker coats from sun damage, and help brighten and remove stains from white and paler coats. 

Bio-Groom Super White > Our best-selling whitening shampoo for all white and paler coats. Will not bleach or damage the coat. Can be diluted 16:1

Bio-Groom Ultra Black > Returns a deep, glossy black to sun-damaged, bronzed or faded coats. Can be diluted 16:1

Bio-Groom Bronze Lustre > Highlights coat colours from gold to brown for apricot, cafe, red and chocolate coats. Can be diluted 16:1


ProGroom Furex - Step 2 ReleaseRelease contains protein ingredients which fill in damaged or rough areas of hair cuticle making a smooth surface that permits easy release of loose coat. Advanced silicone ingredients provide slip and allow dead coat to slide out with little or no force. Can be diluted 1:3, or used neat on heavily impacted areas. 

Amazonia Oatmeal Deshed Conditioner > Detangles, moisturises, and helps reduce and control excessive shedding by releasing stuck, dead undercoat to wash away at bath time instead of shedding out around the home. Ready to use straight from the bottle.

Groom Professional Argan Oil Conditioner > Containing a unique blend of Moroccan argan oil and conditioning agents, it rapidly penetrates the hair shaft, restoring shine and softness whilst strengthening the coat. This renewing formula is ideal for damaged coats, or those in poor condition. Can be diluted up to 10:1, or used neat a deeper conditioning effect. 


ProGroom Furex - Step 3 CloseClose is a mildly acidic silicone conditioning spray that further seals the hair cuticle and promotes maximum release of tangled and collected hair within the coat. Ready to use straight from the bottle.

ProGroom Pro Magic Dentangler and Drying Aid Speeds up dry time. Excellent detangler and brushing aid. Protects the coat from heat damage and reduces breakage from tool use on frequently brushed coats. Adds shine. Protective layer helps repel dirt and odours. Ready to use straight from the bottle.

Amazonia Detangling Spray with GuaranaMakes the coat silkier and easier to brush. Leaves the coat shiny and easier to style without irritation. Helps condition damaged, dry, frequently groomed coats, and replaces lost hydration for frequently bathed and blow-dried coats. Formulated with Vitamin B5, which helps promote hydration and conditioning, leaving hair softer, more supple and stronger and guarana extract, which helps stimulate the hair follicle.