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What's the best shampoo for smooth-coated breeds?

Smooth coat breeds include > Greyhound, Bulldog, Boxer, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Whippet, Pointer, Weimeraner, Doberman, Great Dane, Boston Terrier, Dalmatian, French Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Dachshund (smooth coat) and more.

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photos of smooth coat dog breeds

About the smooth coat type

Smooth coats are one of the easiest to maintain but are often prone to shedding. The coat turns over anywhere from weekly to 3 monthly. The very short coat lies flat, making it very smooth, usually with minimal texture or wave. Darker colours tend to be extra shiny.

A smooth coat and a short coat are not the same - although there is cross-over with some shampoo and conditioners that suit both. Short coats include breeds such as the Pug, Labrador, Rottweiler, Shar Pei, Cattle Dog and more. Search 'short coat' to find the short coat shampoo guide instead.

Choosing the right SHAMPOO 

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A smooth coat doesn’t usually need intense cleansing. Most tend not to hold oil or odour like short coats, so a standard or moisturising shampoo is a popular choice. Smooth-coated breeds tend to have softer, more sensitive skin. Although less common, some can be more oil or odour prone than others, which is when a stronger cleansing shampoo is recommended. In general however, a typical smooth coat lacks the natural protection from the elements that oilier coats provide, which is why a nourishing, Moisturising Shampoo is the most popular choice. This is even more so for smooth-coated dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors which can cause the coat and skin to become dry or flaky.

Choosing the right CONDITIONER

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Conditioner is not essential for smooth coats, but will leave the coat softer, silkier and shinier. Look for a conditioner that can be diluted. Smooth coats lack the natural protection from the elements that oilier coats have, so if prone to dry skin or a flaky coat, use conditioner undiluted to add extra protection. 

TIPS FOR SHEDDING: Most smooth coats are high shed, some constantly, some go through seasonal, high-shed times. When shedding becomes an issue, use a Deshedding Shampoo to get dead coat out during bath time, instead of being shed out slowly all around the house. A brush such as a Grooming Glove or Bristle Brush are also popular for getting out much more loose hair than a pin or bristle brush can.

Best-match SHAMPOO for smooth coats


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

Groom Professional Moisturising Shampoo > Specifically designed for dogs with dry skin and coat. Natural Coconut oil helps to moisturise and reduce dandruff. Leaves a beautiful shine to the coat and a fresh coconut scent. Can be diluted 10:1

Amazonia Acai Berry Shampoo > A mild and natural shampoo that provides moisture and nourishment to dry, damaged and dull coats. Adds shine and lustre to the coat. No dilution required. 

Fidos Everyday Shampoo > A mild, soap-free, frequent-use shampoo that rinses out quickly. Fresh baby powder scent. No dilution needed.

Groom Professional 2 in 1 Shampoo > A 2-in-1 shampoo plus conditioner. A real time saver. Cleanses and hydrates the coat, without leaving it greasy. Can be diluted 10:1

Amazonia Coconut Shampoo > A mild & natural moisturising shampoo formulated with the power of natural coconut oil and Vitamin E to help dry, flaky skin and coats. No dilution needed.

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

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


Bio-Groom Silk Creme Conditioner > Our best-selling conditioner. Light enough not to weigh down the coat. Use neat for extra conditioning for a dry or frizzy coat, or dilute for normal coats. Fresh floral fragrance.

Amazonia Oatmeal Deshed Conditioner > Detangles, moisturises, and helps reduce and control excessive shedding. Light, fresh fragrance. 


Amazonia Detangler with Gurana > Primary use is a detangler but also conditions the coat.

ProGroom ProMagic Detangler Styling Drying Aid > A detangler that conditions and speeds up drying time.