Since the Perro de Presa Canario is a short-coated dog breed, very little grooming is required. A natural bristle brush or a hound glove can be used for regular routine brushing. Regular brushing is effective for removing dead hair and stimulating the dog’s natural oils to add shine and a healthy look to the coat. Even though the Perro de Presa Canario’s coat is short and close, it does require a five-minute once-over every few days to keep it looking its shiny best. Regular grooming sessions are also a good way to spend time and bond with your Perro de Presa Canario. Many dogs grow to like the feel of being brushed and will come to enjoy the routine.
Dogs do not need to be bathed as often as humans, but regular bathing is essential for healthy skin and a healthy, shiny coat. Perro de Presa Canarios do not need to be bathed more than a few times per year, unless they get particularly dirty or roll in something smelly.
1. Give your Perro de Presa Canario a once-over with the brush or glove before wetting his coat. This will get rid of any debris and dead hair, which are harder to remove when the coat is wet.
2. Wet the dog’s coat, checking the water temperature to make sure that it is neither too hot nor too cold. A shower or hose attachment is necessary for thoroughly wetting and rinsing the dog’s coat.
3. Apply dog shampoo to the Perro de Presa Canario’s coat and work it into a good lather. Wash the head last, as you do not want shampoo to drip into the dog’s eyes while you are washing the rest of his body. Work the shampoo all the way down to the skin. You can use this opportunity to check your dog’s skin for any bumps, bites or other abnormalities. Do not neglect any area of the body—get all of the hard-to-reach places.
4. Once the Perro de Presa Canario has been thoroughly shampooed, he requires an equally thorough rinsing. Shampoo left in the coat can be irritating to the dog’s skin. Protect your dog’s eyes from the shampoo by shielding them with your hand and directing the flow of water in the opposite direction. You should also avoid getting water in the ear canal. Be prepared for your Perro de Presa Canario to shake out his coat.
Like most anything, if you accustom your Perro de Presa Canario to being bathed as a puppy, it will be second nature by the time he grows up. You want your dog to be at ease in the bathtub or else it could end up a wet, soapy, messy ordeal for both of you!
Excerpt from Perro de Presa Canario, part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Perro de Presa Canario here.