The Anatomy of the Canine Coat for Grooming

Sunday, June 27, 2021 10:30 am–11:30 am Swiss Suite

Dogs are one of the most diverse species on earth. Their physical features vary widely based largely on their genetics but are affected by environmental factors as well. Studies from the scientific community into the genetics of the canine coat have identified, unlike other species, a very small number of genes that vary in combinations to give us the diversity of hair and fur type coats that dogs possess. Learn what scientists have named these genetic canine coat combinations.
For our purposes, we will examine fifteen distinct coat grooming types that differ in how they appear and how we need to groom them. They fall into two basic genetic categories: predetermined length (PDL – Fur) and undetermined length (UDL – Hair). There are many variations, but each of these coat types shares some commonalities as well as differences in how they are to be groomed. There are major and minor anatomical differences between each of these fifteen grooming coat types. The course includes visuals and charts on canine skin and follicles, how the hair grows, the differences between coat types, and will help the groomer to analyze the coat and then select the right products, tools, and techniques needed to correctly groom the dog presented to them.


Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, MS, ICMG

Love Fur Dogs, Owner