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    Hello everyone. I'm new to the breed. How often do caves typically need to be bathed? I'm used to Labradors who rarely need them. Thanks for you time.

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    Welcome to the loving world of Cavaliers! My two - a ruby and a Blenheim - get bathed 3 or 4 times a year. Oliver the ruby sometimes gets an extra bath if he rolls in fox poo! Some people wash their dogs' feet and tummy when muddy (especially Blenheims), but I find that a good rub with a rough towel gets the worst off and then just a good brush the following day works well. Baby wipes can be useful as well! Too much bathing is definitely not good for their skin.

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    I bath my girl about 1x every 2 weeks. I use a really good shampoo/conditioner (Buddy Wash by Cloud Star) that does not seem to dry her skin out in any way. I would hate to bathe her any less, as she is soooo soft and shiny afterwards and looks adorable!
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    There's no general rule except that less is usually better. The general advice from most vets is not to wash dogs more than once every one to three months with shampoo unless there are medical reasons to do so (eg a medicated skin shampoo). If the dog is a bit dirty just a rinse with water gets dirt off or pee smell -- girls in particular can get pretty stinky if not rinsed regularly on hind feathering as this drags in their pee when they squat.

    Groomers will generally recommend grooming every one-two months or so, if that is what people prefer to washing themselves.

    Dogs have natural oils on their skin that keeps the coat glossy and healthy. Overwashing dries skin and can cause skin problems over time. It also means the coat dries out and doesn't get the oils that benefit it -- same as overwashing human hair, it gradually gets dry and brittle and can lead to a fluffy cottony coat.

    Proper dog shampoo ensures the right pH balance as dog skin is different than human skin. A good brushing though takes out almost all dirt. You'd be surprised how a wet dirty dog will dry out and then look really clean! Using a good finishing spray/conditioner with some sort of silicone in it (look for an ingredient ending in -one) not only adds shine and gloss but also forms a protective barrier on hair that keeps the dog looking clean and repels dirt -- so the dog looks better for far longer than just bathing. I use a spray on after bathing conditioner called The Stuff that works well but there are loads on the market.

    Improper bathing can cause dry dog skin. Proper bathing can help cure it. Dry skin occurs when too much bathing or bathing with harsh products strips your dog's skin of its natural oils. Symptoms of dry skin include itching, redness, hair loss, hot spots and infection. First evaluate whether serious underlying health conditions are causing your dog's dry skin and treat any you find. Whatever the cause of dry skin, implement the right bathing schedule and use the right products to repair and rejuvenate your dog's dry skin.

    How Often Do I Bathe My Dog?

    There is no one right answer to this question. As a general rule, dogs need to take baths far less often than humans do. Depending on the breed and length of coat, as well as general health status, of your dog, you and your vet will decide on the appropriate bathing schedule.

    Use the Right Shampoos for Dry Skin

    Never use shampoos formulated for humans or dish-washing liquid to bathe your dog; such products are too harsh and have the wrong pH for dogs. Choose canine-specific, soap-free and pH-balanced shampoos that contain the following ingredients:

    Vitamins A and E, which promote skin and coat health
    Humectants, which help your dog's skin retain moisture
    Silk, wheat or oat proteins, which fortify skin and coat texture
    Use the Right Crème Rinses and Conditioners for Dry Skin

    Crème rinses and conditioners soothe your dog's skin as they silken the coat. Choose products with the following ingredients:

    Hydrolyzed oat proteins
    Chamomile
    Vitamin E
    Natural oils, like safflower and sunflower seed
    From: http://www.vetinfo.com/dog-dry-skin.html
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    A few more bits of advice from dog sites:

    Bathing and Shampooing Your Dog


    * Do not bathe your dog too often because that will dry out the skin, deplete healthy oils from the coat and skin, and lead to scratching and irritation. Frequency is largely dependent on the breed and activities of the dog. Dogs who spend a lot of time outside or engage in outdoor activities that expose them to dirt, bugs and/or debris typically require more bathing, perhaps every 6 weeks or more frequently. Some groomers recommend bathing double-coated breeds only about 3 times a year and suggest that smooth-coated dogs can go a lot longer between baths than can curly-coated breeds such as poodles. Too frequent bathing can cause the coat to soften and reduce its insulating qualities.

    * To keep your dog clean between baths, brush vigorously and regularly -- preferably daily. This is good for the coat and skin, and helps the dog look and smell good. If you are allergic to your pet, wear a mask when you brush...brush outdoors or onto a newspaper indoors to aid in clean up...and wash hands afterwards.

    * Remember that after being indoors during the colder months, a dog's fur and skin can become dry. And if your dog grows an undercoat, you need to comb it out in warmer weather. If a dog's fur gets matted, the skin cannot breathe -- compelling the dog to scratch and pull out fur, which can result in sores.

    * Wait until a puppy is more than five weeks old before giving him his first bath.
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIP...ip_Shampoo.php

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    have been told it is not good to bathe a dog frequently. If this is true what is considered frequently? (D Stenta - Florida)


    This is not entirely true. It is perfectly OK to allow your dog to swim in natural water as often as he likes (within reason) but what is not OK is to wash your dog using soaps or shampoos very regularly. Using human shampoos on dogs leads to an imbalance of sweat, and they would be likely to develop dry, itchy skin. Having said that, using mild human shampoos is fine used at a frequency of once per month. However, I would personally recommend dog-specific shampoos and these will have a recommended usage detailed on the bottle, but this would definitely not be more than once every several weeks. In some cases shampoos can be medicated, such as for specific skin-disorders, and the frequency of use for these would depend on the condition.
    If you find a soap-free shampoo then some say you can use that more often.
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    Normally we bath out dog about 4 times a year, if we take him out and his feet are muddy we normally just wash his feet and dry them with a towel and he's ready to go again, they dont need bathing to often because of the oils in the skin apparently
    Charlie 17/07/03

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    Mine are bathed every 2 weeks, and since I've been bathing them more often their coats have been growing faster and have also been silkier...just my experience...
    Carrie - Mom to my boys, Miles (a Ruby born 4/15/07) and Truman (a B&T born 11/28/07) and my girls, cats Hailey and Kayla (born @ 4/15/04 - they were found as strays )

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    I am in Australia and it has been summer....so mine have had a bath about once a month to 6 weeks.... now we are going into winter, it will be just as and when they need it.

    I am thinking of getting a mobile dog wash service though for the winter months, so that they they can be washed and dried by a professional rather than me trying to wash them in the laundry tub and trying to use my hair dryer on them.... but we shall see

    We don't have central heating in Australia, just a gas fire in the lounge so don't like the thought of them drying off after a towel dry like they do in summer.
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    Holy cow, I must be in the minority! I bathe Holly at least once a week. She goes everywhere with us (and I have two young kids) so she gets pretty dirty. I use Isle of Dogs and always condition her after her rinse off in the sink. She loves bath time and I haven't noticed any skin problems -- she's two years old now.

    Hopefully I'm not doing anything wrong here.

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    I bathe my girl at LEAST once every 2 weeks. Sometimes 1x a week. She gets so dirty looking. Her ears get all stringy and her feet stink lol. She looks so gorgeous and fluffy after her bathes and her water is always brown, so she def needed it. No skin probs from bathing. I use a really good all natural shampoo followed by a conditioning rinse so I think that helps!
    Erin aka Mommy to Polly (Blenheim) 3-30-2009 And Cat children, Salem, Emma & Ellie
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