My short-haired dog is coming up for four years old and I must confess that I have never bathed her. Mud just seems to dry and drop off and I’ve only ever wiped her muddy paws. Should I be bathing her? If so, how often?

Stuart Simons advises…

Interesting one. Well, if your dog is happy and healthy then there is no reason you couldn’t just carry on as you have been. Washing your dog can flag up anomalies that you may not have noticed in the past. As a groomer, I have noticed all sorts of things on short-coated dogs that owners hadn’t noticed for themselves. It’s also really good for your dog’s skin and coat, provided good products are used.

You never know – after her bath, you may realise that she was a little smellier than you first thought. Professional groomers have their hands on dogs all day, every day and anomalies in anatomy are very obvious to them and are easily flagged up, so even short-coated dogs can benefit from a professional groom. Obviously, no groomer would diagnose, but flagging up a problem has been known to save lives. Find a local professional groomer at


  1. I have friends who bathe their dogs often, mostly because they smell after a couple weeks. I never bathe my dogs unless they’ve gotten into something or we have an outbreak of unexpected sand mites. My dogs never smell or have skin disorders. I personally feel that over bathing robs them of their natural defenses and probably causes more skin disorders than it treats. I’m not a veterinarian, but I personally am not going to fix what isn’t broken


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