Multiple factors influence how often dogs need to be washed. Dogs that play outside each day or are prone to getting in the mud likely need to be bathed more often compared to indoor pets that lounge around on the couch a lot. Their breed, skin, and fur type are additional factors that influence how much they need to be washed. Dogs that have thick undercoats require more frequent washing compared to dogs with short hair and sensitive skin. Washing with a soap-free or moisturizing shampoo or human baby shampoo will also prove to be effective and safe on their coat. If you prefer to bathe the dog more than once a month, you’ll need to use a soap-free shampoo to reduce the risk of dry skin.
Dogs with medical conditions or skin issues may need to be washed with medical shampoo to alleviate their itchy skin while following the vet’s advice with using the product. Pets with oily coats may need to be washed up to once each week to ensure that their fur can remain healthy. Pups that naturally have double coats, like Chow Chows and Alaskan Malamutes, don’t require as much grooming as long as their coats are brushed each week.
Pets with short hair like Dalmatians and Weimaraners also require less washing because they’re able to regulate their natural oils without as much help.