There are some hairs even on the hairless dogs, though not too much. These little mops of hair have to be combed from time to time in order to prevent their knotting. The skin of hairless dogs is very sensitive. In the summertime, in the sunshine, the skin has to be protected with sun protecting lotion, while in the heated, dry air apartment it's “drying out” should be prevented with body lotion.
This species has lots of variants not only as regards the colors, but as regards their sizes as well. There are giant (standard) ones, medium, miniature and toy sizes. Its basic colors are black, white and brown, but there are also silver and apricot colored poodles as well. The Harlequin and the black-tan color versions are not accepted at shows yet. The hair of the poodles is curved, and the undercoat is also usually very wavy. The hairs are not always wavy along the same plane and waviness may extend up to curliness.
Usually, they do nail clipping at the end of the cosmetic operations. Although the nails are worn in a natural way if the dog moves enough on hard soil (that is not at home on the kitchen tile), nevertheless, this should be inspected. Nails too long will bend backward and this will not only hinder the dog in its free movement, but it may also cause pain for the dog.
This huge, black Russian species is the favorite of many people, due to its elegant appearance and kind temper. Its outer coat is hard and dense, while its undercoat is thick. It has a characteristic beard and eyebrows. The hair has to be disentangled each week, with paying special attention to the undercoat.
It can be rarely said about a terrier species that it is not trimmed. However, the soft, thick and wavy hair of the Kerry Blue Terrier has to be shaved. It is interesting that all of these species are born with black colored skin and when they are about two years old their fur will have a characteristic blue shade. In spite of the fact that it is not trimmed, but it is cut with scissors, the characteristic terrier form has to be kept.
Spitz dogs usually have double coats, that is, multiple undercoats are hidden between the outer coat hairs. The Husky, the Malamute, the Chow-Chow and the nowadays increasingly the Akita have similar hair types. Although the length of the overcoat is different by species, it is characteristic of each of them that the not too long undercoat is very dense and woolly.