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There are several different types of coat. Hairless, Corded, Short/smooth coats, Double Coats - Type 1 and Type 2, Wool, Silk and Wire Coats which are harsh with a dense topcoat and a soft undercoat, this coat should be hand stripped to maintain the correct texture, clipping can damage the texture of the coat making future handstripping difficult sometimes impossible e.g. Border Terriers

Short and Smooth

Short and tight to the body, low maintenance only requiring removal of dead coat to give a glossy shine e.g. Pointer, Beagle

Double Coated

Consists of a dense soft undercoat beneath a longer topcoat Type 1 - requires a lot of grooming to remove the dead undercoat, it needs little or no trimming, so essentially remains untrimmed but can be slightly tidied e.g Samoyed Type 2 - this type of double coat is usually trimmed e.g. Lhasa Apso Type two breeds tend to have longer topcoats and are usually styled appropriate to the breed, taking into account the dogs life style

Wool Coats

This type of coat doesn't shed, they do however require more maintenance than other coats, they require a specific blow drying technique and trimming styles e.g. Bichon Frise

Silk Coats

Its more important for a silk coat to have good texture rather than length e.g. Yorkshire Terrier