Matted Dog Hair – How to Handle your Pekingese’s Hairy Day


Matted dog hair is quite common to long haired pooches. There are many breeds or crossbreeds that have long, curly or wavy coats. And this includes your pekingese. Sometimes, instead of shedding their dead hair, it would be trapped in their coat thus matting will occur. Dog breeds like the Yorkie and Peke have exceptionally long coats, making them more prone to matting. If not groomed on a regular basis, their fur will get all tangled up and trap bacteria, feces and all kinds of dirt next to their skin which would end up causing infection and sore pains.

Begin looking for matted hair by sectioning his hair in order to locate it easier. Do not forget to check his paws, this is the common hiding place for the matted hair, bear in mind that this is also a very sensitive part of your dog. Other parts are under the armpits and along the insides of his legs.

Matted Dog Hair – How to Handle your Pekingese’s Hairy Day

Matted Dog Hair

How to Do It

  • If your pet is not used to grooming then you may want to give him a chew toy before commencing the process in order to distract him from the discomfort of the dematting procedure.
  • Using a condition specifically designed for matted hair, spray a generous amount on it. Hold the mat out on your finders so that it would be between your pet’s skin and the tangled fur. Use a dog grooming rake or any wide-toothed comb to loosen the tangled hair.
  • Then use a mat splitter if you see that his matt is going to come out and if your pet is quiet and not anxious. If you see him nervous or trashing around, then skip on using the splitter since it may injure you both. A mat splitter is so sharp that it needs a still dog and steady hand.
  • If you see that your pet is already stressed out, then stop the procedure. This is the time that you need help from the experts, either your local vet or the groomers. During such cases, the vet would shave his coat down and will be tranqulised prior the procedure.

Bathing before Dematting Steps:

  • Apply the detangling product first and allow it to dry, then give him a bath and use a high-end leave-on condition after.
  • While his coat is still wet, use your fingers and a brush to separate some of the worst tangles you can see.
  • Place your hand behind each matt as you brush and avoid pulling it out.
  • Once you see that most of the matted fur are already separated, you can now dry him up as it would aid in looseing the mats more while you are brushing or combing him down.
  • For breeds that have a long hair like the Pekingese, the experts would prefer using the splitter. This knife is used above the matt in order to release the tangles. Use more dematting spray and once his coat is already loosened, switch on using a brush or comb to finish the task.

Additional Guidelines

  • Leave the de-tangling solution on the mat for a few minutes, especially if it is a large one.
  • For dogs that have a thick undercoat, use your fingers to separate the hairs as much as possible. Relying on a wide-tooth comb or brush would only ruin his undercoat and would destroy your pet’s chance in the show ring.
  • Never try to cut out the mat using a pair of  scissors. It can easily stab your pet even if you are being extra careful.

Some of you may have gotten a dog from the shelter or rescue shelter that has a severe matted dog hair issue. If this is the case, avoid giving him further stress and your best bet is to bring him to the experts to shave him down so that his coat can have a fresh beginning.

Does your pekingese get his proper grooming on a regular basis? Do you go to the groomers or you do it yourself? Share with us your pekingese story that is related to this post below.




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  1. Bekki Becsey says:

    My peke is about 9 months old and has a very full coat with lots of undercoat. I had to leave him with friends who have rambunctious pups and he came home full of mats. I’m worried that if he is shaved, his hair will not grow back properly. I cannot seem to find any consensus on this so am asking you as experts. My vet says his hair will grow back fine – but I’m worried – but also don’t want him full of mats and some are just too thick to get out with brush. He is just now starting to shed – any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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