Wednesday, February 24, 2021

How to Groom (?) Badly Matted Spanish Water Dog, Boris (copied from old blog 2012)

 How to Groom (?) Matted Spanish Water Dog

This blog was written May 2012, 10 years ago ! but the google blog has been changed and I can not access to update those blogs, so I copy here instead. Boris' coat is clump here, but I wanted to save.


You don't Groom Spanish Water Dog using brush or comb, because if you mess up the natural cording, it will mat up awfully!! Best thing is to keep natural cording, lots of lots of swimming very often helps.

Best thing I find is that you use your fingers to help find natural cording.

My Spanish Water Dog Boris is not a show dog, just a pet dog (VIP), but I would like to keep my dog lookin' good with long coat. I am not Groomer, so, I just found out "How to help Matted Spanish Water Dog Coat" to make him look good. 


OK, my method is pretty simple. 

My Spanish Water Dog has very thick fluffy under coat. Apparently Spoiled Spanish Water Dogs who live in a house away from cold tend to have this fluffy coat. Well, yes My Boris is spoiled rotten. But I would like to live in a warm house rather than cold kennel outside during a very cold winter in the UK if I was a dog...., wouldn't you? Excuse excuse...

1. Look how his coat matted - in ONE BIG LUMP. Sorry Boris, I did not have time more than few months to look after the coat, even I love his long coat.... I was a bad mummy... 

You can see the completely matted area, clumped,
and I could see he was uncomfortable.

When you look carefully, even its completely matted,
you can see natural cording among THICK WOOLLY UNDERCOAT..
You need to be patient.

Be careful so that you don't damage the original cording among matt
just split to the skin completely - nicely using your fingers.
If you do it too strongly, dog would not like it!

Splitting the complete mat into the cord nicely, making sure you don't break the cording, and make sure after you splitting, it would not go back together.

As you split, you make sure, each cording are equal sizes.
You have to see the skin, make sure you split cording completely to the level of the skin


You Folk out the fluffy under coat using your hand with fingers,
no metal, no plastic, if you use your fingers,
 you feel where is cordings, and how much fluff coming out.
Just like you finger through your own hair using your hand. 

See how much unwanted fluffy under coat comes out!!
This was only one part of the matted coat - Phew!



Splitted along the cord, and the fluff taken out:
Compare to the below (BEFORE)

Make sure all cording is more or less even

Before shampoo, all matt has to be removed.
Otherwise making the coat wet make it worse!

Compare to the above AFTER, it looks like one big lump


Before shampooing, make sure there are no Mats in the coat, otherwise, making the coat wet makes matting worse. 

You can see the cording got tighten using
MD10 Texture shampoo

Relaxing after the shampooing

"Thank God! It's finished", Boris says!


MD10 Texture Volume shampoo (White Texture for Black and White SWD), is good shampoo to get Texture back to the coat. The reason I am selling MD10 Collection outside Spain is because I tried on Boris, and worked very well. But has to use wisely, split the cord well, use cold water is the KEY for the SUCCESS FOR GROOMING SPANISH WATER DOG!


MD10 Texture Volume shampoo is
Best shampoo for Spanish Water Dog
My Boris is the Model on the label !!

Friday, February 19, 2021

How to look after Spanish Water Dog's coat, my way with Bruno Spanish Water Dog - 2. How to Split Spanish Water Dog's matted coat

In this section, I will show you "How I handle matted corded coat of my Spanish Water Dog.

Like as I mentioned at previous blog, SWD has 2 type of coat, one has no undercoat and does not get matted, the other has a lot of fluffy woolly coat and larger cord and gets matted if not attended, or not swimming.  That is my dog's coat....

For easily matting SWD coat with under coat - I always wonder what is the fluffy coat mean on corded SWD's coat.

When my dog swim nearly everyday and when it is wet, this fluff gets tighter and keep the cord large and tight, and he never has matted coat.

But in winter time, when he does not swim and coat is too dry, this fluff start wonder out from cord and start being naughty thing, fluff together and create matting.

To write this blog to show how beginner's how to show, I started to take fluff out, I studied his fluff afterwards. 

Looks like, wool, wool which I do felting for hobby...

And I tried to felt to see if that works, and it did, did felted so well.
That is the reason why if you left unattended, it matt up like felt.

So I felted SWD's nose... 


Okay, so let's go back to the original 

First Video of how to split and take the fluffy under coat between cord which making matting, then you can start:

1) Find Matted Area  
2) Gently Split 
3) Take fluffy coat from the matted cording

My Spanish Water Dog has nicely cording coat but woolly coat, and the bottom of the cording have fluffy undercoat which if not attended, can be matted together.

I have been doing this on my Spanish since the last dog, over 14 years. It should not be painful thing to do, the fluff is not actually attached to the skin, on the matted coat rather. 

First look for the matted area, where the corded coat start to stuck together, or stuck completely already.

First, please have a look at this video - how to split and take under coat around corded coat. Not heavily matted here but this video gives you basic idea of splitting cord and take the fluff.

Taking undercoat means not actually plucking the hair from the skin, it is excess fluffy coat at the bottom of the cording, which keeps bind together and makes matt if not controlled.

First, Find the matted area, then split gently and take the fluff stuck in between the cord

Matted coat

You can see at the bottom of the cording, fluffy under coat start to get stick together and forming matting.

You would like to take this fluffy coat out pulling gently out. 

Once you take the fluff, the cording is clear and you can see the skin. Leaving thin matt ending up the felted hard mat eventually. 

Find the matt

Split and take the fluff out

You have to make sure all the cording are separated
and you can see the skin


< Further matted coat >

Once you start mastering basic splitting, 
then multiple matted cord can be split easily.

But if it can not be split with your fingers easily, it turn rather felted. 
I will show you this in next chapter


In the end, all of the coat have to be mat free, and skin has to be seen, it is important for their health and hygiene, and comfort.

I hope this gave you some idea?


My company MD10 Ltd celebrated 10 years on 9 Feb 2021

One of the breeder in Spain told me once, "Spanish Water Dog will change your life".... and it did, to change my job completely. From small video production company to International Dog Shampoo distributor, of MD10 from Spain.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

How to look after Spanish Water Dog's coat, my way with Bruno Spanish Water Dog - 1. Prologue

This blog post is dedicated to my first and previous SWD, Boris, who taught me a lot from behaviour of the dogs, their love, and the difficult coat. I still miss him so much everyday deadly, but without him, I am not here. 

Boris about 10 months, he was beautiful and so royal but also headache sometime

Boris in Spanish Country House

I accidentally met Boris' nephew few years ago, Diego, he is from Boris' same litter sister, and I fell in love with him too, and he had totally different coat, just like their International Champion SWD, Boris' grandfather.


"How do I look after Spanish Water Dog's coat to keep it long without matted?"

"Is there any products to make SWD's coat better?"

I get asked same question so often from new pet SWD owners, and I think it is easier to write something how to look after the SWD's coat from my point of view, then they can read this hopefully.

Also many groomers ask, "Why you can NOT brush Spanish Water Dog's corded coat, but dog's coat is absolutely matted to the skin, what is the reason? why breeder tell the owner this?"

If you have a dog with this type of coat and show them which you need to understand the coat, the answer is fairly simple, but SWD is not very common so, it is normal for the groomers not to know.

My usual answer to first top 2 questions is 
"You have to attend the coat often very well, and there is no magic products to make the coat matt free easily."

You have to make sure the coat does not get matted, and if it does, you have to split them and take under coat, and make the coat wet, that is my way of attending the coat in the last 15 years - I will show how to split the cord if you are new to SWD. 

As some of you know already I sell MD10 Texture Shampoo for SWD, which was made by  tested and tried on my breeders SWDs many times, and they mastered this products to give good texture to Spanish Water Dog. (when wash not matted)

I will explain about this later on as my main topic in this series is to show you how to look after SWD's coat in easy way. But if not MD10, any good Texture Shampoo can give good texture coat, so do not worry even you are not using my shampoo anyway.

<SWD's coat in general>

I only had 2 SWDs in my last 16 years, so may be compared to some of the readers here, I am relatively new and not experienced, and I am not a breeder. Original knowledge was taught by my Spanish Breeder, and looking after their dogs preparing for the shows, and I tried to get best for my dogs too.

So what I write here, may be some of you do not agree but I write here from my knowledge so please keep that way, and I am writing in my 2nd language too.

If  you would like to add something missing here from your experience, please contact me 

<Puppy coat, silkier and not cording, but should be separated>

Puppy coat is very silky, fluffy coat, and it is not corded. But should be separated like above photos. The skin should be visible all the way.

Bruno had this wonderful coat any SWD breeder and owner could die for. His silky puppy coat had no undercoat, each separated coat was so beautiful to look at, and I was thinking "I will have no problem with his coat in the future, yahoo!!!"

But my hope was betrayed when his woolly adult coat came out.

This is Betty, I think she is about 4 to 5 months here, she has different puppy coat to previous Bruno's puppy coat, more woolly, but good coat.

My breeder always cut about 10 months or even 12 months if not matted, many breeders say cut very young gives better adults coat. I had only 2 dogs, and my breeder never done it, so I have no idea.
If the puppy coat is nice and not matted, I think cut only once is good enough as when the coat is about 3 cm, it is most difficult and easily matted, specially non corded puppy coat.

Please always talk to your breeder for any questions and care, and listen and keep in touch with them. As your puppy is like your family, the pup is part of family for the breeder too. And it is great to see the pup's development together and talk about it, and you have mentor there all the time to give you help and advice if needed.

That is the importance to purchase a puppy from caring breeder. Breeder and you will be friends for life through pup. Wonderful.

But if you purchase from puppy farms, or on website, you will not have that.

<I think SWD comes roughly in 2 types of coats>

1. No undercoat, tight almost Silky

Therefore does not get matted, very lucky coat. Usually they have tighter smaller cord, and almost silky in a sense.

The first photo below is Diego, my Boris' nephew, he has coat just like his grandfather Leon in Spain, when I run finger through his coat, no under coat at all - and not matted at all, beautiful coated handsome dog he was. Underneath is photo of Leon, which you can see he has very tight corded coat and beautifully separated. The owner said he did not have to do anything at all to his coat.

1. Diego had tight curls and almost silkier coat, and NO WOOLLY UNDER COAT AT ALL.

2. Bruno's auntie, she has totally different coat to woolly Bruno but like Diego above

3. Above photo is Leon, it has very similar coat as Diego, and Leon is Diego's grandfather
His coat did not need much maintenance work, just swimming

2. Very woolly coat, often have very soft fluffy under coat.

This fluffy under coat is the tricky one, if  the dog do not swim often. 
When the dog swim often, the woolly coat makes large, strong cord, and does not get matted. Therefore swimming is easiest way to keep the coat top notch if possible.

Model: 1st picture, Kite (Bruno's grandfather), 2nd picture Bruno, Bruno had beautiful puppy coat which I thought his coat will be perfect like Diego in previous photos. But, it was wrong. Usually Brown coat is ended up in woolly coat, I think. I have never come across very silky tight corded brown SWD.

Kite, who had quite thick coat, but he was always by the swimming pool which was lucky

Above is Bruno in Spain 2017, the sun gives tinted coat which lovely, 
but he has very woolly thick coat and these coat need to be attended very well

This was the maximum length of the coat I go with woolly coat, it is too much coat


Bruno right now, the last bath was Christmas 2020 and coat is bit neglected, 
so I thought this is good example to show you guys.

This is the tricky fluffy under coat, and this has to be plucked when the cord start to stick together, and if not tackled, it became large matt and ended up in felting if not attended. so we have to tackle this devil at earlies stage.

In the following Blog, I will show you how to 
* Split the matted coard
* How to take the fluffy undercoat
* Make the coat wet
* If it is matted hard, you can try scissors too (not great result though)

For now, good night as it is Saturday night !


My company MD10 Ltd celebrated 10 years on 9 Feb 2021

One of the breeder in Spain told me once, "Spanish Water Dog will change your life".... and it did, to change my job completely. From small video production company to International Dog Shampoo distributor, of MD10 from Spain.

How to Groom (?) Badly Matted Spanish Water Dog, Boris (copied from old blog 2012)

  How to Groom (?) Matted Spanish Water Dog This blog was written May 2012, 10 years ago ! but the google blog has been changed and I can no...