CH White Star's Bentley on January, 2007 Show Circuit
from Mr Jerzy Olszewski (Sylena); revised and translated
by Mr Miroslaw Redlicki
There are many schools and tips on how to groom a pon to perfection; everybody agrees, though, that regular grooming, using professional products from well known and established companies is the only way to keep a pon in good shape. Nothing looks more upsetting than a matted, filthy dog.
are still some people who use human products in grooming; nevertheless, I
strongly advocate using special dog products, as our skin and hair differ
a lot from those of a dog. Which brand to use is a matter of trial
and error , as a lot depends on the actual type of coat. It is well
known that pons come in different coats. One, who has been with the breed
for a longer time will notice that – unfortunately – coats
have become more difficult to groom in recent years.
start bathing a puppy from the time it is 3 months old, just to
get it used to grooming and to have its coat well kept and
nourished from the earliest age.After having moistened the hair with warm,
but not hot water, I apply some shampoo, working in one direction so the
coat is not tangled. Rinse thoroughly and repeat shampooing, finishing
with conditioner. In case the coat is dry and thin, apply some oil.
Combing and brushing
Combing and brushing cannot be done on a dry coat – it must be first moistened with a coat conditioner, and this is of extreme importance! Whenever any matt or tangle has been found, it must be first separated with fingers and combed out. Some oil applied on the matt will help with separating the fur. Comb and brush layer after layer, paying special attention to belly, feet and ears.
tools are wide, metal comb and bristle brush. Some owners have found
English Mason Pearson ® brush (actually,
designed for humans) the best choice.How often to brush is an
individual matter. With correct coat texture, twice a month will do,
preferably after bathing. With a young dog, I recommend more frequent
sessions. Unfortunately, correct coat texture has become rare.
the coat is dry, damaged and looks unhealthy, „Regenoil” by JPH is a
good choice. It is applied 30-60 minutes before bathing. It's one
disadvantage is it's strong smell, which I think may be rather unpleasant
to a dog’s nose.
stains that tend to appear on a dog’s mouth and feet
(this tendency seems to be present in some lines more than in
others) can be cleaned with commercial products. However, I believe
apple vinegar (1 spoon in a glass of tap water) cleans stains very
well. This must be done every day. Some claim that stains appear more
frequently with dogs fed on commercial, dry food.
be checked at least once a week, as the breed is prone to ear
inflammation. Hair from inside the ear must be gently pulled out with
fingers (never cut!).
Improving coat texture
are many tricks to improve the quality of otherwise soft coats that have
become common. I can recommend horse products, designed for show
preparation of horse tails and manes. They work miracles....
No product can replace regular and correct grooming. A twice-a-month, good grooming session is a must! If it seems too much for You, buy another breed!