Grooming Schapendoezen;

One of the great charms of the Schapendoes is his coat.
A does has to look messy too, but that does not mean that the coat needs little care.
The coat of a does is composed of thin, woolly undercoat and dry long guard hairs.
The undercoat keeps the dog warm and protects him from strong temperature fluctuations.
The topcoat, hanging in picking and strings and the oily undercoat ensure that the rain does not penetrate to the skin.
It is important therefore not to comb out all undercoat.
Also in extremely hot weather the undercoat works insulating, but the 'coat' may be thinner than in winter.


A so-called 'Bobtailborstel, a coarse and a fine comb.

A solid surface such as a table.
Remember that taking care of the adult doezenfur sometimes even can take 1.5 hours.
It is therefore recommended that the puppy gets used to a place where he is combed and where it is an easy posture for you.

The puppy;

It is important for the puppy to get used to the fumbling.
As with everything he needs to learn, this must also be quietly built up.
Put him every day at the place you have chosen for him to comb.
The first few days, put him there, stroke and just a little combing.
If this goes well, you do the comb and brush.
The next step is to comb, brush, ears and a little fiddling in the ear (adult doezen need to be plucked at the inside of the ear)
Meanwhile price him into the sky.
Occasionally a cookie also does wonders!
If all goes well you can also look at the teeth and under the tail.
Try to make sure that he is not going to run off and be naughty.
If he knows he can be naughty and run off he will keep trying.
Also not allow him to bite in the brush or in your hand.
If the puppy is very active, do this ritual when he is tired.
The ritual itself takes at most a few minutes a day.
If he's ready to stand or sit quietly while combed, you can try to lay him on his side.
Keep him here, so he does not come up directly.
For some it will be a challenge, because it is a very submissive position to them.
Just stop him and give him some loving words or maybe a little treat even if he only laid down for two seconds.
The next day it might be four seconds...
If he can remain calm, you start again with the comb, then comb and brush etc.
Make it a party. In between, a hug or a toy to play and when everything is ready a 'big'treat.

I use something they usually never get, such as a slice of sausage or ham. At least something special.

After a while you can do this every day and later 1x each week.

The '8 months crisis';

Around this age they are going through their puppy to adult fur trade.
This is unfortunately often accompanied by an enormous amount of tangles.
During this period it is advisable to go back to every day combing otherwise there is no stopping them.
It may take several months, do not despair, it will be better!

The adult coat;

Normally it is sufficient to comb your does every week.
I'm talking more about combing then brushing.
The trick is that you brush up the hair against the growth device and comb it back layer by layer.

There's more combing than brushing.

When combing back keep sure you comb until the skin.
I always start with the front legs and then work through till the back.
Finally the head.
First with the coarse comb and then with the fine comb.
You can tear tangles apart and then continue combing or make an incision in the longitudinal direction of the skin and comb.
There are also ingenious combs with rotating teeth for sale that make all this easier.

The head;

The head and neck need some extra attention.
Especially under the ear and around the place where the collar sits is an infamous places where tangles may develop.
Also in the mustache and beard where sometimes some leftovers are that dry and form tangles.
It is advisable to comb mustache and beard more often to prevent tangles.

The tuft;

The tuft is one of the most characteristic appearances of the does.
It is often asked if a does can see anything through it.
If the tuft is not too heavy and thick a does can see perfect.
However, in some cases it is necessary to thin the tuft.
This can be done in different ways;

With an elasticcomb '

Here you weave some rubber bands through the teeth of the comb and you can comb through the tuft.

The rubber bands remove a little more hair.
The rubber bands can also be woven through the fine comb.

The fleacomb

The fleacomb has very closely spaced teeth, so this will remove more hair.

With the thinningscissors

This is a so called thinning scissor

It is important that you keep the top hair back so it does not cut.
Pick some little hairs underneath with the thinning scissors and if you comb the upper hair back you see nothing from it.

The first two options give the most natural effect.

Note it is clear that simply cutting the tuft does not belong to the options!

The ears;

The hanging ears are an increased risk of external ear inflammation.
This is due to insufficient air supply.
If the ear canals are full of hair, earwax will remain in it and wax can clog causing an even more suffocating environment which bacteria love.
It is therefore important to keep the ear canals free from hair.
These can easily be pulled out with the fingers.
Most hairs are already fairly loose.
Even the hairs on the inside of the ear can be taken away.
It sounds painful, but many dogs love it!

The teeth;

During the comb look also after the teeth.
If there is tartar you can scratch this off with your fingernail.
If you prefer brushing the teeth of your dog, it is advisable to take this in the training mode of your puppy.


Combing and brushing your does is quite a job where you must take the time.
Take the time, because it is also an intensely social time with your dog that you can both enjoy.
Try to keep up and avoid lengthy combingsessions that lead to frustration rather than a cozy cuddly/comb.