Shampoo Guide

Caring for different breeds and coat types

Dogs’ skin differs from Human skin, as it has a higher pH level. Because their skin and hair have different requirements than ours, it only makes sense to use a shampoo designed specifically for their needs.
Mutneys shampoos have been developed with an optimal blend of gentle cleansing agents and conditioners. They are specially formulated to clean deeply without drying the coat or destroying the skin's pH balance. Each formula contains a unique blend of ingredients which can be diluted down, rinse out well and will promote the health of the skin and coat.
From breed-to-breed, a dog's skin and coats needs vary greatly. If their skin or coat does not appear healthy, we recommend talking to your Vet to determine the cause and receive suggested solutions. Veterinary dermatologists know that using the correct shampoo and skin products can be vital to the health of a dog's skin and coat.
When choosing the best shampoo for a dog, it is often helpful to consider various factors based on their needs...

NORMAL HAIR - for the dogs that are fortunate to have a healthy skin and coat, their needs are simple. A pH balanced formula designed to clean and condition. Any general purpose shampoo with natural based ingredients and fresh clean scents will work perfectly for dogs with normal hair.

See our complete general purpose range here.

KNOTTED COAT – lots of breeds need regular brushing and coat maintenance. Sometimes an owner’s busy lifestyle can get in the way of this and sometimes a dog can have a penchant for jumping in rivers or bombing through undergrowth; as a result you will find yourself with the knottiest of dogs in front of you. More often than not, this all has to come off with a number 10, but if there’s a chance the coat can be salvaged, without being clipped, we’ve got the tools to help.

Use our Anti-Tangle Shampoo, followed by the Satin Conditioning Balm. Our Anti-Tangle Spray can also really benefit the dematting and brushing out stage – you can see our range of dematting tools, brushes and combs suitable for the job here.

DRY SKIN OR BRITTLE COAT - dull coats and dry skin can be caused by either health issues or environmental factors. In addition to specific treatments for any medical conditions, dogs with these issues can benefit from shampoos and conditioners that offer extra moisturising effects for the skin and coat. Enriching moisturisers and vitamins will help to rebuild dry damaged coats and keep skin supple.

We recommend using either our Coat Repair Shampoo, or our Anti-Tangle Shampoo accompanied by our Satin Conditioning Balm.

Top Tip – Use our Triple C – Complete Coat Care Spray to keep the coat maintained between baths.

DAMAGED OR ITCHY SKIN - some dogs suffer from sensitive skin, hot spots, seasonal allergies and skin infections. Conditions like these can wreak havoc on your dog's skin and coat. If a dog suffers with itchy skin, they can benefit from shampoos that use ingredients like Geranium oil, which is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, with soothing properties. With sensitive-skinned dogs; sometimes it is as much what is NOT in the product, as what is and in cases like this a shampoo free from fragrance and colourants is recommended. When anti-septic or anti-fungal action is needed, a shampoo with Lavender oil may just be what the Vet ordered!

The best solutions to these issues would be from either our Soothe & Calm Shampoo, or Hypo-allergenic Shampoo.

DIRTY, GREASY OR SMELLY COAT - dog coats can differ depending on their breed and hair type. Sometimes dogs have oilier coats or skin and coat problems that can create a more obvious smell than others. In other instances the dog may be a "roller", who just loves to rub themselves into the worst smelling item they can find, which is usually Fox poo! If the odor is related to bacteria or yeast problem, a shampoo with an anti-fungal essential oil is a good choice.

We recommend our super concentrated Deep Clean Shampoo, or for fungal smells our Calming Lavender Shampoo could offer a beneficial solution.

PUPPIES - generally have a more sensitive skin and coat than adult dogs and are less used to bathing. Therefore, it is recommended that you choose a shampoo created exclusively for puppies, preferably with a tearless formula to ensure bath time is a pleasant experience from the beginning.

The best option would either be our Gentle Puppy Shampoo, or Hypo-allergenic Shampoo.

COLOURED COAT – dogs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and ofcourse colours. Sometimes their coats can appear dull, lifeless and faded. We have a range of colour friendly shampoos that use specially selected ingredients to naturally enhance the colours, without the use of harsh chemicals like bleaching agents or dyes.

We have three best selling shampoos to offer:
- All Black Shampoo – for black, brindle, silver and spotted coats.
- Berry Blue Shampoo – for white, blenheim and spotted coats.
- Golden Caramel Shampoo – for brown, brindle, copper and apricot coats.


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Caring for your shampoo

Don’t forget, your Shampoo needs looking after too! Help keep your products for longer and get more use out of them, by following these 3 simple tips:

  1. Always shake before use - Lots of shampoos with natural oils and conditioning agents can separate when sat for long periods of time. All-natural products also tend not to last as long as those with additives in, so keep an eye on these liquids.
  2. Always close the lid firmly after use - to ensure foreign elements like dog hair do not enter the bottle. You should avoid letting any contaminants in the bottle, as even air and water can contain bacteria. You can often keep products for longer by using pumps instead of lids, as these keep water and other contaminants out.
  3. Avoid storing the product in direct sunlight - as bacteria love damp, warm spaces. This can also cause the product to separate. Even when left sealed; exposure to heat and humidity can degrade shampoos over time, so try to keep them stored in a cool, dry place.
    Our shampoo has a long shelf life of approximately 30 months from purchase, but if in doubt, you can call us for advice or simply throw away any products that have drastically changed in smell or consistency.