Care of the Coat
The semi-long coat of the Stabyhoun is self-cleaning. This means that dirt falls off by itself when it is dry; one brush through it to remove the last remnants of sand and it is clean again. He only rarely needs a bath. Even if he really is very dirty, just a rinse or a swim in a clean pool is usually sufficient. Shampoo is only required if he has been rolling in something smelly; then use a special, neutral dog shampoo so as not to disturb the skin oils. A healthy dog has, by definition, a beautiful, shiny coat.
The coat does not often require brushing, except during the moulting period (2x per year) when the undercoat is released. Every other day brushing is then necessary. Always keep at least the hair behind the ears and on the pants tangle free. Some dogs shed year round, it is said that the warm climate is to blame and that a coat needs the cold to stay beautiful and healthy. Therefore, set the thermostat down at night for sleeping. Stabys like a cool (draft-free) space.
A Staby basically does not need to be groomed. Any necessary trimming you can very well do yourself, unless your dog is neutered. With this often comes what is called a "castrated" coat, where the undercoat is exploding (this may also be true with females). There are all kinds of luxury and expensive hair care products on the market, but all you really need is a universal brush, a comb, scissors and some skill. Often dogs prefer a simple plastic comb, because the teeth seem more pleasant than that of a metal comb.
Start by brushing the fur with a universal brush. Make sure all the tangles are out of the coat.
The breed standard says the bottom third of the ears should be short haired. Often that is true, but that is hidden from view by overhanging longer hair from the upper part of the ears. This can be corrected by plucking the long and discolored fur, as below.
The hair should be cut in the winter because otherwise salt brine or snow may linger, which can be painful for the dog. The hair between the toes grows, but should be kept short.
You can see tufts of hair
between the toes
You cut tufts flush with
the bottom of the sole
of the foot and the toes.
That looks neater plus the
chance that junk lingers
and creates irritation is