How Much Does Dog Grooming Cost? – Plus UK Prices by Breed

My sister is a dog groomer and the most common question she is asked is “how much does dog grooming cost” The thing is; there is no simple answer, dog grooming costs depend on several factors,

How big is your dog? Do they require a wash, just brushing and a nail clip or the full works and a fancy trim? Is your pet matted? Do they need a flea treatment or hand-stripping?

All these things can affect the price, so we thought we’d have a look at what you can expect to pay for dog grooming. This article takes a look at

  • The average costs of dog grooming
  • Is nail clipping included in the price
  • Which pets cost more to groom
  • What an owner should look for when choosing a grooming service
  • Ways to save money on grooming dogs

Average Prices of Dog Groomers UK

The average cost of having your pup preened can depend on a number of things, is your dog’s fur matted, how big they are, does your dog need a basic haircut or fancy show do?

You may prefer a mobile dog groomer, sometimes dogs find it less stressful to be groomed in the house, but these groomers are unlikely to be cheaper as you need to take into consideration the travelling cost.

Expect to pay around £20-£30 for little dogs and puppies to £50 and over for a large dog like a Newfoundland.

Prices can also vary depending on where you live; for example, we found one groomer in London charging £135 for hand-stripping an Airedale while the same service in Leeds is less than £100.

What is a Full Groom?

Most dog groomers offer a full groom as part of their services; this usually includes a bath, ears cleaned and plucked if necessary, a blow-dry and cut to the owners’ specification, although fancier competition hair styles that may be needed for a Toy Poodle or a Maltese may increase the price.

Nails may be included and anal glands can be emptied upon request; some groomers will include this and others may charge extra.

If you want a flea treatment, special conditioning treatment or even in some cases your dog’s coat coloured, these are all extra services that incur extra costs.

Do Dog Grooming Prices Vary by Breed of Dog?

Yes, they do; obviously, grooming a short-haired Jack Russell is going to cost less than a large German Shepherd as it will take less time to preen your pet; some breeds like a Border Terrier or Airedale may need their hair hand stripping, which is quite a time consuming and also increases dog grooming costs.

Poodles, Schnauzers and the Cocker Spaniels have specific haircuts and fancier trims that may affect grooming costs too.

How to Choose the Right Groomer for your Pet

Choosing the right dog groomer isn’t just a case of finding the nearest salon; you should check out their website first and read reviews to see what other customers say. Arrange a visit first as you will want to check out some things

  • Is the place clean and organised?
  • Are the grooming tables safe, secure and hygienic?
  • What products does the salon use? Make sure the shampoo contains no harsh chemicals?
  • Does the groomer display qualifications, insurance certificates etc., on their website? Do they have first aid knowledge?
  • Do they have a price list on display?
  • Ask what experience they have with your breed, be it a Dachshund or a Springer Spaniel?
  • Are they interested in your dog, and ask questions about their general health, coat, nervousness etc.?

These factors can all impact which grooming service you choose but also watch your dog after a session; if Fido seems nervous or lethargic, even has diarrhoea, he may be stressed.

6 Tips to Save Money on Dog Grooming

Shop Around

As we’ve mentioned above, prices can vary enormously and what a full groom includes can differ too, so it’s worth shopping around to compare prices. You may only save a few pounds, but if Fido goes to the groomer once a month, this will add up.

Groom at Home

Brushing and trimming your four-legged friends at home can save you a fortune in grooming costs; if they have their ears cleaned and nails clipped regularly as well, this will cut down on trips to the salon.

If you want to groom your furry friend at home, why not have a look at some top dog grooming equipment you may need to tackle your dog’s hair at home?

Let a Student Dog Groomer have a go.

Some towns have dog grooming schools and students need to practice, so why not check if your pet could be their model? These sessions are always supervised by a professional, so they are perfectly safe and it could save you some pennies.

Look for Loyalty Discounts

Many dog groomers offer these, where you may pay for the 1st five grooms then get one free, ideal if your four-legged friend is going to become a regular client or if you have multiple dogs.

Leave out the Hand-Stripping

The more work your groomer has to do, the more it will cost; hand stripping is time-consuming and usually increases the cost; yes, some breeds like the Schnauzer and Westie do benefit from this method of grooming, but clipping them can be done instead unless they are a show dog.

Give Fido a Buzz Cut

Short hair takes longer to grow, so instead of requesting a trim, why not give Fido a short back and sides, cutting down on visits to the dog grooming salon.


How much is it to get my dog groomed at Pets at Home?

It depends on the breed and amount of work involved for a Chihuahua or Yorkshire Terrier; you would be looking between £25-£30, If it’s a German Sheperd or Husky, probably around £40 unless they were terribly matted.

What does a standard grooming session include?

A full groom service usually includes a shampoo, blow-dry, brush and cut with nails clipped; ears plucked if required and some will also include the anal glands on request.

What should I look for when choosing a dog groomer?

Always choose a grooming service that has been recommended, read reviews online on their website or ask other dog walkers where they go.

Price isn’t the biggest consideration here; you need to make sure the groomer you choose is fully qualified, has experience with your breed, uses quality natural products and who makes the process as stress-free as possible for the dogs.

Last Word

Dog grooming is something you will need to factor in when choosing your dog; if you are going to visit the dog groomer every 4-6 weeks, you are looking at a few hundred pounds a year, more if you have two dogs unless you choose to try grooming and nail clipping at home.

The average cost of small dogs is usually between £20-£30, whilst a large dog like a Border Collie or Boxer may cost around £30-£40, this will depend on the condition of their coat and temperament too. A dog who is nervous or aggressive when getting a haircut may also impact what you pay.

There are ways to save money on dog grooming prices though, so shop around when looking for qualified dog groomers. One of the best is to pamper your pup at home; here’s a handy guide on how to groom a dog.

Keeping your canine coifed needn’t cost the earth. Still, if you do decide to visit a professional, the more information you can find out, the better and personal recommendation is by far the best referral.

Donna Hepburn

Published author, content writer and qualified dog behaviourist I have owned dogs all my life from Boxers, Rottweilers and Akitas, to Staffies and currently a very demanding Frenchie who is harder work than all the others put together.

I had a collar making business for over 10 years and am involved with several doggy charities. I currently live in the northeast and when I am not writing about dogs I enjoy, travelling, cooking and reading.

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