Are you looking for the best dog groomers in Newport News? Not all groomers are made equal! Like any other trade, dog grooming skills and abilities can vary widely from person person, and place to place. Dogs can be wormy, squirmy, grumpy, or great, and it takes special people to be able to handle them all. Once you’ve found a groomer you’re confident in, you can make regular recurring appointments with them, and cross one more thing off the to-do list! To help you in your search, we’ve listed our five favorite dog groomers in Virginia Beach.

A Note on Mobile Dog Grooming

We LOVE mobile dog groomers. We find the grooming experience can be very stressful for more sensitive dogs who are adverse to loud noises, crates, or shy of strange people and dogs. A mobile groomer will come to your home in their mobile pet salon! They park out front of your house, and complete the entire grooming process in a space where your dog gets their undvided attention. It greatly reduces the amount of stress they may feel during the grooming process, and provides an element of convenience since you don’t have to transport your own pets.

What should I look for in a dog groomer?

Among the vast array of options, there are certain things to look for when choosing a groomer. You want to make sure they have clean, well-ventilated salons, and dog-friendly products. Whether mobile or permanent, they should have no problem showing you their facilities.

Look for a groomer that offers an array of services. Specialty services may also indicate a groomer who is knowledgeable and experienced. Most dog groomers offer standard services as a minimum including bathing, hair trimming, de-shedding, ear cleaning, and nail trimming.

One of the most important things to know is if your chosen dog groomer carries liability insurance. Carrying insurance is a sign of a true dog grooming professional. It can also give you peace of mind that if any injuries should occur under their care, any resulting medical expenses will be covered. On the same note, you may also ask if the salon has Pet First Aid & CPR training, and if there is a first aid kit on site.

Our 5 Favorites

Femmes & Fidos

Femmes & Fidos is located in Port Warwick in Newport News at 149 Herman Melville Ave, Newport News, VA 23606. They are open every weekday from 7:00 AM to 5:00PM, and Saturdays from 8:00AM to 3:00PM. Their website doesn’t give much detail on their services, but we have first hand knowledge that they offer full service grooming, and excellent service. They’ve always taken great care of our pets, and we highly recommend them if you need grooming in Newport News.

Critter Cleaners Pet Grooming Salon & Mobile Grooming

Critter Cleaners is one of our favorite mobile grooming services. They offer service in all Hampton Roads cities including Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth! That’s quite a radius. They provide all standard grooming services including bathing, nail trims, haircuts, and more. We also love that they offer both senior and military discounts. You can see their website at, or contact them at 757-848-5260.

Foxy Roxy Grooming

While Foxy Roxy did used to provide both in-home and mobile grooming, due to COVID, their services have been changed to on-site only. That doesn’t make them any less talented! They offer bathing packages including nail trims, ear cleaning, brushing, etc., and even an entire makeover package that includes optional perfume or cologne! Their hours are by appointment only, but they can be reached on their website at, or called at 757-778-4791.

The Happy Dog Pet Grooming Salon

The Happy Dog Pet Grooming Salon is located at 304 Main St, Newport News, VA 23601. They operate during the week from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and weekends from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Offering lots of standard and specialized grooming services, they can be reached on their facebook page at, or by phone at (757) 594-0263.

Rex and Friends Dog Wash

Our last pick is a special self-service dog wash! We love these because they make grooming your dog simple, and can be done on your own terms, without making the mess in your house! Rex and Friends self-serve baths are WALK-INS – no appointment is necessary. They open at 10:00 AM, and 6:00 PM close on weekdays, and 5:00 PM on Sundays. They also offer on-site grooming services which are by appointment only, so you have two options, whether you feel like doing the work yourself or not! They can be reached at their website at which provides a link to online booking, or by phone at (757) 952-6598.

Now that you know what to look for in a dog groomer, and you have some great suggestions, you’re ready to make a confident descision in choosing a groomer without worrying about what will happen to your pooch.

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