Hi, We are new Vizsla owners, Abby is our six month olds name. We have done a bit of reading and from what I have read, theysay that the breed is very clean...they only need to be bathed about six times a year. Vizsla's keep themselves very clean. We have never seen the flakes, but read that sometimes they get dry skin, best to check with the vet. Enjoy your puppy and remember lots of love and discipline with a firm but gentle hand.