Double Coated Dogs

Husky Shaved Down

To Shave or not to Shave

Dogs do not sweat like humans. Their cooling process is done via panting from the mouth, sweating at the paws and cooling the blood in their ears. Shaving the dog does nothing to keep the dog cool. It just makes the human feel better when looking at the coated dog.

The Siberian Husky has little to no pigmentation in its skin. If you shave the Husky, you expose it to the sun without protection. Now you have a dog that can come up with a variety of skin problems including skin cancer. Another reason to NOT clip / shave your Husky is that the fur acts as a protection against insects and parasites. You remove that protection the dog is exposed to even more insect problems than he would have had if he had been allowed to keep is protective coat

Source: South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue, Inc.

The following applies to most double coated dogs.

The first layer, closest to the skin is what we call their undercoat, it’s made up of fine, fluffy, and short hairs. This is the fur that sheds. This layer responsible insulating the dog. The second layer is what we call the topcoat. It’s made up of course, tougher guard hairs, true to their name they do just that, they guard your dog from the UV rays and insects. The dogs were given a coat capable of keeping them both warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer. Shaving your dog’s coat does much more harm than good.

Shaving Changes the Coat Texture

If you shave your double-coated dog, you’ll probably notice new hair starting to grow in quickly. Unfortunately, what happens is that the undercoat grows first … that soft fuzzy stuff that stays next to the skin. The guard hairs are slower growing, and you’ll soon start to see them mixed in with the fluffy undercoat. At this stage you’ll probably also notice that the texture of the new double coat coming in doesn’t feel the same as it did before. Their coat may never be the same, that beautiful coat may not ever return.

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