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Q: Does anyone shave their Malamute in the summer?

April 13, 2009 | By Traci B. | 10 answers | Expired: 1920 days ago

I know several people who shave their dogs in the summer but none of them own Malamutes. My girl Fortune gets really hot in the summer. I keep her well brushed and she has a kiddie pool to wade in. The articles I have read discourage shaving because they saw the fur also helps the dogs to stay cool. I would like to hear others opinions on this. Thank you!

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Edlisa2j
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Apr 22, 2009

I agree with those that don't shave their Mals. I have a Mal with pretty long hair but have never had him shaved or clipped in the summer. He is an inside dog so he manages pretty well. I never really thought about it cause I know if I could stand to see his beautiful hair all shaved off. I thought the belly trim was a good idea.

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Patricia  C.
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Apr 21, 2009

The malamutes fir insulate them as well as keep them cool. I do not think that you need to shave her. A good brushing every day should help her more than anything. You can also brush her with a shedding brush which will help a lot. The pool is a great resource and should help keep her cool. My great pryrenees/ lab mix has a lot of undercoat and also requires a lot of brushing in the spring and summer.

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MrRoberts
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Apr 16, 2009

Yes. I have an American Eskimo which I just had clipped down, primarily due to shedding his 'Winter' coat. An 'Eskie' is just like a shrunken Samoyed/Malamute that has two coats of hair, and simply brushing it is not enough. Cutting it off was the only option due to excessive matting.

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Agileboom
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Apr 15, 2009

Instead of shaving you entire dog ask your groomer to come up to the ribcage with a sanitary and shave paw pads. This will help more than an all over shave

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Rachel G.
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Apr 15, 2009

I would not shave a dog. Their coat is a built in air conditioner in the summer and heater in the winter. By shaving their coats your messing up their natural system to cool.

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Amnestie
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Apr 15, 2009

I wouldn't recommend shaving. My Alaskan Malamute/Bernese Mountain Dog mix was shaved by a groomer a few years ago, and it was not done with consent. Ever since then the coat has grown back not as soft and even grows longer than what it was before she was shaved. I do have her belly shaved in the warmer months. I would just suggest bathing and brushing and a belly shave. Protect the rest of your dog's coat by not shaving it off.

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Cherie S.
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Apr 14, 2009

HI, I groomed dogs for 20 years and DO NOT recommend the shaving of a dog with a natural undercoat, the hair is their insulation from heat as well as cold. IF you start this you will start a vicious circle as when the dog is shaved the hair grows back twice a thick. Have you ever noticed the density of a poodle's back hair is different that the legs? That is because the back is clipped and the legs are scissored. When your dog starts to drop the undercoat, wait until you can get handfuls out when brushing and then bathe the dog and blow it dry while brushing. The bath loosens the hair and you can get it all in one swoop!

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maria h.
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Apr 14, 2009

I had a Husky and I still have a Husky mix.We live in Arizona and as you know,it gets really hot here. I've had my dogs shaved the past 3 years. I just had Star done a couple of weeks ago and she loves it.Runs around like a puppy so I know she's feeling much cooler.My dogs don't spend much time at all outside in the summer.They're indoors with the air conditioner on!

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Mary C.
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Apr 14, 2009

I have a super heavy coated husky and our vet reccomends trimming his coat, not shaving it other than a little more on his belly. See what your groomer would reccomend for your dog, and yes their hair does insulate them to protect them from the heat and cold so if you opt to groom him don't go to short!

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Appygirl5
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Apr 14, 2009

Hi, as a groomer I try to encourage people to try a shedless program on double coated breeds. Their hair works like insulation against heat as well as cold, but getting excess undercoat out is imprortant.

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