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Q: haircut or not!

July 31, 2009 | By cheech | 17 answers | Expired: 1841 days ago

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cheech

ive been told not to give a cut on a long haired siberian husky in the summer, but! my dog does not deal well in the humidy weve been getting. panting all day long,hes ^ yrs old and im worried about him having a heat stroke.!

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JerZgirl
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Jul 31, 2009

Dogs especially the Nordic breeds use their coats as insulation both summer and winter. If you shave the dog they actually get heat stroke quicker as their coats cannot protect them (since it is cut off).

Take the dog to the vet first, make sure she is healthy...then take her to the groomer for a good deshedding.

Dead UNDERCOAT makes the dog hot, not the hair itself. A good bath, blowout and deshed will make the dog feel a lot better.

I used to groom a lot of huskies and never once shaved one. Even the long coated ones. We refused to shave down heavy coated dogs because 1. The dog still sheds, just tiny tiny hairs. 2. The dogs coat will never be the same. and 3. Common to popular belief the dog doesnt get cooler.

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JerZgirl
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Aug 04, 2009

Wow ebalka, looks like you have never been around any nordic breeds-either that or really buy into old wives tales.

A dogs coat when maintained properly insulates as well. You never see native Alaksans shaving down their sled dogs-nor mushers either as soon as the weather gets warm. The dogs live outside all year round and survive-and they rarely get groomed!!!

My friend's husky was never shaved, just a bath and a brush and regular upkeep and she lives in a very hot climate...the dog is fine.

Shaving a dog such as a cocker spaniel or maltese is way way different than shaving down a GSD or Husky. Their coats are there for a purpose-year round insulation.

As for your comment on Savannah animals-male lions have thick coats, cheetahs and leopards do as well...yet they manage to survive without someone "making them cool"...huh...

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Kris
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Jul 31, 2009

I would talk to my vet and groomer, but I don't know of any reason not to have your dog's hair cut. My long--haired dog always felt better with her hair shorter. That being said, you don't want it too short. They can get sunburned. Of course, frequent brushings to get rid of the undercoat, and keeping him inside with plenty of water (especially during the hottest part of the day) are going to help a lot.

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