Q: haircut or not!
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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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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Aug 02, 2009
I have an American Eskimo and she has problems with the heat also, but grooming her with the brush is the best treatment for the heat. She has very sensitive pink skin and she would have a heat stroke if she was shaved. The hair actually insulates them and protects them from the heat and the cold. Cleaning out the old undercoat will help your dog and leaving the long shiny overcoat will keep him cooler. The panting cools them off as well. Please do not shave this breed.
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