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Q: haircut or not!

July 31, 2009 | By cheech | 17 answers | Expired: 1810 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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EVERDEE
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Aug 08, 2009

what you need to do is make sure the fur between the toes is trimed dogs sweat from thier pads on thier paws, if you keep the fur around the pads trimed you will see that will keep them much cooler. but do not shave!!!!

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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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Dottie J.
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Aug 03, 2009

I have a siberian husky mix and every summer we shave her stomache instead of her hole body and it still helps a lot.

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kristie h.
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Aug 03, 2009

i would but id have to keep him shaved due to him getting to hot. b/c he wont be used to it any more.

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Hannah H.
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Aug 03, 2009

don't cut their hair.Their hair hepls keep them warm,and keep them cool.Try spraying him with water to cool him off.

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Ninaof2girls
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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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arleen z.
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Aug 02, 2009

I would cut his hair ....

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EBalka
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Aug 01, 2009

P.S Thick hair coats DO NOT INSULATE! If they did you would see african savhanna animals running around with huge hairy coats :)

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EBalka
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Aug 01, 2009

YES SHAVE HIM PLEASE!!!!! It always grows back and it helps them soooo much. Not only for purposes of cooling down, but also you don't have those everyday grooming duties with a shorter coat!! Do it, do it, do it!!

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Makayla Y.
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Aug 01, 2009

Our groomer said that it is the thickness, not how long it is. But Angel is still hot even thought we had her shaved!

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