To Shave or not to Shave?
Shaving your dog down for summer is particularly popular amongst owners, however it isn’t suitable for all breeds. The type of coat your dog has, will determine the best grooming option to keep your pet cool.
Dogs’ coats come in two forms:
- Single Coated - Breeds include Shih Tzu, Maltese, Poodle, Bichon etc.
- Double Coated - Breeds include Huskies, Malamutes, Samoyeds, Border Collies, Golden Retrievers etc. Single coated breeds have coats like human hair that has no determined growth. This means it will continue to grow till it is cut. Whilst single coat breeds can be shaved, *shaving a double coat breed is not recommended.
Single coated breeds can be shaved and will commonly grow back the same as before.
Double coated breeds refers to coats that have two layers of fur. The first is fine and fluffy close to the skin, this is the fur that sheds; light and soft.
An easy way to refer to this layer of coat is very similar to the insulation of our homes. This layer is excellent at trapping air and insulating the dog. Essentially it keeps the dog warm in winter and cool in summer.
The topcoat is made of guard hairs that don’t shed as often and protect the coat from harmful rays and bug bites. It also works at insulating against the heat as well.
It’s misleading to think that shaving your double coated dog for warmer summer weather will help your pet. Evolution has provided them with exactly what they need to survive. By stripping them of their natural ability to cool themselves, you could be doing more harm than good.
It will also remove any protection your pet had from the elements. When the coat does grow back the topcoat will be shorter or sometimes not grow back at all. The undercoat will be thicker and denser. The older the dog is, the less likely the quality of the coat will be as before. So the answer to the Question “To shave or not to shave, really does depend on the breed.”
We recommend Full Grooms for single coated breeds. We can clip back the coat to your desired length keeping your pet nice and cool. We suggest pampering your double coated breeds with our Groom Out package. We can remove the excess undercoat to allow your pet to remain cool and provide your pet with a balanced coat. We can also clip the hair in between the paw pads to help with cooling.
5 Reasons not to shave your double coated dog
• It will not keep them cooler in the summer
• It will permanently damage their coat
• Increases the risk of sunburn & skin cancer
• It will not decrease their shedding
• It will not help with your allergies