Should I shave my double-coated dog?
In short, no. Although one would assume shaving long or thick hair in the summer would keep a dog cool, it in fact does the opposite!
Double-coated breeds have evolved to manage harsh climates. Their fur acts as a thermal regulator for hot and cold temperatures, and shedding is nature’s way of making the coat suitable for heat protection.
The dangers of shaving
• Exposure to heat stroke & sunburn.
• Coat can grow back thicker, making thermal regulation difficult.
• Skin will be exposed to biting flies and mosquitoes.
• Coat can grow back unevenly; undercoat may grow back faster than “guard” coat. Since the undercoat is more likely to mat, it will need another shave, creating a vicious cycle.
• Alopecia – uneven growth and bald spots can occur.
• Dogs not used to being shaved may scratch excessively, irritating skin and creating hot spots.
How do double-coated breeds keep cool?
Keeping a healthy double-coat:
We take special care to make sure your pup is always properly groomed according to his/her breed standards. For double-coated breeds, we offer multiple de-shedding treatments to fit your needs:
Extra brushing to remove impacted undercoat. Helps your pup regulate body temperature by removing dead undercoat and allowing air flow.
Lo-shed treatment with light trimming of belly, tail, and booty.
Lo-shed treatment with heavy trimming of belly, tail, and booty for a contoured look. This is as short as we can go before damaging the coat.
Is my dog a double-coated breed?
Below is a list of double-coated breeds! You may be surprised at who’s on the list!
Cold Weather Dogs
Chinook – Rare Breed
Australian Cattle Dog
Bouvier des Flanders
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
German Shepherd Dog
Old English Sheepdog
Polish Lowland Sheep Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog
Black Russian Terrier
American Water Spaniel
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Parson Russel Terrier
Wirehaired Fox Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
While some breeds with double coats don’t need an excessive amount of grooming, others do in order to keep their coats tangle-free. The fluffier the coat, the higher maintenance it is. Some dogs have a rougher, more dense outer coat with thick and soft undercoats resulting in the need to be regularly groomed or their coats can become matted.
Regardless of what kind of double coat your dog may have, the answer to the question, “To shave or not to shave?” Definitely not.