Information on Double Coated Dogs(dogs with an undercoat) Including all below and the mix/variation of one of the below with another dog: -Huskys and Malamutes -Great Pyranese -German Shephards -Corgis -Australian Shephards(any size) and Border Collies -Golden Retrievers
Dogs do not sweat like humans. Their cooling process is done via panting from the mouth, sweating at the paws and cooling the blood in their ears. Shaving the dog does nothing to keep the dog cool. It just makes the human feel better when looking at the coated dog. The Siberian Husky, for example, has little to no pigmentation in its skin. If you shave the Husky, you expose it to the sun without protection. Now you have a dog that can come up with a variety of skin problems including skin cancer. Another reason to NOT clip / shave your Husky is that the fur acts as a protection against insects and parasites. You remove that protection the dog is exposed to even more insect problems than he would have had if he had been allowed to keep is protective coat. Furthermore, if you clip / shave a Husky it will eventually ruin the coat and disturb the proper shedding process.
IF you have questions regarding the options with your double coated dog, including helping to minimize shedding and matting, call Ralena at Happy Tails! 336-386-3861