DOUBLE COATED DOGS
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL
What is a double coat on a Dog?
Double coated dogs, like Huskies, have two layers of fur. A topcoat that is made up of tougher guard hairs that don’t shed, and an undercoat that is thick and soft, that sheds.
The topcoat protects your dog from the sun’s harmful rays and bug bites, it repels water and shields from dirt.
The undercoat (closest to the skin) is for insulation, the fine, fluffy hairs are short and crimp, this is the fur that sheds. This is the insulation layer, essentially it keeps them warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.
Why you should never shave a double coated Dog
Double coated dogs should never be shaved: their coats act as a protective barrier from summer heat and scorching sun rays. It’s a mistake to think you’re helping your animal stay cool, particularly in summer, when evolution has provided them with exactly what they need to survive.
Unlike humans, dogs do not cool themselves through their skin. They sweat through the pads of their paws, but their main mode of cooling comes from panting.
Dogs’ skin is much thinner than ours, their coats provide them with perfect natural protection. Clipping short ANY double coated breed, even once, can cause serious permanent, irreversible damage to a dog’s beautiful natural coat.
Shaving them removes their natural ability to stay cool.
Do you have a double coated Dog?
Breeds such as Pomeranians, Shetland Sheepdogs, Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds and Chow Chows are examples of double coated dogs. They were bred to live outdoors all year round in Arctic climates. Also many of the Herding Group ie. Collies and Sheepdogs have double coats. Full list of double coated dogs
Shedding & Grooming – Dogs with undercoats SHED
What we ARE supposed to do with double coated breeds is brush out that undercoat! Obviously they shed a lot – it is natural and extremely healthy and functional for their coats to do just that.
Their coats do an amazing job of protecting them in all sorts of weather. Yes, their dense undercoat needs to come out – often and regularly – and is easily brushed and combed out, most heavily done in the spring when a major shedding period occurs.
If the undercoat is not brushed out it becomes impacted and matted, preventing air from being able to circulate and keep them cool.
Know that to DE-SHED is easier, healthier and more effective than shaving.
In conclusion, when you shave a double coated dog, you may irreparably impair their ability to properly heat/cool themselves and protect their skin.