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Double Coated Dogs – To Shave or Not to Shave?

Now that the weather is warming up and summer is approaching, you may be wondering – should I be getting my dog shaved? If you own a double coated dog breed like an Alaskan Malamute, Chow Chow, Australian Shepherd or Pomeranian – the answer is NO. Unless it is medically necessary, it is not recommended to shave a dog with a double coat and the Brookside Barkery Groomers are here to tell you why.

Certain breeds were created with the double coat in order for them to better deal with the surrounding climate. The fur on a double coated dog acts as a thermal regulator that both slows down the process of heat absorption in hot weather and insulates the body to protect them from cold weather. Shaving a dog with a double coat not only exposes their skin to harmful UV rays which can cause serious burns, but can also cause overheating.

A double coated dog’s top layer of fur is called their guard hairs. The guard hairs are there to deflect the sun. When you shave a double coated dog, you are removing their guard hairs giving the sun rays direct access to your dog’s skin.

Your dog will naturally get rid of unwanted undercoat hairs during spring shedding, leaving only guard hairs remaining. As annoying as this unwanted shedding can be to us dog owners, once the undercoat has been shed, air can circulate through the guard hairs. This cools your dog’s skin while also protecting them from harmful UV rays.

So next time someone asks you if you’re going to shave your dog to cool them down for summer, educate them and explain that shaving will do the exact opposite!

Do you have more questions for the Brookside Barkery Professional Groomers? Stop by either Brookside or Lee’s Summit location today!