Should You Shave Your Dog in the Summer?

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It is that time of year again where the temperatures start rising and the questions pertaining to shaving dogs start being asked.  I have heard many different theories and opinions about the benefits and risks of shaving a thick-coated dog in the summer.  Each differing opinion will cite reasons and facts that favor their decision, but should you shave your dog in the summer or not?

Just like all of the others that weigh in on this topic, I too have an opinion; my answer is no, you shouldn’t shave your dog in the warmer months.  Here are some of the reasons that bring me to this conclusion:

  • Our dogs don’t sweat like we do.  Instead, their cooling process is handled by panting and even some sweating on the paws, having a thick coat will not slow down a dog’s cooling process.
  • Some types of fur and hair can be beneficial in hot weather, working to insulate dogs from the heat.
  • Dogs with double-coated fur receive protection against biting flies and mosquitoes.
  • Dogs with little or no pigmentation in their skin, like the Husky, can get sunburned very easily when shaved.
  • Most long haired dogs look ridiculous when shaved.

So if there are so many reasons not to shave your dog during the summer, why do we all see so many shaved dogs?  Do you have another perspective on this issue, do you have better reasons why you should shave your dog?

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