When the warmer weather arrives, I hear so many folks talking about shaving their Siberian Huskies. When I hear this, I want to hold up that big red STOP sign, and say, "Please, Don't!"
While you may be hot looking at a Husky with all its fur - especially a wooly - but trust me, it does not bother him or her! Unless specifically for medical reasons (as recommend by your vet), it is never a good idea to shave a Husky. Last summer, after having a conversation with my groomer about shaving Huskies, a double-coated breed of dog, I realized just how popular this idea is with folks, groomers included. I have also had readers send me photos of their dogs that had been shaved ~ without their permission ~ and concerned about the regrowth of their hair. It seems when the thermometer rises, people are tempted to shave their Husky (or northern-breed dog). Last spring, after Gibson was finished being groomed, I did a photoshoot with him and have now put together the top graphic about why Huskies should never be shaved. It is my hope to help educate others, including first-time and potential Sibe parents, as well as groomers, unfamiliar with the breed, to help stop this all-too-frequent seasonal ritual from occurring! While a Siberian Husky should never be shaved (other than for a medical reason), it is important for your Husky's health to always keep him/her well-groomed and brushed.
*Exposed skin is susceptible to skin allergies, sunburn, and skin cancer.
*A shaved body can more easily allow for bug and
*Shaving the fur can corrupt proper growth.
*Keeping your Husky well groomed.
*Turn on A/Cs or fans!
*Put on a cooling collar!
*Buy a cooler water bed! Therapeutic & cool!
*Swimming, splashing in kiddie pools, and running through sprinklers and chase away the heat!
*A portable sprayer bottle with a fan is pretty cool!
*Wearing a bandana dipped in cool water is very refreshing!
*Apply cool water to paw pads!
*Go outside in early AM or late PM to beat the heat!
*Walk in shady spots, and beware of hot blacktop & sand!
*Always have fresh, cool drinking water available!
*Never, EVER leave them in a warm car!
without shaving them!