Why Shaving Your Dog is a Bad Idea.
While many believe shaving your dog down in the summer helps to keep him cool, that isn’t always the case. Double coated breeds should not be shaved. Here’s a great example why.
Cole Bear came to us after having been improperly groomed by groomers who don’t know what they’re doing…twice! He is a Samoyed (like Daisy). About a year ago, against his mom’s request, a groomer shaved him down. Several months ago, his mom took him to another groomer to have him brushed and bathed only as his hair was starting to grow back in. That groomer also chose to ignore the customer’s adamant request to not clip his hair in any way (and chose to ignore what was actually better for the dog) and shaved him down so he would “look better.”
You can see in this picture of him in our tub where his hair is growing back unevenly (and very slowly). His skin has been exposed to the intense sun and he has sunburn. That thicker line of hair across the bottom is all thick undercoat, and is the equivalent of us wearing thermal underwear – but it’s his only protection from the sun in that area.
His hair should continue to grow back, but it will take quite a bit of time. The thick undercoat will grow in first, with the protective guard hairs taking longer. He will look “uneven” and “unkempt” for probably a year. In some cases, the hair will not grow back evenly, or may not grow back at all. We believe that Cole Bear has a good chance of pulling through this with proper upkeep going forward.
There are several health concerns related to shaving your double-coated dog. Here’s a great article about it. The two groomers who shaved this dog are simply irresponsible.
We are very adamant about not shaving double-coats, and even more adamant about delivering a finished groom as the owner expects. We walk you through a checklist and discuss in detail what you’d like to have done. If we believe it is not in the best interest of the dog, we’ll discuss that with you. Your dog’s health is always are first priority.