To Clip or Not to Clip


Number 1 RULE in Owning and Caring for your Double Coated Puppy / Dog


NEVER SHAVE A DOUBLE COATED DOG

(unless for emergency medical reasons and conditions)


Why?

Because the Fur acts as Insulator. Even if you see it as a thick blanket covering them. The double coating features of any dogs fur serves not only as protection but also as a temperature regulator for their body. It helps them cool down when the environment is too hot, and it also helps them warm up when the environment is too cold.


Double-coated dogs have two layers of fur:

A harsh topcoat and a soft undercoat. These two coats grow independently of one another and to different lengths. The soft undercoat is shorter and grows much faster than the topcoat. The undercoat sheds and is released twice a year. The topcoat is longer, and tends to grow slower than the undercoat. We advise against shaving any breeds that have a double coat.


False Myths


  • Shaving will NEVER lessen a Husky’s Shedding

  • Shaving will NEVER help your Husky Cool Down in Hot Summer Days

  • Shaving will lessen your Allergies

  • Shaving will NEVER MAKE your Husky’s Coat grow Thicker (it's all about the genes)


Reasons you should NOT shave double-coated dogs:


  • By shaving your double coated dog you are putting them at risk of irritation on the skin, they can become subseptable to sunburn and itching as the fur grows back, causing various skin disorders and excessive licking.

  • It does not make them shed less as they naturally only shed there undercoat twice a year. Shaving is a temporary fix with more con's than pro's.

  • It damages the growth of the coat and can take several years to regrow causing issues in between.


Does my Dog have a Double Coat?

Here is a list of all the double coated dogs that we find in the UAE


  • Golden and Labrador Retrievers

  • German and Australian Shepherds

  • Pomeranians

  • Siberian Huskies

  • Border Collies

  • Corgis

  • Cavalier King Charles

  • Beagles

  • Yorkshire Terrier

  • Wirehaired Fox Terrier

  • Cairn Terrier

  • Miniature Schnauzer

  • Havanese