My dog has a double coat. Should they be clipped?

Should my dog be clipped short this summer?

The short answer is: no

Human hair and dog hair work very differently, if you are considering shaving your dog for summer, please keep reading.

More hair doesn’t = more heat for a dog. In fact, a double coat helps the dog regulate their temperature (in hot and cold climates). It also acts as a natural sunscreen and helps protect your dog against skin cancer.

But you might be asking, ‘how do I know if my dog has a double coat?’

The most commonly owned breeds with double coats are:

  • Pomeranians 
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Border Collies
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 
  • Labradors
  • German Shepherds
  • Huskies
  • Pugs
  • Chows
  • Samoyeds

This is not an exhaustive list, so if you are still not sure whether your dog has a double coat then speak with your vet for further advice.

Alternatively you could ask a professional groomer such as Pulse Dog Washing & Grooming and they can point you in the right direction for pet grooming care.

If you have identified your dog’s breed on the above list then here are a few simple rules to follow:

  • Never clip or shave your dog, no matter how hot the temperature is
  • Grab a ‘Furminator’ brush and use that when they start shedding
    • Your dog’s undercoat will shed typically twice a year
    • Brushing away excess shedding will help keep them cool
  • Wash your dog or have them groomed every 1-2 months
    • It’s also a good idea to have your dog deshedded professionally during that time
  • Don’t walk your dog in the heat of the day
    • They can overheat this way and their paws will burn on the pavement
  • Ensure that your dog has a cool place to lie during the day
  • It is imperative that your dog has access to plenty of water, inside and outside the house

If you follow these tips, your pooch will be a very comfortable and cool dog indeed. And with the right grooming, their fur will be thick and luscious too. Give the team at Pulse Dog Washing & Grooming a call on 1300 697 857 today.


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