Post # 1
I have a blue heeler male that is almost a year old. He has this THICK hair and we have really hot summers around here. I was thinking about giving him a hair cut but I’ve been researching and this type of dog doesn’t usually have to be groomed. He is very hot natured and is always panting. Do you think it will be okay to do this? Anybody else have this problem?
Post # 3
@akelle13: I think it will be fine. I am taking my corgi this week to get shaved. He also has super thick fur and is really hot and panty. I did it last year and it was fine. His hair grew back perfectly normal.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I used to get my pomeranian buzzed during the summers because it’s so hot here in Florida. Once he got over the razor and groomer, he seemed happy about the shaved fur.
Post # 5
I don’t want to shave him completely because that would be wrong lol but i’m thinking he just needs a hair cut!
Post # 6
Generally, it is a bad idea to shave double-coated breeds like yours. Dogs don’t have sweat glands like we do. They cool themselves by panting, and through their paws. That double-coat works like insulation, protecting them from the cold in the winter and the heat and sun during summer months, (their coat helps prevent sunburn). Shaving double-coated breeds frequently can do damage to the coat, as well.
If you are interested in shaving or trimming, I would do a little research on the pros and cons and then seek the help of a professional groomer.
Post # 7
We have a husky and live in VA Beach. Just keep a lot of water nearby for him. Double coat breeds actually have these coats for two purposes – to keep them warm when working outside in cold temperatures and to keep them cool in hot temperatures. He will be fine! Keep him brushed, give him access to AC and water and you’re golden.
Post # 8
@Miss Apricot: okay makes sense! I’m actually a new vet tech (started about a month ago) so i’ll have to talk to our groomer. thanks!
Post # 9
Do not shave your dog. Their hair is what helps them handle the weather. They deal with the heat differently than us humans. Shaving will just make it worse. Keep him hydrated and if he’s not an inside dog than bring him in when the weather is too hot/humid or cold.
I’ve owned a blue heeler and he did just fine in the weather. Never once shaved him. My Husky has never been shaved either and he’d rather be outside on warm day than be inside.