Awasome Long Hair Dogs In Summer Ideas
When summer arrives, many dog owners ask themselves a question: Is it bad to give dogs a haircut in the summer? In the majority of cases, and for almost every breed, the answer is yes. Under some circumstances and for some breeds a slight trim is advised, but never a close shave.. Keep reading AnimalWised to find out why cutting your dog's hair is not advised, the exceptional circumstances in.
A Q&A with a groomer on summer haircuts for dogs… Summer means high temperatures, which can be very uncomfortable for anyone with a lot of hair, including dogs. There seems to be a constant debate going on between pet owners and groomers about whether all dogs need, or should, get a summer haircut.
Why You Should not Wait for Summer to Get Your Dog’s Hair Cut. Deciding to get your dog closely cropped for the summer can go a long way towards keeping him comfortable during the hot months and reducing the time and effort it takes to keep his skin and coat in good condition. However, proper grooming should be a year-round practice.
Most veterinarians are of the opinion that the coat of long haired dogs be left as it is in the summer months. Clipping hair too short might expose the skin to the natural elements. Long hair is said to provide insulation against the heat of the summer as well. Choose the right clippers or scissors.
Summer Hair Cuts for Dogs. Many dog owners wonder if their dogs need to have their hair cut or shaved in the summer months. Long or thick coated dogs are often a main concern in this debate. There is some disagreement among experts as to whether or not it’s best to cut your dog’s hair in the summer, or just leave it alone and let nature.
The long guard hairs form the outer layer and protect against snow or ice and even shed water. The soft undercoat lies close to the skin and keeps your dog warm and dry. In winter this undercoat can be so thick you may have trouble finding your dog’s skin. In summer, your dog should shed his soft undercoat, leaving just the guard hairs.
Leave an inch of hair. Leave at least one inch of hair when shaving your pet. This gives your pet enough coat to protect from sunburn and chilly summer nights. No close shaves. Resist the temptation to shave your dog close to the skin. Not only do you raise the risk of painful sunburn, but a close shave can leave guard hair imbedded under the skin.
Long-haired dog breeds range from sheepdogs to Irish Setters to terriers. Some long-haired dogs may even be considered hypoallergenic.Although their long, luscious locks require regular grooming to keep them looking their best, you can take pride in the beauty and silkiness of their coats.
Save the Shave. A common misconception is that shaving your dog will help him feel cooler in the summer, and this isn't necessarily true. Shaving some breeds -- particularly ones with double coats -- can actually ruin their coats, as it alters the way the hair grows back and results in patchy, uneven sections.
Even during the summer, you should never shave your long-haired dog’s coat down completely. You can trim down for a summer cut, but still leave around an inch of fur, depending on the breed. It’s always best to ask your vet or professional groomer for advice before attempting to trim, especially if you’re inexperienced.
“That hair acts as an air conditioner. Those levels of hair have a function,” she explained. Many dogs are fine with long hair during the summer, so a summer cut isn’t always necessary. Just make sure there aren’t any fleas and ticks in their fur, as those pests are common in the summertime too.