Should you shave your husky? The short answer is absolutely not. However, if you’re still tempted to shave your husky’s coat, please read the rest of the article to understand why it’s never a good idea.
Why Can’t I Shave My Husky?
Huskies and Malamutes are double-coated breeds, meaning they have two layers of fur. The first layer, closest to the skin, is their undercoat; it’s made up of delicate, fluffy, and short hairs. This is the fur that sheds—this layer is responsible for insulating the dog by trapping air. Therefore, you should never shave a husky.
The second layer is what we call the topcoat. It’s made up of coarse, tough guard hairs. True to their name, they do just that, they guard your dog against UV rays and insects. The dogs were given a coat capable of keeping them both warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer. Shaving your snow dog’s coat does much more harm than good. Owners shaving their dog’s coats are a significant cause of heat stroke. The only time your dog’s coat should be shaved is for medical reasons.
Shaving Your Husky Will Not Help It Cool Down
To my dismay, I see people posting pictures of their newly shaved huskies almost daily in the warmer months. I appreciate that it’s a bit of a strange concept to grasp, but dogs do not sweat and release heat from their skin like humans. Instead, dogs cool themselves primarily by panting and secondly from the pads of their paws, the only part of a dog’s body that sweats.
Not all owners shave their snow dogs because they believe it’s best for their dog; some do it because they’re tired of the shedding, which is especially bad when they “blow”. Typically huskies will blow their coats twice per year, once in the Spring and again in the fall. The entire process can take up to 6 weeks. You will be dealing with much shedding during this time, but please don’t be tempted to shave your dog.
The final reason I see people shaving their huskies is for fashion. This is utterly despicable; huskies are not fashion accessories.
Anatomy Of The Double Coat
Managing Your Huskies Coat
While we tell you never to shave your husky, you should regularly groom your husky to maintain his coat. During the warmer months, their undercoat will come loose and come out in clumps; this will need to be brushed out with a rake. This allows cool air to reach the skin and circulate while keeping the topcoat intact to protect it from the sun. Leaving the undercoat unmanaged will block cool air from getting to the skin, potentially causing your dog to overheat.
What About The Furminator?
The Furminator is a cause of much controversy among husky owners. Some swear by it, while others complain that it causes damage by cutting and snapping the guard hairs. There are two versions of the Furminator one for short coats and another for longer-haired breeds. The version for shorter coats will undoubtedly cause damage to a huskies coat. The version for longer coats can also cause damage if overused. If you use a Furminator, use it minimally after the rake to clean things up a little. Use with caution.
In conclusion, it is essential to understand that shaving your husky’s coat is never a good idea. Huskies have a double coat, which provides insulation to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer, and shaving it off can cause more harm than good. Owners who do so often do it out of convenience or fashion, but they should not compromise their pet’s health and comfort.
Instead, regular grooming with an undercoat rake is recommended to maintain a healthy coat and allow cool air to circulate. While the Furminator can help remove undercoats, it should be used cautiously and minimally, especially for longer-haired breeds like huskies. By taking care of your husky’s coat, you can help them stay healthy, comfortable, and happy.