shaving dogs with double coats | Albert North Vet Clinic
Dogs with double coats shed year-round, but once or twice a year they blow their coats -- that is, they shed away a season's worth of undercoat in a short period.
Double-coated breeds are among the most profuse shedders. They typically “blow coat,” shedding out their undercoat most profusely during the spring and fall. Dog owners need to understand that dog shedding is normal and necessary for the new coats to grow in, with all such dogs going through this process to some extent for about 30 days. Some breeds, like the Dalmatian, shed year round.
Double-coats are a great advantage that northern dogs have. In the winter and colder climates, they provide insulation to help the dog stay warmer when the temperature drops and when there’s snow on the ground. Those double coats also provide protection in the opposite weather. When it’s hot and sunny outside, the insulation still exists and instead of protecting them from the cold, they help maintain the dog’s body temperature better by insulating the lower temperature than what the sun is projecting. Dogs with double coats also have more sensitive skin so when their fur is cut, they are far more prone to sunburns, skin cancer, and dry skin. Because dogs don’t sweat through their skin, cutting their fur through dog grooming in Point Loma won’t help these breeds cool down, but will actually assist in making them hotter and burning their skin.
Dogs with thick, double coats are more vulnerable to overheating
What is a Double Coated Dog? - PetGuide
Double coated dogs have two distinctive layers to their coat: a longer, outer layer frequently comprised of guard hairs; and a shorter, softer layer close to the skin. Throughout my life I have taken care of double coated dogs and am rather familiar with the dual coats. I grew up with a Shetland Sheepdog, the first dog I actually owned myself was also a Shetland Sheepdog, then a Border Collie, followed by two Rough Collies. Every one of these breeds possess the dense inner coat with the longer guard hairs, and they all rolled their coat. This means they shed out dead hairs that required regular brushing to remove.There are many breeds of dogs in all shapes and sizes who have double coats. A double coat is made up of an outer layer of long, smooth guard hairs and an undercoat of thick, fuzzy hairs. The undercoat protects a dog against the extreme temperatures of both summer and winter. The outer guard coat protects the undercoat by repelling moisture and dirt. Dogs with double coats shed their undercoats in the spring and fall each year in what is called a "coat blow."Last week I talked to a groomer who also happened to own a Papillon. To say she didn't like Kit's haircut would be an understatement. She informed me that dogs with double coats should never be trimmed, and Kit's fur would never grow back the same. Of course she ignored me when I told her I'd been trimming his fur for going on 8 years without any issues at all. I also tried to politely inform her that Papillons actually have single coats, not double coats, to which she replied that they have double coats because they shed.Herding group dogs with double coats are German and Australian shepherds; rough, smooth and bearded collies; Old English, Belgian and Shetland sheepdogs; Polish lowland sheep dogs; Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh corgis; rough and smooth coat border collies; Beaucerons, Belgian malinois, Belgian tervurens, briards, bouvier des flanders, pulis, canaan dogs, Swedish vallhunds and Australian cattle dogs.