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Why we don't shave double-coated dogs

Updated: May 25, 2023

Many people request to have their dogs shaved for various reasons. While some breeds can be clipped shorter than others it is never appropriate to shave a double-coated breed unless specifically recommended by a veterinarian for health or medical purposes. Some of the double-coated breeds are: Pomeranians, Chow Chows, German Shepherds, Huskies, Golden Retrievers, Burmese Mountain Dog, Border Collie, Newfoundland, and Akitas.


But my dog is hot…...


Dogs do not have the ability to cool themselves through their skin like humans. They primarily release heat by panting, which causes water to evaporate from the tongue and nasal passages.


Dogs have especially thin skin, which requires a clean, mat-free coat of hair. Their coat actually keeps them warm in the winter and cools them down when they get hot and gives them protection from the sun. Sunburn, skin damage, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are just a few things that can result from overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays.


Double coated breeds have a soft insulating layer beneath a weather-resistant outer coat. The undercoat typically sheds when the weather warms up, leaving the outer coat to ventilate and protect the skin


Shaving a double-coated dog can have lasting effects on the appearance and quality of their coat, and shaving can permanently damage the hair follicles. The undercoat may grow back with a rough, scratchy texture, and the once water-resistant outer coat may no longer stand up to the elements.



But Shaving will prevent shedding…...


There is no way to stop shedding. The best way to manage hair and keep a double-coated dog clean, cool, and comfortable requires regular baths and brush outs every 4-6 weeks, which allows the undercoat to release and the dog’s skin to breathe. Shaving a double-coated dog will not stop shedding and it could actually make shedding worse.


At Dogs in the Driveway we strive to always provide the best groom for your dog’s particular breed and hair type. We would love to talk about your concerns and your pet’s needs.




Give us a call if your double coated dog needs groomed! We customize each service to your dogs coat, shedding amount, fur length and more!

We serve Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Parker, Franktown, Highlands Ranch, Sedalia, Lone Tree, Sterling Ranch, Louviers, and Littleton.


Book Now to give your pup the pampering they deserve!

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