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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    Lala

    I asked what breed your dog was to get some idea of the coat type. You did ask would it really be that big a deal if you clipped his fur. This would depend on his coat type, hence why I asked the question.

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    LOL oh I see. You misunderstood my question, but I can fully see how it looked like that's what I was asking.

    I meant is it really that big a deal to have clipped a husky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    LOL oh I see. You misunderstood my question, but I can fully see how it looked like that's what I was asking.

    I meant is it really that big a deal to have clipped a husky?
    Ahh, ok no problems!

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    A very long time I had this happen to me..........It was my first newfy and I asked for a newfy trim, which is tidy up the brown bits (old growth). I ended up with a shaved newf.
    I was flabbergasted and livid.......I had to walk out and I did not pay. Later I demanded an explanation. She did not even have any tangles, because I groom a lot.
    Her explanation was that the person on the reception told her I asked for a shave WTF.
    Anyway, It does grow back and I did get over it. And I got about ten free wash and blow"s out of it. Because we had boarding kennels at the time and she was worried what I could do to her business........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    LOL oh I see. You misunderstood my question, but I can fully see how it looked like that's what I was asking.

    I meant is it really that big a deal to have clipped a husky?
    yes, big deal, a good groom out to get out the dead under coat is all they need, never clip the coat. Plus they look really silly shaved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    LOL oh I see. You misunderstood my question, but I can fully see how it looked like that's what I was asking.

    I meant is it really that big a deal to have clipped a husky?
    its a big deal. there is no point in clipping or shaving a husky. as others have said you put them in danger of overheating because the coat naturally insulates them against heat and cold. the coat will never grow back the same, it will either be not as soft, or not as durable etc etc. and i work in rescue i have seen many huskies who look as though they have never seen a brush and none of have been matted. there are chunks of fur popping out everywhere, but there are no mats so you cannot even use the excuse of wanting to make sure the coat doesn't mat as husky fur naturally doesn't
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    Ok so the fur doesnt grow back the same, and they look silly shaved but it's not really akin to abuse is it. Which it almost looks like in this thread.

    I understand the coat insulates them against heat and cold etc, but that's fairly similar for most breeds.

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    We are in far north Queensland and we see many breeds of dogs do MUCH better shaved, including huskies and malamutes.
    After clipping, long coated dogs often have much more energy.
    Part of the reason is their long coat traps heat (not as much as humans because we rely on sweating to cool, so would cook in a fur coat).
    The biggest problem though is that their skin is hard to keep cool and dry so they often get skin and coat problems like hot spots, dandruff, skin infections, matted hair etc. You really just can't wash a dog down to the skin when they have a heavy coat, and clean, dry skin is essential in the tropics to prevent getting skin infections.
    We get a lot of clients telling us the breeder told them NEVER to clip their malamute, german shepherd, husky etc etc. The clients aren't sure what the disastrous outcome will be but they are worried about it!
    Most clients seem very happy once they get used to the look of their new dog (the difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut is only a few weeks) and most continue to do it regularly. Its amazing the improvement in energy levels just before and after the clip.
    We clip a lot of dogs looking for ticks so we don't have the same emotional distress some dog owners seem to get when they see their dog with a hair cut.
    I've got afghans and find I need to clip them 3-4 times a year if I'm not grooming them regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CairnsVet View Post
    We are in far north Queensland and we see many breeds of dogs do MUCH better shaved, including huskies and malamutes.
    After clipping, long coated dogs often have much more energy.
    Part of the reason is their long coat traps heat
    That's interesting because we enquired about getting our Australian Cattle Dog clipped (she has a lot of hair!!) when we moved to Cairns and our vet told us that that was the worst thing we could do as the coat regulates a dog's temperature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJames View Post
    That's interesting because we enquired about getting our Australian Cattle Dog clipped (she has a lot of hair!!) when we moved to Cairns and our vet told us that that was the worst thing we could do as the coat regulates a dog's temperature.
    I've heard the argument: but never seen any evidence. I'm not sure how a fur coat can keep you cool. By this logic short coated dogs would have more problems with the heat than long coated dogs. Of course this is not the case. It also presumes that the heat is coming from outside rather than inside. This may be the case on a very hot day (we actually don't often get over 35 degrees in Cairns), but most often the dog is hotter than the environment, especially with activity.

    Long coats definitely predispose to overheating with exercise. If you think about it this is exactly what you'd expect. I can't think of any mechanism whereby a long coat will help heat loss.

    The proof is in the pudding. Try it and let us know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    Ok so the fur doesnt grow back the same, and they look silly shaved but it's not really akin to abuse is it. Which it almost looks like in this thread.

    I understand the coat insulates them against heat and cold etc, but that's fairly similar for most breeds.
    People say it doesn't grow back the same and that's true, but for many dogs it grows back nicer and cleaner.
    It also dramatically reduces shedding.
    They do look silly but you get used to it.

    A long coat insulates against heat but it also insulates against heat loss, so long coated dogs are at much greater risk of hyperthermia with exercise.

    As a result, many dogs in hot climates become more active once clipped because they aren't overheating as easily.

    Clipping dogs is not abuse.

    I've certainly seen long coated dogs who were being abused by neglecting adequate grooming, clipping or skin hygeine management.

    Plenty of people get scared into not clipping their dogs for fear of (not sure of the negative outcome) but then can't see significant skin disease which is making their dogs miserable.

    Some dog owners take their dog's coat very personally, so perhaps to them clipping it is almost like abuse. The dogs don't mind though (except for being laughed at by humans and dogs alike).

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