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........
Pets are forever
"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland
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.
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.
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.
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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