Its been really humid where I live for the last 3 days.
Today, a German Shepherd and a Border Collie came in, seperate owners, both shaved The only reason is because their owners thought they were too hot.
Ok so for anyone that doesn't know...
A lot of breeds, usually ones bred for working outside have an overcoat and an undercoat The undercoat is fluffy, while the over coat is rougher and more course. These breeds are designed like this to protect them from rain, wind and sun. Double coated breeds fur also acts as insulation in both hot and cold weather, so dogs with bigger thicker coats do not get hotter or colder than breeds with a single coat.
By shaving a double coated breed, you damage the hair follicles, and the dog can't grow back the outercoat and remains fluffy. The negatives of this means the dog can no longer regulate their own temperature, the fur will then grow back very thick at the base and thin and wispy on the ends, some breeds have little pigment on their skin, so are more open to sunburn and insects are welcomes to the party of skin.
Some breeds simply have an overcoat, which is course and short.
The only breeds that should be shaved, are the ones with fur that continuously grows.
Breeds that shouldn't be shaved;
-Long Haired German Shepherds
-Australian Cattle Dogs
Breeds that should be shaved;
-West Highland Terriers
I hope this makes sense.
ETA; Clipping and shaving are different things