Shaving Double-Coated Dogs

Should I shave my double coated dog (Golden, Husky etc.) to look like a lab…?

Please read and beware of the following:

  • Double coats act as insulation from heat as well as cold and without them they are defenseless against the weather.
  • Once a double-coated dog has been shaved down, they may require continuous shaving because once the coat comes back in, it may be even thicker than before.
  • Dogs that have been shaved down can easily get sun-burned.
  • The double coat protects against biting flies and mosquitoes.
  • Some dogs get a complex after having their coat taken off.
  • The coat sometimes does not grow back in properly, have it's original texture, length or colour, leaving areas of bald spots on the dog with sparse coarse hair covering them.
  • Most dogs look "ugly" shaved down (since that is not their natural look).
  • Not being used to being "naked", the dog sometimes continue to scratch just as hard as when they had their coat. Then they irritate the already freshly clipped skin, creating hot spots and ear hematomas.