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There are many decisions we face come summer months and one major one is shaving our dog or puppy to keep them cool.

Here are a few pros and cons!!!!

 : Olivia here,
Olivia here,
A double coated dog is any dog with a harsh outer coat and a soft undercoat.  The soft undercoat is what sheds and leaves those tumbleweeds all over your house.  German Shepherd Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Australian Shepherds, and Siberian Huskies are just a few examples of a double coated dog.  (Shih Tzus, Maltese, and Yorkshire Terriers are NOT examples of double coated dogs.  This information does not apply to them.)  These two coats grow independently of one another and to different lengths.  The outer coat is longer, and tends to grow slower.  The undercoat is shorter and grows faster, and sheds, twice a year.

 Dogs with double coats have sensitive skin.  This means that your shaved dog is likely to come home with razor burn, irritated skin, and is much more likely to be sunburned.  The skin of these dogs is more sensitive,  the thick hair protects their skin from the sun, bug bites, and anything else that your dog encounters during a hike, or in the backyard. .  Many of these dogs can and will end up with hot spots, lick excessively,then infection.

 : Yep, I have an undercoat Kona here,
Yep, I have an undercoat Kona here,
Shaving does NOT make them shed less.  Double coated dogs shed twice a year, and that is under coat.  The rest of the time, the shedding is normal hair turn over, and that is seen in all animals with hair (including you, and your poodle.  
The undercoat provides insulation in the winter and cools the dog in the summer.  If your dog has a well groomed coat, with no dead undercoat, the coat keeps the dog warm in the winter by providing insulation and keeping the dog’s skin dry.  In the summer, it provides a sort of air conditioning system to the dog, keeping him cool. 

Visit with a good reputable groomer, discuss the pros and cons and shop for a great shedding tool for the undercoat, it does remove the dead hair and keeps the tumbleweeds throughout your home at a minimum. 
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