Don't shave your double coated dog

When shaving a double coated dog there is no guarantee the top guard hairs will grow back normally. The undercoat continues to grow, but for some dogs the guard hairs never do. These dogs are left with a coat that has a patchy, frizzy, dull appearance. Shaving your dog can alter the coat permanently.


Maintaining a regular grooming schedule for double coated dogs is important: regular brushing and blowing out of the coat does more than just remove extra fur. It helps remove dirt, preventing tangles, and keeping their skin clean and irritant free.

Shaving a double coated dog should only be done in extreme cases of matting or with certain skin conditions.

Common Double Coated Breeds include:

  • Huskies
  • Chows
  • Labradors
  • German Shepherds
  • Corgis
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Pomeranians

Most of the herding breeds have a double coat, as well as the Spitz type breeds and some terriers.

Talk to the grooming team at Totally Vets Feilding for advice on the best way to care for your double-coated dog.


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