10 Dangers/Myths of Shaving Your Dog


As the summer months approach, many pet owners consider shaving their dogs in an effort to keep them cool. While it may seem like a good idea, shaving your dog for summer can actually do more harm than good. In this blog post, we will explore why you shouldn't shave your dog for summer.

  1. Dogs Need Their Fur

Dogs have fur for a reason. It serves as a natural insulator, keeping them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The fur also protects their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. When you shave a dog, you are essentially removing their natural protective layer, leaving them vulnerable to sunburn, heatstroke, and other skin problems.

  1. Shaving Can Interfere with the Natural Growth of Fur

When you shave a dog, you disrupt the natural growth pattern of their fur. This can lead to a variety of problems such as ingrown hairs, matted fur, and even permanent damage to the hair follicles. The fur may also grow back in patches or become uneven, which can be unsightly and uncomfortable for the dog.

  1. Dogs with Double Coats Should Not be Shaved

Breeds with double coats, such as Huskies, Malamutes, and Samoyeds, have a layer of soft, downy fur beneath a coarser outer coat. This layer of fur serves as insulation against both hot and cold weather. Shaving a dog with a double coat can lead to a host of problems, including sunburn, skin irritation, and overheating.

  1. Shaving Can Increase the Risk of Skin Problems

When you shave a dog, you expose their skin to the elements. This can lead to a range of skin problems, including sunburn, dry skin, hot spots, and insect bites. In addition, dogs with thick or matted fur are more susceptible to skin infections. Regular grooming is a better solution to these problems than shaving.

  1. Shaving Will Not Keep Your Dog Cooler

Contrary to popular belief, shaving a dog will not necessarily keep them cooler in hot weather. In fact, it can actually have the opposite effect. The fur helps to regulate a dog’s body temperature by trapping cool air close to the skin. When you shave a dog, you remove this natural cooling system and can actually make them feel hotter.

  1. Short Coated Dogs Should Not be Shaved

Short coated breeds such as Boxers, Dobermans, and Greyhounds have hair that is too short to provide any meaningful insulation or cooling effect. Shaving these breeds will not provide any benefits and may even cause skin problems.

  1. Shaving Can Cause Behavioral Changes

Dogs rely on their senses of touch and temperature to navigate their environment. When you shave a dog, you can interfere with these senses, leading to behavioral changes. Dogs may become anxious, restless, or even aggressive after being shaved.

  1. Shaving Can Cause Irreversible Damage

If you shave a dog too close to the skin, you can cause irreversible damage to the hair follicles. This can lead to bald patches, thinning hair, and even permanent hair loss. It is important to let a professional groomer handle any dog shaving.

  1. Shaving Can Be Painful for the Dog

Shaving a dog can be a painful experience, especially if the dog has mats or tangles in their fur. The clippers can pull and tug on the fur, causing discomfort and even pain for the dog. In addition, the vibration and noise of the clippers can be frightening for some dogs.

  1. Shaving Can Cause More Grooming Problems

Shaving a dog can cause more grooming problems than it solves. Dogs that are shaved often require more frequent baths and brushing to prevent matting and tangles.

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