Monday, July 12, 2010
Small non-shedding dogs (such as Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu & the Bichon above) are sometimes clipped shorter for the summer - even shaved down. But large dogs with thick or long hair sometimes need a shave down, too.
Like the black Chow above, the double coat makes him overheat easily in the Florida summer climate. Plus, the extra long hair he had on his legs and belly was attracting debris on walks and some tangles.
Some thick coated dogs (that also shed) benefit from a shave down to solve problems of flea, tangles and matted hair, especially on the hind end of bushy breeds like Aussies and Shelties.
As a bonus, the new hair that grows in will be healthier and softer.
Have a professional groomer give you advice, and clip or shave your dog. Never try to give him a scissor cut!