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Can You Shave a Husky? 4 Huge Reasons Not To

Can You Shave a Husky? 4 Huge Reasons Not To

A very popular topic among husky owners is whether you can shave a husky or not. In this article, I will explain everything you need to know about keeping your husky’s coat healthy and why you should avoid getting the clippers out.

Can you shave a husky? You should never shave a husky’s coat unless needed for medical reasons. A husky’s coat plays important roles to keep him healthy and safe. Shaving it could lead to significant health issues.

Let’s go through in complete detail why you should not shave your husky, and what you can do to keep him as healthy as possible.

4 Reasons Why You Should Never Shave Your Husky

There are key reasons why you should not be reaching for the clippers. Check them out below:

1) Temperature Regulation

Your husky’s body temperature is nearly completely controlled by his coat. His double-coat plays an extremely important role in keeping him warm during winter and cool during the summer.

It’s easy to think that his thick coat will cause him to be too hot in the summer, but it’s quite the opposite.

The undercoat sheds, creating a lot of air circulation and space. At the same time, the topcoat acts as a blocker for UV rays as well as direct heat.

Shaving his hair off will completely disrupt his temperature control and effectively contribute to overheating.

2) Stop Insects and Dirt

Your husky will be an adventurous soul, he’ll love to roam around in the yard, on walks and hikes, and he will often come back dirty.

His strong topcoat plays an important role in keeping his skin clean. It blocks most dirt from reaching his skin and it also provides an effective barrier against many bugs and insects.

If you live somewhere hot, this is particularly helpful and will stop many biting insects from reaching his skin. If you shave your husky, you will be taking away this protective layer.

3) It Won’t Help With Shedding

With double-coated dogs, comes a lot of heavy shedding and a lot of dog owners dread this time of year. Usually twice per year, your double-coated dog will need to blow his coat.

This will undoubtedly give your house a new fur carpet. Shaving doesn’t stop this. There is no way to stop this type of breed shedding.

The only thing you can do is control shedding. I have an in-depth article on the best way to control husky shedding here.

4) It May Never Grow Back

Single coated breeds’ hair grows back normally. Double coated is a little different… for double-coated breeds, the undercoat grows faster than the topcoat (if the topcoat grows back at all!)

This leads to the new coat coming through to be of a rough texture; a mixed undercoat with topcoat situation will likely happen.

For the unfortunate huskies who have had this done to them, the owners reported the coat to grow back “sticky” or “velcro” like. This texture doesn’t allow for any airflow at all, and once again will cause health issues.

For some older dogs, the topcoat may never grow again once shaved.

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The Importance of The Double-Coat

Some breeds have what’s known as a double-coat. This means they have two layers, an undercoat, and a top-coat. There’s a full list of breeds with double-coats below.

The undercoat is typically soft and fluffy and is responsible for controlling your husky’s body temperature. It’s the undercoat that helps to keep your husky warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The topcoat is tougher with a coarser texture to it. This is the layer that protects your husky from the direct heat and harsh UV rays. The topcoat also stops many bugs and insects from reaching the skin.

As the season’s change and edges towards the summer months, your husky will shed his undercoat. Sometimes referred to as “Coat blow” This allows for greater airflow between his skin, and the topcoat, helping to keep him cool.

The topcoat now also acts as a barrier to the sun’s rays and heat.

When the seasons start to change once again, your husky will regrow his undercoat ready for the colder months.

Why Shaving Your Husky Will Not Keep Them Cool

Shaving your husky to keep them cool is the next big mistake that you must not do!

Shaving your husky’s coat will not make them feel cooler. In fact, the opposite will happen.

After shaving, the soft fluffy undercoat will grow faster than the topcoat, leading to a mix up of both types of coat. What you end up with is a thick, sticky coat which doesn’t allow for any air circulation.

Due to having the undercoat which is soft and fluffy mixed in with the top-coat, it will absorb the direct heat from the sun. It then significantly reduces air circulation which will lead to overheating.

A sad but true reality is that once you shave a double-coated dog, it is entirely possible that it will ruin their coat and ability to protect themselves indefinitely.

I have an in-depth article on how you can keep your husky cool in summer

Improve Your Grooming Routine Instead of Shaving

Proper grooming is required for all breeds, but especially those with double-coats. It’s important you develop a good brushing routine and stick to it.

For double-coated breeds, their undercoat sheds but their topcoat remains. The undercoat will usually need some extra help to properly come out from their coat.

If you don’t provide regular grooming, it will lead to a lot of matting, which can be very unpleasant for your dog.

Consistent grooming helps to remove the dead hairs from the coat and allows for better air circulation throughout. It also stimulates the skin and distributes essential oils around the coat, keeping it strong, shiny, and healthy.

Below is a very helpful video demonstrating how to groom a Siberian Husky. I fast-forwarded the video to where the action happens. For your convenience, you can watch the video without exiting the page.

It’s much easier to deal with shedding when you groom little and very often. Some double-coated dogs can shed for what seems like forever, so consistency is key.

Tips For Keeping Your Husky’s Coat Healthy

Asides from regular grooming there are other ways for you to ensure your husky has a healthy coat.

Ensure protein is high

A lot like human hair, a dog’s coat is made up of around 90% protein, so when there’s a lack of protein, the hair will suffer significantly. Your husky’s diet plays a big part in their overall health and well-being as well as their coat.

Learn what type of allergies your breed is susceptible

Huskies, in particular, can suffer from various allergies, which can really affect their skin and coat. This goes for other breeds too. Things like diet and environmental factors usually cause the most allergies.

Essential fatty acid, vitamins, and minerals

Getting the right micronutrients is just as important for our fluffy friends as they are for us. Omega-3 and 6, vitamins and minerals play a big part in skin health and coat health so make sure your husky is getting enough. Although there are supplements, it’s generally preferred to get these nutrients through a healthy, balanced diet containing many vegetables.

And use only natural dog shampoo!

Exercise

Exercise is a huge contributor to overall health and well-being. Though it may not show instant benefits to the skin and fur like grooming would, it is still very important. If your fluffy friend has good overall health, it’s likely their skin and coat will reflect that.

Huskies need more than the average recommended amount of 1 hour per day. Ideally, your husky should be receiving a total of 2 hours per day of intensive physical exercise.

25 Common Breeds That Have Double-Coats

As expected, most breeds native to colder climates are double-coated. Although, there are many other dogs that you might be surprised to see on the list.

Some examples of the most common double-coated breeds include:

BreedDouble-Coat
Akita✔️
Alaskan Malamute✔️
Alaskan Husky✔️
Siberian Husky✔️
Shetland Sheepdog✔️
Labrador Retriever✔️
Golden Retriever✔️
Australian Shepherd✔️
Belgian Malinois✔️
German Shepherd✔️
Shiba Unu✔️
Bernese Mountain Dog✔️
Chow Chow✔️
Bearded Collie✔️
Cardigan Welsh Corgi✔️
Old English Sheepdog✔️
Saint Bernard✔️
American Water Spaniel✔️
Boykin Spaniel✔️
Wheaten Terrier✔️
Scottish Terrier✔️
Miniature Schnauzer✔️
Australian Terrier✔️
Norfolk Terrier✔️
Irish Terrier✔️

While there are more breeds that boast double coats, these are the most common double-coated breeds. Source

Summary

So there you have it, now you know why you can’t shave your husky, and you have further tips on maintaining a strong healthy coat.

If you have any grooming tips, we would love to hear them! Drop a comment below 🙂

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Disclaimer

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