If you own a Siberian Husky, you are very well aware of one of the things that husky owners complain about the most. The dog hair that they produce is almost unbelievable. This dog breed sheds year-round, no matter what climate they live in. Twice a year, they “blow” their coats, which will make their owner wonder how in the world the dog is not completely bald.
The husky’s coat is made of two layers. There is the longer, outside layer that resembles any other dog’s coat of this size. This layer performs the same duty as any other dog’s coat.
When the dog sheds, all dead hair needs to be brushed out to enable quick and strong re-growth. A warm bath and a blow dry will encourage the hair to drop out evenly and easily – making it easier to comb out.
Too many people view grooming as some dreaded chore but it really isn’t, the Siberian Husky is a comparatively easy dog to care for and grooming is your opportunity to spend some quality time with your dog. Otherwise you can always choose using professional grooming services.
However, you should never shave a husky.
The second layer is what we call the topcoat. It’s made up of courser, tougher guard hairs, true to their name they do just that, they guard your dog from the UV rays and insects. The dogs were given a coat capable of keeping them both warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer. Shaving your snow dog’s coat does much more harm than good. Owners shaving their dogs coat is a major cause of heat stroke. The only time your dogs coat should be shaved, is for medical reasons.
Dogs cool themselves primarily from panting and secondly from the pads of their paws, which are the only part of a dogs body that sweats. Consequently, shaving them during warm summertime will not help them to cool down.
Trimming the Siberian Husky’s Feet
Trimming the hair on the feet is an optional step when grooming a Siberian Husky that will only need to be done a couple of times a year for those that choose to do it.
These dogs were bred to pull sleds across icy terrain. In order to protect the pads of their feet from extreme cold and ice, the Siberian Husky developed the trait of growing longer hair in between their toes. It can almost look like the dog is walking around with slippers on if this hair is not kept trimmed.
Overall the Siberian needs very little grooming compared to other breeds. There is one more thing to mention: never clip your husky’s whiskers – they are sensory devices that your dog needs. Whiskers vibrate as a warning to the dog when they come into contact with something solid.