don’t do this at home…

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/whats-hot/husky-with-extreme-haircut-sparks-outrage/ar-BBCDHN3?li=BBnbcA0&ocid=mailsignout

I’ve had Siberian huskies, and other types of generic huskies (any northern or arctic breed, or what most people think of as “sled dogs”) for decades.

They don’t shed.

No, they blow coat.

All over your house. You will not have dust bunnies, you will have dust tyrannosaurs. You will have enough hair to knit a whole ‘nother team. Or if you can weave, make harnesses and sell them to other husky owners…

There are several hilarious videos of husky owners grooming their dogs and making snow angels in the pile of hair left behind.

Or the one where they do, in fact, sculpt a whole dog out of the pile of hair…

This photo went viral for its hilarity. Of course the dog wasn’t actually harmed by the odd grooming…

or was it?

https://twitter.com/OmonaKami/status/872634620692582403/photo/1

Basically, YOU NEVER EVER SHAVE A HUSKY.

Or any other double coated dog.

The article goes on to explain why it’s a bad idea, and when it actually may be necessary (it’s a rescue dog and the mats got out of hand, dog got into weird stuff and it’s the only way you can get it off, dog has skin issues and it’s the only way you can treat it). My one husky developed some mats last year when I was sick, and she was minus her friend (he died of old age related stuff), and she was in and out of the wading pool and um, peeing in it too. Some judicious trimming with scissors helped as well as grooming with various rakes. Medicated shampoo would have been the next step.

Long haired huskies, with their “cotton candy fur” are notorious for developing mats, so they require extra grooming.

On normal northern dogs, the double coat of underfur and top hairs works like feathers on a bird (down under for insulation, stiff feathers on top, like shingles on your house for weather protection), or like the insulation on your house (underfur that sticks to every corner of your house) and shingles on your roof (top coat of stiff hairs that is pretty variegated colors, often each hair is banded with multiple colors, but I digress).

This double layer doesn’t just protect the dog (and its wolf relatives) from subzero arctic temperatures, but from heat, sunburn, scritchy scratchy brush and stuff and dirt. My one husky likes to roll in horse poop. Ugh. It falls off in a few hours.

So shaving your husky will not help it feel better in the hot summer. Nope, it’ll just make it worse.

What will help is lying flat in front of fans, an air conditioned room, a shady kennel, a pool, a pool of ice, walks when it’s cooler (though mine will cheerfully zoom around at mid day). One of mine loves the horse tank, the other does not. Various huskies I’ve known either love water or not.

A husky is not a pibble or a greyhound, they are not meant to have short horselike coats. The answer to your dust tyranosaur conundrum?

Get a borzoi.

Adopt a pibble.

Vacuum a lot. Or just groom your dog daily. And be proud of the size of your dust monsters, you have a husky.

Save the extreme grooming for extreme situations.

 

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