If you’re wondering if you can shave your Husky, the answer is a resounding NO. Your Husky’s fur should never, ever be shaved or clipped. His double-coated fur has a purpose, and it’s there for several reasons. That’s why you will never, ever see a fully shaved Husky dog.
A Husky or an Alaskan Malamute should never be shaved unless it’s for a major medical operation, contrary to what some dog groomers or even vets claim. People who disagree, regardless of what they think they know, should be dismissed.
Having said that, grooming is a requirement. And not just for Huskies, but any other dog breed too. Brushing your Husky’s fur on a regular basis is the only way to avoid hair all over the place and truly help him keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But we will talk more about grooming later in the article.
Shaved Husky – Why that never should happen?
Dogs do not sweat as much as humans do. A dog cools down by panting, sweating at the paws, and dripping from their cute little ears. So, if you believe shaving your Husky will help him cool down, then think again.
The Siberian Husky’s skin is virtually completely devoid of pigmentation. As a result, shaving him exposes his delicate and light skin to the sun. Your Husky is susceptible to a variety of skin disorders, including skin cancer, if the skin is exposed. This isn’t a joke, and it’s important to take it seriously.
Your Husky’s fur serves as a barrier against many insects and parasites. Also, once shaved, his fur’s topcoat and bottom coat may not grow nicely or integrate properly. You’re essentially permanently injuring him.
What’s a doble coat?
The double coat, as you might expect, is made up of two parts: the topcoat and the undercoat. Both of them are working together to provide the exact protection and warmth/cooling that your Husky requires (based on the season).
Husky Topcoat Information
These are the longer hairs in your Husky’s fur that can be seen. Dirt, water, UV radiation, and even insects and parasites are all repellents. Some individuals refer to these lengthier hairs as ‘guard hairs.’
Husky Undercoat Information
This is the hair that is shorter and softer than the topcoat and is mostly covered behind it. This layer of coat is particularly significant because it actively protects the Siberian Husky from harsh temperatures – both hot and cold days.
How to groom a Husky
Siberian Huskies are clean canines who, like cats, will take the time to groom themselves. They don’t have a “doggy” stench and don’t require bathing too often. Unless, of course, they squirm in something revolting in the garden or find a foul-smelling body of water to plunge into. When it’s time for a bath, use a high-quality dog shampoo that’s designed to retain your dog’s natural oils in his skin and coat.
Brush your Husky’s teeth at least twice or three times a week to get rid of tartar and the bacteria that live inside it. Brushing your teeth on a daily basis is even preferable if you want to avoid gum disease and foul breath.
If your dog’s nails don’t wear down naturally, trim them once or twice a month to avoid unpleasant tears and other issues. They’re too lengthy if you can hear them clicking on the floor. Because dog toenails include blood veins, cutting them too short might result in bleeding, and your dog may refuse to comply the next time the nail clippers are pulled out. So, if you’ve never trimmed a dog’s nails before, seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.
Final note: Shaved Husky goes against nature
I’m hoping you’ll agree with me that the Husky was bred to adapt to a wide range of environments. No matter what living scenario they find themselves in, their magnificent and captivating double coat keeps them safe and protected.
As a result, you should never shave your Husky to expose him to all of the aforementioned issues. Your husky should not be shaved!
Groom him frequently (use a decent brush made for multiple coats), exercise him in a forest or other shaded area if you have one nearby, and feed him some yummy iced treats to help him cool down. He’ll adore them!
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