Should You Shave a Husky?

by Jane Meggitt Google
    Even in the heat of summer, the husky's natural coat protects him.

    Even in the heat of summer, the husky's natural coat protects him.

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    You know your Siberian husky's a cold climate breed, so you might think he suffers considerably during summer's heat. Perhaps you think shaving him down will make him more comfortable. Perish that thought -- shaving your dog could result in all sorts of problems. Husky skin is quite vulnerable to the sun's rays, but under natural conditions it's never exposed. Shaving a husky can lead to sunburn and even skin cancer.

    Siberian Husky Coat Care

    Except in case of a veterinary emergency, a husky's coat should never be shaved or closely clipped. His hair also provides protection from parasites, so a shaved husky is more likely to attract fleas and ticks. His double coat sheds, but not excessively -- except for the few weeks each year that he blows his coat. During that period, you're living in Husky Hair City. On the plus side, huskies produce little in the way of doggy odor and are very clean canines.

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    About the Author

    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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