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Old 02-21-2007, 08:45 AM
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I agree riot... A normal dog should not be shaved....

Cujo on the other hand is not normal... *Goes to see if she got lost in a corner again*

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Old 02-21-2007, 10:10 AM
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I wouldn't say I "shave" Wrigley but I do use clippers and cut his hair down to about an inch long. He seemed to really like it in the summer and would get very excited about it. He is a mutt of unknown breeds though--and his coat prior to clipping and after seems the same (crazy looking and random). I have not clipped him since August and will probably not do so until June.
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Old 02-21-2007, 01:08 PM
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The only reason I would shave a dog, is if, they were matted, or had a terrible looking coat, Sugar's coat was so matted that, oh my, it was just terrible!! I had to shave it short, but, she still looked like a Golden Retriever! But, that is the only reason to really shave a dog.
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Old 02-22-2007, 02:58 PM
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A Shih Tzu is NOT a double coated breed, and yes they are clippable.

Same as a poodle, Maltese, Yorki(although look better unclipped)... etc etc

These breeds you can clip and its very acceptable to do so.

I find it horrible when a Sheltie, or a Golden, or an Aussie is clipped.. really ticks me off.

if youd ont want a long haired dog and deal with the grooming that comes with them - DONT GET THEM!!
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Old 02-22-2007, 03:21 PM
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Ok I have a question and I hope someone has the answer. Truly.

This is a pet peeve of mine. Women say that their hair never grows back right after they start shaving but HOW is that possible. I mean, even your follicles are genetically designed to grow a certain way so only damage can cause hair not to grow back right? How does clipping damage a follicle? Or shaving for that matter. I can understand how waxing would do damage but not simply cutting the hair. What does shaving do that scissors don't? I have shaved mav but won't anymore mostly. I did it because he was hot and had bad mats in certain places. I've found a better way to get them out and now think that his hair actually helps him in the summer. Yes it took some time for his fur to grow back to 'normal.' About two years. I think that's because all the hair has to grow out then fall out and grow out again before it's 'normal'

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Old 02-22-2007, 04:17 PM
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Sage,

I'm gunna use Jack Russels as an example..

Shaving a Jacks coat causes the ends of the coat to be damaged and not fall correctly. It also leaves them as thick as always.

Stripping a Jacks coat is only stripping away the longer hairs causing the coat to get thinned out and sit properly on their backs.

Shaving a double coated breeds coat ruins it because you ruin the texture of the coat, the condition of the coat and the ends of the coat as well. keep in mind that if you trim an end of the dogs hair, it will have a blunt cut to it, not like the usual ends of it.
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Old 02-22-2007, 04:20 PM
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OK but WHY does that happen? It doesn't make any sense to me.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:43 PM
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I know in Rough Collies (double coated breed) you are never supposed to shave them unless your must shave a nasty mat. The double coat is there for a purpose. It not only insulates them from the cold is also keeps them cooler during hot weather. Collie's can take the cold temps but do not tolerate very hot temps well for long periods and can be burned and/or dehydrate quicker.
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Old 02-26-2007, 12:33 PM
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so, what about if it's not shaved, but chopped down to about an inch? we had to do this with sylvie because she came to us covered in mats.
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Old 03-17-2007, 01:52 AM
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If you have to shave a dog to get rid of mats, that's just what you have to do. However, shaving a dog because it's summer is not the same thing. If you had to shave mats off a dog which is not supposed to be shaved, just let the hair grow out again but keep up maintenance.

Double-coated breeds MUST be brushed out frequently to keep their coat in good condition. Baths and blow drying will also help get rid of dead hair. I mean at least once per week, good brushout all over.

A coat is like clothing: a well brushed dog is like wearing a t-shirt, nice and light. The more dead coat gets trapped on the dog, and it becomes like a sweatshirt, then a sweater... Very hot. Shaving a dog is like taking all of that off, leaving everything exposed to the sun and air.
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