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To Shave Or Not To Shave?
By: Debbie Baird, Dynasty Samoyeds

The Samoyed is a natural breed...
...who needs natural protection.

"Floydd", Owned By: Rick & Michelle Harris
Bred By: Dynasty Samoyeds

While I do not agree with shaving a Samoyed under most circumstances that does not mean I am right or that I will never feel a need to do so. Unless it is medically necessary it is probably best not to shave your dog. Remember that the Samoyed's double/dual coat protects him or her in cold and hot weather. The Samoyed is a natural breed and natural protection is needed. If the coat is shaved too close to the body your dog could sunburn easily in the warmer months.

Once a Samoyed has been neutered (male) or spayed (female) they will usually get an abundance of coat. When this happens grooming can sometimes seem endless to the owner. Some owners will choose to clip or shave if they can not keep up with the more intense grooming. Also, the older Samoyed's skin may get more tender and sensitive making usual grooming more difficult. In these cases what may work best versus shaving your Samoyed is to invest in a good cattle dryer or other type of strong dryer. You can use the dryer to get down to the skin versus comb. This will need to be done on a regular basis so that the coat care does not become overwhelming to you. And, so that matting and hot spots will be prevented.

I will not go into much more detail on this subject as it will be a personal choice. I suggest consulting with your veterinarian, and breeder, prior to shaving your Samoyed. Also, if you must shave your Samoyed leave at least one to two inches of coat on the body to offer at least some protection from the elements.











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