Dogs such as Huskies, Golden Retrievers, Australian shepherds, and Pomeranians are all examples of dogs with double coats. A double coat is literally that, a top coat of guard hairs (which do not shed) and a bottom fluffy layer that does shed.
The top coat is designed to repel dirt and protect your pet from the suns damaging rays (especially here in Southwest Florida!) . The bottom layer helps keep your pet warm in the winter and, believe it or not, COOL in the summer! It works just like the insulation on your home. You also might think your dog feels cooler after being shaved. Well sure, because their skin is exposed and it feels different, but dogs don’t sweat through their skin, they sweat from the pads of their feet! Stripping them of their protection from heat rays does more harm then good.
When you shave a double coated dog, the hair comes back clumpy and strange looking, this is because the guard hair and undercoat grow at different speeds, so the coat ends up looking patchy, and therefore, needing shaved on a regular basis. Your dogs coat may also become damaged and not grow back. You could get your pet shaved 5 times or 50 times with no issues, but one day it will not grow back, especially as the pet ages. Shaving these breeds can also cause many unexpected skin infections and irritations. Due to the reasons above, we strongly recommend not shaving your double coated dog, and the only way we will is if the pet is severely matted or already has skin issues that need to be addressed, and we will require the ok from your Veterinarian.