All of a sudden spring is upon us here in the Pacific Northwest. Which can only really mean one thing in a Siberian kennel....that summer blow out is on it's way! No we don't mean deep discounts, or flash sales. We mean that time of year when all of that undercoat our dogs grew in preparation for the cold of winter is getting ready to go. It also means some of the dogs are looking pretty homeless right about now. Its time to bust out the combs and fire up the drier because the fur is about to fly.
While some may think that this may be the opportune time to make an appointment at the grooming salon for a shave. Shaving is actually detrimental to the health of a Siberian as well as reduces the cooling capabilities they once had with their coat intact. In the warmer months the undercoat is much thinner and aids in trapping cooler air, insulating the dog from overheating as well as adding a protective layer for the skin against the sun.
We recommend a good grooming rake with tines at least 1" long to reach safely through the guard hair to pull the loose undercoat out without causing damage to the rest of the coat. A straight comb, or greyhound comb, can be a great help to separate the hair to allow for more breathability. Lastly, if you do have a double coated breed its suggestable to invest in a high velocity dryer. A HV dryer can help make quick(er) work of the fur storm, especially after a good bath!
Our model Denali looking fresh(er) after a quick brush and blow out - there's still more grooming to go, but he's closer to being summer time ready!
Enjoy the warmer weather and Happy Grooming!
Growing up in Montana my love of the Siberian Husky started at a young age. It has been quite a journey so far. There has been much to learn and still a lot more yet to learn! I truly believe that we are never too old, too experienced, or too full of ourselves to learn something new. I also believe that knowledge is useless unless we are willing to share it with others.