|Barked: Wed Jan 20, '10 9:01am PST |
|As part of his normal (winter & summer) grooming routine, Jackson does get trimmed (i.e. hair on his feet & private area trimmed and his fan tail evened out) and undercoat maintained, but that's it.
Shaving double-coated breeds is highly discouraged (my groomer would refuse to). Border Collies are pretty hardy and were bred to work in all types of weather (owner caution in heat & cold goes w/o saying). The coat protects from the elements, including heat & cold, and also protects from sun damage and other nasties. So long as you brush & comb and keep on top of the undercoat, exercise in the coolest part of the day and prevent overheating, and provide a refuge to escape the heat, Ohana will be fine keeping her tresses. Well written explanations: http://www.webvet.com/main/article/id/1353 and www.preciouspawsgrooming.com/ShavingCoatedDogs.aspx