|Barked: Tue Jun 7, '11 7:06pm PST |
|Because double coated dogs have two types of hairs- soft, short, insulating inner coat, and long, coarse weatherproof outer coat. They grow at different rates- the inner coat is shed once (or twice in some dogs, like intact females) a year and it mostly all comes out at once. (Blowing coat, I'm sure you've seen it.) The outer coat does NOT all fall out and grow back at once- individual hairs may last as long as several years.
The problem when you shave a dog is that BOTH kinds of hairs are cut. The inner coat will grow in faster than the outer coat, and without the outer coat protecting it, it will get matted and lose its softness. Without the outer coat hairs to give it structure, the coat just doesn't lie right either.
Shaving a dog can lead to a cycle that repeats itself- shave the dog because it's matted, but shaving leads to even worse matting in the future, so you have to keep doing it.
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