Should I Cut My Dog's Hair in the Summer?

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Should I Cut My Dog's Hair in the Summer?
Dogs can be susceptible to overheating in the summer months (dog image by Ergün Ã--zsoy from

If your dog has a thick coat, you have every reason to be concerned about its health and well being in the hot summer months. A thick coat can cause your pet to overheat when it spends too much time outdoors in a warm climate. This is especially true if your dog was bred to withstand cold climates rather than hot temperatures. An Alaskan Husky is an example of a dog that would certainly benefit from a summer hair cut.

A Dog's Coat Does Not Need to Be Cut

Dog's are adaptable animals with coats that grow thicker in the winter and shed in the summer to help them tolerate the heat. As long as your brush your dog regularly to help assist in the shedding, provide water throughout the day, allow only limited time outside and are careful not to let it overexert itself, your dog should not require a special summer haircut.

Bottom Line

Your personal preference plays a key role in whether or not your cut your dog's hair in the summer. If you are determined to do so, make sure to have it done by a groomer with expertise in the area. Also, cutting is preferable to shaving because your dog needs its hair to protect it from the sun and the elements. If you choose not to cut your dog's hair, make sure to brush it regularly to assist with shedding.

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