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Shaving an Aussie

by Dorothy
(Dundee, MI)

My Aussie is 3 years old and has never been trimmed/shaved. We live in Michigan - she is an outside dog. I have read conflicting stories - you can shave an Aussie, you shouldn't shave an Aussie. I have read that if you find a groomer that will shave an Aussie - that groomer is no good because you shouldn't shave them. I ran into a person with a shaved Aussie the other day and he said that his Aussie gets shaved twice a year and the hair grows back. Your thoughts?

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Trimming an Aussie
by: Kathy

We give our Aussie a good trim a couple of times a year - particularly under the tail (she is full tail), the backs of the legs and the pants. The fur is taken from six inches long to about two inches.

It grows back longer and stronger than ever, no problem!

Shave your Aussie
by: Heidi

HI,

In fact my Aussie, Beemer, is getting a cut tomorrow. She gets a cut 3 times a year. We live in upstate NY. Her fur grows back just fine every time. During the winter I get her feathers trimmed, ears, belly and under tail. Summer and Fall is a full cut. She gets so hot on our hikes. Also I found a tick on her yesterday, which is very hard to find with all that fur. You will find that yours will be more comfortable in the heat. Plus it will remind of that puppy cut. I would NOT shave him down completely like a lab.

-Heidi

shaving
by: Gayle-- Big Run Aussies

Dogs have double coats for a reason: to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The double coat is an insulator and to remove it, is not a good idea. A good grooming with a trim around the rear is good. Make sure you get out the dead hair to keep your dog cool in the summer.

Shaving
by: TinaMarie

I had an Aussie that a groomer shaved & he then got skin problems-had to go on steroids-died less than 1 year later from complications from steroids-at age 6. I always tell my groomers-NEVER EVER SHAVE!

Shaving an Aussie
by: Dorothy

See, I knew there would be conflicting opinions. I just call the local PetSmart and they said that they would do it but do not recommend it. Said that her hair might grow back, might grow in patchy or not at all. Suggested a deshedding package/trimming around the back area. I'm not going to chance getting her trimmed. Thanks for the feedback.

shaving aussie
by: jcrply

I used to cut my previous Aussie's hair once a year during the hottest part of our south Florida year. This was a really hot and tedious job for me and for her, but I think much less stressful than going to a groomer would have been, and we would take lots of breaks. She was very sweet and very bored by the process of clipping. I had invested in a really good electric clipper and clipped her hair with a long attachment, not shaved close. But I am not cutting my current Aussie's hair, except that I do use the clipper around her heiney, the same as I do my cats. That's just to keep them clean. Her coat is not as thick as my other Aussie's was, plus my philosophy about the cutting of their hair has changed, based on a lot of things that I have read about the cooling properties of their coats.

Go ahead!
by: Nora

My dog Sami lived to the age of 12 (he passed away about a month ago, actually...) and we shaved him once a year. His fur always grew back in just fine BUT know that it will not have as "full" of a look as it did before you shaved it all off. But he was always perfectly comfortable--of course, we live in FL and it's unbearably hot here year round, so he didn't really need his under coat. We never had a breeder give us an issue about it.

shave your Aussie
by: heid

Hi,

I have had mine shave done times. NOT like a lab, keep a little length. Mine is much more comfortable, easier to brush. At least get belly and sanitary trim. Mine tends to get mats from my other dog grooming and playing with her.
Your Aussie will be fine and more comfortable. Coat regrows just fine!

-Heidi and Beemer

no
by: Anonymous

Please don't shave your Aussie. The coat helps them keep cool actually. Their hair will never completely regrow back. If it does it will take years.

shaving
by: Anonymous

Shave early in the season so it will grow back for the winter. It's hair, it will grow back no matter what.
lol...some dogs are actually timid after a shave. Gotta love them.

Shave
by: Heidi

Yes, after yet another shave 3 months ago, her coat and feathers are growing back completely normal for her. We will do one more cut this summer. She also loves a cooling spray from the hose.

It's ok to shave your Aussie
by: Anonymous

I have an Australian Shepard and the comment I saw about shaving their hair is bad is completely false. My dog is shaved (I'm talking buzz cut) every summer twice. We do it at the beginning of the summer and again during the middle because his hair grows back that fast. He seems to feel so much better after getting the buzz cut. It does't hurt them at all, nor is it cruel. I actually believe it is cruel to not do it since their fur makes them real hot in summer.

my 2 cents
by: Rhonda

Just had my aussie shaved after doing "puppy cuts" for years. The hair is growing back disastrously. Poor baby looks dreadful and patchy. I'll NEVER do it again.

Aussie Shave - Bad Idea!!!
by: Anonymous

My Aussie is almost 9 y/o and has had a summer cut for probable 6 or seven years. This year she got her summer cut and almost 4 months later it has not grown back and looks horrendous. I suggest that if you get yours cut, don't let them cut it extremely short. Leave the hair about 2 inches long.

Do it
by: Anonymous

i have had Aussies for 30 years - Scottsdale AZ and LB Ca - I have always shaved them 1/4 inch twice in the summer - ALL of them have LOVED it! They stay so much cooler!!

Would not shave!
by: Linda McMullen

My personal preference is that I would not shave, however, it is a personal thing, I believe their coat is there for a reason. I do trim her toes and hocks, she is a constant shedder and that is annoying, a lot of vacuuming, but she is so beautiful the way she is I just don't think she would appreciate me altering her, weather might be a factor, I live in 3 months of summer, the rest of the year is quite chilly. She comes first.

never had a problem shaving
by: Anonymous

I've had two Aussies and both got summer shaves at least once a year and it always grew back. Like, full force within 2 months. Both loved it and were bouncy like puppies again. It's been done super buzz short and also with a little fuzz left on. Never heard that you shouldn't shave them before and will continue to shave my Aussie, she loves it and so do I!

Ok to shave
by: Anonymous

We have given our 13 yr old aussie a summer cut 2 to 3 times a year since she was 2 yrs old. We usually let her hair grow out in the winter. However she is an inside dog. So we don't have the concerns with her keeping warm or cool like owners would have with outside dogs. We never had a groomer tell us they didn't advise it or make comments about her hair growing back patchy or not at all... honestly that's ridiculous. her hair grows back thick. No problem.

Ok to shave
by: Joe

We live in North Carolina where the summers are brutally hot and humid. I have had two Aussies one of which lived to be 16 years old and my other little female who is currently 10. They have both been shaved every year all of their lives with No ill effect. The coat grows back beautifully and they both seem to be enjoyed being shaved down during these hot summer months. The coat grows back in less than six months and they are ready for winter. I take the coat down to about an eighth of an inch all around.

No, do not shave
by: Anonymous

My toy Aussie got shaved by a "groomer" and her hair has not grown back in places, after a year. She's still a pretty girl but will never look the same, and my vet is concerned about her skin. I say, give your dog a good brushing, get them trimmed, but you could be risking their health by shaving.

Clippers
by: Sweettillycherry@yahoo.com

Hi i have a 5 year old male red tricolor. We live in northern california a part that is usually humid during the summers and if he isnt sitting in a pool of water the entire day he looks like hes dying from heat stroke with how much he pants. Its hard cause keeping him inside makes him go stir crazy but he over heats when outside. I shave him twice a year cause is hair grows back so quickly. My only problem is finding clippers that dont give out and stop cutting after 2-4 trimmings. If anyone has good advice please email me. Im willing to spend around $100 if their worth while clippers

Natural Fallacy
by: Chris

We can all agree that Mother Nature came up with an interesting and relatively effective strategy for creating an outer surface that has functionality in multiple climates, but there's no way fur is going to do a BETTER job of cooling than a haircut. Mother Nature just didn't have access to clippers. First of all, insulation works both ways. Yes, a double-coat may keep the heat of the sun out, but it will also serve to trap body heat. If having down under a coat of straight hair actually worked better than having nothing at all, why hasn't some industrious clothing inventor created the magical cooling jacket to make billions of dollars? I have a 3 year old Aussie who gets a very short (~ .5") cut every couple months through the summer and he definitely lasts longer chasing the Frisbee and balls after the hair cut. Just because something is natural doesn't mean it's better. Bicycles trump horses, tractors beat oxen, and haircuts beat fur-vent system. I don't think any dog that spends a lot of time in the sun should be shaved naked, but a short cut will leave you with a happier dog when it's hot out.

Shave for burrs
by: Corinne

I live in the country and just got an Aussie, who I absolutely adore. BUT, she gets so many burrs stuck in her coat and I spend hours taking them out, and pulling her hair, no matter how gently I try to do this. Should I shave her?

aussie haircut
by: Anonymous

we shaved our 2 aussies down this July in Michigan and their coats have come back in full force. About to shave them down again. It was great not dealing .the shedding.

Shaved!
by: Anonymous

I have a 14 year old Aussie who has been shaved twice a year since he was 2. I have a 4 year old who had been shaved since he was a year. They have amazing coats! And they are so happy when they come home from being cut. They don't want to go outside when it's hot, they take forever to cool down when they do. I think it's cruel to make them go out with a heavy coat when it is 100° and 99% humidity. I agree with whoever said if mother nature had only invented natural clippers we wouldn't have this conversation.

Shaving
by: Anonymous

I have two dogs. An Aussie and a Border Collie. We live in Wyoming and our Border Collie and Aussie get really hot in the summer. Since the border collie is used for ranch work we shave him. His hair grows back by October. Our Aussie is 1.5 years old. He has been shaved once. His hair is so long that it is hard to believe that he was shaved. We usually shave our dogs after they are all done shedding out.

Mini Aussies
by: Norma

I have 2 mini's. They are great dogs. They weigh in at about 25lbs. Their size make traveling a snap. Beautiful, smart and good friends.

Shave Them!!
by: Anonymous

I would like to see the actual scientific paper that says a 15 pound bilayer coat is actually a good insulator in the summer. It's ludicrous. It's common sense that if a dog is hot and it has two layers of fur it CANNOT cool down properly. I live in East Texas where it is humid as well as hot, and my Aussie doesn't even want to go outside with a full coat! They pant even in the 60's. As soon as I shave them they turn into a puppy again and love being outside! People try to make me feel like a bad owner for doing it to which I reply, you shave every other dog why in the world would you make an Aussie or a husky suffer through the summer. To me that is cruel. They are active dogs and they need to be able to play without getting overheated.

Oh man...
by: Anonymous

Please Please! Do not shave your Aussie! Yes, there are instances of people shaving them and everything turns out fine but lots of times that is just luck and just because you may have gotten lucky and not bad has happened to your Aussie please don't tell people to do it like you know some kind of fact. Aussie's like other dogs have double coats and there is a reason for that! If insulates them during summer and winter. In other words it keeps them warm and cool wherever they are. If your dog is panting a lot that's OK. Everybody gets a Lil hot sometimes and that's their way of sweating. They'll be fine don't shave because of that, just give them some water and brush them out often to get the dead fur out. Shaving them can cause serious issues with regrowth, skin issues, and throw off their body temp. Please don't take that risk just because it's been fine once before or u know someone who did. Just trim the legs, butt and tail, and brush regularly and you'll be fine.

Shaving my Ausie
by: Anonymous

Every summer we shave our Ausie. He gets his coat back just as beautiful and nice every fall/winter. He is inside at night and does just fine.

Clipping...
by: Anonymous

I have never shaved my dogs because I think they look stupid but an alternative is clipping with about a 7 blade a path down their but to their underside leaving the natural coat on the back. Working type Aussies and Border collies will naturally adapt by having a very short summer coat. I have seen a seasoned working dog that had worked in the summer heat all day do fine as she was used to it. Access to a tub or place where they can take a dip is better than shaving. Even non water loving dogs will wet their feet when really hot. Dogs only can cool themselves via panting or their paw pads so if you shave, it's for your convenience not the dogs.

Shaving
by: Anonymous

We have two Aussies and we cut their hair two to three times a year short. They have always grown back nicely. Will continue to cut it. They are inside dogs and we cut it to avoid all of the shedding.

Choosing Not to Shave
by: P.T.,& T

#1, I've had both B.C.& now An Aussie who is a. It over 5. I would never shave her for the convince of me. In Calif. the wheather, not bad., so I would never do it. Plus they need both. The look is not Aussie, but poodle. Just my opinion, PT&T

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