I have noticed on several of the husky groups I follow on Facebook that some huskies have began to blow their coats. Now for you non husky people out there, “blowing coat” refers to when a Siberian Husky, or any double coated dog, sheds their undercoat in the matter of a few weeks. As you could imagine there is a TON of fur. Typically huskies will blow their coats twice a year- once in the fall and once in the spring. It should take about 3 weeks for a husky to blow their coat, however they will continue to shed for longer.
During the off season, I will brush Gracie around 2-3 times a week to keep tangles out of her fur and to get any loose furs off. I will usually get off a few handfuls of fur during this time. However, when she is blowing her coat she needs to be thoroughly brushed everyday. During this time expect to get GALLONS of fur. I had one lady offer to make me a mini-Gracie toy with all the fur! LOL. Today when I brushed Gracie, I got a gallon of fur off of her and she is not even blowing her coat yet. Since I am starting to get more fur, I can tell she is about to start, but I am not getting clumps of undercoat quite yet.
If this sounds like a lot of work, then you are right. Huskies have beautiful coats, but they do take lots of care to keep them looking good. It is VERY important to NEVER SHAVE YOUR HUSKY or any double coated dog. This can be both DANGEROUS to your dog’s health and permanently damage their coat. Because of the husky’s protective double coat, their skin is not meant to be exposed to the sun or weather. Shaving a husky will expose them to heat stroke, sunburn, skin cancer, dry skin, and other serious health problems. If you think shaving your double coated dog will help cool it down in a hot climate, you are very wrong. It actually does just the opposite. A husky’s coat works both to warm and cool down the dog and, by shaving it, you remove the dog’s natural ability to cool itself down. Dogs do not sweat like humans do. They can only sweat through their nose, paws, and mouth, so exposing skin where there is normally fur only endangers them. For more information on how a double coated dog’s fur helps it to cool down check out the image below.
I love my Gracie and I believe that is worth every second of work that she takes. Siberian Huskies are beautiful dogs with fun personalities, but they do take more work than many other breeds of dogs. If you are the owner of a dog who sheds a lot, you know that shed happens and you just have to work through it!
To see more information on Siberian Huskies please check out my post from October, Advice from Husky Owners. There is also links provided at the bottom of that post to several reliable sources with information about the Siberian Husky.
Thanks for reading!
-Katie and Gracie