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Shed Happens…Husky Shedding Begins

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. 01cf33441f152f5139fb72c05fc6910b7523ab1afe

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.

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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.

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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! For more information on exactly how to groom your Siberian Husky, check out my post How to groom a Siberian Husky.

To see more information on Siberian Huskies please check out my other posts, Advice from Husky Owners and FAQs about Siberian Huskies. There is also links provided at the bottom of the Advice from Husky Owners post to several reliable sources with information about the Siberian Husky.

Thanks for reading!

-Katie and Gracie 01588814a0a920eca5706beec8c083e257fb693da4

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11 thoughts on “Shed Happens…Husky Shedding Begins

  1. My dog is a husky mix, but she definitely has the husky coat. I took her to a new groomer yesterday (the groomer I have gone to for years was closed for a few days). I was heartbroken when I picked her up to see that they’d shaved her down. I have taken her to a few different places in her life and NEVER has anyone just shaved her down. It seems to me that they just don’t know dog breeds and just give every dog the same cut (that “lion mane” cut where everything but the head and tail are shaven). I was horrified and am concerned that it’s ruined her fur for good. Needless to say I will never go back, but will her hair grow back normally? Are there things that I should be concerned about? Sun burn, etc?

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    1. I am sorry that happened to your dog! I would suggest keeping him out of the sun as much as possible and when you do go out go in the early morning and later in the evening. Without their coat they have no protection from the sun and are more prone to sunburn. You could also try getting a vest or dog sweater to help cover him up.
      My advice is whenever you go to the groomer make it clear that you do not want anything cut off or shaved at all. Trimming the bottom of the feet and sanitary area is fine if you wish to have that done.
      As far as the hair growing back, it seems to vary dog to dog. Some grow back just fine while others grow back patchy. Eventually the patches will even out. I have heard people complain about the coat’s texture changing a little, but nothing super major. Hopefully everything will grow back like it was before.

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  2. I have two double-coated dogs (the mutt might even have some Husky in him). Coat-blowing season is lots of mess and work, but part of the joy of dogs is in the grooming. Brushing sessions are such a lovely bonding time, when they get to relax and I get to tell them how fabulous they are. 🙂 Gracie is looking healthy and happy!

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      1. My Fluffy Dog pretends he dislikes it, but as soon as he’s lying down, he sighs and closes his eyes and relaxes completely. It’s such a good feeling! There’s something about having your hands on a dog for so long that makes the world seem like a good, safe, happy place. 🙂

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  3. Great Stuff!

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