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Shaving the Puff [Apr. 2nd, 2007|10:14 am]


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Hi there, new member. I swear I will do an intro post with pics of my puff when I get the chance but for now I'd like some info.
     Sofia (my Kees) is 8 months old and her coat is pretty much in, we're waiting on her mane to really grow in but she's essentially there. I live in Texas and I have been walking a lot with both of my dogs (the other is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) and although I know it isn't safe for any of us to be walking for miles in the hot sun in August I am already starting to get concerned. I don't want to exclude Sof from walks but some days it is too hot with all that puff. They are indoor dogs so they get to enjoy the comforts of air conditioning but what about during walks? I know I can get away with short ones with her very early in th day or in the evening but that isn't always practical and I go on 5 mile walks several times a week with my girls.

     So my question: should I shave her? When I was younger my parents had 2 Kees and twice they were clipped down and their coats grew back beautifully. They even looked pretty cute with short fur. That was in Canada. I heard that the long fur protects from both the heat and cold so would I be exposing her to more heat problems if she was clipped short? I would love to keep her beautiful coat but there are days that I feel so bad for her even though it isn't really hot yet. Suggestions? Information?

[User Picture]From: melebeth
2007-04-02 03:40 pm (UTC)
I just take a lot of water when we go for walks, and in the summer our walks are a lot shorter. On the other hand, we don't live in Texas. I always heard "don't shave," but I can't justify that based on experience.
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[User Picture]From: angeyja
2007-04-02 03:43 pm (UTC)



I've got two kees and asked Coley's breeder about this during a really hot summer. Fwiw, She said it was a bad idea, pretty much what you said above. :)

Rose is the older smaller dog. Cole's a year older now, so even floofier.
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[User Picture]From: koshmom
2007-04-02 08:36 pm (UTC)
The traditional thoughts on shaving keesies is "don't". The reasons why include:
- they get sunburnt easily
- they have very fine hair. Thus, if you leave it long, but brush out ALL (and I mean all) the undercoat, any breeze at all will cause the topcoat to lift and cool their skin.
- If you shave, the now-short coat (complete with undercoat, because people think if the fur is short they don't have to brush) will actually be Warmer than a long, brushed out coat, because of the above Breeze-lifting fact. Fur
won't lift, it will sit there and cause the dog to be warmer.
- dogs can become actually embarassed by being shaved down.
- two words: razor burn
- another word - aloepecia (I might have spelled it wrong). That's where
shaved down dogs DON'T grow the hair back in some spots due to the shaving. It's not at all certain why, but it definitely can happen on keesies. Do you really want a dog with "holes" in her coat, even after the rest of it grows in?
- Some rescue people have looked at 2 side-by-side same breed dogs, one shaved and one not. Apparently the shaved one seemed to have a more difficult time with the weather.
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[User Picture]From: starphoenix
2007-04-03 12:36 am (UTC)
Best advice I can think of is DON'T shave your kees. koshmom lists extremely vital points against shaving. I've lived with multiple kees for the past 12 years in atlanta, ga (moved from up north, so yeah, it was a bit of an adjustment) and here are the precautions I take in the heat (and humidity):
Carry LOTS of water.
Go early if possible.
If it's already warn before you go, make sure you stick to the shade as much as possible.
Feel the surface (pavement, cement, whatever) with your hand. If it's too hot, then that will just make your baby warmer.
BRUSH THAT FUR. Every day, even on days when you are not out walking, brush the fur. Work that undercoat so that air can circulate. Once your baby starts to blow coat (and they do, just maybe a little later than you would prefer), then spend even more time brushing that undercoat out. It will come out in cottony clumps, but that is less insulation your furbaby is carrying around.
Remember, a keeshond's fur protects against hot, cold, hard wind, and rain. Loosing that is like losing the outter (protective) layer of your skin.
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