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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Do Siberian Huskies Shed Like Other Dogs?

This is a question I get probably every other week of the year. Huskies have a double coat. It serves to protect them from both very cold and very hot temperatures. Therefore, they need the double coat in any climate; that is the reason why they should never be shaved. Furthermore, no special type of brush or sheers should be used on them to pull out their second coat; this is usually recommended by groomers who are not familiar with the breed. The coat protects them from the UV rays of the sun in hot climate areas, and it helps them work in minus zero temperatures.

Twice a year, they “blow” or lose their undercoat. This means that a great amount of hair will be dropped around the house right before the winter and then again before the hot summer. There have been frantic new husky owners who have called thinking that their huskies were ill due to their hair loss; in fact, I answered a Craigslist ad one time where the desperate owner “was picking up a dog’s worth of hair every day.” However, this is perfectly normal. He was very relieved to have spoken with me.

The best solution is to take them outside during this time and brush them. It may take up to three weeks to lose the undercoat, but if the husky is brushed every day during that time, it may take less time and your home will be free of a lot of hair.

The rest of the year, huskies should not shed, or if they do, it will be very little. Wooly coat huskies, the ones with much longer hair, tend to shed more throughout the year than the other coats associated with huskies.


Bill Mackechnie said...

We have a three-year-old Willie Husky. This is the first year her coat has become extremely dance. When you run your fingers through it it feels quite matted on her belly and even on her back. My question is, will that matting, those lumps, fall out when she sheds or should we be brushing those out as they occur? I hope the answer is that they fall out on their own and she sheds. She doesn't react very well to brushing, and I know it hurts. Thank you in advance for your answer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the article, I am doing some research on the breed. When you write at the end of your article that huskies should not shed much throughout the year (not counting the seasonal shedding obviously), some people seem to indicate on the internet that they do always shed throughout the year. Perhaps these people live in warm climates?

Carol said...

I knew my new gust would shed but I was no prepared for the blow. I can understand why new owners would think they are ill.

Ipock said...

My daughter is getting me a husky she is red and white not quite a year old I know that huskies have sensitive stomachs what would be the best food to feed her?? look forward to hearing from you ty vm..

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