Many people do not know how to treat and care for their pets properly. Perhaps dogs are the animals that need the most attention and maintenance, and for that reason, we need to know everything about them.
Remember that each breed of dog is different; therefore, their care may vary depending on their physical characteristics and personality.
Chow Chows have a particular physical appearance. These dogs are characterized by their facial wrinkles, chubby faces, and blue tongues, but above all, their abundant fur.
The fur of these dogs is their most distinctive physical feature and is the reason they resemble teddy bears. In addition, they have a huge mane that, together with their reddish color, can make them look like lions.
Due to the large amount of hair that the Chow Chow has, many owners may think that shaving is a good idea, but in this article, we will see that this is not the case.
Should Chow Chows Be Shaved?
Grooming a Chow Chow is very important, mainly for its coat. We have to make sure to keep this canine’s coat fluffy, clean, and beautiful.
However, this type of care is not only important to maintain an adorable physical appearance but also to avoid problems in the body of our Chow Chow.
This dog’s coat should be brushed every 2 days during the week to prevent it from getting dirty and tangled. During the times of shedding, we will have to do it daily.
It is important to note that many people consider that trimming or shaving the coat of a canine (any breed) is part of its grooming, and that is true. However, it is not recommended to do it in certain dogs, and one of them is the Chow Chow.
We should not shave the coat of a Chow Chow as its hair protects it from extreme weather conditions by isolating either heat or cold. That way, it can prevent its skin from being affected by the sun, for example.
That type of fur has a special function: to regulate the animal’s body temperature depending on the climate at that time.
The best we can do is brush our canine’s fur to allow air to flow through it to keep it cool.
Why Shouldn’t I Shave My Chow Chow Dog?
The owners of these dogs are unaware of the importance of the coat. It is crucial to know that the fur of a canine, especially that of a Chow Chow, protects it from extreme temperatures.
Many think that excess hair protects them from the cold and the sun, which can cause burns on their skin.
Some people think thick fur will overheat your canine much more during walks in the sun. However, if you shave your Chow Chow, it will overheat much more during hot weather. A good advice is to not take walks with your dog during times of the day with intense sun.
As we have already said, the hair of the Chow Chows has several functions to keep their fur healthy and protected from external agents.
Mainly, the coat of a Chow Chow protects it from the external cold, but that does not mean that you can leave it outside during a snowy day.
In the same way, heat should not be a problem since this type of coat allows air to pass through, cooling its skin and slowing down heat absorption.
Also, shaving the coat of a Chow Chow can be negative since the ultraviolet rays will directly contact its skin, causing burns.
Although the main function of the coat in these dogs is to protect it from extreme climates, it can also protect against insect bites, prevent skin infections, keep its natural fats balanced, protect against water, etc.
When Is It Necessary to Shave a Chow Chow?
Shaving a Chow Chow is not recommended as their hair offers many benefits and makes them look beautiful and tender. The most advisable thing is to trim the hair, not to shave.
Now, shaving a Chow Chow may be necessary only for medical reasons, be it due to a skin condition, injuries, or infections in certain parts of its body. Whatever the case, the most advisable thing is to do it under the veterinarian’s recommendation.
How to Trim the Fur of a Chow Chow?
These dogs have a double fur coat, so we must trim their hair carefully.
Trim the long outer hairs on its back and chest for cosmetic reasons. You should do that while combing it, ensuring that each hair is straight and balanced. You can then proceed to trim the fur on its hips and thighs.
Now you have to trim the fur of its legs. Use a short blade and carefully spread its toes to cut the excess hair between them. You should do the same with the hairs on its pads but make sure you do it carefully.
It is also advisable to trim the fur that is on its butt. We have to do that to keep our Chow Chow clean and hygienic. Use the scissors close to its skin to trim carefully. You should do the same with the fur on its tail.
If you have a Chow Chow, don’t shave it. This recommendation is not only to maintain its characteristic appearance but also to protect it from extreme climates (cold or hot).
While shaving your Chow Chow’s coat is not recommended, you can trim just a little of the fur, especially if it’s tangled or extremely long. Use scissors and only in the areas you want.
Before cutting your Chow Chow’s hair, we must prepare its coat well to make the process easier. First, you should wet your pet’s fur with warm water and then brush it to remove dead hair and debris.
The most recommended order to start cutting the hair of a Chow Chow is the head, the legs, and the rest of the body.
Once you have trimmed its fur, you must brush it again to remove the remaining hair you cut. You can also use a hair dryer to remove all the dirt quickly.