Having and caring for a pet is not as simple as it seems. There are many aspects and factors that we must take into account when living with a dog, cat, bird, snake, rodent, etc. Each one presents different characteristics and care needs that will be covered depending on the family to which it belongs.
Dogs are the most common pets in many homes. There are a lot of breeds that have distinctive characteristics that allow them to be differentiated from each other. For example, some have a particular physical appearance, while others are distinguished mainly by their temperament, personality, behavior, or abilities.
Taking care of a dog is not only about feeding and providing exercise but also taking into account grooming. That is very important in most breeds, especially those with a fluffy coat, such as a Samoyed.
The Samoyed is an ancient breed that was used by nomadic peoples mainly to herd and care for reindeer. However, they were also used for hunting. These dogs are characterized by having an elegant, strong, and graceful appearance.
They have a beautiful two-layered coat: the outer one is dense, straight, and rough, while the inner one is soft and short.
Due to the coat of this dog, many owners wonder if this animal should be shaved. We will see it next.
Should Samoyeds Be Shaved?
Grooming a Samoyed 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 Samoyed.
This dog’s coat should be brushed at least 3 times a week to prevent it from getting dirty and tangled. During shedding times, we will need 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 Samoyed.
We should not shave the coat of a Samoyed 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. This type of fur has a special function: to regulate the body temperature of the animal depending on the climate at that time.
When Should We Trim the Fur of a Samoyed?
Trimming a Samoyed’s coat is more favorable than shaving it completely. It should be noted that this will depend on how much hair you cut. Shaving will not only make your pet irritated and restless, but it will also expose it to certain weather conditions, especially the sun’s rays.
Now, a dog groomer can properly groom a Samoyed. In this case, he will be able to trim this dog’s hair just enough for the coat to grow beautiful and healthy.
That is also recommended when the Samoyed’s fur gets tangled, which is very common. Many people might think that brushing their hair is the best solution, but that could be very painful.
Therefore, an acceptable option is only to trim the fur of this animal a little, but we must do it carefully. If you take it to a dog groomer, then there will be no problem since he will know what to do.
When is It Necessary to Shave a Samoyed?
As we have said, the most advisable thing is to trim the hair. However, shaving a Samoyed 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 recommendation of the veterinarian.
How Often is It Advisable to Trim the Coat of a Samoyed?
You could do this during regular grooming sessions. The most important thing about this procedure is to keep this dog’s coat clean, healthy, tidy, and beautiful.
The hair of the Samoyed must be trimmed at least 2 times a year to keep it healthy. In fact, it is advisable to do it during shedding times.
How to Trim the Fur of a Samoyed?
Trim the long outer hairs on its back and chest for cosmetic reasons. You should do that while combing it, making sure 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 Samoyed clean and hygienic. Use the scissors close to its skin to trim carefully. You should do the same with the fur on its tail.