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Shave your Golden - I think NOT!

An interesting article on why you should not shave your golden.

shave-down fur-bearing dogs

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Humor me, what does the term "furr bearing" mean, exactly?
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What constitutes shaving? Like...shaving to the skin? or like shaving to a short length?

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What constitutes shaving? Like...shaving to the skin? or like shaving to a short length?
How short are we talking here? I would think that if you're shaving less than an inch, it would constitute shaving. What do others think?

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What constitutes shaving? Like...shaving to the skin? or like shaving to a short length?
I am curious as well. I have friends who 'buzz' their GR, and ask me why i don't do it to Tex. So, is a buzz to a half inch or so ok....? Or is this still considered a shave?
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I meant to say something yesterday, but one thing I was thinking about when I saw this topic was how scruffy/wiry some shaved goldens I said "hi" to on Saturday felt when I petted them. From the looks of it they had little or no guard coat left and the downy fur was just caked with oils. It felt really gross.

The goldens were apparently in the "in-between" point, because the owner said she was shaving them down again for summer. This was at the vet and the techs were all at a loss. I heard them carefully telling the woman that her dogs might get skin problems because of exposure. >.<

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Trimming hair

I trim my GR's coat because it is soooo hot here, but I leave about 4-5", so there is not a problem with sunburn. I did not know about the possible skin diseases in the posted article. The writer who said that the neck feels less than desirable is right. It is not the silky hair that is on the top of the body or the legs.

Since Charlie is outside during the day, and the heat is 95-100 degrees, talk to me, please!
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We used to shave a strip of fur down Carmella's belly during the summer, so when she would lay down her stomach would be cooler. I don't see any harm in that.


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My old Scout carried a TON of coat, and this only got worse after he was neutered. We used to shave his belly and then cut him like a puppy, so he looked like a giant puppy. He looked cute, it grew out nicely and it was a lot easier to deal with. I would never shave him though.

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