Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Hell, I shave my GSDs each summer and I know you're not *supposed* to. But they're housepets 98% of the time, so when we do go out for a run in the summer, even at night when it's (only) 95*F and 100% humidity, they get overheated. This way I can hose them down before and after and still not have wet dogs all night. Didn't shave them when we were in WA state, but there it got cool enough at night to run them without heat stroke.
Hair is an insulator. Hot dog under the fur plus hot outside = even hotter, and then they can't cool down quickly by skin contact with a cool floor either. Show me ONE real study to support the old wives tale about hair actually keeping dogs cooler in the heat. I want some actual research or data, not just what groomers or trainers or owners or breed associations claim.
I never will get how people get so worked up by shaving dogs or not (not you specifically, Nightside, just in general). It's not your dog, and if the owner is making sure to protect them from sunburn, then what's the issue?