There’s much debate on the web after this pic of a shaved husky started circulating – questioning if this sort of extreme haircut should be done.
The general consensus (barring some sort of medical issue that would warrant the shave) is that giving a husky a cut like this should NOT be done, since huskies are double-coated dogs – meaning that they have two layers of fur, working kind of like insulation.
Here’s some info taken directly from the FAQ section from the Siberian Husky Club of Canada site:
Siberians do not need to be shaved
Contrary to popular belief, Siberians (or any other dogs) do not need to be shaved at any time of the year.
Not even the so-called “dog days of summer;” in the deep South.
Dogs have natural ways of cooling themselves and shaving them can actually hinder this.
The Siberian Husky is generally free from skin problems unless you shave them.
Then, they are more susceptible to skin allergies, sun burns and parasite infestation.
The treatments for these problems can then lead to more serious conditions.
Your Siberian will appreciate your air conditioning vent inside your house.
He will also appreciate plenty of fresh water and shade.
So please, don’t do this to your dog.