It can be a shock as a first time sled dog owner when your dog starts blowing its coat, or shedding as its known. It is quite normal for this to happen though most people are still fazed by the sight of a moulting husky or malamute.
Some people think there’s something wrong with their beloved pet and seek vet advice. Others take more drastic measures by shaving the poor canine.
I only wish people would do their home work on the breed before taking the plunge into buying one and that breeders made sure prospective owners know what they are taking on and what to expect. This way so many of these gorgeous dogs wouldn’t end up in rescue centres or repeatedly being rehomed whenever their coat started to inbed itself all over the house.
A sled dog is a double coated animal and naturally sheds what’s known as its guard hair twice per year. In summer the dog will lose his/her coat and it will come back thicker and darker ready to protect the animal in the winter months.
Around spring time, the thick winter hair falls out leaving a thinner lighter coat to keep the dog cool through the summer months. The hair is known to come out in clumps over a period of three or four weeks.
Grooming can help get some of the loose hair out and a slicker comb is best for this. If you own a dog dryer, the blasting out the coat is a wonderful thing. Try to get as much of the hair out as soon as possible. Dead hair if left can cause hotspots and wet eczema.
Under no circumstances should a husky, malamute or any other double coated breed ever be shaved. If you are experiencing your dog blowing its coat for the first time it is natural for the breed, so please don’t worry.
If you are a potential husky owner and have not seen how excessive the amount of hair loss actually is, please do your research thoroughly before taking onboard one of these beautiful creatures.
A lot of people are now finding that because of warmer weather their dogs are moulting more than the usual twice a year. So if you dont want to be hoovering half a dozen times a day and don’t want to eat, sleep and breathe dog hair, then a sled dog, as pretty as they are, really isn’t the dog for you.