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Furrific Times: Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2015  Volume 3, ed. 3
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"Don't give your dog a haircut (shave). You may be tempted to shave your pup's thick hair in an effort to cool him off for the summer, but Hilden says it could do more harm than good. "A dog's coat provides a buffer to help him regulate his body temperature," she says. A trim won’t help him handle the heat." Andrea Hilden, DVM, a veterinarian with Animal Care Center of Green Valley in Arizona. 
 
This is an example of a summer cut I used to do on my favorite Samoyed, Charlie, who is also pictured above. Rather than shave the coat and expose the unprotected skin to the sun and heat, we left a half an inch of hair on the body and blended that into an inch of hair left on the legs. Leaving the legs a little longer than the body helps give the haircut a nice balanced look. This way he will have a short, easy to maintain coat that will also help protect his skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Just like the Middle Eastern people cover up in the desert to keep from overheating, the coat actually keeps the dog cooler during the summer heat. 
This is another example of a short, summer cut I used to do on this adorable Lhasapoo named Chloe. For this haircut we used a 1/4" comb guard for the body and blended that into a 1/2" comb guard for the legs. Then used a 5/8" comb guard to set the length of the head. Once the length is set with the clippers, I like to smooth it out by going over the angles in the neck, chest and legs with straight shears. Then I round the ears, face and feet with curved shears.

This issue's Featured Breed

The Beautiful Samoyed

These are some interesting quotes taken from the AKC website: 

"Samoyeds, the smiling sledge dogs, were bred for hard work in the world’s coldest locales. In the Siberian town of Oymyakon, for instance, temperatures of minus-60 degrees are common. The Sammy’s famous white coat is thick enough to protect against such brutal conditions. Powerful, agile, tireless, impervious to cold—Sammies are drop-dead gorgeous but highly functional. Even their most delightful feature, a perpetual smile, has a practical function: The mouth’s upturned corners keep Sammies from drooling, preventing icicles from forming on the face." http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/samoyed/detail/

"OF ALL MODERN BREEDS, THE SAMOYED IS MOST NEARLY AKIN TO THE PRIMITIVE DOG - NO ADMIXTURE OF WOLF OR FOX RUNS IN THE SAMOYED STRAIN." http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/samoyed

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