Join Date: May 2016
Location: Naples, Florida
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I don't know where you live, but dust mites thrive in warmer climates. We live in Naples, and have stone floors throughout our condo. When given the option of 1.) a feather down pillow with cotton cover, 2.) water proof pee pads, 3.) Stone floor, Tux opts for the stone. My Akita was the same way. We keep the house at 75 degrees with low humidity. He prefers sites that are fuzz free. I'm letting his hair grow long. Maybe in some way more hair is more protective of the skin? The hair acts as an insulator, and built-in padding. I found this post about long double coated dogs online:
"AS a groomer I refuse to shave ANY double coated dog. First of all, YES, that coat does insulate the dog from heat and, protects them from sunburn and insects, as well. Dogs skin is very sensitive and shaving can damage the hair follicles permanently. We have a number of dogs who come here routinely for grooming who have major bald areas where they had previously been shaved OR they have sparse, brittle hair where it was once thick and healthy.
I am not adverse to shortening the feathers and skirts on a golden retriever or collie or a breed like that and I absolutely believe the insulating properties of their coat are enhanced by keeping it clean and free from matts and shedding undercoat. But, when I am asked to shave a LABRADOR or other short-haired dog or a collie or a husky or a GSD, I absolutely refuse to do it. I have had several people who ended up getting their dog shaved somewhere else call me and tell me they wished they had listened to me."