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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Heat and Hair

The weather here has heated up quite a bit over the last few days even though it's early spring. Sunny and 30C yesterday. Already Charlie seems to be struggling with the heat - mainly panting a lot and flopping down on the tiles.

We haven't had his coat trimmed at all except for a face and sanitary trim a couple of months ago - we prefer the mid-length look. So he's got quite a shaggy long coat and of course being dark it seems to get hot the minute the sun is on his back.

I'm really unsure about whether or not we should have it cut right down to help him. I've read conflicting things about whether longer or shorter is better in hot weather so would like to understand other people's experiences and also any tips on keeping him cooler.

It's only going to get warmer / more humid so I really want to do what's best for Charlie rather than worry about how he looks.

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Hi! It seems strange to read that you are in early spring, when most of us are getting ready for fall and cooler weather! It has always been my understanding that the coat is to protect from the sun...keep them cooler.( Whimsy has always had a full coat mainly because I love her that way.) I feel that most dogs pant when it's warm whether or not they have a long or a short coat. When it's really hot out, I just keep Whimsy indoors and turn on the air conditioning.

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I have only read that the long coat helps them keep out the heat. I hope it cools off in your area soon!

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Timmy does not do well in the heat, he's in a puppy cut, I'm not sure coat length makes any difference. In fact, some will chime in that longer coats actually help in the heat, think about it our breed comes from Cuba and it's hot there all the time. I just make sure Timmy has water available and our walks are shorter and in the early morning or evening. Best of luck with your summer season we're gearing up for the ice and snow. Farmer's Almanac says we're in for a bad winter, good think I'll be getting a puppy to housebreak in the middle of it.

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I clipped Riley down short early this summer. He definitely seemed more comfortable with short hair. However I can't swear he was any cooler. Everyone does say the longer hair protects against the heat but I look at it this way; When it's hot, aren't people cooler when they put their hair up rather than have it hanging over their necks?

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The weather here has heated up quite a bit over the last few days even though it's early spring. Sunny and 30C yesterday. Already Charlie seems to be struggling with the heat - mainly panting a lot and flopping down on the tiles.

We haven't had his coat trimmed at all except for a face and sanitary trim a couple of months ago - we prefer the mid-length look. So he's got quite a shaggy long coat and of course being dark it seems to get hot the minute the sun is on his back.

I'm really unsure about whether or not we should have it cut right down to help him. I've read conflicting things about whether longer or shorter is better in hot weather so would like to understand other people's experiences and also any tips on keeping him cooler.

It's only going to get warmer / more humid so I really want to do what's best for Charlie rather than worry about how he looks.

Thanks.
Short coats don't keep them cooler. Clip if you want, it's TOTALLY up to you and your preferences, but it is not for the sake of the dog. All dogs react pretty strongly to the weather suddenly getting hot. He'll adjust and find cool places in the shade to hang out and sleep through the heat of the day. That's what dogs do.


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Thanks everyone that's very reassuring. He certainly prefers being inside when it's hot - we have tiles everywhere he's allowed to go. Once the pet door is installed hopefully he will learn to come and go as he pleases.

It's cooler today which is great because we're off to dog training this morning and even I get hot at that
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I think these dogs are from Alaska or our northern territories. no way Cuba

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my dog definitely does better in a short coat with the humidity, much more comfortable - cooling mats are pretty effective too.

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Tillie has a long coat, hasn't been trimmed in close to 2 yrs, and we have HEAT. like it is not uncommon for 110+ during the summer and 104 is the norm ... yes, it is HOT. but reality is, she isn't OUT in the heat so her hair length really doesn't matter! lol

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