Jackie, it is crazy! I feel like there is fluffy snow covering the inside of the house when Kirby blows his coat.
Kirby also produces Fuzzy Tumbleweeds. I swear, no matter how much you vaccuum, if you move a piece of furniture or some other item, all of a sudden a little fuzzy ball goes rolling across the floor--like a tumbleweed.
Originally Posted by Nikki6496
They are beautiful even with all that fur. I knew Kirby looked like a breed I've seen before. I had a neighbor who had one and they used to shave him for the spring. Have you every thought of that?
I would NEVER shave a samoyed. A well-groomed samoyed coat protects the dog from the cold as well as the heat. Also, most samoyeds take over two years to grow their full adult coat--Kirby took almost four--and when you shave it, it completely destroys it. The hair will NEVER grow back the way it should. The outer hairs will be completely destroyed and will grow back soft like the underhair. Also, shaving the dog will expose the samoyed's pink skin to the sun, which can easily be sunburned.
Oi, sorry for the mini-rant. I just feel very strongly about that and it peeves me when I hear about people shaving a breed of dog that should NOT be shaved. Even if the dog is in a warm climate, it does more harm to SHAVE them than to groom regularly and provide adequate water and shade.
To me, it seems almost cruel to shave a breed that is famous for his coat.
Kirby is quite proud of his mane and I know it would break his spirit if he were to be shaved.