Breeder Sparks Debate Over Whether Shaving Dogs Can Kill Them

Many owners of long haired breeds think they're doing their dog a favour by shaving them in summer, but it turns out it might be more dangerous than you think.

A dog breeder has caused debate online over shaving a dogs' fur in the summer with many suggesting it is a dangerous decision.

Michelle Bryant shared a thermal image of a half-shaved dog to her Queensland business's Facebook page, Rowesdale Border Collies.

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The image shows the shaved section of a dog had a temperature of 31C while the fur-covered section was cooler at 24C.

"The hair is present for several reasons, mainly thermal regulation," she captioned the image, which she found online. 

Bryant said this was specifically referring to double-coated dogs including: Australian Shepherds, Labradors, Golden Retrievers and Huskies.

A number of commenters agreed with the post and some even stated they have experience with the deadly impact of shaving their dog.

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A woman shared that she used to shave her Border Collie and Red Cattle Dog mix but it sadly died of skin cancer. Another said their Border Collie went into shock after it had been shaved. 

"The dog did survive but it is not a good thing to do to a double coated dog," they said.

Another woman said her own dog became depressed after they had their dog's coat shaved off.

She was on antidepressants for six months after until her coat grew back. My mum made her stretchy fitting jumpers to give her protection. It affected her badly.

Some also suggested they would never shave their dog's hair it as "never grows back the same" and "they have fur for a reason."

"There is no way I would shave our Border Collie. They have fur for a reason," wrote a commenter.

The post referred to double-coated dogs including: Australia Shepherds, Labradors, Golden Retrievers and Huskies. Image: Getty

Yet not everyone agreed, with some pointing out, including a vet, that the thermal imaging photograph was misleading.

"The thermal is reading the surface temperature. So the surface of the skin and the tips of the hair not the temp of the animal underneath. So the shaved areas look hotter because more heat is escaping," the ex vet said.

The sunburn part is spot on, need to leave a layer for protection.

Others stated they had seen improvements in their dogs' behaviour when they started shaving them.

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"Whilst I understand the theory of this, if you could see the difference in my Border Collie's behaviour once he's been cut it may offer an individual opinion. He's so much much happier and energetic once done," a commenter wrote.

Bryant said it has always been a divisive topic but she made the choice to shave her dogs' fur in summer.

There's always going to be conflicts on do's and don'ts.

"I've only had negative in my experience, but I know of others who say their dogs respond better to having shaved coats."

Featured image: Getty