I am a new owner of a 3 year old newfie and was just wondering about their long hair... it is very pretty, but are you supposed to get their hair trimmed in the summertime or just leave it alone or does it matter? I know it's a silly question, but no one I've asked seems to know!
It depends on what you mean by trim. Do not shave a newfoundland's coat, ever. It will not make him any cooler, but it will make him itchy and miserable (not to mention embarrassed!) However, if you brush him thoroughly down to the skin every few days (better off doing it daily, really) to get rid of dead undercoat and extra hair, and trim the some of the extremely long excess hair on the back of his forelegs, and the tufts sticking up between his toes, he will be much much more comfortable. And it's a good bonding time for you and your dog. When your dog is outside, make sure he always has access to a shaded area during summertime, and fresh water. Many people buy kiddie pools and fill them with water just for their dogs.
Thank You for your responses... I'll leave her beautiful coat alone... I already do brush her every day and right now she's shedding like crazy!!! i am going to buy her a kiddie pool to play in this summer... she'd love that. Thanks again
Newfies definetly need to be combed out completely.Please don't shave the dog, the coat often comes back in thicker and the shedding does increase. If money is an issue ask a groomer to just comb the dog out.It may take at least 1 hour mabe 2, depending on the condition of the dog. If you want to do it at home, completely comb the whole dog out. That means everywhere, pants, body,chest and tail. (get down to the skin and out)all that fuzzy stuff is down by the skin, not on top. Then give him a good bath and dry him completely. Then comb him out all over again. You may not get the same results as the groomer, but it will be close. When the dog is bathed and dried more hair comes loose!!
is it just the newfies that you reccommend not getting shaved down or does that apply to all longer haired breeds? before i was maried i used to have the time to bathe and brush my golden mix. after i had my son though time was in short supply. so one day i decided to hve the groomer shave him for the summer. boy did he love being shaved. he was so happy when he was done and he seemed much more comfortable. we shave our chow mix also and he seems much less hot since we don't have air conditioning. the only dog we don't shave completely is the pyr and she sometimes seems so miserable in the heat but our friend shaves her pyr and he seems so comfy when he's done also. scout has short hair so i don't have to shave her.
I personally am completely against shaving all dogs. I believe that the coat protects them, and by shaving them, you are taking away a dog's natural ability to protect itself and insulate from heat and cold. I've heard more people than I care to recount say the coat never grows back in the same once a dog has been shaved, and since dogs don't have melanin in their skin the way humans do, they are in particular danger from sunburns by being shaved.
i have heard that also about the coat not growing back the same way but i have never seen any difference with our dogs. they just seemed so comfy when they were shaved that i do it now every summer. i guess it maybe different with diffferent animals.
I'm not planning on having my Newfie shaved, but I've got her an appointment at the groomers for Thursdayy just for a bath, comb out and have her hair trimmed on her legs. Every place I called asked if I wanted to have the dog shaved... If you're not supposed to shave Newfoundlands then why would they offer that? I'm not willing to take the chance of her being uncomfortable or itchy but it is tempting!!! BTW, I've never had a dog this big before and most places quoted $60 and up but I finally called and found a place that will do it for $48.00. Does that sound reasonable?
It can take a very long time to brush all of that fur. I used to groom and would not do it for less than $55-65. They offer shaving becasue people insist on doing it. Most groomers like to be paid, so they don't argue with what the customer askes for. Many groomers also don't know a lot about dogs and were trained to shave. Some groomers do it for money and some because they love dogs.