Today my husband and I went to Petco to get a foam replacement for part of our cannister filter for the fish tank.
As we're waiting in the check out line, a woman in her 60s in front of us has this little dog on a leash, at first I didn't know what breed it was, its fur was shaved except for a tuft on the tip of the tail and the very base of it's legs... and it had a little sweater on... The dog finally cam earound the edge of the register and it was a sable pomeranian.
Now explain to me why in the hell would someone SHAVE a pomeranian of it's fur... and put a coat on it. Hello? Um, if you'd left the dog's fur where it belonged, it wouldnt need a freaking coat, would it?
I will never understand why some owners have their pets. The one you listed is a good example. And people that give Chows a lion type cut or people that get a cat and give it a lion cut. I will never understand why they do it. But most animals I see like that look very unhappy.
i don't really get why that women would shave a pom like that. i think poms are adorable and known for their fur.
i know personally my grandmother has one cat that she took in as a stray and has had frost bite at some point in her life and because of this doesn't like being touched much or brushed. because of this she ends up with mats all over her. so ones a year in the summer my grandmother has to get her shaved in a lion cut and she manages to be fine the rest of the year as it grows in....but i don't know anyone that would want their cat to look like this, lol.
Here's a thought...maybe the dog is like my Baxter and has allergies that literally pulls/chews the hair off and has HUGE bald spots, so rather than deal with the bald spots...she shaved it so it would all grow in evenly. No, I havent shaved Baxter (he's a bichon) but I have in the past trimmed him shorter than I like so that it'll blend a bit. My vet actually asked me what had happened to his fur...I told him....he just said "Oh good! I thought maybe he'd had a really bad haircut!" --He went on to recommend we put him back on benadryl 2x a day. We have a pom, I can't imagine why you'd shave it, so I'm hoping there was a reasonable explanation.
My friend had a pom and was always shaving it down. She is also a groomer. I believe she told me that even breeders shave them after their done showing. I could be wrong on that, but I thought she had told me that. anyway.
I know Old English Sheepdogs are shaved when their showing is over. The breeder that got breeder of the year from Eukanuba this year does that when the showing is over so is all the hair. I beleive he shaves down his bouvier also when their showing days are done.
My dad's granddaughter shaves her chow once a year also.
Some people that lived behind my aunts house had a sammie that they would shave down all the time too.
It usually comes down to:
1. they don't want to have to brush the coat out.
2. they are stupid and think the dog will be cooler with a shorter coat.
3. see 1 & 2 above.
***Edited By: langniappe on 12/17/2006 7:46:42 PM*** Reason: edited
It is very common for bouvs and OES to be shaved out of show season, I also have a cousin that has a cat she adopted from and SPCA that is so fat he can not clean himself right so he gets shaved routinly. My chow was shaved once, but she felt so horrible to pet that it was never done again. I understand wanting to shave them fir their comfort in the summer but shaving a dog in the winter is so cruel, coat or not, but where I am -40 happens every year, so that could be why I think that way.
I mean no offence to anyone but shaving is unhealthy for dogs(and cats as well) Both species(cats and dogs) have 2 coats that balances their body temperatures so that they maintain a steady body temperature all year round. For example: If it is 22 degrees outside in the winter cats and dogs will stay at their own body temperature(I can't remember what normal body temp for a dog or cat is at the moment) or even -10 degrees the dog or cats body temperature will stay normal cos of the under coat. Yet if it is 98 degrees out in the summer the dog or cats undercoat will maintain normal body temps. Yes if it gets way too hot dogs and cats will will open their mouths to expel heat. when dogs and cats are shaved this disrupts their normal steady temperature couldn't these people(not just that couple but even people who show their dogs and cats and shave them in the off season are messing with their animals natural body temps this is stupid behavior and selfish of these people if it isn't health related(allergies, surgery,etc) another way of screwing with animals