We are in the process of selling our house and our keeshond is shedding like crazy. Someone told me that it would be fine to shave her for the time being. Now that I've done a very bad job shaving her I'm reading tons of information that you should never shave a keeshond. I'm so afraid that her fur may not grow back like it's supposed to. Her skin seems very irritated by the whole thing and I just feel horrible. Someone please tell me that they have done it and everything turned out alright. I just want the hair to grow back. How long will this take?
Well the bad news is, yes you did make a mistake... and the worse news is that it may take 1-2 years for her coat to grow back in normally. If it ever does, it's possible that shaving it will permanently ruin the soft fluffy (yet somehow coarse feeling) texture of her hair.
When her undercoat grows back in, it will be very woolly feeling, kind of like a sheep's coat. And it will be almost impossible to keep brushed smooth. I hope your dog likes being brushed, because to keep her mat-free you are going to be doing a LOT of brushing over the next year :P
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Keeshonden (or any spitz), unlike breeds such as poodles, should not be clipped or shaved. Doing so has many detrimental effects on the coat, which may grow back improperly, tangled, or not at all. The long coat, which may appear hot during the summer, is in fact light and airy, and protects the Kees from excess sun. The coat is essential for protection against all the elements, and lacking the outer guard coat leaves the dog vulnerable to cold, rain, and insects like mosquitoes and fleas. The dirt-repellent effect of the coat will also be lost, causing frequent bathing to be necessary. The coat also loses its distinct color, as the black tipping on the hairs will be shorn off. If frequent brushing is too much effort, it is better to chose another breed rather than clip the Keeshond short.
- cited from wiki.
I've never had a Kees before but my aunt's family had a Pom, which I believe has a similar coat to a Kees. Well, they would shave their Pom down every year, and the fur would never grow back the same, just somewhat short and wiry. Sorry.