I posted on the Newfoundland forum about clipping a Newfie..figure Id write a little more about my situation.I am in constant supply of creatures. Some have stayed and become part of my "family"..others have been placed in their forever homes and the wild ones set free. After reading advice about clipping or not clipping a Newfoundland I want to say I have had to shave mine down close to the skin because he was so matted. The fur may or may not grow in properly (I am not educated in that field)and so I would have no way of knowing.However I DO know that he looked wonderful to me and felt great.I also have a female that no matter what I did she suffered from hot spots. Now in the summer I clip her down to 1 1/2".No more hot spots.By winter she has tons of hair.My third is the youngest and so far I have only had one "fight" with hot spots. So far I have kept him in full coat. I say with the world as crazy as it is..clip if you want to.
IMHO part of having a newf is that you are dedicating yourself to keeping them regularly brushed. Having a dog that's fur is so bad off it's 'matted to the skin' doesn't speak well for the level of care he recieved :P
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I have to agree with Min on this one. There is no excuse for letting a dog's fur get matted to the skin. Was he like that when you got him? I've seen a lot of people get Shih Tzus, Maltese and Lhasa Apso and then let them get that way. I don't get it. I can understand shaving a dog for medical reasons (hot spots). What does your vet say?
Double coated breeds have that coat type for a specific reason - it's both to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter (kind of like a thermos). There is no good reason to shave a double coated dog. And if you can't manage to brush your dog on a regular basis you shouldn't have one. It's NOT that much work if maintained on a regular basis... It literally takes minutes if done 2-3 times a week... Invest in an Undercoat rake, a good slicker brush, and spend 10 minutes every 2-3 days brushing your dog. You'll be surprised by the results.
The oldest male that had to be clipped down was from a mill. He came to me matted to the skin.I spent everyday for the first year just touching him with a brush and my hand before he would not cringe anymore. I am not involved in show or breeding. I am one of the people who take in the unwanted,neglected, and abused animals that others muck up for a profit.The fur has grown in nicely. I brush all my animals daily/every other day. My female gets hot spots every summer even with daily grooming so yes,I keep it clipped shorter in the summer. All three of my dogs are in excellent condition..just a bit less fur. I rescue them because I love them. None will ever be "fit for show"..All my animals were given to me because their first,second and sometimes third owner had no clue nor desire to care for them properly.Right now I have a cat on my computer table,one basking in the window and one wrapped around my youngest Newfoundland. My oldest Newfie is laying to my left..the female on my right.Later this evening we will all walk to the lake and swim..then I will dry and brush the rest of the night. I have met several wonderful breeders who care deeply for "their" breed and admire all the work that they do. Guess I am the "in-between"..my dogs may have less fur..but they know they have found a kind hand and a good life. Rose