My dog is a flat coated retriever. does he have a double coat? can i clip him for the summer? He would not be completely shaved just clipped up. He has a skin irritation, and i think it would help if he didn't have so much fur. Will his hair grow back the same? what will he look like in a couple weeks. He is in 4H dog club and the show is in a month.
First it depends on the kind of show he is going in. If it is a conformation show, they no you can not clip him at all. They are shown realitivly natural.
There are several different kinds of clips you to do that will make him happy, and will not hurt his coat. I "shave" everything from labs to goldens, to Aussies in the summer at our shop. There are alot of different blade lenths, and you just have to be careful with your groomer. Alot of groomers in our area can not seem to think outside the box. They think a shave means extremly short. We think shave means one lenth all over, of any lenth. They can look really nice. I do a flat coat about every 12wks.
Depending on what you decide, feel free to pm me, and tell me what you want. I will tell you how to explain it to your groomer, and what I think would be a good blade lenth.