5 Tips to Help You Survive Your Siberian Husky shedding
By Adrienne Farricelli
If you recently opened your heart and home to a husky, you likely fell in love with those glacial blue eyes and those wolf-like markings which make this breed so strikingly appealing. Not to mention that playful personality that keeps the husky in perpetual motion. Along with these remarkable qualities though you likely didn’t expect to bring home so much hair. If you’re picking up handfuls of hair enough to fill up trash bags, rest assured you’re not alone. The husky coat may shed more than you expected, but luckily there are several things you can do to minimize the amount of stray hairs around the home. the 5 Tips to Help You Survive Your Siberian Husky shedding
Familiarize Yourself with the Coat
Why is your coat so long? “To keep me toasty in the those frigid temperatures, ” said the husky. Originating from the frozen tundras of central Asia, the Siberian husky’s coat reflects the environment he was raised in for many years. Indeed, if you look at your husky’s coat closely, you’ll notice that he’s wearing a double coat consisting of a fluffy undercoat meant to keep him warm, and a longer and tougher top coat made of water-repellent hairs meant to keep him dry and protected from the sun. If you ever thought about shaving down your husky in the summer to keep him cool, and reduce stray hairs, think again; those harmful rays will predispose your husky to heat stroke and even skin cancer.
Get Ready for the Seasonal Trend
Most huskies blow their coats twice a year, in the fall when they shed their summer coat and in the spring when they shed their winter coat. Depending on where you live, huskies may also shed year-round if you live in a warm climate like the desert or the tropics. Awareness of when your husky will shed will have you better prepared, so you know when it’s time to get your tools out for the grooming marathon to begin.
Keep Track of husky Shedding Season
There’s a perfect term to depict that seasonal shedding. Many refer it as “blowing the coat” and it certainly does the process justice and you’ll be covered by an “explosion of hairs.” Expect to find stray hairs on your clothes, upholstery, furniture and even on your food. Luckily, the good news is that the process is overall short lived, lasting in general about 3 weeks or a little more.|
Invest in Magical Management
You won’t be able to prevent shedding seasons, but you can manage it through strategic planning. In between shedding seasons, make it a habit of grooming your husky at least once a week, then, when shedding season is in full effect, groom your husky daily. The more dead hairs you capture in your brush, the less you’ll found around the home. Ideally, this should be done outdoors. And remember to use a grooming rake as this tool does great in collecting those undercoat tufts of hair.
Count Your Blessings
This is not really a tip, but it may help you feel better. While shedding season might feel overwhelming, consider that the husky offers many perks in the grooming department that other breeds don’t offer. For instance, huskies will often groom themselves like cats and don’t typically emit that typical doggy odor owners of other breeds experience. Best of all, these pooches rarely needs baths, unless they rolled into something disgusting of course!
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