How Often Should a Husky Be Groomed?
Siberian Husky is a dog breed that is very striking because of its fluffy coat, peculiar markings, prominent eyes, amazing endurance, and outgoing personality. These dogs need a lot of care and attention, especially when it comes to their coat. Below are some tips on how often your Husky may be groomed.
Siberians fluffy coats may look hard to maintain but surprisingly they only require a low amount of maintenance. They hate taking baths because they are naturally clean, which is why they are low-maintenance. They also have self-cleaning properties most similar to hamsters and cats. You may see them licking their paws, cleaning their eyes and eyes, and other body parts
Even though they have self-cleaning properties, they need to be bathed, with a suitable shampoo, at least once a week, if necessary, or every 6 weeks. Some huskies hate to bathe. Some may be afraid of water, while some are not. We may account for this to their heritage. Historically, the Siberian Husky was native to Siberia and bred by the Chukchi people of Northeastern Asia as an endurance dog. They would avoid water whey they were pulling sleighs because water would make them colder.
If your Husky is afraid of a bath, you may try giving it a treat. You may also want to prepare the bath beforehand because some dogs get agitated when they hear the splash of water running.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), Siberian coats may be brushed at least once a week. There are different types of grooming brushes for Huskies but the best for them is the wide-toothed ones. Before wetting their coats, you may want to brush them first and remove any matting and tangling. This step will reduce the amount of time you may spend and can make their skin healthy. Matted and tangled sections sip water like a sponge and if you are not able to dry them completely they will become a hub for bacterial growth.
Siberians have two coats - the top layer and undercoat. Their coats are thicker than most of the other dog breeds. The top layer is their protective layer against UV rays, debris, excessive moisture, and dirt. It sheds gradually year-round. The undercoat acts as their temperature and insulator so when it’s winter it will warm them and when it’s summer it will cool them. Your husky will shed its undercoat twice a year.
Blowing your Siberians coats at least once a week with a high velocity dryer or brushing with a wide-toothed brush or bristle brush can help break up mats, smoothens, and loosens any stray hairs. You may begin by brushing the undercoat away from the skin to remove loose hairs and then follow the direction of the top layer for a shinier and smoother result of hair.
Siberian Huskies’ teeth should be cleaned every day, otherwise, it may be hard for you to clean their plaque once it is built up. You may use a toothpaste that is specifically designed for dogs and toothbrushes that slip over your fingers (just like the ones used for babies). You may also want to supply them with dental chews because it can help cut back plaque build-up.
Nail clipping may be done at least once a month to avoid serious foot problems. Long and unkempt nails can cause pain for your Husky and pressure on the toe joint. It can also realign their foreleg joints and their foot looked flattened and splayed. Some helpful tools that may help you trim your husky’s nails are nail clippers, guillotine trimmers, and grinders.
Siberian Huskies are a very low-maintenance breed of dogs despite their appearance. When you need to bathe your Husky brush their coat first using a suitable brush, undercoat rake or bristle brush, to avoid mattes, tangles, and skin issues. To avoid skin issues, you may want to make sure that your Husky is dried properly using fresh towels and a nice hairdryer. You may use a regular hair dryer, or you may opt to use a dryer and blower specifically made for medium to large dog breeds. Lastly, do not forget to regularly clean their teeth and look out for growing nails.