A Siberian Husky sheds profusely! Sometimes it can shed continuously over a period of time and more often it happens periodically all year round. How will you know the signs and what can you do about it? Consider our tips below.
What to Anticipate
Blowing coat or molting is another term for undercoat shedding. While the growing top coat is coming out it pushes out the undercoat, which is deposited in a place where the Husky stays. The undercoat remains in the yard, on furniture, on the floor or even on your hands while you stroke your pet when it is shedding. Normally, your Husky is expected to shed 2x a year, that is, once between the month of September and the month of February, and it sheds again between the month of March and the month of August. This however is not true for all Huskies as some might shed constantly especially in warmer temperatures all year round while others might only shed once.
Shedding can last from 2 to 6 weeks, normally somewhere in between. In this period of time, you will constantly need to vacuum up all the fluff and hair around your house. As suggested by many Husky owners, using a quality vacuum like Dyson Vacuum will make your job easier.
A Siberian Husky when still a puppy already starts shedding early on. That begins from the time you take it from its breeder, that is, around eight weeks from the time it was born. This however might only be considered as the odd hair. When it gets a tad older, that is, around six months, it might start to have its first shedding. Of course as the dog increases in size, its coat grows more and this becomes more difficult.
As much as possible start grooming the Husky while it is still young so that it gets used to it early on. Although its coat does not shed yet, it is still a good idea to start combing your Husky puppy so that it gets accustomed to being stroked and combed. You can start using a brush with softer bristles and groom it for around 5 minutes from time to time. It is best to have it stand as you groom it, and reward it after with some treats to encourage such behavior.
After the puppy gets used to the feel of a soft brush, it is good to use the kind of brush that specifically extracts dead hair. The most popular one is the furminator. It is cost effective since it is not only effective but also lasts for a longer period of time. However, there are lots of brushes to choose from and it is basically helpful to ask advice from the local pet shop if you are unsure.
Making the Work Easier
Who says owning a Siberian Husky is no sweat? In addition to playing and exercising, grooming is also necessary. It is definitely not a good idea to shave your Husky even if the climate is warm. Its coat primarily protects it against the harmful rays of the sun and helps in regulating its temperature. Shaving its coat off will make it look ridiculous and make it feel cold or hot very quickly.
Dog owners can hire the services of professional dog groomers, but they cannot do this for 24 hours daily. You can simply accept the fact that it is inevitable for the fur to build up all over your house and just try to handle the matter the best way you can.
Smaller Husky dogs are not that difficult to manage since they are smaller in size. Examples of smaller Huskies are the Alaskan Klee Kai and Minis.
When you own a Husky it requires some responsibility in terms of grooming it. Just be positive and tell yourself that after the stress of the shedding season is gone, you will enjoy the company of your dog who will stay clean and look good for the next 6 months. Watch this video on YouTube for you to know what it is like to have a Husky dog.