This will be a short one. Because it's just hair. So it's very simple: do what you please and let others do as they please, given noone is hurting anybody. Just as I don't care what haircut you have, I don't care what haircut your dog has. It doesn't make you a good or bad person. It's just hair - simply and completely irrelevant.
Getting angry at people for shaving dogs and yet being indifferent or even supporting chopping off tails and ears and dew claws and spaying and neutering shows a bit of double standards, no??? I think cutting off internal organs and body parts affects a dog a bit more as cutting his hair, so maybe our time would be better spent discussing those???
And yes, I know there are many good reasons to spay and neuter - but this is definitely something you might want to give it another thought before actually doing it - unlike with shaving. And yet many people spay/neuter without a 2nd thought - and then argument shaving is against Mother Nature??? It might be just me, but I think Mother Nature might have a bit stronger feelings about reproduction organs as about length of coat???
from left to right: smooth, medium, 2x wild, shaved
Even more: I'm afraid dogs' hair is NOT Mother Nature's idea. It's selective breeding that created it. That same breeding that created German Shepherds who can't walk, Bulldogs who can't breath or give birth, many breeds with constant eye problems, breeds with average life span of 7 years etc. So I think your time is better spent fighting those practices instead of fighting people who choose to shave their dogs. I think it's pretty obvious who suffers more here???
Interestingly, everybody fighting hard against shaving never had a shaved dog. Those who did and tried both seem to know the world won't come to an end because of it. Most observe their dogs are actually much happier that way and everybody who tried seems to agree the dogs tolerate heat much better, so I'm just not buying "coat has a cooling effect too" myth - sorry - I need evidence and no, drawings of how the air is circulating is for me not an evidence that coat is cooler as no-coat.
My reasons to shave:
1. No grooming/vacuuming.
2. She seems to love it.
3. Ticks seem to like hair to hang on, so my hairy dogs always get more of them as my smooth/shaved dogs.
4. Tolerating heat better.
5. Better looks: I like to see their body build.
6. Coat grows back exactly like it was in my breeds of choice. I can't talk for other breeds though.
My reasons not to shave:
1. Looks - I like wild Le's hair, it makes me laugh. She has very little and light coat so I don't think it would make any difference for her either.
2. Some dogs might stress about the noise and feeling of being shaved - To might, so I just let it be. For Bu however, grooming is more stressful as shaving, so I just go with whatever I believe we all enjoy more.
Things to pay attention to if shaved:
1. Keep them warm another way if it's cold.
2. Don't let them on direct sun for hours - but please don't do that with not-shaved dogs either!
So why don't I just get smooth varieties of my breeds? Because, again, I don't care about hair. For me, there are TONS of more important traits in a dog as length or color of her hair and I will never let something as irrelevant as hair get me distracted from important things.
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