Knowing the correct way to groom your arctic breed dog and what equipment to use is essential to keeping their coat clean, odour-free and in good condition, and to help cope with heat, cold and the elements.
Never shave your Arctic breed dog, their double-coat provides insulation and protection against the elements in both cold and hot weather. It's not just very cold in Alaska & Siberia, it can get also get very warm in summer (even into the high 20s and 30s) which is why the arctic breeds cope so well in all climates.
And you wouldn't remove the insulation out of your house roof in summer would you, so why would you take away your dogs insulation?!
Can you clearly feel your dog's ribs? Does your dog have a nice tuck in behind the ribcage?
If not, you need to read this article for the sake of your dog's health!
Although this article is written about the Alaskan Malamute, the information and advice is relevant to all the arctic breeds.
The Husky and Malamute have a natural instinct to pull and work, so enjoying activities such as sledding, backpacking and weight pulling with your arctic breed dog will help keep them fit and happy.
For more information on health, activities and events for arctic breeds and dogs in general:
- Alaskan Malamute Club, Victoria: www.amcv.org.au
- Siberian Husky Club of Victoria: www.siberianhuskyvic.org.au
- Dogs Victoria: www.dogsvictoria.org.au
- Northern Victorian Sled Dog Club: nvsdc.org.au