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Old 12-04-2011, 09:17 AM
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Grooming/ Shaving Border Collies

I am hoping the clever people of this forum can help me with some advice. I live on a farm in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. I own Three Border Collies with varying degrees of thick coats. My male has an extremely thick coat, my eldest female (Three years) has a very wiry kind of coat, I don't really know how to describe it. It's not a nice and soft. My other female has a medium coat, shorter than Zorro my males, but still quite thick and their seven month old duaghter Jess has inherited her daddy's coat. It isn't quite as long, but also quite thick.
I am looking for advice on the best way to groom them, especially Zorro with his thick coat. I have seriously considered shaving him, I have shaved Xena my three year old with the not so nice coat, not down to the skin, just shorter. I used an Oster no 3 blade. Here on the edge of the desert where we live temps easily spike 38 - 40 degrees Celcius. Summer is our rainy season, but they are all thunder phobic so if it rains 99% of the time they come into the house. Otherwise they live out. they prefer it that way. I just wonder if it would be cooler for him he has shorter hair.
Please any tips/ advice will be appreciated.
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I would advise against shaving them. Double coats can actually act as insulation to keep the dog cooler. Best thing to do is give them a good thorough bath, then use a high velocity dryer to get them completely dry. This separates the hair and makes it "lighter" for lack of a better word.
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I would advise against shaving them. Double coats can actually act as insulation to keep the dog cooler. Best thing to do is give them a good thorough bath, then use a high velocity dryer to get them completely dry. This separates the hair and makes it "lighter" for lack of a better word.
This!!!! I believe there are a lot of misconceptions on grooming, like shaving labs and rotts
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The fundamental misunderstanding here is about how dogs cool themselves compared to humans.

Humans have sweat glands all over their body, and cool themselves by dissipating heat from their entire skin surface through this evaporation. We evolved to not have body hair for this reason.

Dogs cool themselves primarily by panting and dissipating heat from the mouth and mucus membranes there. They are not evolved to lose heat from their skin surface.

When you shave a dog, what you are doing is now exposing their skin to the baking African sun, as well as all the nasty little prickery stuff in the grass.

Leave the coat on the dog.
When was the last time you saw a naked hyena or lion?
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Many dogs also enjoy wading or swimming in hot weather. Even a small plastic child's pool filled with water can provide relief on a hot day. I know my dogs are in the creek frequently when the weather is hot. They certainly do it to cool down.
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Best thing to do. invest in a good HV blower, brush and comb.

Shaving will not help them cool down. it will do the opposite. It will also make the coat less likley to grow back normal.
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I would invest in some deshedding rakes, a good dryer, and maybe furminator's deshed shampoo and conditioning deshed solution. Getting rid of as much of the undercoat that is shedding out (the reason they are so thick coated) will help immensely.

If you want to do any trimming on them you could trim their pants (butt), belly, and chest area where there is the most hair, and that will help keep them more tidy without ruining their coats.
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Ok i hear what you're saying about how dogs cool themselves vs us humans. What kind of brushes would you recommend, and what would be the most efficient way to use said brushes. I will see about the blower, although he hates my hairdryer. I did trim his butt, belly and legs. trim being the operative word. I don't shave my dogs to the skin. I shaved my older girl because she keeps running through the mud. The othe three go "swimming' in mom's garden pond at least once a day.
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The othe three go "swimming' in mom's garden pond at least once a day.

THAT is the solution to the heat! And make sure they have access to shade and plenty of fresh water to drink at all times.

I'd just let the dogs be dogs. Dogs like to get wet, be muddy, and run around like chaos.

There really is not much you need to do about their coats except brush once in a while to keep them from getting matts and tangles. A good pin-type brush is just fine.
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Id be buying a slicker.
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a grey hound comb
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under coat rake
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Atleast those 3. those are the bare minimum you will need for a dog with that type of coat.


Or getting them in to a groomer.
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