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The Double Coated Debate - Groomer to Groomer

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It has much less of a negative impact on the coat if you trim the outer or top coat longer than the natural undercoat. You can still trim a lot of the coat off but not shave so close as to shave undercoat. Leave it at least ½ inch longer than the natural length of the undercoat. Think of it as a roof over the insulation in your attic. You need the insulation to keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter and you also need a roof to keep the insulation from being destroyed by the elements. Remove as much of the undercoat as possible before trimming the outer coat.
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