|Love em!!!! He's your pet, let him be comfortable!!!|
|I live in PA so it's not quite as hot as FL but this summer has been the WORST! I have never let Drezzie grow into full coat - ever. First, she's not a fan of grooming. Second, she minds even the smallest amount of heat - pants and pants and pants some more. Third, she has gorgeous eyes and I couldn't live without seeing them all the time!
So about 3x/year, I shave her down. Not totally shaved to the skin, I leave about 1/2", I guess what they call the puppy cut. Brushing her when her hair is shorter is MUCH easier on both of us. When she gets to about 4", out come the clippers again.
If you have the time and energy, and your dog doesn't mind being groomed, a sheepie in full coat is truly a thing of beauty. But that doesn't take away from the beauty of a sheepie in a short coat. My vote is for a shorter coat!
|Sheepdogs are beautiful in whatever style overcoat they wear.
We have opted for a puppy cut for the summer, Bogart is just
more comfortable in this style.
For winter we will let it grow into a little longer puppy cut.
Do what is in your heart and best for your sheepie.
Sheepies are always in style and lovable
|We live in AZ and its really HOT here...I keep Panda shaved to 1/4'' all summer...we are leaving for the beach in 10 days and Brian wanted me to give her her haircut early so that she looks "cuter" than right after her hair cut...whatever....I do let her grow out during the winter....|
|Also in AZ, and Bailey never gets past 3 or 4 inches long. We were just talking about this last night as the two of us were both grooming him - we can't imagine how we would be able to keep him matt-free in a full coat! He'll be in a summer cut all year round.
Besides, even with a short summer hairdo Bailey is still the best looking dog at the Dog Park
|Yes he is Sue!!|
|Except for a little scissor trim to shape him up, Clyde has never been cut. The last trip to the groomers I had him thinned out a little but you'd hardly notice. He never seems uncomfortable. He's in the air conditioning all day and we only go outside after dusk or at night to exercise. I do often wonder what he'd look like shaved down.
Ultimately, I think they're just like people in terms of haircuts: some people look great in short hair, others don't!
|We've shaved our Franscesca twice so far, both times when despite our best efforts, she became too tangled to comb out. The funny thing is that our neighbors and my husband all think she looks much better shaved - she has huge blue eyes, all white head and a nice figure so she looks very elegant and not scrawny when she's shaved. As a kid, we had a sheepie and she would sulk when she got her summer cut. But Francesca seems to enjoy the freedom of being hairless - definitely changes her personality and makes her even more exhuberant than usual.|
|There's no shame in a shaved sheepie. (say that 3 times fast!)
We live in Virginia and this summer has been SO HOT. Barney was put in a puppy cut in early June and then pretty much shaved nekkid at the end of July. I like it because there's less grooming (I work full time so I don't have all the time in the world to groom my baby) and I worry less about him when we take him for walks. He stays inside most of the time but I would just constantly be worried that he would be too hot otherwise. I think we're growing his fur out for the winter, but we'll see how that goes
My parents live in Southern California and they typically keep their sheepdog in some form of a haircut. My dad does the grooming of her, so it just depends on his mood and whether or not he is into grooming her a lot at the time. She's been in full coat many times but whenever she gets shaved, she acts like a puppy again, so full of energy.
I do have to say, though, that we had a bearded collie when we were kids and whenever we shaved her, she would get embarassed on walks and hide behind us (she felt naked!)
|Personal opinion I prefer seeing a sheepie in full coat, alas not easy to keep one that way.
Remy started out with her coat full and long, then we stripped her coat (thin out)...looked long but alot lighter. Then with Tag being here, we just couldn't keep up with grooming. So I cut her coat off, to approx 2 inches everywhere...leaving her top of the head longer...blended in. She was way more comfortable, andwith the many trips to the dog park, and river it was necessary.
Easier to groom in a short coat, easy to wash and faster to dry. But I miss her long hair and we've been growing out. I want it long again, only because she was so striking in it.
Do what you feel like doing. If you dog is struggling with the heat, take the coat off...you'll all be happier.
|I agree with the others...it's really just your personal preference. I never thought I'd like them in short coats, but now that I've seen them both ways, I think they're beautiful either way.
So do what makes sense for you and your baby!
|I always preferred the long haired approach but after 'Matting Nightmare 1' (1st coat change), we took the advice of our friend (who has 2 sheepies) and got him shaved. For the first couple of days it looked really really strange but now I can't wait to get him shaved again. Harry is so much happier and more playful without the weight, especially in summer (although we're in Scotland so I don't think our summer even qualifies!). To be fair, I am going through 'Matting Nightmare 2' right now...I swear, every time I stroke him, another one appears...so I might be biased! Although the long coat is amazing, from a happy easy life point of view (I don't have the grooming every time we come in from a walk, and Harry can get as mucky as he likes!), I would opt for the skinhead every time...!|
|Thanks for all the comments. I just found these forums yesterday and they are so great, I'm glad to see there are people as obsessed with their dogs as me. And everyone's pictures are so gorgeous - especially the dogs that look like my handsome fella!|
|So now you have to officially join and post pictures of your handsome fella!!
|Where do you live in Florida?|
|eintein feels the heat and we live in the u k!!
this summer we kept him short after he kept asking to go out at 3am you let him out and he just lays on the patio
well i can't leave him out all night so because hes just a pup we didn't let him get long
trying him long this winter but if he starts to try and sleep outside it will all have to come off again
|Mitch is cut short in summer and winter.In summer he wants it cut because he gets too hot.In winter i want him cut because he still likes to go swimming in the north sea (mad dog) and he would take ages to dry with a full coat.|
|They are gorgeous what ever the lenght . I think i would choose the dogs comfort before anything . If you get any complaints put them in a fur coat for awhile in the heat . make sure you take a picture that would be funny. Only kidding . I think you should stick to your guns on this one .|
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