Double Coated Dogs

To clip or not to clip? What are the grooming options available?


  1. Natural Coat groomed & de-shed 1-4 weekly

  2. Natural Coat groomed & de-shed 1-4 weekly with a silhouette Trim

  3. Natural Coat groomed & de-shed 1-4 weekly with a hidden undercarriage clip

  4. De-Shed & Clipped Body coat with natural feathering scissored.

  5. De-Shed & Clipped Body coat with feathering scissored & hidden undercarriage clip

  6. De-shed & then clip ½ the length of the coat off the dog

  7. Clip the full coat no shorter than a 7f blade


The reasons to clip a double coated breed are –


  1. if you are unable to regularly 1-4 weekly de-shed your dog of its dead hair

  2. if your dog is of a senior age & is not coping with the heat or regular grooms

  3. If your dog has health /heart problems or is overweight

  4. if you live in a high risk tick area

  5. if the dog doesn’t have access to air conditioning on hot days

  6. If your dog lives or visits areas with grass seeds, burrs, cobblers peg, prickles

  7. if your dog swims a lot & you can’t maintain their coat after each swim

  8. If a undercarriage clip isn’t giving enough relief in the hot weather

  9. your dogs coat is so neglected it would be inhumane or impossible to de-matt it

  10. your dog needs veterinary surgery

  11. Or a combination of the above reasons



In some cases, depending of the health & age of the dog, clipping a double coated breed comes with some associated risks such as

  1. The coat may take a long time to grow back.

  2. The coat may grow back in uneven stages due to guard hair and undercoat hair growing at different rates.

  3. The coat may grow back in uneven stages or have stubble patches if the dog has been clipped with a blade shorter than a 7f

  4. The colour of the coat may change

  5. The texture of the coat may change

  6. Post clipping Alopecia


Heat Transference & Insulation.


A double coated dog uses it’s coat to help regulate its temperature. In the warmer months of the year the dog will shed more undercoat than in the cooler months. Dogs drop or release their coat due to temperature, hormones and how much daylight is in the day.

Heat transfers from the internal body to the hair and then to the atmosphere. For heat transference to work best the coat needs to be well groomed. All the dead hair needs to be brushed, combed, raked and groomed out of the coat. All the live hair needs to be clean and standing flush from the skin so that air can circulate between the hairs. As long as the dog has some length of hair, heat transference can occur.