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As March so often goes, we can’t tell from one day to the next whether it is winter or spring. But the blooming fur is the surest sign of things to come.
Siberian Husky owners are often asked if we shed. Hu-Dad’s standard answer is yes, twice a year. January through June and July through December.
Oh, sure, we like to drop a little hair around the calendar. But twice a year, we go all out. Commonly known as “blowing coat,” our inner coat explodes off our bodies and falls in clumps. The outer coat – the guard hairs – repels water, snow and ice, but that inner coat is what gives us the magic ability to withstand low temperatures. (By the way, this is why you should avoid shaving a Siberian Husky. That outer coat, which is crucial to our ability to deal with the weather, doesn’t recover well from shaving.)
Hu-Dad wondered who was going to be the first member of the Herd to blow coat this spring. Wait no longer, because we have a winner!
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Seven years ago I went to a GS rescue for my first dog. Yes first. They brought out this beautiful fluffy girl (looks much like Kiska). I thought “that sure doesn’t look like a GS, but okay…..she’s really sweet…”. Turns out she’s mostly husky. LOL. She runs at every chance, talks constantly, is stubborn as all get out. And sheds. Constantly. I wouldn’t trade her for the world.
Thought you “husky veterans” would get a kick out of how I was “suckered”. My husband still teases me that I paid a German Shepherd rescue for a dog that’s not a even a German Shepherd. ????
That might be the best story we have heard all day. (And, remember, Q is here only because the Hu-Dad was asked to swing by and make sure he was ok at the shelter.)
Its plucking time! c’mere!
We have german shepherds and someone tried to tell me that there is only two times a year they shed too. I love the two times a year Jan through June and July through Dec. I also find that if the weather is up and down and up and down, they shed more. But we love dog hair in everything,
You’re looking good Boom Boom! Izzy our Akita is in the same boat with you ????