|Purred: Tue Apr 3, '12 9:33pm PST |
|Dogs do not sweat like humans. Their cooling process is done via panting from the mouth, sweating at the paws and cooling the blood in their ears. Shaving the dog does nothing to keep the dog cool. It just makes the human feel better when looking at the coated dog.
The Akita has little to no pigmentation in its skin. If you shave the Akita, you expose it to the sun without protection. Now you have a dog that can come up with a variety of skin problems including skin cancer.
Fur acts as a protection against insects and parasites. You remove that protection the dog is exposed to even more insect problems than he would have had if he had been allowed to keep is protective coat.
Furthermore, if you clip or shave a Akita it will eventually ruin the coat and disturb the proper shedding process.
Shaving/clipping makes Akitas more susceptible to skin allergies, sun burn and parasite infestation. The treatments for these problems can then lead to more serious conditions.
The Akita “color-coat” also known as the top coat works as the reflective barrier. Shaving this coat exposes the undercoat and when the two coats grow they no longer “blend” properly to allow the maximum protection necessary.
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