By Dr. Marty Becker, vetstreet.com
Q. Our dog has a thick, medium-length coat. As the weather gets warmer, is it OK to have it clipped short? Or is there a good reason to leave it longer?
A. I'm actually a pretty big fan of keeping long-haired dogs clipped short. I know that shedding is one of the top "pet peeves" of pet lovers, and I also know that a small, long-haired dog whose coat is kept short is the least likely to be a problem shedder. That's because long hair is "programmed" to stay in place longer, so that's less shedding off the top. A small dog has less hair than a large one, and if you keep that hair clipped short, the volume of hair that falls out - and onto your clothes and furniture - will be minimal. Add regular baths and brushing, and you'll see very little shedding at all. Also, you'll be less likely to deal with allergies for you or your dog.
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