The Joys of Fluffy Dogs

So you have a lovely fluffy dog and you are wondering if the little one gets too hot in summer   or how do I deal with fleas ?

The first thing you need to ask yourself  is whither your dog is a single coated breed or a double coated breed

Now I know you are saying what difference  does that make

Well I can tell you it makes a big difference

Single coated dogs can have their coats clipped and cut short to help keep them cool in summer .

Here are some Breeds with the Double coats just incase you arent sure .


Spitz-type dog breeds :

Spitz dogs

German Spitz


Alaskan Husky

Alaskan Malamut

American Eskimo

The rare Chinook

Chow Chow

Finnish Spitz

Finnish Lapphund

Swedish Lapphund

The gentle and clever Icelandic Sheep Dog


Korean Jindo

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Lundehund

Shiba Inu

Siberian Husky


The tiny Pomeranian from the toy group

Herding Dogs:

Herding dogs

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Shepherd

Both the Rough and Smooth Collie

Bearded Collie

Belgian Sheepdog


Belgian Malinois

Belgian Tervuren


Both rough and smooth coat Border Collies

Bouvier des Flanders

Canaan Dog

Both the Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgi

German Shepherd Dog

Norwegian Buhund

Old English sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheep Dog


Shetland Sheepdog

Swedish Vallhund.


Working Group:

Working dogs

Bernese Mountain Dog

Black Russian Terrier

The rare Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Great Pyrenees





Saint Bernard

Tibetan mastiff.


Sporting Group:

Sporting dogs

American Water Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Golden Retriever

Labrador Retriever (not so puffy, but still double coated)

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.


The Hound group.


Otter hound


Terrier breeds:


Australian Terrier

Cairn Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

Parson Russell Terriers

Irish Terrier

Lakeland Terrier

Rat Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Sealyham Terrier

Miniature Schnauzer

Skye Terrier

Wheaten Terrier

Wirehaired Fox Terrier

West Highland White Terrier.


The Toy Group offers a nice variety of fluffy and silky double coated lap dogs:




Tibetan Spaniel

Yorkshire Terrier.


Though the Shih tzu is a double coated toy breed they can be trimmed in summer along with their common partner the Bichion Frise and you often see them sporting a lovely little hairdo in summer.

Here at Kauri Nest our lovely little Jarl is a Tibetan Spaniel and one of our staff owns two lovely little  Pomeranians names Dallas and Willow


Double coated dogs PLEASE DO NOT CLIP THEIR COATS … This is because the double coated layers not only work to keep your darling little one warm in winter but they also assist them in helping them control their temperature  in summer ,

The best thing you can do for your little one is to make sure you keep their coat well brushed , I use a double toothed comb , every second tooth is longer then the first one , This brushes the undercoat as well as the top coat.



Keep your little one free from fleas make sure you do a good bath and use a good Neem based shampoo , The one I use is TheraNeem pet shampoo  or Neem Protect Shampoo and it will kill all the fleas on the dog currently , I make sure I dry them really well afterwards. If you don’t have the shampoo a really good neem soap also works wonders my dogs love the massaging action when I use the soap.

Once your little one is nice and dry I leave mine in the bathroom for a little while with a nice towel and some nice food  In the food I have added some Diatomaceous earth , This works wonders on both internal and external parasites and also helps improve their coat.


While my little ones are enjoying their treats in the bathroom I go and collect all their bedding and put it through the wash , I get out my diatomaceous earth and give my carpeted areas a good hard vacuum and then  a light dusting  of the earth( Make sure its only a light dusting ) and for my hard wood areas I give them a good vacuum and then a good steam mop , Once the house is all sorted and I am sure that I have removed all my little ones bedding and that they are in the washing machine having a nice hot wash ( hot washes get rid of fleas ) , I let my little darlings out of the bathroom . At this point I know they are nice and dry I then put a topical flea treatment on their coat  if they are due for it.  You can do this for both your double coated and single coated dogs as it helps keep those nasty little biting pests away


Now if I notice my little ones in summer are being effected more by fleas or other biting insects I give them a nice spritzing of the Neem Protect Spray , I do this when I do the brushing of my dogs and after they have gotten wet.

Neem Shampoo

In summer I do worry about my dogs getting hot so I get some nice Ice packs and I have a lovely pillow case that I have that I slip this into one of their dog beds , Mine know when I have done that and they know that when they are hot and they love laying on it.


Hope this helps your little ones with the Double Coat , Please don’t Clip them unless you absolutely need to for medical reasons. They may look cute to you but its not good for them or their coat. Keep in mind that all animals do shed their coats twice a year , Once in spring / summer to get rid of their winter coat and another light shedding in mid autumn to winter to get rid of their summer thinner coat and prepare for their winter coat that is coming through but a good routine in brushing will help with this and will help with bonding with your animal too.


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