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Everything Greyhound > Oh! The things our Greyhounds do.. > Shearing your greyhound?

Posted by: Pipi5 Mar 25 2012, 08:02 PM
I saw Thurles' trainer Friday night at Southland, and after a few moments of talking about Thurles, I asked him about shearing him. Ed shears several of his heavy coated dogs. Not all of them need it. Jack & Smiley have very thin/tight coats. But Pipi had a coat like a pyrenese (sp). Here are some pix I took of her one year getting clipped.
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They keep about 2 inches of the tail furry on the end to keep from having a blood bath of happy tail. It pads the tail. In about a month from the clipping, the coat is smooth & tight. They don't clip them until around the end of April because down here we still have some chilly nights.
I have a couple of pictures of Thurles after he got clipped too.
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Posted by: dad2paisley Mar 25 2012, 11:28 PM
I am sure they'll be cooler in the hot summer without all that extra fur. biggrin.gif

Posted by: DonnaBehr Mar 28 2012, 03:15 PM
That is so cool!!!!!!!! biggrin.gif

Tom, I think the fur/hair keeps them cooler in the hot weather like any other dog. Could be wrong but it's supposed to insulate.

Posted by: dad2paisley Mar 29 2012, 08:39 PM
oh ok. Love the pcitures

Posted by: beledi Mar 31 2012, 10:27 AM
I had no idea some Greyhounds have coats long enough to be sheared.

Posted by: Pipi5 Mar 31 2012, 11:55 AM
Thats why I didn't get my norwegian elkhounds sheared, however I can understand shearing a racing greyhound, even at night down here in the south, its hot & humid. By June, the coat on Thurles will be at a normal length.
My elkhounds loved beng outsde all year long, they'd even lay in the snow & in the summer lay in the shade, but my greyhouds don't stay outside. I say that, Thurles is laying outside in the cool air/warm sun.
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I was surprised that they sheared greyhounds. But I mentioned Pipi's hair...and one of the trainers said have her sheared. I asked the director of the adopion kennel & she said they do it to the dogs who have longer coats, that her husband would shear Pipi for me. So within about 2 weeks, her hair had grown back to the "normal" length, like everyone elses.
So when I met Thurles, his coat was so nice & smooth, that was in September 2010...then by late October, he was a fuzzy bunny.
Now I don't get Jack or Smiley sheared, they don't need it.

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