At first glance, you might mistake a Siberian Husky for a wolf. These beautiful dogs have multi-colored, thick coats with facial masks. Some have blue eyes, while others have multi-colored eyes.
The breed, which originated in Siberia, thrives in cold weather. As you can imagine, a cold-weather dog needs extra fur to stay warm in freezing temperatures.
With a thick double coat, Huskies require a lot of extra attention in the grooming department.
Siberian Husky Coats – What You Need to Know
Huskies have a thick double coat that blows out during shedding seasons (spring and fall). Like German Shepherds, they have a tendency to shed a lot during these seasonal transition periods.
You better have a working vacuum cleaner if you have a Husky.
If you live in a colder climate, the type of climate these dogs are made for, Huskies shed less than those that live in warmer climates.
Huskies have medium-length fur with a straight, silky top coat and a soft, bushy undercoat. The outercoat is water-resistant and protects the dog from dirt, rain and thorns. The undercoat provides him with insulation to keep him warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Because this breed has a thick coat, frequent brushing is crucial to avoid matting and to keep the dog’s coat looking its best.
Huskies should be brushed:
- Daily during shedding season
- Once a week any other time of year
While furry, Huskies are very clean dogs. They clean themselves as often as cats do, and they rarely need baths – unless they get into something stinky in the yard.
During shedding season, your Husky will shed his entire undercoat. It can take up to six weeks for the coat to shed, and all of that dead hair needs to be removed to make room for new growth. This may be a good time to bathe your dog, which will help loosen that dead fur and make it easier to brush out.
If you have a Husky puppy, you should be prepared for him to shed his puppy coat. Huskies are born with a soft and fuzzy undercoat without any guard hairs. Between 10 and 14 months, they go through a phase where they shed all of their puppy fur, which is replaced with their adult coat.
Although they shed a lot, Huskies require relatively little maintenance otherwise. Their coats do not need trimming like some other breeds. In fact, it’s a bad idea to cut this breed’s coat, especially the undercoat which provides vital protection from the elements.
Brushing a Husky – Tips and Tricks
Grooming sessions go smoothly when Huskies love to be brushed. The key is to establish a good grooming routine as early on as possible.
Puppies who learn to accept being brushed and can sit still throughout the session will be much easier to groom when they grow up – and are much bigger.
Make it a point to groom your dog at least once a week. It’s especially important to keep brushing even in the winter. When a Husky’s coat gets wet, it’s more likely to mat if it isn’t brushed on a regular basis. Once the coat becomes matted, it loses its insulating properties.
If your pup already has some matting, start off brushing with a wide-toothed comb that has rounded teeth. The rounded teeth will help break up the mats.
A Husky’s coat should be brushed vigorously – but not too hard – and in the direction of the hair growth. Work in small sections, so you can brush thoroughly. Make sure you brush the dog’s entire body – including its chest and belly. The only fur that doesn’t need to be brushed is the fur on the dog’s face.
During shedding season, use a de-shedding tool to help pull out as much dead hair as possible.
What’s the Best Dog Brush for a Husky?
What’s the best brush for a husky? Are there any other grooming supplies that you’ll need?
We briefly mentioned some of the brushes you want to use when grooming your Husky. Let’s take a closer look at each one to make sure you have all the tools you need.
And if you’re looking for a single best type of brush to use on a Husky, you’re out of luck. These dogs require multiple brushes to get the job done right.
A shedding blade is a must-have tool for Huskies. You can sit for hours on end brushing these dogs with a regular brush and you would get absolutely nowhere during shedding season.
To get the most hair out, you should brush in a backward motion – or against the hair growth. When you move in the opposite direction of the hair growth, you push aside the top coat and allow the undercoat to come through. That makes it easier to pick up all the dead hair.
Just be gentle when using a shedding blade, so you don’t irritate your dog’s skin. And work in small sections to get the most hair possible.
When you get to the tail area, move in the direction of the hair growth on the top side and in both directions on the bottom side.
An undercoat rake is another essential tool for Husky owners and should be used after the shedding blade.
This type of brush is similar to a slick brush. They have a single row of long comb teeth, which grab the hair in the undercoat, making removal a breeze.
The undercoat rake should be used in the same way the shedding blade is used. Be prepared to stop often to clean off the rake. This type of brush catches a lot of hair at once, so it needs to be cleaned off quite a bit.
To finish your grooming session, you can use a simple pin brush. A pin brush will catch any last bits of undercoat fur while keeping the top coat looking its best.
When using a pin brush, you’ll want to move in the direction of the fur growth.