Here are some pictures of my Maremma Sheepdog’s latest haircut that I put on my personal Instagram account…
The picture at the top left is one of my dog, Tasha, before she had her haircut.
The picture on the top right is the pile of fur I swept up after she got her haircut. I think we removed enough fur to knit a sweater or maybe could turn all that hair into a couple of those froufrou type dogs. 🙂
And of course the picture on the bottom is her poor scruffy self after she got the haircut. Yeah, I’m not going to win any awards as a hair stylist.
The Problem with Maremma Fur
During the colder weather this dog grows a dense, fluffy undercoat, with the longer guard hair on top. Then when spring and warmer weather comes, the undercoat loosens up.
Only the problem is it doesn’t loosen up enough to fall out on its own. Most years I patiently comb the undercoat out. It takes weeks of daily grooming sessions before I finally get it all combed out of her coat. In fact, it always seems to me I get it done just in time for a new batch to start growing in. 😛
Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up with it this year for various reasons, and some of it matted up. That meant it was time to get serious with a set of dog clippers.
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Making the Fur Fly
I tried using a pair of clippers with a guide comb so I could leave about an inch of hair. With it being the middle of summer, I didn’t want to give her a buzz cut because she might get sunburned or her hair not grow back in time for colder weather.
Only it didn’t work because the undercoat was too dense for the comb to slide through. (I probably need a better set of clippers.) That meant I had to cross my fingers and use the bare clippers and hope I didn’t cut the hair too short.
It took well over an hour and a very patient dog before we finally achieved the final look… kind of reminds me a little of a standard poodle’s coat…
Just that dense sort of coat on the body part, not those ears and tail of course! My Maremma Sheepdog has never had such fluffy ears!
At least she’ll be cooler now, cause when the temps are in the 90s most days, a heavy fur coat is a little too much!