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If you are a dog owner wondering how to groom a Husky, or a groomer with Husky clients, then these tips can set you on the right path.

Despite their thick double coats, Siberian Huskies are very easy to groom and only need to be bathed 1 -2 times a year unless they have rolled in dirt. Yet, the thought of tackling the mounds of hair they shed is enough to send most pet owners scampering for cover.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Husky Grooming!

So, here is a look at how to groom a Siberian Husky and what you can do to deal with the problems that you will encounter along the way.

Husky Grooming: A Different Kind of Coat!

A double coated breed, the Husky has two layers of hair:

  • a softer undercoat which insulates the dog and keeps him warm
    and
  • a longer, top coat which has rough guard hair.

This top coat is nearly weather proof and shields the animal from rain and snow. In fact, this dense coat is a boon for Husky owners as it repels dirt and mud.

However, the undercoat which consists of softer hair is prone to matting if not brushed regularly. A matted undercoat will not protect the dog, leaving his body exposed to plunging temperatures.

Managing Grooming with a Husky Grooming Kit

Siberian Husky Coat Care Grooming Kit FREE BONUS

This Husky Grooming Kit includes what you need to keep your Husky in top condition between visits to a groomer: brush, comb, shampoo, conditioner and a spray to finish off that sleek appearance. 

Husky Puppy Hair

Husky puppies only have the soft haired undercoat but the guard hair grows right through this between the ages of 10-14 months. As the puppy grows, it will shed all of its fuzzy soft hair which will be replaced by an adult coat.

So, one thing is for sure, you will need a heavy duty pet vacuum cleaner and lint cleaner to deal with all that hair.

How to Deal with Hair Matting?

Weekly grooming sessions will help to keep your Husky’s coat healthy and shiny and are vital to his well being. If you can undertake short grooming sessions that involve a thorough brushing once a day, even better.

It is imperative to understand that Husky grooming has to be done regularly, regardless of the season and the outside temperature.

A lot of Husky owners think that grooming is not needed in winter but the hair begins to mat quickly in the wet season and this destroys the insulating capability of the undercoat.

When brushing the coat, always start with a wide toothed comb and only pick a tool with rounded teeth to prevent skin abrasions. The wide toothed comb will help to remove the tangles easily. Follow this with rigorous brushing in the direction of the hair growth.

Pet Republique ® Professional Dematting Comb Rake – Dual Sided 12+23 Teeth Mat Brush Splitter – for Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Any Long Haired Breed Pets

 

Expert tip: Instead of brushing the whole body down, go for smaller sections which makes the job more manageable and thorough. Do not forget the parts where the limbs meet the body, the belly and the tail. These are the areas that are most prone to hair mats.

 

How to Handle Hair Shedding in Your Husky

Shedding usually starts at the onset of summer and can last for up to six weeks. This is a natural process and there is simply nothing that you can do to prevent it.

But Siberian Husky shedding can be managed

Clipping or shaving the dog’s coat will prove futile because the hair will just grow back coarser and thicker and will be that much harder to maintain.

Instead, regular brushing will keep the volume of hair sheds low.

Husky Grooming: The Right Kind of Brushing!

The right kind of brushing requires the best dog brush for Husky that you can find and most fit nicely into any grooming budget.

During the non-shedding season, you will only need to brush the coat once a week.

Remember to brush first and bathe later as a matted undercoat can be hard to dry and once the hair are wet they pull painfully before breaking, making it harder to brush.

You can also use a conditioning spray which will help to smooth out the tangles. Go for a commercial variety or simply use your dog’s regular after bath conditioner with some water mixed in a spray bottle. Start by using a long toothed coat rake first and then a bladed tool for removing the undercoat hair and finally a metal comb.

When using the rake, use it against the hair growth while the wide toothed comb should be used in the direction of the growth. Start brushing from the head down to the torso and the tail. Finish one side then the next, then the back and finally the belly.

A lot of Husky owners seem to have the same question:

What is the best brush for Husky?

So here are a few that you can consider:

Safari Pin & Bristle Medium Brush for Dogs with Wood Handle

PETPAWJOY TOP SLICKER BRUSH Cleaning Slicker Brush Removeing Mats And Tangles Pet Grooming Deshedding Brush Shedding Pet Fur Rotatable Pet Massager Providing Massage Service For Your Pet

How Often to Bathe a Husky?

Huskies do not have oily coats, so they do not smell like regular canines. In fact, you could easily get by with bathing them just once or twice a year.

Actually, given the dryness of the coat, bathing them too often can prove harmful. If you are concerned about hygiene, go for waterless baths. You will need some waterless shampoo and your comb and this can be done once a week.

In winter, Huskies love to roll in snow, this is the nature-intended way for these animals to keep their coats clean.

Unlike other breeds with long hair, you don’t need special conditioning shampoos for your Husky. A de-shedding shampoo followed by any quality organic dog shampoo and conditioner should work out to be the best shampoo for Husky. When using the blow dryer, set it on cold and dry thoroughly as leaving wet matted hair can lead to rashes and skin infections.

Expert tip: If bathing the dog in the bathtub, do not forget to screen the drain or you will have the mother of all hair clogs on your hands.

 

5 General Tips on How to Groom Your Siberian Husky

Here are 5 general grooming tips that you need to incorporate in your weekly sessions to keep your dog healthy and happy.

  1. Ears
    Check for wax buildup, infections and scratch wounds.
    Wipe the floppy, fleshy part with a damp washcloth and then some tissue and then proceed to use a veterinarian approved cleanser with cotton wool on the inside.
  2. Nails
    Trim them once a month as overgrowth can injure the paws.
    Do not the cut the quick or the pink flesh inside the nails as this can cause profuse bleeding. If you do accidentally end up doing so, use flour on the wound to stop the bleeding quickly.
    It is most important to choose the right dog nail clippers.
  3. Teeth brushing
    Get your dog used to teeth brushing when he is a puppy with daily brushing sessions. For an adult dog, weekly teeth brushing along with special dental chews will be enough to prevent plaque buildup and periodontal diseases.
  4. Eyes and Paws
    Wipe out any discharge from the eyes immediately and check the paws to ensure that there isn’t any gravel lodged in the pads.
  5. Fleas
    When grooming, a flea inspection is a must. Use a flea comb for dogs to remove the fleas.
    Keep a container filled with hot water to dip the comb so that the fleas removed from the body can be drowned.

The Tools You Will Need for Husky Grooming!

Make sure you have your tools ready on the table before you fetch the dog for the grooming session. This way, you will not have to leave an over-energetic animal alone while you go about finding the tools you need. Your tool box should include:

Metro Air Force Steel Quick Draw Dog Dryer, 1.3 HP

Should a Husky’s Hair be Trimmed or Clipped?

Never clip, trim or shave yourHusky’s hair. This will leave the animal vulnerable to the elements including UV rays, insect bites and skin infections. Also, after shaving, the coats may grow out in uneven patches and the guard coat will inevitably be coarser.

A Husky Grooming Video

Video: Bathing a Husky

Video: Using a Furminator

How to Groom a Siberian Husky Video

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2 thoughts on “How to Groom a Husky: a Husky Grooming Kit to the Rescue

  • Patrick McCaffrey

    I love your website. I’ve had Huskies for years and I even used to breed them. I actually have one right now that’s a service dog for me. She is so intelligent, and therefore helps me with my brain cancer/surgeries, epilepsy, Acquired Brain Injury and PTSD.

    Despite how much I know about huskies, I still don’t understand whether I should shave or trim her paws during the hot summer. On those really high temperature and humid days, Nalah and I still walk as therapy for me and exercise for her. Because of where I live, we have to walk 50% off the time on hot asphalt but we always go at 7am and 7pm. Therefore, I have a question for you: I know that it’s definitely not right to shave Huskies because of their undercoat insulation, but should I trim her paws so that they can perspire and breathe, or is that going to hurt the situation and allow her to get blisters, etc?

    • Jan Post author

      Thanks Patrick, and thanks for your question.
      Groomers do trim Husky paws to keep them neat but many Huskies live in cool climates. In your case, the hot asphalt would be a concern so you might find some of the paw protection products of help. For example, Amazon has a product that is rating very highly with customers. It is called Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax. I suggest reading the customer’s reviews and then decide if this can help in your case. I have read some of the reviews from Husky owners myself and they seem to be very happy with this as a solution.

      When it does come to trimming Husky paws, you might find this link helpful: http://www.allthingshusky.info/2012/11/trimming-siberian-husky-dogs-feet.html

      All the best with your Husky! Let’s know how you get on with a solution.