Does anyone have a snow dog? Snow dogs aren’t an official AKC group all their own: most dogs that fall in this category are actually part of the working group. However, dogs with thick fur, such as Malamutes, huskies, Akitas, and Samoyeds are typically called snow dogs. These pretty pups are often absolutely gorgeous, and they can make lovable, fun pets, but they do have some specific needs. A vet discusses snow dog care below.
Is there a downside to having a very pretty, fluffy dog? Well, you’re going to find strands of that pretty fur everywhere. This means, regular brushing is a must. You’ll want to get a brush that is specifically designed for undercoats. Vacuum attachments or handheld vacuums will help. But, never clip or shave Fido, since that can damage his undercoat.
Fido is much more equipped to handle the cold than a short-haired dog would be. In fact, you should never put clothing on your canine pal; he could overheat! Though, in summer, he may need a cooling vest, or maybe even a kiddie pool full of cool water.
Most snow dogs are highly active. Huskies, for instance, have worked as sled dogs, and they are all but hardwired to want to run. Lots of toys and playtime can help burn off that energy, otherwise, he’ll likely channel it into making mischief. These guys also need a strong, sturdy fence to keep them where they’re supposed to be.
Make sure Fido knows basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, Heel, and Come like the back of his paw. Some extra work may be needed with Heel, since pulling is totally natural for many of these pups.
Snow dogs are usually quite vocal. Fido probably won’t be much of a barker, though: he’ll more likely sing or how. This is natural behavior, so it’s not something to punish him for. Just sing along with him and go with it!
Dogs are often prone to developing breed-specific health conditions. Take some time to read about your furry bff, and find out what he may be susceptible to. This is very important, since it can help you to take preventative measures and/or spot problems early on. Feel free to ask your vet for care tips.
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