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Clipping Border collies

Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:06 pm
by greybeard
We have an deaf old border collie that lays around on the deck. Her hair gets all matted and knotted. Can we get her shaved for the summer? If so,will it grow back normally?
Some say double coats don't regrow?

Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:41 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
We had one BC that was heavy coated and I would trim up his bum area with clippers. I think some do what's called a "Summer clip" and trim up the bottom half of the dog but leave the top so it doesn't sun burn.

Re: Clipping Border collies

Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:48 pm
by Broke Cowboy
greybeard wrote:We have an deaf old border collie that lays around on the deck. Her hair gets all matted and knotted. Can we get her shaved for the summer? If so,will it grow back normally?
Some say double coats don't regrow?


Take that old dog to the groomer and have it done professionally - you will not regret it and the cost is minimal when you look at the final job.

Trust me - all coats will grow back.

That old dog needs a treat once in a while - I am sure she has earned it or you would not let her lay around like she does!

My best

BC

Re: Clipping Border collies

Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:04 pm
by Faster horses
Broke Cowboy wrote:
greybeard wrote:We have an deaf old border collie that lays around on the deck. Her hair gets all matted and knotted. Can we get her shaved for the summer? If so,will it grow back normally?
Some say double coats don't regrow?


Take that old dog to the groomer and have it done professionally - you will not regret it and the cost is minimal when you look at the final job.

Trust me - all coats will grow back.

That old dog needs a treat once in a while - I am sure she has earned it or you would not let her lay around like she does!

My best

BC


I agree with BC. If she's old and deaf and has never been groomed (shaved)
before, it could really scare her. The pro's know how to do it in the best way
possible for the dog.

I've actually witnessed older dogs that get groomed have more life after
they are all cleaned up. Be interesting if your dog reacts this way!

Good luck and it's very thoughtful of you to want to make her more comfy!

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 7:52 am
by Nicky
Lot's of people clip Border's and Aussie's. They grow back with no problem, and I've never seen one sunburn either. I agree on the groomer, it can traumatic for everyone involved clipping an older dog.

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 10:48 pm
by greybeard
She went to town and spent the day at the spa. Came home with the summer clip. Looks as good as a well groomed cat.
The lady that did the job will be getting the old bird dog next. Wife said she was the best possible and non practicing Philippine vet to boot.
Thanks for all the replies. Worked out just as described.

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 11:15 pm
by Faster horses
Good for you folks for getting it done!! Let us know if she acts younger... :D
it will take her a bit to get used to the new haircut. I've known dogs that
hid for a day or two. Seriously. :D

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 11:16 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
We need a picture. :D