We have a couple of 9 month old Newfie pups and I was wondering about summer cuts for them. We live outside of Spokane WA with cold winters and hot summers. I've never seen a buzz cut on a Newf, but they are already uncomfortable with the heat. Our reputable groomer says she gives summer cuts all the time to St. Bernards, Newfies, etc. Our veterinarian says to only give them 1/2 cut or their fur will not grow back properly. Any comments on what's best for our babies is greatly appreciated. Thanks
You are smart to ask about this as there are many differing opinions on this subject. Ever since Drake was a pup, we have been cutting his hair short. We have done this year round and for several reasons. First, it gets REALLY hot here in California during the summer so, obviously shorter hair will help him cool off. Also, he's doing more outdoor activities during that time so it's easier to keep him clean. Also, as most of us Newf owners know, they start to stink really badly after a while, no matter how clean they are, and it's especially bad when their fur is long. We give Drake a puppy cut or summer cut about every 3-4 months and we, and most people who see him, think he looks great. He just seems happier and more comfortable with a short coat. I posted pics a while ago of what he looks like, check out these links:http://www.bigpawsonly.com/index.php/topic,1348.0.htmlhttp://www.bigpawsonly.com/index.php/topic,5488.msg70183.html#msg70183
The first link really shows how handsome they can be after a clip and the second one just shows the dramatic and much needed difference a clip will make during the summer. As for it "ruining their coats", unless you're planning on showing your dogs, does that really matter? I think your dog's comfort is more important than having a perfect coat. Drake's coat looks great and everyone comments on how beautiful he is. So that's my 2 cents, I hope you make an educated decision with your dogs best interests in mind. Another tip, those little plastic kiddie pools are great for cooling off your pups during the summer, we have one filled and sitting out at all times for Drake during this time of the year. He loves it! Cute pups by the way!