Insulation from the heat - Doodles
I've had a couple golden doodle owners argue with me over hair length because they've read that long hair insulates their dog from the heat. I understand you don't want to shave a Nordic breed, but since a doodle is a cross between a shedding dog and a low-shedding dog, what's the deal? My last doodle owner brought me her dog with about three inches of hair (not matted) and asked me to just trim it a little because she wanted the hair for insulation from the heat. I showed her a Wahl #E comb and told her that was the longest I could groom her dog. She looked at me like I was insane. (I wasn't about to hand-scissor a 60-lb dog.) Fortunately, her husband stepped in and said that would be fine. I told her the dog would look very plush and fluffy, which he did, and the wife was fine with it at pick-up. So, how much hair length does a doodle need for insulation from the heat? Is a doodle groomed with a #0 comb really going to feel hotter than one with a couple inches of hair? Or do you have to go as short as a #7 smoothie before he/she is really uncomfortable? I just don't know what I should have told her.