Lhasa Apso Dogs
My Lhasa Apso dogs Chester and Roxie (pictured in the main banners of this blog and Facebook page) have double coats so they got through the Canadian winter up here without any problems and never wore any dog coats either. All the time they were outside, they never got cold, never shivered, unlike some of their other doggie friends who have only single coats of fur.
The only part of the body that got cold at all for my Lhasa Apso dogs was the paw area. They would lift one paw up at a time if they got cold but with the dog boots on, they didn’t have this problem either, particularly since the ones we use are fleece lined.
Need Dog Haircuts Big Time
However, the double coats of my Lhasa Apso dogs can be really difficult to manage. Even with nightly grooming, I find that they can get easily matted and I don’t think the dry heat of the indoor air helps either. So right now we are just hoping that the spring temperatures will stay so that we can finally get a spring haircut for both of my dogs. They really need it.
I was planning to give them their spring trims for the last two weekends but the weather up here has been really up and down. Over the last 48-72 hours, we’ve had spring sunshine temperatures, snow, high winds and rain. It’s been a reall yo-yo in terms of weather here.
Once the temperatures stabilize and goes on a gradual increase for the season, I will be confident enough to finally give them their trims which will make grooming much less complicated for me each night. But if the predictions still have days that the temperatures will dip back down, I want them to keep their double coats for now even though it’s work clearing out the mats each night. At least I know they will be warm. My electric shears are ready. We are just waiting for the weather to cooperate.
If you have a long haired dog, how’s the coats been managing over the winter? Feel free to leave your comments below.