Do you have a snow dog? Snow dogs aren’t an official AKC group: most of the dogs that fall into this category are actually part of the working group. However, pooches with thick fur, such as huskies, Malamutes, Samoyeds, and Akitas are often referred to as snow dogs. These pretty pups are often absolutely gorgeous, and they can make very fun, lovable pets. However, they do have some specific needs. A vet discusses snow dog care below.
The downside of having a very pretty, fluffy dog? That pretty fur is going to end up everywhere. Regular brushing is a must. You’ll need a brush that is specifically made for undercoats. You can also get vacuums or vacuum attachments that will help. Never clip or shave Fido, though. This can damage his undercoat.
Fido is much more equipped to deal with the cold than a Chihuahua or Boxer would be. Never put clothing on your canine pal; he could overheat! In summer, he may need a cooling vest, or even a kiddie pool of cool water.
Many snow dogs are very, very active. Huskies, for example, have been used as sled dogs, and they are more or less hardwired to want to run. Offer your furry buddy lots of toys and playtime. Otherwise, he may channel all that energy into making mischief. A strong, sturdy fence is a must with these guys.
Make sure that Fido knows basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, Heel, and Come. You may need to do some extra work with Heel, as pulling is quite natural for many of these pups.
Snow dogs tend to be quite vocal. Fido probably won’t be much of a barker, though: he’ll more likely howl or sing. This is natural behavior, so it’s not something you should ever punish your canine buddy for. Just go with it, and sing along with him!
Dogs are often prone to developing breed-specific health conditions. Read about your furry bff, and find out what he may be susceptible to. This is very important, as you may be able to take preventative measures and/or spot problems early on. Ask your vet for care tips.
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