Cool or cruel: Viral photo of shaved Husky

Is the photo of a shaved Husky cool or cruel? When a photo of a fully-shaved husky (except for his head) went viral on Twitter this week, people were stunned, and many just didn’t know how to react to the more than “freaky” picture. It was tweeted on Thursday by a Twitter user who goes by Omona Kami. He wrote:

 “If you’ve never seen a husky with absolutely no body hair then here you go. Enjoy”.

And so began the Internet discussion. It didn’t take long before comments started to roll in. Some people thought the photo had been a product of “photoshop” while others defended the dog’s owner stating the pooch may have been prepared for surgery, had fleas or that he may have rolled in tar or glue – making it necessary to shave his coat. Many more people, however worried his coat had been shaved as a joke.

“This isn’t cute. It will not keep them cooler in the summer, it will permanently damage their coat, increases the risk of sunburn and skin cancer, it will not decrease their shedding, it will not help with your allergies,” one person commented.

According to the South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue, the advice not to shave your dog comes strongly worded:

“… The Siberian Husky should never be clipped / shaved except in medical emergencies. Yes, there are “professional” groomers out there who will tell you to shave your Husky. They will even do it without asking your consent! There are vets who will tell you to shave your Husky. These vets are uninformed about the breed.

Dogs do not sweat like humans. Their cooling process is done via panting from the mouth, sweating at the paws and cooling the blood in their ears. Shaving the dog does nothing to keep the dog cool. It just makes the human feel better when looking at the coated dog.
The Siberian Husky has little to no pigmentation in its skin. If you shave the Husky, you expose it to the sun without protection. Now you have a dog that can come up with a variety of skin problems including skin cancer. Another reason to NOT clip / shave your Husky is that the fur acts as a protection against insects and parasites. You remove that protection the dog is exposed to even more insect problems than he would have had if he had been allowed to keep is protective coat.

Furthermore, if you clip / shave a Husky it will eventually ruin the coat and disturb the proper shedding process. Resource: Ted Greenlee”

Double coated dogs shed; brush them everyday, but be realistic there will be hair in your home. If shedding in a home is a problem, then the Siberian Husky is not a dog for you.

What do you think? Was it cute or cruel?

(Photo of shaved Husky via Twitter)

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