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Double the Coat, Double the Love: Caring for Double Coated Breeds

Double the Coat, Double the Love: Caring for Double Coated Breeds

Unlike single coated dogs, which have only one layer of fur, double coated dogs have two layers of fur. The outer layer, known as the guard hair, is long and protects the dog from dirt, water, and UV rays. The inner layer, called the undercoat, is denser and shorter, providing insulation and regulating body temperature. 

Double coated dogs are often bred to withstand harsh weather conditions and to perform specific tasks such as hunting, herding, or sled pulling. Some common double coated breeds include the Husky, Malamute, Border Collie, Golden Retriever, and Australian Shepherd. 

One of the most important things to remember when owning a double coated dog is that they require a lot of grooming. The undercoat needs to be removed regularly with a deshedding brush to prevent matting, reduce shedding, and keep your dog comfortable. Neglecting to remove the undercoat can cause your dog to overheat in warm weather and become more susceptible to skin infections. 

To properly groom a double coated dog, it's important to use a deshedding tool such as the Refuresh, that is specifically designed for double coated breeds. The Refuresh can penetrate the thick undercoat to remove loose fur and prevent matting. 

Remember too, that it is also important to bathe your dog regularly, as this can help to remove any dirt or debris that has become trapped in the undercoat. 

By regularly deshedding and grooming your double coated dog, you can help to keep their coat in good condition and maintain their overall health and well-being. Understanding the needs of your double coated breed and using the Refuresh deshedding tool for dogs will allow you to keep your happy woofer healthy and comfortable all year round.