I recently came across a post on Imgur claiming shaving a Siberian husky exposes it to "sunburn, skin cancer, insects, and parasites".

Example of claim

[...] the layers of your pet's coat help to protect them from overheating and sunburn.

The claim seems to be quite well spread. However I can't seem to find any sources that verify the claim. All sources I can find seem to be enthusiast sites which I feel might be rife with myths and hearsay.

Does shaving huskies expose them to sunburn and overheating?

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    I would normally consider a post on imgur.com to not qualify as notable, but this claim seems plausible, and your Google link supports the notability; could you include some of those links from the search results directly in your post? Also, not to say that Skeptics is not a good place for this question (I do think it's on-topic), but a better place might be Pets or possibly Biology. Anyway, good question.\ Jun 26, 2015 at 14:50
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    I was going to editing this to "shearing", but decided to check first.
    – Oddthinking
    Jun 26, 2015 at 15:18
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    Are they talking about shaving down to the skin, or just cutting the fur so that it's thinner/shorter? I've heard the word used both ways for dogs in particular.
    – Is Begot
    Jun 26, 2015 at 15:20
  • They are talking about trimming/clipping/shearing, not shaving. See the link in my above comment and the pictures shown in imgur.
    – Oddthinking
    Jun 26, 2015 at 17:19
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    @Oddthinking that English question went hot, and an answer led me to ask skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/28217/do-yaks-get-shaved , without realising your ELU question was based on a Skeptics question.
    – Golden Cuy
    Jun 27, 2015 at 12:08


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