How to Groom a Husky: The Ultimate Guide on Siberian Husky Grooming

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Grey husky being groomed with comb and undercoat rake

Grooming a Husky should be considered a sport. We have cared for several Huskies over the years and in our experience, they need this to remain healthy, elegant, and strong.

How to groom a husky is a question we get asked a lot. We want to share our experience grooming Huskies so you can do it yourself without the dangers of hurting your pet friend in the process.

Grooming can be quite an experience that can strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend. But you need to do this properly if you don’t want him to lose his trust in you.

Do Huskies Need Grooming?

All dogs need grooming, but the amount and type of grooming depend on the dog’s breed. Huskies require a lot of grooming–more than most other breeds.

This is because they have a double coat, which means they have two layers of fur. The top layer protects them from the cold weather, while the bottom layer traps heat and keeps them warm.

Huskies also need to be given exercise daily, which requires more grooming when they come back after a hard training day. A lack of exercise can lead to behavioral problems, so it’s important to make time for your husky each day to give him or her a good workout.

Siberian Huskies are surprisingly good at taking care of themselves. They don’t require as much work as other breeds, but it’s still important to groom them regularly. You should brush their coat once a week during the molting season (spring and fall), and more often if they get particularly dirty.

Siberian Husky dog coat – Grooming During the Shedding Season

Husky eating treat

During the whole year, Huskies and Malamutes, go through the Shedding season, which usually happens in spring and fall. This is when you will see them lose the most hair, but it’s important to remember that “blowing the coat” is a natural process.

There are a few things you can do to help your dog through this time:

  • Keep your house clean. Hair will be everywhere, so make sure to vacuum and sweep often.
  • Avoid stress as much as possible. If your dog is stressed out, he may shed more than usual.
  • Make sure he has a good diet rich in Omega fats. This will help keep his coat healthy and minimize hair loss.
  • Bathe him only if he really needs it. Over bathing can actually lead to more shedding because it strips the oils from his fur.

Grooming your husky will help to reduce the amount of hair that will lose during this process.

What Type of Fur Do Huskies have?

White grey husky portrait

Huskies are a breed of dog with a soft, thick coat. The top coat or guard coat keeps Huskies dry and protects them from the elements. The undercoat is soft, fluffy, and acts as an insulator. It also regulates temperature in winter.

Because they have such a thick undercoat, they do require regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and under control. However, Husky owners often overgroom their pets by brushing them too much.

Husky Topcoat Haircuts

All dog owners know that one day their furry friend will start shedding like crazy. It can be frustrating to try and resolve the problem by clipping all of their hair off. Not only is this a difficult task, but it’s also dangerous for your pet.

Clipping your Husky’s hair too short can leave him vulnerable to heatstroke in summer and winter. Regular grooming is all it takes for a healthy-looking Husky!

There are pros and cons to getting a Husky haircut. On the plus side, you can customize the cut to fit your dog’s personality and needs. Additionally, they will not shed as much with regular grooming.

The downside is that it can be hard to maintain, especially in the summertime when temperatures rise. A professional dog groomer will use specialized tools for this specific cut.

Grooming Essentials – Preparation

When you are grooming your Husky’s coat, you can take the time to groom his nails, ears, teeth, and paws.

You will need time and the proper equipment, time, and patience to complete the whole grooming process.

How to groom your husky’s coat?

black and white husky being groomed with rake

Siberian Huskies don’t need to be shaved or trimmed. The coat provides natural sun protection and allows the dog to stay cool in hot weather or warm in cold weather. This is how they ensure their survival.

So, if you want to groom your Husky’s coat, this is what you need to do:

  • Prepare your tools like an undercoat rake, slicker brush, and a vacuum.
  • Wash your brush so it’s easier for you to untangle the Husky’s hair.
  • Pass the undercoat rake and then the brush to remove all the hair and avoid matting.
  • Repeat as many times as necessary.
  • Suck the hair out with the vacuum to clean up.

Optional: You can bathe your pet after passing the brush if you want, but it’s not mandatory. If you do this, make sure to pass the undercoat rake and the brush once more.

You don’t need to cut the Husky’s hair, only groom it. Siberian Huskies are at risk of sunburn if their coat is shaved too low – it is best left for professional groomers and not done by yourself.

How to trim your husky’s toenails?

Like all animals, Huskies need their nails trimmed on a regular basis. However, because they live in colder climates, their nails tend to grow slower than other breeds.

These dogs were bred for winter sports, so they need their feet trimmed only a couple of times a year. The trimming should be minimal and left to professional groomers.

However, if you want to do it yourself, you can follow these instructions:

  • Look for the pink, live quick on each nail.
  • Cut no closer than 2 mm from the quick.

Huskies are well-known for not letting people touch their paws, so be prepared for a lot of stubbornness while cutting the toenails. If you want your pet to relax, you can use treats.

How to brush your husky’s teeth?

According to our experience, cleaning a Husky’s teeth is a hard task. So, if you want to have it easier when they are older, we recommend you to start grooming your Husky’s teeth since they are puppies.

Brushing their teeth involves you touching their mouth, special toothpaste, and a brush. Don’t force your dog if he doesn’t feel comfortable.

If your Husky is having a good time, this is what you can do to groom his teeth:

  • Get good toothpaste and a special toothbrush.
  • Find a good position that your Husky likes to be to start brushing his teeth.
  • Start touching his mouth and teeth calmly to see if he’s comfortable with you doing that.
  • If your dog is not accustomed to the toothbrush and toothpaste, let him smell them so he can identify them later.
  • Once you’ve passed the previous steps, start brushing your Husky’s teeth.

You can do this once a day or three times a week so your dog doesn’t build up bad breath.

How to clean your husky’s ears?

Cleaning your Husky’s ears is part of the entire grooming process. When grooming your Siberian Husky’s ears, it is important to make sure that you:

  • Remove any debris or wax from the ear canal using a cotton ball or Q-tip.
  • Apply a gentle amount of ear cleaner to a cotton ball, and then clean the inside of your dog’s ear.
  • Gently massage the base of their ears to help distribute the cleaner.

If you notice that your dog has an excessive amount of wax build-up, you may need to take them to a veterinarian for further treatment.

How to wash your husky’s paws?

We know our Huskies are playful, and as such, they can get their paws dirty. The Siberian Husky has developed the trait of longer hair between its toes that protects its paws. But, you still need to groom them because they get dry and dirty.

So, what you can do in this case is get paw balm for your Husky’s paws and moisturize them.

Before doing that, make sure that their paws are clean and without any rock or dirt that can hurt them.

How to clean your husky’s eyes?

There are a few different ways that you can groom your husky’s eyes.

  • Use a damp cloth and wipe the fur around their eyes.
  • Take a Q-tip and gently clean the dirt and gunk out of their eyes.

You can also purchase special eye wipes at pet stores, which will help keep their eyes healthy and free from infection.

What are the best tools for grooming a husky?

husky being brushed with comb

If you want to groom your Husky yourself, you need to make sure that you have the necessary tools for this.

We have gathered, based on our experience, the best tools that you would need to properly groom your Husky.

Husky Grooming — Undercoat Brush

The Safari Pin & Bristle Brush is a best-seller and perfect for huskies with thick coats. The bristles gently remove dead hair and debris from the coat, without scratching your pet’s skin. The Glendan Dog Brush* is also a good option for grooming your Husky.

The undercoat rake helps to break up any underlying mats and makes the whole process much easier. An undercoat rake comes in two sizes and rotates, quickly and smoothly removing loose hair.

This tool is perfect for getting rid of mats from your dog’s coat—something that’s especially important if your husky tends to shed a lot. The slicker brush can also be used on your Husky’s paws as well as its body and top coat.

Husky Grooming — Furminator

The thin, sharp blades easily remove dead hair, and the ergonomic design of the tool helps reduce hand fatigue. It’s important to note that the Furminator is gentle on the coat and skin, but it can remove the dead undercoat.

Husky Grooming — Wide-Toothed Comb

A wide-toothed comb is the best tool for grooming a husky with a coarse coat.

The teeth on this type of comb are spaced far enough apart to get through all of the hair, and they’re also curved so that they can reach the roots.

This makes it easy to remove any mats or tangles that might be hiding in the coat.

Husky maintenance – How often should you groom your Husky?

The answer to this question depends on a few factors, including the type of husky, how often it is brushed, and how long and thick you want its coat to be.

We brush our Siberian Huskies at least once a week and trim their fur every 6 months to take care of their undercoats. But other references suggest it can be done more frequently depending on how long and thick you want your dog’s coat to be.

We also suggest trimming nails bi-weekly. Other sources recommend trimming them monthly or semi-annually.

Generally speaking, most huskies need to be groomed at least once a month in order to avoid tangles and mats.

What are the benefits of grooming your husky?

Husky looking at a treat
You might want to try distracting your husky with a treat whilst grooming!

There are plenty of benefits from grooming your Husky. For example:

  • They stay clean.
  • Their coat remains free of mats.
  • You create a routine to strengthen your bond.
  • You can check your Husky and prevent skin problems or other issues.

You should groom a Husky on a weekly basis. It’s important to do so early in their life while they are still young and more accommodating.

Make sure to brush your dog’s coat often, as this will help keep it clean and mat-free.

Expert-grooming tip: a standing position makes it easier to groom your dog. Make sure you have everything you need within reach before getting started.

Brushing problems – How to prevent matting in your husky’s coat?

One of the main reasons why huskies should be groomed on a daily basis is to prevent matting in their coat. When hair becomes wet, it mats together and can lead to poor insulation.

This makes it difficult for the dog to keep warm, especially during the winter months.

To avoid this problem, start brushing your Husky with a wide-tooth comb and use a tool with rounded teeth.

Be sure to brush in the direction of hair growth and pay special attention to areas where limbs meet the body, the belly, and the tail.

If you find any mats or tangles in your dog’s coat, use a detangling spray or lotion before attempting to brush them out.

Conclusion – Grooming a Husky at home is possible

You can be completely sure that you can groom a Husky at home. You need the complete set of tools and instructions given above to do a great job and make sure your Husky remains in good shape after that.

If you’re not brave enough to groom your Husky at home, you can always take him to the vet to a professional groomer, which honestly, it’s not a bad choice.

FAQ

Is a Furminator good for Huskies?

There is a lot of debate on whether Furminators are good for huskies or not. A good shampoo is all you need for a healthy Husky. You can remove his fur with that and then use the brush and undercoat rake.

The shampoo brands and types vary greatly in price and quality. Shampoo should be hypo-allergenic. Waterless shampoo is also a good choice for your bathing activity with your husky.

When should I cut my Husky hair?

In general terms, you shouldn’t cut your Husky’s hair since they don’t need it. This is a practice that can hurt them if you do it wrong.

However, if you do go for trimming your dog’s coat, you can opt to do it every 6 months with the beginning of the winter and summer seasons.

Husky dog breed things – when should I brush my Husky’s hair?

We recommend you brush your Husky’s hair at least once per week. This can help maintain his coat clean for when the grooming time comes.