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Shaved pugs

Thanks to the GoPugYourself readers who sent me photos of their shaved pugs. Shaving seems to be quite popular in hot areas.

This is a photo of Beatrix, Diane's pug before she's shaved. Beatrix, before a shave

...and after a shave. This was the first time, so Beatrix is sporting some shaving lines, but Diane tells me that the groomer has figured out how to avoid the lines. Beatrix, after a shave

And here is Beatrix after her hair grows back. Diane tells me that she can tell that Beatrix needs another shave when the little pug starts rubbing against the couch. Nice bear Beatrix! Beatrix, regrowth

Eric sends us a photo of his dog Louie after his groomer Dina has clipped him. Louie, shaved Louie, shaved

And here's a photo of Louie with his coat regrown. Louie, regrowth
Everyone seems to agree that while the coat is growing back out, sometimes it will grow in unevenly, but that the coat looks the same after regrowth with no long term effects. Eric mentioned that Louie is clipped, not shaved, and emphasizes the importance of finding a good groomer.

Thanks so much to Diane and Eric for sharing the photos. I'm glad to see that your pugs are happy with their short coats.

August 29, 2008 | Permalink


Adorable photos and that's Awesome to hear! I definatly might have my Napoleon trimmed!

Posted by: Nevis | Aug 29, 2008 10:06:43 AM

You know what they say about bad haircuts? Don't worry! If you don't like it, it will grow back.

Posted by: Richard | Aug 29, 2008 4:35:33 PM

A while back I was seriously considering shaving my pug Franklin (to help keep him cool in Texas and for shedding purposes.) I had a hard time finding much info on the internet, but what I did find (after searching for things like "shaving pug" on www.pugvillage.com/forum)is that shaving or clipping the pug's fur can be dangerous if they are frequently out in the sun. Without the layers of fur, they actually have a harder time keeping cool and wicking away moisture, and they also are much more susceptible to being severely sunburned without the fur as protection. That's what I learned, so I thought I'd share. Basically I've come to realize that I'll never have an effective way to deal with his fur, but I guess I'll keep him any way. =P

Posted by: Amanda | Aug 30, 2008 9:48:51 AM

Seriously, from the pictures, I see no significant difference b/w the appearance of shaved or unshaven pugs. Much to my surprise... cos I thot shaven pugs would look really weird. ahhaaa

Posted by: Arlene | Aug 31, 2008 12:01:35 AM

For those who select to clip/shave their pugs during the summer months, please select a groomer who does not have heated dryers in the cages. Most groomers know to disconnect the heating unit from the blowers; but unfortunately, some do not. There has been numerous warnings to pug owners that heated blowers can overheat their pugs and result in death. Please check out your groomers if you select to have your pug groomed. Better safe than sorry.

Posted by: Mary and Mia | Aug 31, 2008 9:45:25 AM


To your last post - before this one - a lot of people beside myself replied with answers that emphasized the health risks of cutting a pugs hair.

Why put up pictures of those pugs that still look good after a shave?

I am a designer and I understand that aesthetics is appealing but i know that you love Shelby very much and you would never put her health at risk.

Those pictures are sweet, but give a wrong impression!

Posted by: freddie | Sep 1, 2008 2:32:02 PM

When I posted about shaving and shedding, I certainly didn't know it was so controversial.

I think to each their own regarding this topic. I have friends who shave their dogs (not pugs) and it seems to be welcome relief during the hot summer months, though I know there's a lot on the web about the topic that recommends otherwise.

Personally, I think that people who provide their pugs with a loving home, and have included them in every aspect of their lives, don't need a hard time from me over their dog's haircut.

Posted by: Winnie | Sep 1, 2008 5:27:45 PM

Hi Winnie,

This is your raw blog and you have the right to put up whatever you wish.

No one is to say otherwise no matter how freakish they can get abt shaven or unshaven pugs.

It is after all not an official from of animal abuse that lands ppl in jail.

Posted by: Lene | Sep 2, 2008 12:07:54 AM

Holy, moly, kids...LET'S CHANGE THE SUBJECT.......it's getting a little uncomfortable!!!!....and I'd hate to lose my priviledge of visiting Shelby's little family...OK??....Let's start over....Thanks..

Posted by: AnnCrago | Sep 2, 2008 8:38:36 AM

I was thinking of shaving my little girl too.

I was just wondering what you decided.

Shaven? Or unshaven?

Posted by: PugMommy | Sep 23, 2009 12:19:03 PM

unshaven. mostly because we couldn't find a groomer who would do it.

Posted by: Winnie | Sep 27, 2009 10:10:59 PM

I was truly surprised when my darling son told of seeing a shaved pug! What a great idea for the shedding department. Oscar just went out in the rain and now he is soaked because of his THICK coat. I am going to talk to my groomer about a shave.

Oscar's Grandmother (my daughter claims to be his mommy)

Posted by: betsy sherrow | Oct 17, 2009 3:50:46 PM

Just shaved our pug Ottie for the first time LMAO

Posted by: Terry | Dec 12, 2010 9:39:45 AM

I am thinking of shaving my pug, Precious is overweight & she is miserable any month bless her heart, I feel so bad hearing her do their heavy panting! I haved decided that I am goingto shave her! Wow there is a lot of controversy on this topic! I am not shaving her real short, I'm using a #3 or a #4! Then I'm in the middke range not to short but not long! I will let this forum know how it works outJ

Posted by: Melissa | Jul 15, 2011 4:43:20 AM

i just shaved my pug Frankie yesterday. What a difference! She seems happier as it is very warm where we live. She's a indoor dog so I don't worry about her getting sunburned or skin cancer. (if we go out she wears sunblock and a light tee)I personally love it.

Posted by: veronica | Apr 24, 2012 10:12:24 AM

I have a pug that I haved shaved. I absolutely love it. It has drastically cut down on the shedding. Before I had her shaved, the bathtub was full of hair after I bathed her. The water drain had to be cleaned out many times before the tub could fully drain. Once she has been shaved, no cleaning the drain at all. For our home, it has worked wonders. We have seen no issues at all.

Posted by: Carrie | Apr 23, 2013 7:01:10 AM

Great comments. My pug... Frank the Tank has thick hair and loves To go on walks. Any temp over 50 degrees limits him... Excessive panting. I am going yo have him slightly trimmed to help him live a better life. Pitch black hair attracts do much heat.

Posted by: Susan | May 7, 2014 1:28:03 PM

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