Sunday, September 2, 2012

Butt Fluff

Maya has a little white "skirt" on her butt. During winter time, it's thick and fluffy, but as she started to shed, it got thinner and thinner. For whatever reason, there's always some hair that refuse to shed and would just keep growing longer. It got to a point that the fur would be dragging on the ground while she poops, and sometimes her poop would just land right on top of it. Eww...

I tried using a furminator daily on that area to help speed up the shedding, but it didn't help much. Yesterday, I got so tired of cleaning her butt, I grabbed a pair of scissors and chopped off the excess hair (despite being against ever trimming a Shiba). Ideally, I should have used those hair thinning scissors, so it would look more natural, but I don't have one and don't plan on getting one. Anyways, I think it looks okey. At least Maya's daddy didn't even notice till I told him and Maya can't complain.

Fluffy butt before shedding (taken on 4/14/2012)

Long hair in the way when pooping



  1. Yeah I guess that would be an issue with long coated shiba owners is their fluffy butt fluff.

    Saya has some thick fluff on her butt in winter, but not this bad.

    I don't see issue trimming the fluff there especially if poop is getting into the fur not fun to clean up. :\

  2. This happens with Koni, too. I feel that these long hairs can be trimmed without causing their fur to go crazy, since they are so far out and won't affect temperature, right? I trimmed his "pants" (haha we call them that since he's a boy) and also the long white fur near the base of his tail, I cut down to about 2" long. It was also dangling in the way and getting pooped on.

    1. Yeah, I don't think it'll affect the temperature or her fur, since it's only her undercoat, which she sheds anyways. I was just afraid I'll make her look ugly. :p