Hi everyone, I am new here. I have 2 American akitas. A short hair (standard) and a long coat akita. I live in Colorado and my dogs love to stay outdoors year round. I live on 35 acres with the forest surrounding me. The coat issue. Unfortunately my long coat akita, Keiko (Japanese for adorable) this summer constantly got in to burrs and pine sap and God knows what else. We tried keeping her brushed but she is not fond of that. We normally have her groomed a couple times a year, usually in the spring and then in the summer. Just sanitary clipping, her tummy to stay cool, and her leg feathers clipped. She has thick thick hair. We neglected to get it done this last year until it was too late and the groomer said she would do what she could. We went to pick her up and she shaved her totally naked!! Even her curly tail! Ok, maybe an 1/4" buzz. I was shocked, but she said she had to. She left the full hair all over her head so she looked like a lion. Anyway my question is this....her hair is growing back slowly and it is a horrible course nasty feeling hair. I had a breeder once say don't ever shave them as their hair won't grow back the same. Is this the case? Will it get better as it grows. Any thoughts.