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The butt issue is more hygiene than anything else. (I have my dog's britches clipped down, too.) Dogs that have undercoats are protected from cold and heat. I wouldn't cut it down, I'd just make sure he was well brushed to prevent matting. That's all I did with my GSD mix and he was more comfortable in the heat than my current, single coated dog.

There are things you can do to help keep dogs cool. You can buy cooling pads, cooling beds, even cooling coats, which I am considering. I'm in PA, but if I do end up moving to VA, I'm getting Kabota a cooling coat. It's a terry cloth coat that you wet down periodically, and the wet material helps wick away heat from the body.
 
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