Originally Posted by ladysown
really? A young friend of mine was told NEVER to scruff a himi or it'll get smut there. Why would an experienced breeder tell him that if it was not true? He was quite concerned about it as one of his does was a wild child and it made it much harder to control her.
I don't know, but we raised Californians and Himalayans. Smut is in the hair, not the skin, and it's temperature driven. We had to scruff our Himmie's occasionally, but just long enough to get a hand under them. Mine never got smut from it. Maybe that breeder was referring to someone with cold hands in winter...I really don't know.