8 Facts About Dog Shedding You Need to Know

by Suzie Cyrenne December 30, 2022 5 min read

8 Facts About Dog Shedding You Need to Know

Dog shedding is one of the things that you will encounter if you’ve got a canine family member in your household. And if you’re anything like most dog parents, chances are you’re already familiar with what shedding is as well as the things to keep in mind when it happens.

However, if you’re still learning the ropes of taking care of a dog or at the stage of planning to have a canine family member of your own in the near future, then you’ve come to the right place. Make sure you follow along to get in on the must-know bits and pieces that will “shed” light on this occurrence.

Let’s kick things off by finding out if dog shedding is normal…

 

1. Is dog shedding normal?

Woman combs old Golden Retriever dog with a metal grooming comb

The short answer is yes! Dog shedding is pretty much normal and all dogs go through it.

You can think of it as your pet’s way of naturally regulating his body temperature in between seasons and getting rid of damaged or excess hair while at it.

Moreover, while some dogs shed a lot throughout the year, there are also those that only shed during the summertime. Interestingly, there are even dogs that shed so little that it’s practically unnoticeable.

Now let’s determine the specific dog breeds that shed the most…

 

2. Which dog breeds shed the most?

Unlike what a lot of people mistakenly think, dogs with long-haired coats aren’t just the ones that shed. Pooches with short-haired coats do it, too. Here’s a quick rundown of the specific breeds that tend to shed heavily:

American Eskimo

american eskimo

Labrador Retriever

labrador retriever

Saint Bernard

saint bernard dog

Siberian Husky

siberian husky dog

Chow Chow

chow chow dog

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Akita

Akita dog

German Shepherd

German Shepherd

Dobermann

Dobermann

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

And while we’re on the subject, is there really such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog?

A study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reveals that there was no significant difference in dog allergen levels between homes having a supposedly hypoallergenic canine family member and those with pooches that aren’t considered as such.

Next, let’s check out if there is a link between diet and dog shedding…

 

3. Is there a connection between diet and dog shedding?

grooming with a dog brush on dog

The short answer is yes. Your dog’s shedding could get into a state of overdrive sooner or later if he isn’t getting the nutrition he needs to keep his hair follicles as strong as they should. The more resilient his follicles are, the less they are prone to unexpected hairfall.

Apart from ensuring that your canine family member is fed regularly at set times, giving him access to foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial components is also crucial.

(You can also check out this ultimate guide to the foods dogs can and cannot eat to help you get on top of the situation in no time.)

Now we’ve got that covered, let’s answer a question that I’m sure crossed your mind once or twice already…

 

4. Can you keep your dog from shedding?

dog fur on person's hand

No, there is no way you can keep your canine family member from shedding. This happens normally and has a key role to play when it comes to keeping your dog feeling comfy regardless of the season.

Although you cannot stop your pooch from shedding outright, there are certain ways to control or reduce the whole thing. These include proper diet, as well as picking the right shedding tool and brush for your pet’s coat.

For this part of our discussion, let’s find out if hydration has a direct connection with shedding in dogs…

 

5. Is there a link between dog shedding and hydration?

dog lies on sofa with pieces of fur

The short answer is yes. The more hydrated your dog is, the stronger and more resilient his coat will be against unwanted hair fall. Just to emphasize, nothing compares to plain, fresh water when it comes to keeping your pooch ideally hydrated.

See, dehydration basically causes two key effects in your dog’s body. First, it makes his skin significantly less supple. And second, it also causes his hair follicles and hair roots to eventually dry out. If this problem is not corrected, it’s highly likely that your pet could be in for lots of hair fall and even accelerated shedding.

Next, I’ll explain if spikes in hormonal levels can trigger excessive shedding in dogs…

 

6. Can hormonal spikes lead to excessive shedding?

husky lies on floor with a pile of fur

The short answer is yes. Unexpected fluctuations in hormone levels can potentially set off excessive dog shedding. Common examples of these include chronic anxiety and depression in dogs as well as episodes of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

It is interesting to take note, though, that not all hormonal spikes that lead to excessive shedding in dogs are caused by negative factors. This situation is also common among pregnant and lactating dogs whose bodies may experience a temporary hormonal imbalance for some time.

Now, let’s check if regular bathing helps control dog shedding…

 

7. Does bathing help in keeping dog shedding in check?

dog taking a bath

Apart from getting rid of dirt and gunk from your canine family member’s coat, bathing also helps remove dead skin and dried out hair follicles that can possibly tangle with and damage their healthy counterparts sooner or later.

While a well-kept pooch only requires a single bath once a month, you can go ahead and increase the frequency for the same if you notice that your pet’s skin is a bit dry or if he’s shedding more than usual.

For this next part, I’d like to touch on a question that many dog parents and animal lovers have asked me lots of times already…

 

8. Is excessive dog shedding a sign of a health problem?

Boy combs wool from Siberian husky

The short answer is yes. Unwanted or accelerated shedding in dogs could be a sign that your canine family member is going through some skin or hair-related health issue like an allergy or perhaps a viral, fungal or bacterial infection.

Additionally, excessive dog shedding may even be caused by unwanted visitors like lice, mites, fleas, and similar parasites. It could also be an adverse side effect of conventional medicines in some cases.

Now, let me share my favorite natural product when it comes to supporting your pooch during unwanted or excessive dog shedding…

 

A Natural Product to Consider Including in your Home Pet Care Checklist

Zumalka’s HEALTHY COAT is specifically designed to promote and maintain the overall wellness and appearance of your pet’s coat. This natural product offers a holistic solution to hair loss, brittle and tousy hair, dry roots, and similar issues.

Besides being formulated with your dog’s ideal quality of life in mind, HEALTHY COAT also takes advantage of the benefits and wonders of premium natural ingredients Mother Nature has to offer.

 

 

 

Conclusion

Dog shedding can be a rather “hairy” situation if you don’t know how to properly deal with it. Getting in on a few informative bits and pieces about shedding in dogs also helps a lot to really give your pet the quality of life you’ve always wanted.

Got some other questions about your pet’s health? Don’t hesitate to contact us  right now. Reaching out to a trained professional remains a priority if your pet is feeling under the weather.

Suzie Cyrenne
Suzie Cyrenne

HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA

Suzie Cyrenne co-founded Zumalka over five years ago, and has worked in naturopathic pet medicine for more than six. Day-to-day, she works as the lead manager for the Zumalka staff and specializes in training the team to have thorough knowledge of pet health and the company’s extensive line of naturopathic remedies.

Suzie has gained a lot of experience from years spent in the pet health field and she earned her degree in Homeopathy at the School of Classical Homeopathy in Quebec, Canada, (a partner of the European Academy of Natural Medicine (AEMN) in France).

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