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Dog Shedding: Everything You Need to Know About

Are you wondering if there’s any dog that does not shed? Well, you may be going in the wrong direction. It is natural for every dog to shed, so no dog breed doesn’t shed. However, some breeds do shed more than others. It is because they are known to be hypoallergenic.

Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

  • Afghan hound
  • Maltese
  • Bichon Frise
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Scottish terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Lhasa Apso
  • American Hairless terrier
  • Havanese
  • Cairn terrier
  • Basenji
  • Yorkshire terrier
  • Bedlington terrier
  • Poodle

Ways To Stop Your Dog Shedding Excessively

As we have said already, the process of shedding in dogs is a natural one.

It is their way of getting rid of damaged, unwanted, and old hair, thus allowing new hair the chance to grow. The only way to ensure that your dog is not shedding too much is through proper maintenance and keeping their hair and skin healthy.

Among the various steps you can take in this regard, the first is brushing their hair at regular intervals. You also need to make sure that you are using the right brush. It should suit the type of coat that your dog has.

Bathe them regularly with dog shampoo. One way to keep their coat shiny is to add coconut or fish oil to their diet. You also need to make sure that they are well-hydrated. You should include Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids in your dog’s regular diet with vitamin E supplements.

It would provide their coat with the healthy sheen you are looking for in these cases. You must also check them for fleas and ticks consistently and take corrective action as and when necessary.

Also, make that they are not suffering from any medical illness that may be causing them to lose their hair as much as they are doing. In such cases, it would make perfect sense to talk to the vet as soon as possible.

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Reasons for excessive shedding in your dog

Why is my dog shedding so much?

As we have said already, dogs are common to shed – this applies to all breeds. It is one natural way they do to get rid of unhealthy and old hair on their bodies.

However, if your dog is showing signs of abnormal shedding, you must find out if it’s any health issue or other such problem, or not.

In some cases, unusual shedding indicates medical issues such as thyroid imbalance. Some other prominent causes are bacterial and fungal infections.

The same applies to parasitic infections, such as flea and tick infections. Sunburn or stress may also be other factors behind your pup shedding more than they are supposed to.

Read Also: How To Make Your Dog’s Coat Shiny?

Bernese Mountain Dog Shedding

It is a double-coated dog breed that we are talking about over here. These dogs have longer outer coats, and their undercoats are woolly.

As with such dog breeds, they shed quite a lot. Dogs shed the heaviest during the fall and spring seasons. As per a report by the AKC (American Kennel Club), they shed a lot more heavily than 90% of the dog breeds recognized the same.

The only way to minimize any extra shedding, in this case, is to groom them regularly. You can also add olive oil to the diet to maintain a healthy coat.

Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

Following are the dogs that shed the least:

  • Afghan hound
  • American Hairless terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Soft Coated Wheaten terrier
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Kerry Blue terrier
  • Maltese
  • Bedlington terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Poodle
  • Standard Schnauzer

Dogs that shed the most

Dogs that shed the most 

Some dog breeds are known to shed all around the year. However, they shed heavily during the spring and fall seasons.

Some of these breeds are enumerated below:

  • Labrador retriever
  • Alaskan malamute
  • Golden retriever
  • German shepherd
  • Akita
  • Chow Chow
  • Siberian husky
  • Saint Bernard
  • Alaskan husky
  • Great Pyrenees 

Are there dogs that do not shed?

As we have said already, no dog breed does not shed. Thus, there are no hypoallergenic dogs.

All dog breeds tend to shed their hair to let go of old and damaged hair. However, dogs with single coats shed lesser than ones who have double coats.

If you groom, maintain and feed your dogs properly, they will shed less than dogs who do not get such care. If your dog sheds less, your furniture and the house will be hair-free. It would also reduce allergies.

The reasons why dogs shed as much as they do

We have already dwelt on the difference between single-coated and double-coated dogs. Apart from that, you have factors such as fur versus hair, season, and texture of their coat.

When describing the coat of any breed of dog, the words like hair and fur find their use interchangeably. However, they are different in reality.

In the case of some dog breeds, the coat is more like hair. They tend to shed less. The primary difference is the longer hair growth cycle as far as shedding hair goes.

It takes longer to grow, and it does not fall as often. The texture of the coat is significant in this context as well.

If the dog has a long and wavy hair-like coat, it can trap pieces of hair that are falling off their bodies. In that sense, it is a lot more effective than fur, which tends to be shorter.

It makes sure that shedding is not that noticeable, particularly till the time the coat is brushed. The season is a significant factor in this case.

It can make a difference in this case. Many dogs tend to shed twice a year – during fall and spring. It is a common phenomenon.

Conclusion

If you are looking for dogs that don’t shed much, consider breeds like Bichon Frise, Coton de Tulear, Mini Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, and Poodle.

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