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Dogs That Shed The Most

 
By Ameera Mills. Updated: November 13, 2018
Dogs That Shed The Most

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Does your dog shed a lot of hair? There are in fact a number of dog breeds with more tendency of losing hair than others. In fact, all dogs shed hair, just in different capacities. If your dog does not she any hair at all, we recommend going to the veterinarian for a checkup, as this is not normal.

If a dog sheds hair, this should not be a deciding factor when adopting a dog. There are infallible methods to help control the loss of hair in dogs, avoiding having a hair ridden house. However, you should know how to care for all dogs, especially those dog breeds that shed hair. To find out more about dogs that shed the most, keep reading this AnimalWised article. In addition, we will also be discussing dogs that don’t shed a lot of hair.

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German Shepherd

German shepherds are considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds. This breed is also considered one of the dog breeds that shed the most hair. But why do these dogs shed hair? Like all Nordic dogs, German shepherds shed hair because they have a type of coat for the hottest seasons and another to protect themselves in winter. The time between the transition of these two coats is when we will experience the most shedding in our home.

In addition to noticing the excessive loss of hair during these aforementioned seasons, German shepherds tend to shed smaller amounts of dead hair throughout the rest year. This means that if you have a German shepherd dog, we recommend brushing its coat regularly. To avoid vacuuming your house daily, we suggest brushing your German shepherd’s hair daily. Brushing helps remove dead hair, making sure it doesn’t cover your entire house. If you want to know more about how to care for a German shepherd dog, take a look at our breed file.

Dogs That Shed The Most - German Shepherd

Siberina Husky & Alaskan Malamute

The Siberian husky and the Alaskan malamute mirror the same shedding story as the German Shepherd breed. They are all dog breeds that shed a large amount of fur during the molting season, but shed less for the rest of the year. The difference, is that, being Nordic breeds designed to withstand temperatures lower than the German shepherd, the Siberian husky and Alaskan malamute shed more hair, as their initial coat is thicker.

If you live in a warm country and you don’t want a house full of dog hair, we recommend opting for another dog breed when adopting. If, though, you already have one of these breeds, you can deter extreme shedding by brushing them regularly. Never resort to giving your dog up for adoption. This brushing will only takes 10 minutes of your day. Take a look at our article on; Differences between the Siberian husky and Alaskan malamute.

Dogs That Shed The Most - Siberina Husky & Alaskan Malamute

Samoyed & American Eskimo Dog

Both the Samoyed and the American Eskimo dog need daily brushing to extreme dog shedding. These dogs have very long fur, so we recommend taking them to a canine hairdresser every now and then for proper maintenance of their coat, including brushing and a light cut.

If you have one of these dog breeds you will need a specific brush and the appropriate shampoo. Brush your Samoyed or American Eskimo dog with a comb, then use a soft double-sided bristle brush to add shine and softness. If you want to know more about dog brushes and combs, take a look here!

Dogs That Shed The Most - Samoyed & American Eskimo Dog

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are one of the most intelligent and affectionate dog breeds. They are also considered one of the most popular dog breeds, perfect for a home with or without children. Labrador Retrievers do, however, need to be brushed three to four times a week minimum. If you have enough time, we suggest brushing it’s coat daily to avoid the appearance of unwanted hairs in your home.

In addition, as these dogs are very energetic, make sure that they receive the required amount of daily exercise for their breed type. Remember that if you do not walk your dog enough, this lack of exercise can accumulate as stress or anxiety in your dog, which can also lead to a higher loss of hair. Find out the causes and treatment for why your dog is losing hair.

Dogs That Shed The Most - Labrador Retriever

Shetland Sheepdog

In addition to needing three to four brushes per week, the Shetland sheepdog needs to visit a canine hairdresser approximately every month and a half. A professional canine hairdresser will be able to remove accumulated dead hair efficiently, leaving your dog’s coat smooth and shiny.

Because this breed has such long and thin hair, you should be patient and gentle when brushing. When it comes to this breed of dog, avoid the use of combs which can break their hair. Instead, we recommend opting for softer brushes with rubber bristles. In addition, make sure you know how to brush a dog’s hair properly in order not to hurt your dog in the process.

Dogs That Shed The Most - Shetland Sheepdog

Dalmatian

Despite being a short-haired dog breed, if Dalmatians are not cared for properly, they too can lose a lot of hair. Dalmatians make up this list of worst shedding dogs, specifically if they are not brushed daily. When brushing a Dalmatian, opt for softer brushes with rubber bristles to avoid causing damage to their skin’s dermis.

Dalmatians are known for being an active and playful dog breed, therefore, like the retriever, make sure to take them for daily walks. Additionally, Dalmatians suffer easily from separation anxiety, so do not leave them at home alone for too long.

Dogs That Shed The Most - Dalmatian

Pekingese

Pekingese make up the list of small dogs that shed the most. We recommend brushing their hair four to five times a week, taking them to a canine hairdresser near you regularly.

Bear in mind that food plays an important role in the care of a dog’s coat. If your dog does not receive the appropriate diet, along with the required minerals and nutrients, their coat will suffer and become thinner. The appropriate canine diet is also necessary in small dog breeds to avoid obesity in dogs.

Dogs That Shed The Most - Pekingese

Chihuahua

Yes, surprisingly, the Chihuahua falls under the top 8 list of dog breeds that shed the most. Despite its diminutive size, this breed tends to shed and lose a lot of dead hair. We suggest brushing your Chihuahua daily to avoid the excessive appearance of dead hair.

Short-haired dog breeds should be brushed with soft bristle brushes only. This dog breed is specifically sensitive, so if they feel threatened, they may cry or scream. In this case, try and calm your Chihuahua, creating a safe and secure environment when brushing them. If you’d like to find out more about this breed, take a look at our article on; 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Chihuahuas.

Dogs That Shed The Most - Chihuahua

Dogs that shed

In addition to the already mentioned dog breeds that shed, here are some more to consider;

As with the previous dog breeds that shed a lot of hair, the best solution is to control this hair loss with daily brushing. And remember, if brushing a dog’s hair everyday is a responsibility you can’t or don’t want to take on, adopt responsibly.

Dogs that don’t shed

Are you wondering about big dogs that don’t shed or what dog breeds don’t shed a lot? As we mentioned before, all dogs shed hair, however, some shed less than others. Take a list of our list of dog’s that don’t shed (a lot) of hair.

  • Maltese Dog.
  • Tibetan Terrier.
  • Toy Poodle.
  • Portuguese Water Dog.
  • Brussels Griffon.

If you want to know more about these non-shedding dog breeds, take a look at our article on; 5 Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed Hair.

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