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Dog shedding: How to manage excessive shedding

Unless you own a hairless breed, your dog sheds. Some breeds, like Poodles, shed very little, while others, like Alaskan Malamutes, shed a lot. Shedding is a normal function that helps dogs get rid of their old winter or summer coat and grow in a new, seasonally appropriate one. Here’s what you need to know about dog shedding.

How can I reduce shedding?

Dogs naturally lose old or damaged hair by shedding. Although shedding is a normal process for dogs, the amount and frequency of hair that is shed often depends upon their health , breed type and a few other factors. There is no way to stop a dog from shedding, but you can definitely improve matters by reducing the amount of loose hair flying around the house

1. Brush every day

The most important step you can take is to brush your dog every single day. Grooming removes loose fur and also redistributes your dog’s skin oils into its fur, helping it stay in place. That healthy hair is more likely to stay attached to your dog’s body and off the furniture. A good brush is for every dog owner a must-have. If you don’t know which one fits for your dog’s coat, you can ask your vet or at the local pet store for advise.

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2. Give your dog regular baths

Bathe your dog frequently using a specially formulated shampoo. Regular baths encourage loose hair to fall out in the bath instead of on your furniture. However, over-bathing can cause dry skin, which causes fur to fall out. Research your dog’s breed to learn about the suggested bathing schedule, or ask your vet for advice.

3. A healthy diet

Another thing you can do to reduce excessive shedding is feed your dog a healthy diet with adequate fatty acids and digestible protein. Cheap dog food is made mostly of corn and grains that dogs have difficulty digesting. Better quality foods cost a bit more, but they are better for your dog’s health. The nutrients in meat-rich dog foods are more easily digested and absorbed, so they promote better health overall and help control shedding and dry skin. The best dog foods are entirely grain-free. Dogs with food allergies are highly prone to diet-related shedding. You may have to experiment with a few different foods before you find one that’s right for your dog. Consult your veterinarian for advice. You may also wish to add a little olive oil or flaxseed oil, which contains fatty acids. These oils are essential to your dog’s health and improve overall coat texture.

4. Give your dog clean, fresh water

Don’t forget to offer your dog plenty of fresh, cool water. Dehydration can lead to dry skin, which can cause excessive shedding and even illness. To encourage your dog to drink more water, place more water bowls around in the house and garden, and resupply the cold, fresh water.


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5. Flea and tick control

Irritated skin increases shedding. Fleas irritate the skin. This means, dogs with flea problems scratch incessantly, which causes hair to fall out. Keeping your dog free of fleas will prevent irritated skin, dandruff and excessive fur shedding. Bring your pet to the vet if you don’t know how to control fleas and ticks.

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10 dog breeds that shed the most

Dogs shed, that’s a fact. But some dogs shed more than others. For new dog owners shedding is often a concern and finding out which dog breeds shed the most is an important part of their pet-research. Listed you can see some of the top shedding dogs

  1. Akita: Akitas are large dogs from Japan. Since they originate from the mountain areas, they’ve got the coat to keep them warm. Although the coat is short, it’s got a very thick double layer that sheds constantly.
  2. Alaskan Malamute: It’s no wonder that this breed is on the list of dog breeds that shed the most. The thick double coat has helped keep the Alaskan Malamute warm for hundreds of years, as this dog breed was bred to pull heavy loads across the icy lands in Alaska.
  3. American Eskimo: Don’t let the size fool you. They might be small, but they’re constant shedders. So be ready with the vacuum cleaner!
  4. Labrador Retriever: This family favorite sheds considerably despite the short coat. Labrador Retrievers have a soft undercoat covered by a short, protective outer layer. Luckily, the Lab’s many endearing qualities more than make up for the grooming it requires.
  5. German Shepherd: One of the most popular dog breeds in the world is a constant shedder. While they typically “blow” their coat twice a year, there will still be a lot of shedding in between. So don’t bury the vacuum cleaner too deep in a closet – you will need it!
  6. Golden Retriever: The Golden Retriever is often called “the family dog,” but if shedding is a total deal breaker in your home, this may not be the breed for you. The Golden’s water-repellent double coat benefits from daily brushing to remove dead hairs, but even that won’t completely eliminate shedding.
  7. Siberian Husky: The Siberian Husky is a very heavy shedder, and it’s no surprise given they originate in Siberia. These dogs were bred to work on one of the coldest places on earth!
  8. Chow Chow: It might be no surprise that these Chinese dogs will shed daily, as they’ve got quite a lot of coat. A warm bath and a very thorough blow-drying can help remove a lot of that loose fur all at once.
  9. Corgi: The Corgi is another top shedding dog. Despite the small size, the Corgi is a double coated breed that sheds year round.
  10. Saint Bernard:  Saint Bernards have two coat types: short haired and long haired. And they both shed! Whichever kind of Saint Bernard you have, daily brushing is a must.


Sarah is a Certified Fitness Trainer, pet lover and the happy owner of a 2-year-old Japanese Spitz named Bailey. Sarah spends a lot of time outdoors, running, hiking and biking. She loves inspiring Tractives all over the world with weekly pet tricks and tips.

2 thoughts on “Dog shedding: How to manage excessive shedding

  1. Very helpful article! As far as brushes, for single coated dogs, a slicker brush works just fine. For short haired double coated dogs, the furminator works great. For medium to long haired double coated breeds an undercoat rake is a MUST-HAVE. The Paws Pamper Undercoat Rake works amazing, highly recommend.

    1. Hi Nadine,
      thank you for leaving a comment. I am sure this will be helpful for our readers. ‘

      Have a great day.


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