All dog enthusiasts can testify that dogs are among the best pets man can own, not only do they offer the benefit of security but they are also such loyal beings, hence the term “man’s best friend”. Dogs come in varying types such as the German shepherd, Chihuahua, Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Golden Retriever amongst others. However, what is it that distinguishes a dog from another? I know the answers are so many ranging from size, color, just to mention a few. However, let’s take a look at something more outward, fur.
All dogs shed their fur from time to time during their life; however they all shed at varying degrees. Some dogs are high shedding, while others are low shedding. Usually, low shedding dogs have an upper hand as they are easier to clean, and they reduce the burden of constantly using your vacuum cleaner to clean away the fur from your house. In addition, they favour any person that might be allergic to dander.
If you have been keen with your dog throughout the four seasons, you will realise that your dog tends to shed more fur as winter draws nearer. If so, don’t get worried because this is perfectly normal, as shedding allows dogs to prepare their coats for winter. However, this is reversed during spring as the winter coats are shed and replaced with shorter, lighter and vibrant hair in preparation for summer.
So just what are some of the reasons that dog shed their fur and what benefits can be attributed to this?
Adjustment to varying weather conditions
Dogs also tend to shed more when temperatures are high hence the reason for the lighter, shorter fur during the summer and growth of the winter coat during the cold season to keep them warm.
Dogs have different coats that shed differently. Some have non-shedding curly coats and instead of shedding normally, they roll into their coats and shedding is done. This is rather uncomfortable and unhygienic for the dogs and is best helped through regular grooming.
Others have a double coat, the outer coat and the inner coat. The outer coat is thicker and tougher, while the inner coat is softer. They shed the outer coat in patches and it can appear as if the dog has some skin disease, but it’s perfectly fine. To aid in removal of the coat, make the dog have a good bath and groom it regularly to aid in shedding.
To keep the dog in health
What a dog feeds on determines whether it sheds fur normally or if it loses it, usually healthy skin supports hair follicles while an unhealthy skin discourages growth of hair follicles. Unhealthy dogs tend to shed more than healthy dogs, this is because most are parasite infested, hence robbed off their nutrition that would go towards nourishing their skin and hair follicles. So if you notice that your dog is shedding more than usual, ensure you visit the veterinary.
Dogs should always be kept clean to discourage growth of bacteria and infection of hair follicles that leads to damaged fur loss. Usually when a dog sheds its fur is to dispose of possible parasites that may have been attached to the hair follicles, which in turn promote to its cleanliness. Hence, ensure that you regularly wash your dog and groom it to discourage growth of bacteria, keep off possible threats of attack by parasites and promote its well being.
So probably you are wondering what dog breeds engage in low shedding? Well rest easy, below is a list of low shedding breeds that can be easily found in the UK:
- Airedale Terrier
- Australian Terrier
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Black Russian Terrier
- Border Terrier
- Cairn Terrier
- Chinese Crested Dog
- Yorkshire Terrier
Let’s face it, non-shedding dogs are convenient, easy to handle and easy to clean as well. So next time you want to add an extra member into your family well, you know what to go for! Unlike us, as it seems that Pea is a non stop moulter…