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shedding

brags
January 7th, 2006, 01:07 AM
Is shedding triggered by the cold weather? If not, then if I move to austrailia, my dog will shed in the winter because austrailias winter is the west coasts summer?

raingirl
January 7th, 2006, 10:51 AM
Shedding is usually breed specific. Some breeds shed more than others. Some have regular shedding twice a year, some shed all the time.

Shedding can get worse in cold weather, as the dry air from heaters makes them shed.

Moving to Austrailia means that the dog will just shed the opposite to the northern hemisphere (shed when it's winter there, etc).

StaceyB
January 7th, 2006, 11:11 AM
It isn't the breed but the type of coat. Some dogs have hair like ours that doen't have a specific length. It just keeps growing. These dogs will lose their hair but you will not notice until you brush. Dogs with short hair shed all the time and you will notice this because the hair has a maximum length and it doesn't take long for it to grow to this length. The hair grows to this length, it falls out and they grow more. Then there are dogs with an undercoat(Dbl coat). This undercoat will fall out much faster than their top coat, it is white and crinkled.
Dogs will grow different coats for different seasons so you will notice that twice a year the shedding is more. In the fall they lose their summer coat and grow their winter coat, in the spring they lose their winter and grow their summer coat.
Dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter but not all the time will usually shed more.
If you brush them every day with the proper brushes and combs then you should be able to control the shedding. There is also supplements that you can get to help with the amount of shedding your dog does out of season. Seasonal shedding can't be helped.
Never shave a double coated breed, you will ruin the coat for life and it will not cut down the shedding or even cool your dog.

Prin
January 7th, 2006, 03:09 PM
It's sort of related to seasons, but it's more the photoperiod. When the days start get either shorter or longer, that's when the shedding starts. The number of times a dog sheds varies by breed. Some breeds shed fully twice a year, while others shed fully 4 times or more. My doggies both shed 4 times for 3 months each time...;)

mona_b
January 7th, 2006, 09:50 PM
My guy(double coated)sheds ALL year...Winter,Spring,Summer and Fall....:rolleyes: ...But this is with the breed(GSD)

But the spring time is worse.Reason being is he sheds out his winter fur.It actually comes out in clumps...All the brushing in the world won't stop it.

Tron's undercoat is not white at all..It's a thick grey.........:)

Prin
January 7th, 2006, 10:48 PM
Oh, ya, and when the clumping starts, you get so judged by the "hairy-dog" owners too. I've gotten so many "Don't you ever brush your dogs? Ew!"..:rolleyes: I tell them I have a brush in my car if they feel up to the challenge.:evil: