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Do Dogs Shed In The Fall?

Pumpkin spice and………everything dog hair?

That doesn’t sound very catchy but it is in fact true!

Normally when you think of shedding season you think of spring, but some dogs can also shed in the fall too!

Dogs with a double coat, a dense undercoat and longer guard hairs on the top, normally blow their coat twice a year.

Some of these dog breeds will shed every day of the year but they will often lose their undercoat in clumps in the fall and spring.

do dogs shed in the fall

Seasonal Shedding

Seasonal shedding is common in a lot of dogs, purebred or mixed.

Not all dogs will shed in the fall, but it’s common among with double coats, or dogs that shed year-round.

Double-coat breeds that shed year-round include, but are not limited to:

  • Akitas
  • Chow Chows
  • Corgis (Pembroke and Cardigan)
  • Golden Retrievers
  • German Shepherds
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Newfoundlands
  • Saint Bernards
  • Siberian Huskies

How Seasonal Dog Shedding Works

Dogs will shed their undercoat in the spring to get rid of the thick undercoat that grows in the winter.

Their undercoat is what keeps them warm and dry during the colder months.

In the fall, they will shed their light undercoat to make way for the thick undercoat.

But wait, there’s more to this seasonal shedding.

Not all dogs will shed the same in the fall and spring.

Dogs experience seasonal shedding when the seasons change.

As the temperatures fall and rise and as the light gets less or more, their coat adapts.

dog blowing coat in spring and fall

Dogs that spend most of their time inside may not shed as much in the fall and spring as dogs that spend a great deal of time outdoors like a Great Pyrenees that is outside guarding their livestock. 

Their breed and genetics will play a part in how much they shed in the fall and spring also.

Fall shedding usually starts in the month of September for some dogs and will last until late November.

Why Dogs Shed

Dogs are supposed to shed, in fact, it’s a natural process.

Shedding is a natural way for dogs to remove dead, damaged hair to make way for new, healthier hair.

Their hair regulates their body temperature and protects their skin.

Healthy dogs that have really dense undercoats are always losing hair to make way for new growth which is why they need to be brushed regularly with proper grooming tools.

dog breeds that shed in the fall

 The amount of shedding each dog does depend on a few different factors such as:

  • Breed
  • Environment
  • Genetics
  • Health

Other factors that might play a role in shedding are:

  • Allergies
  • Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, Cushing’s, liver & kidney disease
  • Medications
  • Nutrition
  • Parasites
  • Stress

Get Your Groom On!

So what does all this fall shedding mean?

It means that in addition to keeping your dog from eating acorns that are falling from the oak tree, you’ll have to vacuum your carpet and sweep your floors a little more, remove the dog hair from your couch a few more times AND break out the grooming tools more.

It’s ok though, grooming your dog is a great time to bond with them and check their skin for those nasty ticks and burrs.

dog breeds that shed in the fall and winter

Fur-tastic Shedding Tools

Whether your dog is shedding their hair in the fall, spring or all year, there are some fur-tastic grooming tools designed specifically to help reduce shedding without shaving your dog’s coat!

  • Comb
  • Rake
  • Undercoat rake
  • Slicker brush
  • Mars Coat King
  • Blade combs like the Furminator

Comb

A regular wide-tooth comb is severely underrated as a de-shedding tool.

Not only does will remove hair gently but it’s also great for line-combing dogs with a double coat.

Rake

The rake is my favorite deshedding tool, especially when my dogs shed the heaviest in the spring and fall.

Dog rakes are designed to pull the dead coat out easily.

They are shaped like a T with rounded tines.

The length and shape of the teeth will vary

A dog rake is designed to remove the dog’s dead coat while keeping the healthy coat intact.

Undercoat rake

An undercoat rake is different than a regular dog rake.

This type of rake has small, sharp, curved blades that remove the undercoat.

grooming tools for dogs that shed

They come in a variety of sizes for different coat types.

Undercoat rakes work well on many coat types including double-coated breeds, heavy coats, and harsh coat types.

They are often used to strip the coat of Terrier breeds and should be used with caution.

For Newfoundlands, an undercoat rake is often used to thin out the thickest part of their coat like the rump, chest and even behind the ears.

An example of a popular undercoat rake is the Mars Coat King.

Slicker brush

Slicker brushes are great for removing loose hair.

slicker brush for dogs

They have fine metal bristles that work best on dogs with a long dense coat.

Slicker brushes are also useful to remove tangles, knots, dander and dirt from a dog’s coat.

Blade combs 

Blade combs such as the Furminator are best for dogs with short top hair and a moderate undercoat like the Lab, Pitbull, Rotties.

These breeds don’t usually need to be trimmed much.

Stay away from the Furminator if you have a dog with long guard hair such as the Newfoundland, Golden Retriever, German Shepherds and Corgis.

The blade has a hard time getting through the long topcoat and will often break the hair.

And if you have a high-velocity dog dryer, use it!

Dog dryers work great on a dry coat to remove loose dog hair, dirt and dander

Let Them Shed

Dogs shed for a reason.

It’s how they’re built.

Some only shed in the spring, some in the fall and some dogs shed all year round.

If you’re concerned about your dog shedding in the fall, contact your veterinarian. 

You should also contact your veterinarian if you notice any hot spots, red skin, wounds or if your dog is licking and scratching excessively. 

 

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