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Shedding of hair is common to all animals. Dogs are no different. All the dog lovers must be aware of the shedding that dog undergoes. And at times it's annoying. The mess of dog hair everywhere is not only untidy but it also makes the owner go mad. The extent of shedding of hair is different for every breed. The hypoallergenic dogs shed slight hair as compared to dogs of double-coated breeds which shed in excessive amounts.Shedding is a natural phenomenon of the body cycle. The hair shafts with the follicles are responsible for the shedding of hair. Every hair shaft undergoes the cycle of growth and shedding. The growth and shedding rate differs according to breed, hormones, age or the environment in which the dog lives. These factors are also responsible for the length and texture of the dog’s hair. However, genetics remains the predominant factor.Breeds like Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles have long hair. They shed very less and their hair shafts have a longer life span. On the contrary, breeds like Huskies and Labradors shed frequently and have limited hair shaft life span.When do Dogs Shed?
Usually, dogs shed excessively during the season of spring and autumn. Majority of the dogs are double-coated. On the outer side, they have a top coat which can be touched and felt from outside. The undercoat is comprised of secondary hair that develops around the primary hair and is shorter and supple.The seasonal shedding of the hair is due to the change in climate which is often referred to as ‘blowing coat.’ During the summers, dogs shed aside their winter undercoats making way for a fragile and thinner summer coat. Again during winters, they shed their thinner undercoat and grow their husky and cozier coats for winter.All coat types do not get affected due to climatic changes. Breeds like Bichons and Shih Tzus have less hair on their undercoat, so when the climate changes they shed less. On the other hand, breeds like Newfoundlands and Malamutes have thick undercoats which make shedding prominent.Causes of Shedding
Dog shedding is a natural process and is important as well, but excessive shedding might hamper your dog's health. Nutritional or skin diseases or other disorders can cause shedding. If the shedding rate is infrequent, then consult a veterinarian. Shedding cannot be completely stopped but can be controlled.Grooming is an Important Factor
Nevertheless, dogs must undergo grooming. Removing the old coat and brushing their hair is vital in order to keep them neat and tidy. It will also prevent your house from getting decorated with dead hair of your dog. If you are a dog lover, then you have to learn to live with your dog's hair. The key to dealing with it is to clean your house on a regular basis along with grooming your dog.