Shedding — Is this a problem that you have; dog fur on the furniture, on the floors, coating your clothes? Trust me, this is something I know all about and if you’re a dog owner you probably know more about it than you want to as well.Most of the time, shedding is a normal part of life, but there are other times when it can be a symptom of other underlying problems. So, for your dog’s sake, let’s take a look at shedding.

The bottom line is that all dogs shed, some more, some less but all dogs shed. It’s just a normal, healthy part of life. Dogs do not grow hair continuously, but rather in cycles. Each cycle has a growing phase, a transitional phase and a resting phase. These cycles are controlled by such factors as nutrition, hormones, health and the amount of light (called photoperiod) and changes in the surrounding temperature. Old hair falls out, new hair grows in. It’s an unending cycle. The amount of a dog’s shedding is also tied to breed genetics.

Outdoor dogs usually shed their thick undercoat in the spring to prepare for warmer weather. Indoor dogs shed all year long but in smaller amounts, since they are exposed to a more constant temperature and consistent light source.

Longer haired dogs will seem to shed more because of the length of the fur when shorter haired dogs and clipped dogs will appear to shed less. Breeds like poodle and poodle mixes fall in the ‘low shed’ category along with many others.

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