We all adore dogs, don’t we? When you imagine a dog, the first thing usually is a furry being, big or small running all over your house. But at the same time, you also imagine the amount of labor you put in to keep that dog hale and hearty. Most people are apprehensive about keeping furry dogs at home due to their excessive hair shedding. But aren’t these furry beings the cutest of all?
Even with a mild to moderate coat of fur, a dog is known to shed, owing to different factors. You can always make your choice by picking a dog that doesn’t shed at all and has negligible coating.
But how do you know which dogs are super-shedders? For one, we’re here to help you out! Keep reading to find out more.
12 Biggest Shedders Among The Dogs
If you are in love with these doe-eyed fur-coated dogs, here are some of these shedders who make great pets with a bit of care from your end. Know all about them, take good care, and voila, you got the best-looking pet with minimal shedding.
#1. Labrador Retriever
The Labradors are one of the friendliest English dogs you want to pet. They are friendly, docile, well mannered, and have a very English temper. These dogs, however, are known to shed profusely because of their delicate and doubly coated body. As you can see, they have white, brown, tan and a blend of these shades covered all over the round, supple body. Their fur helps withstand the harsh and cold European temperate.
Their coats need a little more attention and care if you own one of these cute puppies. They shed almost half the year, and the shedding becomes more fierce by the time they reach winter. Sounds scary, right?
But you don’t have to worry about their health and body. With a proper diet and a hair care routine, you can easily keep the shedding in check. Brush their hair daily, bathe them with mild shampoos and make sure they eat good protein. Lastly, if it all fails, you have your friendly neighborhood vets to save the day.
Hailing from Japan, Akita is a large breed of dog that sheds yearly. They come in varying colors and shades. The spectrum starts from Black and Brown to even Red, brown, and White as gradients. Their undercoat could be of a completely different color. They have a thick double-coating, which adds to the shedding factor of the breed.
Their thick coats require brushing profusely, and it requires brushing at least once a week to keep their fur healthy. Even though it sheds year-round, its seasonal shedding definitely needs attention. Their shedding season begins at the beginning of both summer and winter, in a six-month interval.
At this point, they shed much more than they usually do in ordinary settings. The first to shed the “winter coat” to make way for the summer coat, which is relatively thinner. They shed before winter, during the last days of autumn, to make way for the new “winter coat,” which is considerably thicker and with longer hair.
On an average day, their hair is of medium length, but as mentioned, it changes during seasons. If you’re ready to clean some hair in your house, Akitas are one of the best breeds of dog you can think of as your pets.
#3. American Eskimo Dog
Despite their name, American Eskimo Dogs are of German origin. They have a dense and thick white coat to them, which acts as one of the main distinctive features of the breed.
Eskimos are a breed that sheds on a much higher level than average breeds. They are regarded as a high shedding breed, and their thick fur makes it harder for one to brush them regularly to control the shedding. Eskimos are a double-coated breed, with the outer coat made of medium-long hair that sheds throughout the year. This layer is seen more near the neck and the tail region.
Their inner coat is thicker in nature and is made of shorter hair. This is the layer that undergoes most shedding during their shedding season. Eskimos have two shedding seasons per year. Like Akita, their shedding seasons are around six months apart- before summer and after autumn.
Even though they are a high shedding breed, they are rarely seen dirty. Their coat has a natural ability to produce an oil-like fluid inside to repel dirt and other unclean aspects of their skin.
If any breed is known for its coats, it’s the pomeranian. This beautiful canine creature is known for its soft toy body and small, fragile body. Their body is modeled to keep up with the German climate and snow-clad areas.
Hence as adorable as they look while running along with their human partners, they shed way more than expected. This is because they are arguably one of the hairiest of the tiny dog breeds.
Pomeranians are major shedders. Their thick coat leaves tons of hair all over the place. They also catch lice, dandruff, and so many other hair disorders. Thankfully, this is manageable.
Yes, contrary to what you may have read or seen, they don’t require much care. With a little bit of cleanliness, thorough showering, and a lot of protein, your job to keep their hair intact is done. You might need a little more effort for the upkeep during the winters, but even then, there is nothing much hectic or as tiring as your own hair care regimen.
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#5. German Shepherd
As the name suggests, German Shepard was originally bred for the purpose of herding sheep. They have and are famous for their beautiful hair, a mixture of Brown and Black in different patterns. They are one of the most liked dog breeds of all time.
Furballs and excessive shedding are something that every dog owner associates with German Shepard. They are a double-coated breed with a long and smooth outer coat and thick and dense inner coat.
They shed their outer coat throughout the year and go through two phases of ‘Blowing their coat’ (shedding the inner coat and the outer one) with seasonal changes. Their blowing off of the coats begin during the early winters and late springs. The Spring shedding prepares the dog for the arrival of summer, while the winter shedding helps him prepare for the upcoming cold.
While making a German Shepard is an impossible dream, you can help with excessive shedding by brushing the hair and taking proper care of the dog. Reducing the stress and having a good diet can also help with the shedding of a German Shepard as their mental state also affects their shedding to a large extent.
#6. Bernese Mountain Dog
They are a breed of Swiss origin, and their heritage in the Alps region made it necessary for them to have double coat fur. This breed is usually tricolored, with Black, White, and other colors filling its fur. Their coat is extremely dense and is long and wooly. They thrive in really cold weather due to their extreme resistance to the climate.
Bernese dogs shed a high quantity all year round. They shed on seasons, and their seasonal shedding is worse than average. Their shedding grows really intense in the late Summer seasons and early winters.
Their overcoat is filled with hair much longer than their inner coat. The under-coat is much denser than the outer one. They shed their outer-coat year-round, which makes it really noticeable than the other breeds since it is much larger in length than an average breed.
Though grooming recommendations and proper care can reduce their shedding during the season, it is impossible to stop the shedding of the breed. However, daily brushing during the seasons does help reduce the amount of shedding in the breed.
#7. Golden Retriever
This retriever of the British breed is known for its thick golden coat, evident from its name. They shed all year, and their shedding increases during the shedding seasons. They, too, are a double-coated breed, with the outer layer designed to protect them from dirt and other unwanted objects. Their coats and color vary from dark gold to bright yellowish gold. The outer coat is oily and contains longer hair than the inner coat, shorter and thick. Their shedding season begins during winter and lasts about three weeks, in which they replace the coat with a thicker version.
They then continue to shed again, heavily during the late spring season, which again goes on for around three weeks. After their spring shedding, they emerge with a lighter and smoother coat than the winter one, preparing them for the arrival of summer.
Even though they do shed a lot during the seasons, their shedding on an average, normal day cannot be considered excessive to a great extent. They only shed about as an average breed on a normal day, which can be kept in check with the recommended grooming practices like brushing their fur every week.
#8. Chow Chow
Chow Chows are not year-long shedders like the other dogs on the list. They shed a high amount only in their shedding seasons. This double-coated breed hails from China and is characterized by the dense double coat of fur covering all of the breed’s body. It also gets a mane with the sudden thickness of its coat around its neck region.
Even though they do not shed more than average during normal seasons, they do shed on an extreme level during their shedding seasons. Their coat requires real care and attention so as not to be fallen apart.
They have a puffy outer coating that sheds year-round, while the smoother and denser undercoat sheds only on the seasons. They shed twice a year. Their shedding season starts in early winter, and the second one begins at the end of Springtime.
It is usually almost surprising to the owners, given the small and sturdy build of the breed. And the amount they shed during the shedding season leaves us wondering whether the fur will be left on the dog after the shedding at all.
#9. Border Collie
Collie is an Anglo-Scottish Breed that is considered one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs worldwide. They are medium-sized dogs, with Black and White as their most common color pattern seen in the breed.
They are double-coated pups, prone to shedding all around the year. Their outer coat depends on the variety and can be rough or smooth, but both come with a dense and shorter inner coating. Both the coats shed throughout the year, even though the outer coat captures more attention due to the longer hair.
Their shedding season begins at the end of autumn. They shed their summer coat for a thicker and rougher winter coat, which will be replaced after the season with a smooth summer coat once again. Both the protective outer coat and the undercoat are shed in the shedding season.
Since this breed is intelligent and is considered one of the best pets to have at home, people have come up with ways to reduce the shedding of the breed. It includes proper brushing of the coat and regular attention to the fur of the breed, which can minimize the shedding to a great extent.
#10. Siberian Husky
Huskies originate from Siberia, a country filled with ice almost all throughout the year. The breed has thick layers of fur to prevent them from freezing, and the uprooting of Huskies as pets into warmer climates hasn’t changed their nature as a furry dog.
They do not shed all year round and shed only twice a year due to seasonal changes. Huskies are a double-coated breed, with the outer protective layer shedding just before Winters to make way for thicker and dense winter coating.
It is again replaced by soft and smooth coating through shedding before summer begins to give way to the summer coating. The outer coating is made to repel oil, heat, sun, and cold. In contrast, the inner layer stands really close to the skin and keeps the temperature on an average level at all times for the dog.
They are equipped to deal with temperatures as low as -500 Celsius, which makes their survival in warmer climates a challenge. And the primary reasons behind the excessive shedding during seasonal changes. Fortunately, proper attention and grooming techniques can reduce the shedding to a lot extent, if not wholly.
Saint Bernard is a mountain dog initially bred in the Alps regions of Switzerland. They are known for their caring personality and loyal nature. They are the droolers of the species and are famous for their peculiar drooling, a feature unseen in most of the species.
They have a double-coated hair structure ranging from short hair to extremely long ones depending on the position of the hair. They shed all year round and are one of the highest shedding dogs out there.
Even during a typical day of the year, they shed so much that the seasonal shedding does not make much of a difference to them. Their shedding rate remains almost neutral, even though a slight increase can be seen during seasonal changes.
They sure do love shedding as much as they drool and make it almost impossible to keep a clean space around you at all times. They make up for this with their loyalty and charming and attentive nature, which makes them the favored choice as a pet for everyone.
#12. Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamute was bred originally for their strength to pull sleds. They are not heavy shedding dogs, even though they shed all year long. Their heavy shedding comes only during the seasonal changes and can be foreseen from the pattern.
They are large dogs with double-coated fur. Their outer coat is not long and thin compared to the longer and thicker inner coating, around 2 inches deep. The depth of their inner coat is increased on the neck and thigh regions. They shed all year round, even though brushing and proper grooming can keep the shedding in check to some extent.
The seasonal shedding, which happens before Winter and Summer, cannot be helped and witnesses a heavy shedding, usually in large clumps. Their summer coat is relatively smooth and thinner than the somewhat thicker winter coat, which helps them survive winter.
Their regular shedding nature helps keep their double coat odorless and clean throughout the year without much need of help from others to keep it clean.
Pet dogs are a huge responsibility, and with the shedding hair all over, it may seem a bit tricky. However, you can always see the perks of having a little ball of fur around, which reduces stress, lights up your day, and is your constant companion. Just take good care of these little canines, and you are good to go.
Heather Abraham is an owner of two dogs, one cat, a leopard gecko, and a parrot (who her dad still cannot teach bad words to), and an avid blogger. From the time she was a young girl, she always felt a connection with pets. She brings her love of every type of pet to you, with information on animal nutrition, medication, toys, beds, and everything else in between. Along with newly-on-board veterinarian DVM editor Elena, she puts pups first while offering other various fun tidbits along the way.