Do German Shepherds Shed? The simple answer to this question is: Yes.
When getting a new family member there are a lot of things to keep in mind: what breed would be suitable for your family, what age should you adopt them at, do they lose a lot of hair, e.t.c… and if you have the dog in question possibly: do German shepherds shed?
If you have decided to go to adopt a GSD, lucky you!
They are super loyal and dorky dogs that are used in many, many different feels. The police, military, firefighters and people with disabilities benefit greatly from this unique dog breed.
Now, if you are asking yourself how much fur is going to be stuck to your furniture from now on, simply continue reading below:
How much do they shed
German Shepherds have an outer coat and an undercoat. This means that no matter what the fur type is (plush, long-haired, or double), this dog breed is sure to shed.
Usually, a German Shepherds’ outer coat is thick and coarse. It gives way for hairs that fall flat against the body. Their undercoat is thicker than the outer coat and works as a sealant for certain times. You can guess that German Shepherds are seasonal shedders.
Even though German Shepherds shed the whole year round, It is at its heaviest during hot seasons and summertime. During winter they shed the least.
However, even during less shedding seasons, the amount of hair your dog will lose is dramatic.
This is why grooming your dog properly will be essential in this case. If you would like some dog grooming tips, I am convinced this article will help you.
Why does a German Shepherd shed so much?
Well, it can be traced mostly back to their origins.
Since they come from a long line of herding dogs, thick coats were a necessity. During cold winters that was pretty much the only thing that kept them warm as people back then wouldn’t treat their animals as good as we do now.
Additionally, they need to regulate their body temperature. Just like with many other animals, when hot seasons start, they need to get rid off the thick double coat. So they shed it off.
Even though this is a great mechanism for them, many sad furniture and home owners get that extra layer of hair on themselves.
How to prevent shedding
1.A healthy diet
Good outside comes from the good inside
A healthy, balanced diet that contains many nutrients can have a large impact on your German Shepherd’s coat quality.
Similar humans and other animals, the “cleaner” one eats the better it is for one’s appearance.
A healthy coat is easier to maintain and responds better to grooming. It also helps preserve the natural oils that can be found in your dogs’ coat. The dryer the skin the more shedding.
It sounds simple, but it goes a long way.
Furthermore, make sure to brush your dog’s fur gently as rough brushing may damage the hair follicles and only make the shedding worse.
Make sure to brush in line with the hair growth.If you encounter any knots or tangles try to gently get them out with a bath and comb first. Only if necessary cut it out with a pair of scissors.
I have already previously written a more in-depth article on how to properly bathe your dog, so if you are curious you can read it up easily.
You don’t need to bath your German Shepherd every day, or even week. Once or twice a month is more than enough, thanks to their thick and coarse fur.
As long as you use the correct dog shampoo, you should be fine. If you are unsure of what to use, simply ask your veterinarian for help.
First of all, to avoid unnecessary shedding, just take care of your GSD by grooming them properly.
This includes baths and brushing, but also regular home grooming times.
Set a date in your calendar that you have reserved for your beloved German shepherd. Spoil the two of you that day with a full-on spa day! I am sure both of you will enjoy it greatly.
This was my take on answering the question: Do German Shepherds Shed? A German Shepherd will shed a lot. If you don’t have the time or want to regularly clean behind your dog in those regards, then maybe opt for adopting another dog breed. However, if you have a GSD then you both will be more than fine as long as you take care of them properly.
If you have one of these doggos in your home show me a picture in the comments with just how much fur they produce. Read you next time!