We’ve all asked ourselves why do dogs shed at some point, some more than others. It’s why we avidly protect our delicate furniture, our soft, plush cushions and precious car seats- usually to no avail. Where in the world does all this hair come from?
Why do dogs shed?
Why do Dogs Shed
The basic answer is pretty clear; dogs naturally lose old or damaged hair by shedding. A completely normal process, most dogs shed in this fashion, depending on the breed, climate, and season. Nutrition also bears an impact on the overall health of your dog’s fur.
*Note: Not all dogs shed. Some, known as ‘hypoallergenic breeds’ have hair that just continues to grow, like a human, and some don’t even have any hair at all!
What is Dog Fur?
Today’s domesticated dogs originally evolved thousands of years ago from northern Grey Wolves of Alaska/Russia. Such wolves of old survived in very harsh, cold climates, requiring protection from the elements. That being said, a dog’s fur, or ‘coat’, helps regulate his body temperature and sometimes even repel water and in some cases protect from injury.
To give a more direct answer, all fur is made of the fibrous structural protein Keratin.
*Note: Stress, anxiety, and medical conditions can also impact the rate at which your dog sheds.
How to Clean Your Home
Depending on the season and breed, some dogs shed more than others. Realizing that, how do you clean it up?
Training your pup to avoid the furniture is an obvious answer, but that still doesn’t answer the rest of your dog shedding questions. To better combat your dog shedding dilemma, I’ve composed a list:
- Lint rollers pick up dog hair on car seats or clothing well.
- You might consider specialized ‘hammock style dog car seat covers’ to add further protection.
- Consider investing in an air filter for allergen issues.
- The preferred type of flooring for pet hair is hardwood or tile.
- Purchasing ‘color matching’ carpeting will help mask pet fur.
- Rubber gloves pick up pet hair on furniture well.
- Consider investing in a specialized ‘Pet Vacuum’.
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Swimming in Dog Hair
Thousands are asking themselves ‘Why do dogs shed‘, especially when it comes time to clean up the mess. Understand (unless the shedding is abnormal or excessive) dog shedding is a normal process; not unusual at all. Trust me, your pet isn’t experiencing some weird problem!
However, the frequency at which your dog sheds will ultimately depend upon his breed. If you are allergic or want to avoid dog shedding in general, consider researching hypoallergenic or ‘warm climate’ dog breeds. Dogs with thicker or double coats, bred to endure cold temperatures, are probably going to shed more than others.