September 02 2019

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Pugs shed a lot.  With a sweet and comical personality, it is easy to see why everyone loves a Pug.  This larger than life personality however comes with a whole lot of hair and it ends up everywhere.

Why does my Pug shed so much?

For us to know why dogs shed, we must first have knowledge of the function of their hair.

A dog’s hair protects the most important organ in their body, their skin.  Their hair works to protect them from the sun, heat and cold as well as other environmental issues while controlling their body temperature.  It helps them stay cool on a hot day and warms them when it is cold outside.

Their hair stops growing and breaks off as part of natural life cycle that can be activated by a variety of situations such as changes to the season or weather, or even pregnancy.

The amount of hair that sheds as well as how often will be determined on the breed of dog, the season or environment as well as their overall health.

How much do pugs shed?

A Pug generally sheds a lot of hair compared to other dogs.  Since every dog is unique genetically, how much your Pug sheds will be determined by who they are personally as a dog.  Their genetic background, overall health, color of fur and eating habits as well as other factors will determine how much hair they will shed.  

When do pugs shed?

As stated above, shedding is sparked by changes to the outside environment or inside health of the dog.  Most dogs generally shed in the Spring and Fall due to upcoming weather changes, if they are a puppy growing to an adult dog, or in season or pregnant for females.

Pug’s don’t discriminate between the seasons when it comes to shedding, they shed year-round, every month, every week, every day.  When they grow from a puppy to adult dog or are in season or pregnant, they will however increase the amount that they already shed.  This is also true for when the seasons change.

pug enjoying soft snuggly blanket

What about pugs with a double coat of hair?

Certain dogs can have what is known as a double coat of hair.  They have what is 2 layers of hair, an inner/under/secondary coat and outer/top/guard coat.  The inner coat is generally lighter in color, softer in texture and thicker.

When a dog has a double coat of hair, the outer coat works to repel moisture and dirt, while the inner coat keeps them warm and cool.  The inner coat can be thought of as extra insulation to protect their body.

The Fawn colored Pug always has a double coat of hair and the Black colored Pug never has a double coat of hair.  All other colors such as Apricot can go either way.

Can I help my Pug shed less?

Yes, there are many ideas that may help your Pug shed less hair.  If you are thinking "My pug is shedding more than normal" continue reading for more information.

Grooming

Brushing your dog’s hair daily can limit the amount of hair they shed everywhere.  You will want to select the right tools.  A pet brush, massager mitt/glove or kids’ nit comb which has fine teeth will work to remove excess hair.

It is advised that you groom your dog outside (weather permitting), or at the very least in an area that is easier cleaned like a bathroom.   Go from head to tail on the top side when grooming their hair, then flip them over and do the underside working gently on these areas.   Using an undercoat grooming rake in this area also can help minimize the excess hair of their inner coat.

Be sure to play with them during these sessions to keep the grooming session positive so your dog readily accepts them as a natural part of their day.

pug being brushed to help with shedding

Bathing

Since bathing loosens shedding hairs you may want to bathe your Pug a bit more often.  When the weather is warmer you can bathe them up to once a week, during the rest of the year once a month is a good idea.

You should use a hypo-allergenic, de-shedding shampoo which is specifically designed to remove excess hair.  Pugs are more susceptible to skin issues like dermatitis so using a shampoo that is delicate to their skin is best.

To begin you will want to brush them prior to bathing to remove some of their excessive hair.  Then bathe them using your hands to gently massage their hair and skin.  After they are done you will want to towel dry them, blow dry their hair with a special dog hair dryer (if possible) or use the low or cool setting on a regular hair dryer.  This works by blowing out any extra hairs.  After this you will want to brush them again to remove more hair.

This may seem like a lengthy process, but it can go a long way to prevent your house from looking like it is decorated with dog hair.

Extra grooming and bathing tips for caring for your Pugs facial and bodily feature can be found at PetMD.

pug being groomed after bath

Diet

A well balanced and nutritionally complete diet is important for everyone, including your Pug.  You will want to select a dog food that meets all their nutritional needs which should be determined by their veterinarian.

This helps with good health, energy, strength, a shiny coat and can also help them shed less if it is related to health issues or diet.

Ingredients such as vitamin A, Fish Oil and Flaxseed oil are all good to add to their diet.  A teaspoon with each meal, added directly to their food can help minimize shedding.

It is important to speak with their veterinarian before making any changes to their diet for any reason.

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Exercise

Getting enough exercise is important for everyone, your Pug included.  It promotes a healthy body inside and out.  This will show in a shiny and healthy coat that may shed less.

Health Issues

Addressing health issues with their veterinarian can help with lots of shedding since this can be a side effect of certain health conditions in dogs.

Allergies and sensitivities if left untreated can cause larger amounts of shedding since your dog can have irritated skin (like use humans).  This irritation can make them scratch more, increasing shedding.

Hydration

Dehydration can cause extra shedding of hair so ensuring that your Pug is properly hydrated with fresh clean water throughout each day can help minimize this issue as well a promote a healthy dog inside and out.

Household Cleaning Products

Investing in a good vacuum can help you keep your home as dog hair free as possible.  It may be a costly investment at the onset but will be worth it daily.  You may have to increase the amount of times your vacuum in a week for your own health and well-being.

Other things to consider about pugs and shedding

Shedding in Clumps

If you find at any time that your Pug sheds lots of clumps of hair you will want to take them to the veterinarian for a checkup. Underlying issues such as ringworm, stress and insect bites can be the cause of this clump shedding and will need to be addressed for their overall health.

To Shave or Not to Shave

A lot of people believe that by shaving their dog’s hair it will keep them cooler.  It is best to skip the shaving of your Pug since it goes against what their hair was designed to do in the first place.

If for some reason you think it best to shave your Pug, consult their veterinarian prior to shaving them.

In Conclusion

While we can’t change our dogs’ genetics, creating an environment that is healthy for them can limit the amount of hair your Pug sheds daily.

A well-balanced diet, proper grooming, adequate exercise, minimal stress and addressing underlying health issues will go a long way at boosting energy, strength and a longer life.  If after all these changes you still find them shedding excessively, look at their adorable face and remember why you love them so much!

 

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