Do Pit Bull’s Shed?
Do Pitbulls shed? Will you have a house full of fur?
In this article, we look at what type of fur Pitbulls have, if they shed, if they do how badly, and what you can do to reduce the shedding process.
1. Do Pitbulls Shed?
Pitbulls, like any other breed, do shed.
However, they do not have an undercoat, which is a layer of fur underneath the coat that you see, and they have a very short coat, so they do not shed nearly as much as dogs with longer hair and/or with a double coat undercoat).
The short answer….all dogs shed, even if they are deemed hypoallergenic dogs. Unless you have a hairless dog, they are going to shed. The question is, how much do they shed?
Pitbulls do not have only a single coat, so they will not shed as much as a double-coated dog, such as a Huskie or German Shepherd, etc.
They are also short-haired dogs, so the fur will not be as noticeable as a longer-haired dog.
And because Pitbulls have very short hair and single coats, they do not need those pesky monthly trips to the groomer to be trimmed.
2. How Often Do Pitbulls Shed?
Like most other dogs, Pitbulls will shed all year round, but you will see a slight increase during the shedding season, which is typically Spring / early Summer and Fall / late Fall.
In the Fall, they are growing in their new, winter coat to help combat the cold. Then in the Spring, they will lose that excess fur so as to not overheat during the summer heat.
The good news! Since Pitbulls have single-coated fur, they do not ‘blow out’ as double-coated dogs do, so they do not have to get rid of their undercoat in the Spring – which means MUCH less hair all over you and your house!
3. Common Reasons for Increased Shedding
The most common reason Pitbulls shed is that, well, that’s what dogs do!
Shedding is a perfectly normal, healthy process for most dogs. Canines shed their coats routinely to dispense with unwanted or dead hair. This bodily function keeps your pit’s coat clean, and its temperature regulated throughout the seasons.
However, there are also potentially grave reasons your pitbull might be shedding. Infections, parasites, allergies, and diseases can all generate mass hair loss beyond what is normal for your dog. Additionally, stress plays a huge factor in how much pets shed. New environments, pack mates, or routines can all contribute.
If you are worried that your pitbull’s shedding might be the product of something serious, contact your veterinarian immediately.
4. More Reasons for Pit Bull Shedding
There are numerous reasons that your Pit Bull will shed:
Change of Seasons
The first and most obvious is the change in seasons. As mentioned above, dogs will grow more hair in the Fall and lose that excess fur in the Spring.
Lack of Grooming
Lack of Grooming is a big reason for excessive shedding. Just because Pitbulls have very short hair does not mean that Grooming should be neglected.
Increase in Stress or Separation Anxiety
Increase in stress or separation anxiety. An example of this is when I take my dogs to the vet. Because they are nervous, their dog fur is just everywhere!
Changes in Your Dog’s Routine
Changes in your dog’s routine can cause an increase in their stress level – again causing them to shed more hair than they usually would. Dogs like routine – it makes them feel safe and comfortable.
Changes in Diet
Changes in diet can cause excess loss of fur. Even if you change to a quality dog food, you may see excess fur until their bodies adjust to the new food. Always give them time to adjust to the food before assuming that the food is no good and moving on to another one.
However, if your dog has a poor diet, excessive shedding, and hair loss, will most likely occur year-round.
Food allergies. If you change their food and notice that the dog’s shedding is getting worse and not improving, they may be allergic to the food.
Type of Shampoo
Some shampoos may cause your Pit Bull to lose more hair. It’s always essential that you get a good quality shampoo that helps reduce your dog’s shedding.
Pitbulls have sensitive skin, and skin problems can cause excess shedding.
Fleas or Ticks
Fleas or ticks will cause your dog to lose more fur than they normally would. Always keep your dog on a good flea and tick preventative.
Medical conditions can cause your Pit Bull to shed excessively. The best way to know whether these conditions exist in your pet is by having him checked out by your veterinarian.
Please note that you should address any signs of excessive, prolonged shedding with your vet to ensure no underlying medical issues.
5. When do Pitbulls Shed?
Pitbulls shed their coat continuously throughout the year.
That said, major seasonal shifts tend to induce heavier bouts of follicle purging.
Do not be surprised if the fall and spring months bring with them both mild weather and an influx in stray hairs all over your dining room floor.
6. Why is My Pitbull Shedding So Much?
The reason your pitbull is shedding might be completely normal. It might also be serious.
If the shedding has persisted throughout most of your dog’s life and you are just now curious about what is causing it, then it is a safe bet there is nothing to worry about.
But if the shedding is new, sudden, or causing your animal discomfort, you will want to pay closer attention.
7. Does Nutrition Affect Shedding?
The type of nutrients you put into your dog can profoundly impact its overall health. That includes how much they shed.
Low-quality dog foods or a switch in diet can instigate the onset of intense shedding and possibly even dermatitis.
The Veterinary Centers of America claim that: “Any nutritional deficiency can have a huge effect on a dog’s skin and haircoat.” They suggest pet owners consider consulting with a veterinary professional if they observe: sparse, dry hair, slow hair growth or bald spots, accumulation of dry skin cells, pressure sores, or a change or loss in hair color.
8. Are Pitbulls Hypoallergenic?
When someone is allergic to dogs, it is not their fur that they are allergic to, but the dander on the fur. The dander is caused by dogs licking their fur. The dander goes everywhere when the dog’s hair/fur falls out.
Hence, a dog that is less likely to shed will be the best dog for someone with allergies to dander.
I want to note that unless you are the owner of a hairless dog – there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. If a dog has fur or hair – they are going to shed! That being said, some dogs may cause fewer allergy symptoms (such as Poodles and Maltese breeds).
9. Ways to Manage Pit Bull Shedding
Should I Brush My Pitbull Regularly?
Most dogs will benefit from daily brushing.
Most people assume that because a pitbull is a short, fine-haired breed, grooming needs are minimal. And while yes, that is true, daily grooming can still help keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy.
At a minimum, consider giving your dog a thorough brushing at least once per week to remove that loose hair.
But again, the more frequently you can whip out the comb for a quick grooming session, the better off your dog will be.
Plus, brushing is a wonderful way to bond!
Since they have no undercoat and tend to have more sensitive skin, you do not want a brush with sharp or long teeth. A soft-bristle brush should work just fine.
Bathing every 2 to 3 months will help. Pitbulls have sensitive skin, so make sure that you use a quality shampoo to help avoid skin irritation, which can cause even more shedding.
How To Help Keep Your House Fur-Free
Keep Your Furniture Covered
There are lovely furniture covers that you can buy made to fit any size furniture. However, I prefer to buy nice blankets to put over my furniture. Easy to put on and take off for weekly washes. In addition, if you have company over, it is easy just to pull them off quickly.
I have one in my car, at work, and at home for those stray hairs that may have clung to you.
In conclusion, I’d like to point this out. I have three dogs. One is a black German Shepherd mix who has an undercoat.
One is a white Chihuahua who has no undercoat.
And the third is a Red-Nosed Pit Bull that has no undercoat. In comparison to my German Shepherd mix, my Pit Bull’s shedding is almost non-existent. She is extremely easy to groom, and I hardly see any of her fur anywhere. My house is covered in black fur – not red or white!!
However, every dog is different. And just because my Pit Bull barely sheds does not mean that yours won’t.
Keep in mind that all dogs shed, and each one sheds differently.
If you have a Pit Bull, comment below and let me know how much your dog sheds!