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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 their coat is very short, so they do not shed nearly as much as dogs with longer hair and/or with an undercoat.
All dogs shed, even if they are deemed hypoallergenic. Unless you have a hairless dog, they are going to shed. The question is, how much do they shed?
Pitbulls do not have an undercoat, so they will not shed as much as dogs with undercoats, such as Huskies, German Shepherds, 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, they do not need those pesky monthly trips to the groomer each month to be trimmed.
How Often Do Pitbulls Shed?
Like most other dogs, Pitbulls will shed all year round, but you will see a slight increase during Spring and Fall. In the Fall, they are growing in new, thicker coats to help combat the cold. Then in the Spring, they will lose that excess coat 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!
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 excess 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 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 better 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.
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 loss of fur.
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.
Please note that you should address any signs of excessive, prolonged shedding with your vet to be sure that there are no underlying medical issues.
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. When the dog’s hair/fur falls out, the dander goes everywhere.
Hence, a dog that is less likely to shed is going to 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). Check out this article from the Mayo Clinic for more information.
Ways to Manage Pit Bull Shedding
Regular Grooming is at the top of the list. At a minimum, you should be grooming your Pit Bull 1 – 2 times per week. 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.
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 to just pull them off quickly.
I have one in my car, at work, and of course, at home for those stray hairs that may have clung to you.
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In conclusion, I’d like to point this out. I have two dogs. One is a black German Shepherd mix who has an undercoat. And the other 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!!
However, every dog is different. And just because my Pit Bull barely sheds any fur does not mean that yours won’t. Always 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!