Do Beagles Shed – How to Resolve the Beagle Shedding Nightmare
Yes, absolutely. Beagles shed. In fact, Beagles shed quite a bit. This is not surprising, however, because all dog breeds (except for the shaved ones) shed, and it is just a matter of how much exactly each breed is shedding.
Not every single Beagle will shed to the same amount. In general, Beagles are known to be moderate shedders. The amount of dog hair that a beagle sheds will depend on the amount of fur growth that it is experiencing. This growth rate can also depend on a variety of factors, such as genetics, nutrition and the environment that the Beagle is living in. All of these factors affect the amount that an individual Beagle sheds.
The Beagle shedding process is a way in which the old fur falls off of the Beagle and is replaced by a new fur coat. The new fur does not push out of the old hair. This process starts the day that the Beagle is born and will continue to go on throughout its life. Therefore, there is no start point or end point to this cycle of Beagles shedding.
Every Beagle has a medium coat (in comparison to other dogs in the community). They have what is called a double two. This is, as the name suggests, a two-layer coat. The outer layer, or the topcoat, is coarse or rough looking and feeling. The inner layer, or the undercoat, is very soft. This is the layer that acts as insulation for the Beagle and protects it from the weather conditions.
Beagles will shed more during the springtime. This is because the coat generally will grow thicker during the winter months, when the temperatures are cold and the dog needs more protection. Specifically, this happens during the daylight savings time change, when we lose an hour or two of sunlight. The lowering of the amount of sunlight is what triggers the Beagle to change its coat amount. The exact opposite change then takes place during the springtime when we slowly, but surely, recover the sunlight hours and have more hours of sun per day. The Beagle then sheds off the excessive coat because Mother Nature tells the dog’s body that they will not need that coat any more. Therefore, the environment has a huge affect on how much Beagles will shed.
Often times, Beagles shed when they are not being fed nutritious food. Talking to your vet can change this. If your vet agrees that the Beagle is missing some nutrition (maybe a specific vitamin or something), you can either change the Beagle’s main course or even just add a supplement to what the dog is already eating. We use a fish-oil supplement that our dog is fed every single morning, rain or shine, because it gives his coat a healthier coat and keeps him from shedding too much. Again, see what works best for you and your dog.
There are some food allergies that can make your Beagle shed. Shedding can also take place if one or more fleas have attacked a Beagle. These are somethings that can be very quickly diagnosed and the effect can also be reversed. Make sure that you always take the Beagle to a vet whenever some unexplained shedding takes place. You should see similar patterns of shedding, except earlier in the spring when the daylight savings time changes.
Finally, there is a very rare medical condition that can make beagles shed. It is called Acantosis Nigricans. It is, again, rare but can occur. This can cause fur loss due to some kind of a friction, hormonal imbalance, or hypo sensitivities. Your veterinarian will have to do testing on your dog in order to determine whether or not your dog is suffering from this condition. If that is the case, they can then determine the proper course of action. Treatment for this might include some steroid shots or even simple Vitamin E supplements.
People with allergies are often found reacting to the dander and fur that is coming out of a Beagle. If you or your family members are suffering from allergies, we think it is worth it for you to look into our article about hypoallergenic dog breeds because there are other dogs that do not shed as much and can be lovely companions to you.
Although Beagles shed, you can control that quite a bit through proper care. Try brushing the hair and fur of the Beagle at least once every single week. The first time you do this, you will possibly be very surprised and scared because you will get a lot of hair out. Even though it might be surprising to you, this is quite normal. The second time you brush them you will notice that it is really not that big of a deal. You will realize that beagles shed but that you can control how much hair you get at a time by brushing regularly.
When a Beagle sheds, you have to use a special kind of brush to brush him and remove dead hair! Normally, during regular grooming sessions, you can just brush your Beagle with a fine-toothed comb or a medium bristled brush. If your Beagle is shedding, however, and that is the reason that you are brushing him or her, you should use a special shedding brush. You could also use a dog brush glove, which is a glove that you put on your hand. It allows you to reach every single area of the dog’s body with ease. Loose fur can easily get caught in this kind of a brush and so it makes it easier to remove the extra hair that you might want to get rid of.
You should also vacuum your house about three times every week. This will keep the hair out of the couches, your clothes, and your bedding. The beagle hair can get everywhere but again, by vacuuming, you can control the disaster that Beagles can cause when they shed.