Do Chow Chows Shed?
Yes, Chow Chow shed. They are considered to be moderate shedders in the dog community so you can except to find furry hair all over your hour if you have Chow Chows. They shed more hair particularly around their thighs and shoulder.
When Chow Chows Shed the Most
Chow Chows shed more heavily twice a year, once during the fall when the weather cools down and we have less hours of sunlight per day and then again during the spring when the weather gets warmer and we have more hours of sunlight per day. In each of these instances, the Chow Chows shed their entire undercoat and replace it with a new coat. This is known as ‘blowing coat’.
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Chow Chow Grooming Needs
Since their hair is long and thick, when Chow Chows shed their hair can get stuck and matted into the rest of their fur. This is why it is very important to brush out your Chow Chow’s hair a couple of times a week. When you look into a brush for your Chow Chow’s body, make sure that you get a stainless steel Greyhound comb with medium-coarse teeth. You will need a medium pin brush for the longer body coat and a medium slicker brush for the legs.
After that, find a comfortable spot where you can brush down your Chow Chow. You might want to be in an outdoor area or in a spot or put them on a puppy pad so that it is easier for you to clean up later on. Use a spray bottle of diluted coat conditioner to mist the coat before you brush it down. Never brush a dry coat because it will break.
Make sure to brush them down in the direction of hair growth instead of away from it so that you don’t hurt your Chow Chow’s skin. Such brushing a couple of times a week will keep your Chow Chow’s shedding away from the floor and will also make sure that the Chow Chow’s hair is not becoming matted. Once matted, it is very hurtful to your dog to remove that and sometimes their hair must be cut.
Given that Chow Chows shed a lot, you will also want to vacuum your house at least a couple of times a week to keep hair from accumulating all over your house. You can also keep a couple of lint removers around the house to get rid of hair that is stuck on upholstery, your clothes and anything else.
Sometimes, Chow Chows shed more than usual if they are missing important nutrition from their diet. In that case, please touch base with your vet so that they can make sure that your dog is not malnourished and also can tell you what they’re missing. You can also use supplements such as Nutri-Vet Soft Chews that have Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to defend against excessive shedding and give your pet a healthy coat.
Finally, sometimes when your Chow Chows shed, it might be the case that they are being attacked by parasites such as fleas and ticks. In that case, go see your vet so that they can make sure that your pet is protected.