Do Dalmatians Shed?
Yes, Dalmatians shed. Dalmatians are not the only dogs out there that shed. In fact, all dogs shed but how much dogs shed differs from one dog to the next.
It is important to know that how much of the hair that Dalmatians you see everywhere depends on what kind of hair the Dalmatian has in the first place. The Dalmatian coat is usually short, fine and dense. It is possible for the smooth coated Dalmatians to give birth to long-coated offspring.
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When do Dalmatians Shed?
Dalmatians shed considerably all year round. Twice a year, Dalmatians shed more than normal. If you have a Dalmatian with the short, stiff hairs, the Dalmatian hair will weave into the carpet, clothing, upholstery and any other kind of fabric that might be around! Except to find it pretty much stuck to everything.
Dalmatians shed more heavily during the spring and then again during the fall when the weather changes. During the fall, when you see less hours of sunlight every single day, Dalmatians will shed more heavily and you will see that you have more dog hair everywhere. This will happen again during the spring when the season changes and we have more hours of sunlight every single day.
How to Manage your Dalmatian’s Shedding
Now that you know that Dalmatians shed a considerable amount, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure that the dog hair does not get everywhere. First off, you can vacuum your house a couple of times a week to keep the abode hair free. Depending on how much your Dalmatians shed, you will need to increase the amount of times that the house is being vacuumed. The more frequently you vacuum, the less Dalmatian shed hair will pile up!
The best way of course to keep the dog hair at bay is to get rid of the hair before the Dalmatians shed them on to the floor. What do I mean, you ask? Well, you can get something like the ZOOM GROOM, or any other dog brush for that matter and brush down your dog a couple of times a week. Every time you brush your Dalmatian, make sure that you start to brush from the head and brush all the way down the tail. Brush in the direction of hair growth and NOT against it so that you do not end up injuring your dog. As you are brushing your Dalmatian, make sure that you and the dog are in a place that the dog feels safe and secure in so that they do not panic or try to escape the process. Keeping treats near you can also come in handy.
If your Dalmatians shed heavily, or more than normal, it might be the case that they are missing essential nutrients from their diet. In this case, you can supplement their diet with a supplement chew or oil that contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. We use Nutri-Vet’s Shed Defense Soft Chew which not only keeps our dog from shedding too much all over the place but also gives his coat a very healthy shine. You can check that out but also know that there are many different kinds of supplements such as this available in the market. Get what your dog wants the most. We got this because Bunk was so much better about eating a chew treat than with the actual oil in his food, which he sniffed and rejected.
Finally, if your Dalmatians shed more than normal, it is possible that they are being attacked by parasites such as ticks and fleas. In that case, please make sure to take your dog to the vet so that they can make sure that the parasites are removed completely and that your best friend is completely protected.
In any case where you suspect your dog is shedding more than normal, make sure to consult with your vet.