Do Airedale Terriers Shed?
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Airedale Terrier Shedding 101
Yes, Airedale Terriers shed. That being said, they shed very little to no hair at all. They are considered to be low shedders in the dog community. In fact, for a medium sized dog they are considered hypoallergenic and are recommended for people who are allergic to most dog breeds.
The Airedale Terrier shed very little for a double-coated dog. They have a black and tan coat that is of medium length. They have a harsh topcoat and a soft undercoat. The undercoat keeps them warm throughout the winter months and insulated from the water when they go for a swim.
Managing Your Airedale Terrier’s Shedding
The Airedale Terriers shed more when they are being attacked by parasites such as fleas and ticks. This is a problem that can easily be solved by taking your dog to the vet. The vet can pluck out these bugs and can make sure that your dog is well protected from them for future use. It is important to do this because these parasites can carry Lyme disease, which can prove to be fatal for your Airedale Terriers.
Airedale Terriers also shed if they are missing some of the essential vitamins and proteins from their diet. This is also another issue that can be solved very easily. Take your Airedale Terriers to the vet so that they can recommend supplements for your pet to use. You can also try to change their food to a more wholesome brand that works well for them.
Airedale Terriers shed when they are allergic to a specific food that is being fed to them through their diet or through a treat. It might also be that they are allergic to something that is present in their environment, for example, dust, pollen, etc. Again, take your dog to the vet so that will be able to administer a quick blood test and let you know what exactly they are allergic to. This way, they will be able to tell you exactly what they are allergic to and you can use that information to make decisions for your pet. Sometimes, the vet might even prescribe an antihistamine to your Airedale Terriers that shed so that they are not as itchy as before. In extreme cases, they should be able to even give them allergy shots.
You will know when your Airedale Terriers shed more than normal because they have allergies. You should see them sneezing, getting more watery eyes, itching themselves more, scratching themselves more, etc.
Airedale Terrier Grooming Tips
There is something to do if your Airedale Terriers shed more than usual. You can brush them down a couple of times a week. Use a soft-bristled brush to brush them down. Brush them in the direction of hair growth and not against it. Also make sure that if your Airedale Terriers shed, you vacuum your house a couple of times a week. It really should not be necessary to vacuum more than once or twice a week. If your Airedale Terriers shed, you can also give them a fish oil supplement that comes with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.