Do Akitas Shed?
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Akita Shedding 101
Yes, Akitas shed. They are considered one of the heavy shedders amongst the medium dog breeds in the dog community. They will shed regularly throughout the year. Twice a year, during the spring and during the fall, they will shed out their entire coats.
Akitas shed a lot during specific seasons because they have a double coat. This means that they have a undercoat that is more like a down comforter and insulated. It keeps them protected from the water and through harsh winters. They also have a topcoat that is a little rougher. During the fall, when we see less hours of sunlight per day, Akitas shed big clumps of their undercoat. This is known as blowing coat. In the spring again, when we start to see more hours of sunlight per day, Akita blow out their coat one more time. Unfortunately, during these two times, even if you are brushing them out on a daily basis and taking all the precautions, Akitas shed a lot. The best thing to do is knowing that and being well prepared to deal with lots of Akita shed fur!
When Do Akitas Shed?
Besides these seasonal times, Akitas shed a moderate amount throughout the year. That being said, there are a couple of things that you can do to make sure that you are able to deal with it as it happens. First of all, be prepared to vacuum your home more often than usual. For some Akita owners who’s Akitas shed, this might mean vacuuming four times a week! It depends on your dog and the amount of hair you are able to stand without having to clean it up. You can also try to keep a lint remover handy to help you with the process throughout the week. We find that keeping a lint remover in multiple places in the house can motivate you do actually remover the hair on a regular basis since the means to do it is right in front of your face!
Managing Your Akita’s Shedding
Daily brushing can help you keep some of the Akita shedding under control. You need a soft bristled brush that can be used on your Akita’s body. You will want to brush in the direction of hair growth and not away from it. You can do this at home or choose a preferred spot, such as a dog park, to do this. It just needs to be a place where you and your dog feel comfortable and that you can clean up easily.
Sometimes Akitas shed because they are not getting the vitamins and proteins that they should be getting from their food. In this case, your vet might want you to change you food to something else that fills that need. You can also just give them a supplement to bridge that gap. If your Akitas shed more than the normal amount, it might be helpful to give them some Omege-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to make their skin shiny and less prone to shedding!
Finally, sometimes Akitas shed because ticks, fleas and other parasites are attacking them. If this is the case, you need to take them to the vet as soon as possible to make sure that they get proper medication and treatment. You will know this is the case if you see them licking themselves and/or scratching themselves a lot. You might even find scabs on them that give away the fact that they are being attacked by parasites. This is very serious and needs medical attention from a vet.