Do Basset Hounds Shed?
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Basset Hound Shedding 101
Yes, Basset Hounds shed. They are known to be heavy shedders in the dog community because they shed a lot. They have short, coarse hair that will get stuck to upholstery, your clothes and your carpet. If you are about to get a Basset Hound, it is important for you to know that Basset Hounds shed and know what to do about it. If you already have a Basset Hound, you know that Basset Hounds shed and we can help you figure out how to plan to keep the shedding under control!
Some Basset Hound parents might be surprised to find out that Basset Hounds shed because they do not shed much when they are puppies. It starts after their first year in this world, when they shed out their puppy coat and grow a new, coarse adult coat.
When Do Basset Hounds Shed?
The Basset Hounds shed more at the beginning of spring (when there are more daylight hours in a day) and at the beginning of fall (when there are less daylight hours in a day). Therefore, they have two heavy shedding times per year when you can expect your Basset Hound to shed more than usual.
Managing Your Basset Hound’s Shedding
There are a couple of things you can do to keep your Basset Hound shedding under control. First of all, you should try to brush them down once every single day. This will make sure that you are removing all the dead hair and debris that has already shed and is waiting to fall to the ground. Make sure to get a brush that is soft-bristled. Brush in the direction of hair growth and NOT against it to make sure that you do not hurt your dog. You can make the brushing a bonding activity by providing your Basset Hound with a lot of love, treats and positive reinforcements as you brush them down!
You can also try to give your dog a little bit of a salmon oil or other fish oil treat supplement to boast their health and keep the Basset Hounds from shedding too much. There are many different products in the market to choose from. Look for ones that have Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Sometimes your Basset Hounds shed because they are missing essential vitamins or proteins in their food. Either changing your dog’s diet or adding a supplement to their diet can easily solve this problem. Also, Basset Hounds shed when fleas, ticks and other parasites are attacking them. In this case, your vet can remove these parasites and apply some topical medication to make it better. It is very important that you take your dog to the vet to make sure that they have not gotten any diseases from the parasites that have been housing in them. Finally, Basset Hounds shed when they are allergic to either the food that they are having or some treat that is being given to them. Your vet can do some blood work to see what your dog is allergic to and make changes to your dog’s diet.
One thing you do not want to do if your Basset Hounds shed is bath them more than usual. There is a myth out there that says that you should shower them more often to make them “fresh” and less likely to shed. This is not true. Bathing them more than usual will make their skin itchy and thus, more likely to shed.