Do Bloodhounds Shed?
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Bloodhound Shedding 101
Yes, Bloodhounds shed. That being said, they do not shed too much. They are considered to be low shedders in the dog community.
Bloodhounds have a short, sleek double coat. This means that they have a coat on the top that is a little rough to the touch and an undercoat that is softer and insulated to keep them protected against water and harsh weather. Through out the year, the Bloodhounds shed a small amount. Bloodhounds shed a little more during the beginning of the spring and fall when the weather changes. At the beginning of spring when we start to see more hours of sunlight per day, you will see a little more Bloodhounds shed hairs on the ground. The same thing will happen one more time at the beginning of fall when the weather changes so that we have less hours of daylight per day. Many people think that the shedding is dependant on how hot or how cold the weather is. This is not true, because it really depends on how many hours of sunlight your body gets!
Bloodhound Grooming Tips
When Bloodhounds shed, there are a couple of things that you can do to make sure that you can still keep your house neat and clear. First of all, if you are used to vacuuming your house about once a week, you might want to increase the amount of times to vacuum to about two to three times a week instead. This will keep any lose hair from being stuck to your carpet. You can also get a lint remover and run it over your carpet, your couch and your clothes whenever you feel like you see some hair floating around.
If your Bloodhounds shed, you should brush them down a couple of times a week to keep their hair from falling all over the house. This can be done by using a slicker brush and brushing all the way from the top of their heads to the end of their tails. Make sure to brush them in the direction of hair growth instead of against it.
Sometimes if your Bloodhounds shed, it is useful to give them a fish oil supplement. Fish oil has Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that keep the Bloodhound’s coat shiny and healthy. They will then be less prone to shedding.
Sometimes Bloodhounds shed because they are missing essential vitamins and proteins from their food. If this is the case, take your Bloodhound to a vet who can either provide you with recommendations for a change of food or some supplements. At other times, Bloodhounds shed because they are being attacked by parasites such as fleas and ticks. If this is the case, you need to go to the vet so that they can take these buggers our and make sure that your dog is protected. Finally, it is possible that your Bloodhounds shed because they are having an allergic reaction to something in their environment, food or treats. A simple blood test can tell you if this is true and you can then avoid whatever it is that they are allergic to.