Do Bull Terriers Shed?
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Bull Terrier Shedding 101
Yes, Bull Terriers shed. They are actually known as heavy shedders in the dog community. For a medium sized dog, they shed enough to fill your blankets with a lot of fluff. In fact, if you own a Bull Terrier, you need to be ready to deal with the hair that the Bull Terrier shed all over couches, carpets and even your clothes.
The Bull Terriers shed more than most people think. Their short, coarse hair comes off on your hands when you pet them. The same short, coarse hair gets stuck tenaciously on all your upholstery and whatever it is that they rub themselves against! If you have very sensitive skin, you might find yourself feeling a poke from the hair that they have left on the couch!
Managing Your Bull Terrier’s Shedding
Now that we know that Bull Terriers shed, the bigger question is what can we really do about it. First off, you can make sure that you vacuum a couple of times a week. This will keep the hair that the Bull Terriers shed from piling up. It might also be useful to keep a couple of lint removers around the house that can help you get rid of all the excessive hair that the Bull Terriers shed and you cannot reach with a vacuum cleaner. I have noticed that it is easier to roll the lint remover over things when I know that it is within reach than to go find out! We keep a fat one in the living room, one in the bedroom and another one in the laundry room. It makes our life a lot easier.
Sometimes, Bull Terriers shed more than when they are missing some essential minerals, vitamins or proteins from their food. In this case, you can make a quick visit to the vet who can recommend some supplements for you or even recommend a different and more wholesome food brand for your Bull Terrier that sheds.
At times, Bull Terriers shed because they are being attacked by parasites such as fleas and ticks. In this case, it is essential that you take your Bull Terrier to the vet so that they can pluck out the entire parasite and make sure that your dog is protected.
Finally, sometimes Bull Terriers shed more than normal if they having an allergic reaction to something in their food or something that is being fed to them in the form of a treat. In this case, it makes most sense to take them to a vet who can do some blood work and tell you exactly what your dog is allergic to that is making your Bull Terrier shed. This way, you can make sure that you avoid this item completely and even give them some antihistamines that might help them have less of an reaction to this. In extremely cases, the get might even prescribe allergy shots. Make sure to see a vet before giving your dog any kind of medication.
It is always a good idea to take your dog to a vet if you think that your Bull Terriers shed more than normal. There are two times a year that they will always be shedding more than normal. This is during the spring when we start to see more hours of daylight per day and they again in the fall when we start to see less hours of daylight per day. These shedding cycles should last about three weeks each time. Female Bull Terriers shed more right after they are in heat.