Do Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Shed?
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Shedding 101
Yes, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed. For a medium sized dog breed, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed quite a bit. In fact, they are known as heavily shedders in the dog community.
The Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have a double coat. They have a short, harsh and wavy outer coat what is known as their topcoat. They also have a dense, fine and woolly undercoat that keeps them insulated since they are the toughest water retriever. They also need the undercoat to protect them during the harsh winter months. The Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed their coats normally throughout the year. It is not that they shed a lot, but they are just so furry and their coat covers such a large area that when they shed, it is a lot of fur all together!
Twice a year, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed more because they blow out their coat. In the spring, when we see more hours of sunlight every single day, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed their winter coats and replace it with a summer coat. At the beginning of the fall, when we start getting less hours of daylight savings time, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed their summer coat and replaced with their thicker winter coat that will protect them throughout the winter. Since they basically almost get rid of the entire undercoat, during these two times when Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed it is known as blowing coat.
Managing Your Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s Shedding
There are some things you can do to keep your Chesapeake Bay Retrievers from shedding all over your house. Because Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed, you should buy a brush that you can use to brush them down daily. A slicker brush works best for these fur babies. They have a very dense coat so it is easy to brush it using a slicker brush. You want to make sure that you are brushing the Chesapeake Bay retriever coat in the direction of the hair growth and NOT against it. Also, while brushing, make sure that you are feeding treats to your dog and giving them a lot of positive reinforcement so that they learn to associate this experience with positive things.
It is also important to keep a lint remover handy if your Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed. This is because you can easily run a lint remover over a couch, your clothes, the carpet or wherever else the Chesapeake Bay Retriever has been lounging.
Sometimes, it is helpful to give the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers that shed some fish oil supplements. You are looking for supplements that have Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that will keep the Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s coat shiny and healthy looking and will keep it from shedding all over the place. There are a lot of different brands that you can choose from in the market! We feed our dog one per day in the morning and it has helped him immensely.
Sometimes Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed if they are being attacked by parasites such as fleas and ticks. In this case, take the dog to a vet so that these buggers can be removed and your dog can be treated. At other times, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed because they are missing some essential minerals or vitamins from their food. If that is the case, you need to make sure that you speak to your vet about either changing their food or adding a supplement to it.
Finally, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed because they might be allergic to something that is present in their food or treats that that are allergic to. The vet can do a simple blood test and inform you as to what this item and is give you information about how to avoid it.