Do Chinese Shar-Pei Shed?
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Chinese Shar-Pei Shedding 101
Yes, the Chinese Shar-Pei shed. That being said, they are considered to minimal shedders in the dog community. Being the giant dog breeds that they are, they really do not shed much for the amount of space that their coats cover!
The Chinese Shar-Pei does not have an undercoat. They can have three different kinds of coats. The horse coat is the kind that is very short and prickly, which could be irritating for the skin of very sensitive people. The brush coat is thicker at about one inch long. The bear coat is a very heavy one and makes them look like a Chow. All three of the Chinese Shar-Pei coats shed but the brush and the bear coats shed the most!
Their brush coat is the one that sheds a little bit throughout the year. The horse coat is the one that tends to shed a lot but only during the molting periods. During the molting period, the molting will leave your Chinese Shar-Pei coat looking very unkempt. At this time, it might be a good idea to shower them about once a week to brush them down daily to get rid of the old dead hair and let their new coat grow in. The horse coat that the Chinese Shar-Pei shed can become problematic for people who have severe allergies.
Managing Your Chinese Shar-Pei Shedding
There are a couple of different reasons why Chinese Shar-Pei shed more than usual. First of all, Chinese Shar-Peis shed more than usual when they are missing something essential from their diet, such as a vitamin or a protein. In this case, your vet can easily suggest a supplement that you can add to their food to make it more wholesome for them. You can also try to change their food all together to give them food from another brand that fulfills all their nutritional needs.
It is possible that Chinese Shar-Pei shed more when they are being attacked by parasites such as fleas and ticks. In this case, it is extremely essential that you take your dog to a vet so that they can help you get rid of these parasites by plucking them out. They can also give your pet the proper medication to keep them well protected in the future. These parasites can cause Lyme disease, which is super dangerous so beware of them!
Finally, Chinese Shar-Pei shed more when they are allergic to something that is being fed to them, whether it is in their food or it is being fed to them in the form of a treat. This is why it is important to ensure that your Chinese Shar-Pei has been to a vet who can test their blood and inform you about what it is exactly that they are allergic to. You can then ensure that they are kept clear from this food item. Some pets are allergic to corn, gluten or other food items while others might be allergic to the dust in the air around them. If your Chinese Shar-Pei shed because they are having an allergic reaction, your vet might either prescribe you with some antihistamines or even allergy shots.