Do Doberman Pinschers Shed?
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Doberman Pinscher Shedding 101
Yes, Doberman Pinschers shed. That being said, their shedding is not that bad. It is actually considered very little, compared to the shedding of all other dogs out there.
To give you a brief overview, all warm-blooded animals shed. This means all dogs (because they are warm-blooded) will shed. That being said, depending on the environment that the dog is living in, the kind of food that the dog is getting and the genetics of the dog (what kind of breed are they and what kind of hair or fur do they have) can have a huge influence on the amount of shedding that a dog does.
Doberman Pinschers have a short coat and so people think that they do not shed as much as other dogs. This is not true at all. It is not true that dogs with short coats will not shed. Look at pugs! My pug is the love of my life and his shedding is the bane of my existence. In the same way, if you have a Doberman Pinscher, you need to get used to that fact that the Doberman Pinschers do shed. You will see Doberman Pinscher hair in your coffee mug which this wish they had access to, on the bed that they wish they shared with you, on your clothes because they love to come cuddle and all over your carpet where they do end up sleeping!
It is said that Doberman Pinschers with black coats have more hair per square inch than the ones that have red coats. The red-coated ones on the other hand are supposed to have more hair per square inch than the ones that have blue and fawn hair. The amount of hair that Doberman Pinschers have and thus, will end up shedding depends on the kind and the genetic factors as well. Some bloodlines of Doberman Pinschers will have more hair per square inch while others will have thinner hair and coats.
Doberman Pinscher Grooming Tips
While the Doberman Pinschers do not shed as much as other dog breeds, they do require weekly grooming. Doberman Pinschers have an overcoat, or outermost, which can be rough and rigid. Doberman Pinschers also have a soft undercoat, which is meant to keep them insulated and protect their skin. Both of these coats together make Doberman Pinschers double-coated dogs, and the double-coated dogs shed the most at the beginning of the spring and the beginning of the winter. During the winter, at around the same time that we start to lose some hours of sunlight, the Doberman Pinschers are told by their bodies that there is change in the environment and they need more protection. This is when they shed a lot of their dead hair and replace it with new hair. At the beginning of the spring, their bodies have to get used to a similar climate change and are shed again to let their bodies adjust accordingly.
Given that Doberman Pinschers do shed, there are some things you can do to prevent your house from becoming a hairy galore. First off, you can comb them three times a week for a couple of minutes by using a soft-bristled brush. This is important to make sure that you are removing the dead hair from the undercoat that has the soft fur on it. If this dead fur is left it, it can cause more shedding all over your carpet and clothes! You can also use something called a shedding blade to remove the dead hair that has not been shed yet. This shedding blade works as a preventative to remove the Doberman Pinschers’ hair that is about to shed before it actually happens. This is also important if you are trying to remove the debris and the dirt that might be caught in the hair that is about to shed.