Do English Springer Spaniels Shed?
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English Springer Spaniel Shedding 101
Yes, English Springer Spaniels Shed. The English Springer Spaniel is considered a moderate shedder in the dog community.
The English Springer Spaniel has a double-coat with medium-length fur. The double-coat, as you might have guessed from the name, is a two-layered coat. The topcoat, which is the outer most coat, can be straight or wavy. This is a little coarse. The undercoat, which is the coat closest to their skin, is soft and thick. This coat is waterproof and protects the dog from harsh weather conditions and outdoor debris. They also have fringe like fur on their ears, chest, stomach and legs that is longer than the fur on the rest of their body. The show bred English Springer Spaniel will have a thicker coat than that of the field bred ones. This kind of English Springer Spaniel shed more.
When Do English Springer Spaniels Shed?
The English Springer Spaniel will shed a moderate amount throughout the year. Twice a year, the English Springer Spaniel shed more than usual. This heavy shedding is connected to seasonal changes. The English Springer Spaniel shed more at the beginning of fall when the hours of sunlight lessen and the weather starts to get cooler. They will then shed heavily in the spring when the weather starts to get warmer and there are more hours of sunlight each day.
Managing Your English Springer Spaniel’s Shedding
If you have a English Spring Spaniel that sheds, there are certain things you can do to combat that shedding even though it might not be possible to eliminate the shedding all together. You can clip some of the coat to prevent excessive shedding. Clipping must not be extreme. You want to clip enough to keep the general shape of the coat and the fur as neat as possible. If you are not too confident of your ability to clip, feel free to take your dog to the groomers to have it done.
You can also go through a process called hand stripping in order to keep your English Springer Spaniel shedding to a minimum. This is when you out on rubber glove to get a firm grip on the fur of the English Spring Spaniel and simply pluck out any hair that might be dead. You will pluck one or more at a time from your dog’s body with your forefinger and your thumb, lifting the outer coat to access the downy undercoat. You should not be picking out any hair that is supposed to stay with your dog. Instead, you are plucking out shed hair that would shed anyway if it were left there. Shed hair is usually easy to spot because it will stick out around the face. It can be gently plucked away with your fingers. This process should not be hurtful to your dog at all because the hair is already dead and shed so it is not attached to the skin of the dog. By plucking it out, you can prevent it from going all over your house and in your clothes!
You can also brush your English Springer Spaniel’s coat daily to keep it from shedding. This will also remove any mats from forming on your dog’s coat. Matting can cause discomfort and pain for the dog and should be avoided at all costs. While brushing your English Springer Spaniel, you want to get a wire-bristled brush that reaches down to the like and brushes through both the outer coat and the undercoat.
Sometimes, deficiencies in their diet can also make English Springer Spaniels shed. Shedding can be their body’s way of telling you that they are missing essential oils, vitamins, or something else from their diet. This can also happen if there is a sudden change in their diet. Additionally, if ticks or other termites are attacking your dog they might be shedding more than usual. Take your dog to the vet and they can prescribe some treatment for you. This will be an easy fix if this is the reason why your English Springer Spaniel is shedding.