Do German Shorthaired Pointers Shed?
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Yes, German Shorthaired Pointers do shed. In fact, all dogs (including the ones that have hair instead of fur!) shed. That being said, their hair is very small compared to that of most other dogs. This is why, it is not as noticeable when they shed.
The hairs sweep up easily, but they can get INTO some fabrics or stick to them. So if you have a German Shorthaired Pointers, be prepared to have hair on your couch, on your clothes and even on the carpet. Again, not as much as with other dogs, but for sure some!
The coat on a German Shorthaired Pointers is rough on the hand, short, thick, and flat. On the ears and head, the hair is softer. They have a dense undercoat that is protected by the upper coat. The undercoat makes the dog water resistant and better adaptable to cold weather.
How to Manage Your German Shorthaired Pointers’ Shedding
The short coat of the German Shorthaired Pointers does not keep them from shedding. Their dark hair will show more clearly on the light-colored fabrics and furniture. This is why, if you own a German Shorthaired Pointers, it makes sense to wear dark colored clothes a lot more than light-colored clothes. It will also make sense get furniture than matches your German Shorthaired Pointers’ coat.
That being said, if you are a German Shorthaired Pointers’ parent, there are many things you can do to keep the German Shorthaired Pointers’ shedding at bay. First of all, brush them using a rubber horse brush. It will take out some of the excess dead hair. You always want to make sure that you brush the German Shorthaired Pointers’ fur in the direction that it is growing and not away from it! I always like to take my dog to the park or to a space where I don’t have to worry about hair sticking to my furniture (that was the point in brushing right?).
If your German Shorthaired Pointers’ shed, it is also a good idea to bathe them from time to time. It is important to make sure that you are using a shampoo that is made especially for dogs because dogs cannot use human shampoo! It is also important to note that you should not bathe your dog more than once a month because you do not want to strip them off of their essential oils that balance their coat. Finally, as you bathe them, please keep soap and water out of your German Shorthaired Pointers’ ears and eyes when you are washing their head.
Vacuuming with help keep your German Shorthaired Pointers’ shedding hair at bay.
Sometimes, like a lot of other dog breeds, German Shorthaired Pointers’ will shed during certain seasons and certain climates. During the winter, for example, German Shorthaired Pointers’ will blow their coat depending on the climate changes and the changes in their hormones.
At times, German Shorthaired Pointers might be shedding because they are not getting all the essential nutrients that they need from their diet. This can also happen if they have parasites on them. This is an easy fix if you take your dog to the vet and he or she medicates your dog and changes their diet! Sometimes, you can also try treats that come with Omega-3 fatty acids that will help keep the dog from shedding excessively!