Do Newfoundlands Shed?
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Newfoundland Shedding 101
Yes, Newfoundlands shed. They are known to be heavy shedders in the dog community. They have a thick, coarse double coat. The outer coat is made of long, oily, shiny, guard hairs and the inner coat is made of short, downy furs. This means that there is a coat on the outside that is coarse and an insulated undercoat that keeps them warm during the winter months and protects them from water.
The Newfoundlands shed moderately throughout the year. During the spring when we have more hours of sunshine, and then again in the fall when we lose a couple of hours of sunshine, Newfoundlands will shed out their inner coat and grow an entirely new one. Do not be surprised to see the Newfoundlands shedding all over the place. This is a process that they all go through. When the Newfoundlands shed out their entire under coats twice a year, it is known as “blowing their coats”.
Newfoundland Grooming Tips
Now that you know that Newfoundlands shed, there are a couple of things that you can do to keep their shedding under control. First of all, daily brushing of the thick, coarse, double coat is very important. Make sure to use a hard brush to do this and brush in the direction of hair growth. Do not brush against the direction of hair growth because that can hurt your dog! We like to use Mars Coat Kind, 18 inches, doublewide shedding and stripping blade. You can really use any of the ones in the market that are meant for heavy shedders. Just make sure that you know how to handle these tools properly before you try them on your Newfoundlands.
Avoid bathing the Newfoundlands until its absolutely necessary because it can strip them from the natural oils in their coat. This will make the Newfoundlands shed even more! Instead, if possible you should dry some dry shampoo from time to time. You can also try to wipe them down with a wet towel from time to time.
Keep a lint remover handy to get rid of any excess hair that you may find accumulating throughout the week. Of course, it is very important to vacuum multiple times a week. You should expect to need to vacuum about four to five times a week.
Managing Your Newfoundland’s Shedding
Despite all this, you will still see your Newfoundlands shed all the time. During the coat blowing seasons, you will see them blow out their coats three or four times, EVEN AFTER you brush them all the time. While vacuums, FURminators, forced hair dryers, etc help, nothing will completely eliminate the shedding problem. That is just the way these big, furry babies are!
Sometimes, Newfoundlands shed an extra amount of fur if they are being attacked by parasites such as ticks and fleas. This is a problem that your vet can solve by plucking out the parasites and prescribing medication for your pets. At other times, Newfoundlands might shed more than usual because they are allergic to something that they are being fed in their food or as a treat. This is also something your vet can solve easily by doing some blood work and figuring out what exactly they are missing. In extreme cases, your vet might be able to give the Newfoundlands allergy shots to make their itchiness go away! Finally, it is possible that your Newfoundland is shedding excessively because they are missing essential vitamins or proteins in their diet. If this is the case, you can change their diet or just give them a supplement that makes up for that deficiency!