Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks Shed?
Rhodesian Ridgeback Shedding 101
Yes, Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed but not too much. They are shorthaired, and are considered to be low shedders in the dog community. They do not have an undercoat so even though the Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed, their shedding is not so noticeable.
Now that you know Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed, lets look at some solutions that will help you keep your house as hair free as possible. If you want the Rhodesian Ridgebacks shedding to be minimum, you can brush them down for about ten to fifteen minutes about two times per week. It usually works best if you get yourself a hard rubber curry or a Kong Zoom Groom. These special brushes will get a lot of lose hair that the Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed, danger, dirt, and flaky skin off of them before it all hits the ground at different parts of your house. You can make this a bonding activity by also offering them a treat or two while you are giving them what they might consider to be a back massage. If you do not want the hair to get all over your house, you can put your Rhodesian Ridgebacks on a training pad or even walk them over to a spot outside. Make sure that your dog feels comfortable while you go through this process with them.
Sometimes people think that if your Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed you should bathe them more often. This is not true. Bathing them too often will make their skin itchier and make the Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed even more because they will be stripped off of their natural essential oils! When you do bathe your Rhodesian Ridgebacks though make sure that you use a high-powered dryer to dry them off so that you can remove any and all hair that is sitting on their skin and has already shed.
Managing Your Rhodesian Ridgeback’s Shedding
Sometimes, Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed because they are missing essential vitamins and proteins from their diet. If this is the case, go see your vet and they might be able to prescribe a different diet or even just a supplement to make your Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed less.
It might also be the case that your Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed because they are being attacked by parasites such as fleas and ticks. Your vet can make sure that these guys are taken off of your Rhodesian Ridgebacks bodies and prescribe medication to make them disease free.
It is also possible that your Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed because they are having an allergic reaction to something that they are being fed as food or treats. In this case, your vet can do some blood work to find out what exactly your dog is allergic to and prescribe them antihistamines. In severe cases, they might even prescribe them some allergy shots. It is important to know what your dog is allergic to so that you can avoid it at all costs!
Always consult with your vet if your Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed more than the normal amount. It might mean there is something going on that requires medical attention.