Do Shetland Sheepdogs shed?
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Shetland Sheepdog Shedding 101
Yes, the Shetland Sheepdogs do shed. If you own one, you can expect to find hair everywhere. This includes your clothes, your carpets, your couch, your furniture and everything else that you own! In fact, at times people might have a hard time figuring out who is the Shetland Sheepdog: you or your dog!
When Do Shetland Sheepdogs Shed?
That being said, the Shetland Sheepdogs so need their coats to keep themselves warm during the winter months and cool during the summer. They come with two coats, the topcoat and the undercoat. The topcoat is a little coarser. The undercoat is softer and this is the one that is shedding all the time. This is insulated to protect them against weather and water. This is why it is highly recommended that even though Shetland Sheepdogs shed you do not try to shave them because that is not beneficial for them at all! Getting rid of al the fur because Shetland Sheepdogs shed would make them more prone to getting sunburns! Instead, we need to learn how to handle the fact that Shetland Sheepdogs shed.
Twice a year, the Shetland Sheepdogs shed out their entire undercoat. This is known as “blowing” their coat. This is where the dead undercoat sheds and makes space for the brand new coat. This happens during the spring when we change back from daylight savings time and our days get longer. It happens one more time during the fall when we change into daylight savings time and the days get shorter. As you can see Shetland Sheepdogs shed with the season! Of course, they also do shed throughout the year.
Managing Your Shetland Sheepdog’s Shedding
It is important to vacuum your house about three times a week if you know your Shetland Sheepdogs shed. This will take care of a bunch of the hair! Sometimes, it is easier to actually use a lint remover to get rid of the excessive hair from the couches, clothing, etc. Finally, you can try taking them to a groomer to get the FURminator done. The FURminator will pull out all the excessive hair.
All this being said, it is important to also embrace your Shetland Sheepdogs for who they are. They will shed and they will fill up everything you own with hair but they will also fill up your hearts with love!