Do Pugs Shed? – How to Resolve the Pug Shedding Nightmare
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Pug Shedding 101
“Pugs shed a lot”, say most pug owners. This is something that I heard from many pug owners before I became a pug owner myself. If there was one piece of information that has been truer than ever, this is it. In fact, pugs shed more than a lot. They shed tons. If you read or hear anything to the contrary, you’re either getting misinformation, or the input of someone whose Pug is a rare exception to the norm. If you get a Pug, you’ll have fur all over the place- on every piece of furniture, on all your clothes and in your car. You don’t even have to put your Pug in the car, the fur will just be there…and everywhere else.
I take my pug to a pug meet-up every month and leave it looking like a pug myself. For about 2 weeks, I let the pug on my bed and ended up looking like a pug-junkie. I was covered with pug hair and so were my white sheets. It is incredible how much of my black pug hair I had to remove from my white sheets. We used up half of a lint remover JUST cleaning the bed. We then decided the pug does not go on the bed but are not sure how long this will work (since we love him so much) and how effective this will be (since he knows how to climb the bed).
There is a myth in the pug world that fawn pugs shed more than black pugs. This is believed to be true because fawn pugs have a double coat (One layer makes up the Pug’s top coat but there is also another shorter layer underneath) while black pugs only have one coat. It makes sense that pugs with a single coat would shed less. At the same time, I do not believe this is always true. My black pug puppy did not seem to shed much when we first got him (in the summer). It is now autumn/almost winter and he has been shedding all day, every day without any breaks. Wherever he goes, there is a mass of pug hair. Therefore, although people tend to say that one way to control a pug’s shedding is by getting a black pug, I think that is NOT true given out experience with our little pug. While doing my extensive research on pugs, I have come to the realization that how much does a pug shed really depends on the pug that you are talking about.
While there is no way to prevent a pug from shedding, there are a couple of often-tried methods to control the excessive shedding of pugs.
Brushing your pug
There seems to be only one sure-fire way to control your Pug’s shedding and that is by brushing your Pug every day. A few strokes a day will help, but won’t really accomplish much. That’s why you’ve got to dedicate a chunk of time to brushing your Pug, starting with the head and ending with the tip of its tail. You’ve got to brush the hair on both sides and you’ve also got to get your Pug to roll over so you can brush the hair on its belly.
You might find that a brushing mitt works well on your Pug. The Kong Zoom Groom has a very good reputation for being a great brush to use while brushing your pet.
After brushing your Pug, you’ll always be covered in Pug hair so have a lint brush handy. And not only will you be covered with Pug hair, everything else in your home will be, too! It’ll be on floors and upholstered furniture and tucked in every corner. That’s why, besides regular grooming, you’ll need to get into the habit of vacuuming your house (and probably your car, too!) every day.
You can learn a great deal about maintaining the beautiful pug coat by using a brush by reading out article dedicated to maintaining the pug coat.
Fortunately, the Pug is one of the more sociable dog breeds and there aren’t many Pugs that will object to all the attention that comes along with a daily brushing routine. If you want to love a Pug, you’ve got to love all the hair that’s part of this package deal!