Do Pekingese shed?


Do Pekingese shed you ask? Well for starters, all dogs shed. So, if you decide to own a dog, you better accept this one simple fact. On why they shed is a different story though. It is a fact that all dogs undergo a 3-stage shedding process. First is Anagen, this is when the hair follicles make new hair. Then next is Catagen, meaning that their hair growth is in a transitional phase. And lastly, Telogan, this is where their hair goes into the final place in the dog’s body and it stops growing.

During these stages, your dog will be shedding his hair and will make a way for the new one. They undergo the said stages continuously, thus making some dogs a heavy shedder. Having said that, there are also various factors that contributes to your dog’s shedding.

The Season. Changing seasons play a vital role in your dog’s shedding pattern. Wild dogs would tend to shed more during the summer to keep their temperature down. Now, domisticated dogs have lost majority of their natural seasonal shedding. If your dog is being left outside, he will shed with the seasonal change. But if your dog is indoors, they may shed all year round due to the home’s warmth. They don’t need thick furs thus their body naturally initiates to discard the excess fur.

The Breed. A dog’s breed greatly affects how often they shed. In general, there 2 types of shedders: heavy and light. The pekingese breed belongs to the heavy shedders. Rule of thumb, light shedders needs to be groomed often. This is due to the fact that their fur gets matted and tangled because of their slow shedding process.

There are also other reasons on why a dog sheds. Bitches tend to shed after they’ve gone through their heat. Others also shed when they are stressed out or if they are ill. If there are bald spots already, take your pet to the nearest vet.

Do Pekingese shed?

Do Pekingese shed?

Heavy shedding. Pekingese shed a LOT. You’ll find hair and fur all over your clothing, upholstery, and carpeting. Make sure you’re really up for this.

Source: Your Pure Bred Puppy, by Michele Welton

How to minimize the shedding:

  1. Use a de-shedding tool. It is found on most pet stores. De-shedding combs can aid you in removing tons of loose and dead hair.
  2. Shedding-control shampoo. Bathe your pet ins this kind of shampoo as this would loosen the dead fur and it can be washed away. Simply follow bottle instructions.
  3. Give him high-quality shampoo. Giving your pet high-end (4 stars and above) dog food would ensure that he would get the nutrients that he needs. High-end dog foods tend to resolve issues on skin allergies, and excessive shedding. It also promotes shiny coat and healthy skin.
  4. Give Omega 3 or fish oil. Mix omega3 or fish oil in your dog’s diet. Some dogs shed a lot due to the lack of fats in their diet that supposedly makes their coats healthy and shiny. The fatty acids that they will get from fish oil or omega3 would generally improve your dog’s skin and coat health.
  5. Go to the vet. See your vet if you have done the tips above yet your dog’s condition didn’t improve. Your pet may have an illness or parasites. Also consider checking food or environment allergies.

I hope this post answered your inquiry: “Do pekingese shed?”  Well, they are in fact heavy shedders and it takes patience and commitment to maintain this kind of dog. If you don’t want any hair sticking on your clothes, furniture, or rugs then try to consider another breed to get.

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