Should my dog be shedding so much, this time of year? He is a GSD mix , has the coat. Its the top coat that he is shedding I believe, its rougher and has black tips. I was just outside with him and was plucking the hair with my fingers, sooo much hair came out.
I know that when we got him in March he was losing his winter coat (undercoat). But this hair was tan and fluffy(super soft). He didn't shed much over the summer, but has just started again.
I know he should be growing an undercoat soon, as it is getting chilly here, but I didn't know he would be shedding too.
He is fed California Natural Dog Food Sweet Potato and Herring. Supposed to be a good food.
hes shedding, or "blowing" his poutercoat. to make room for the undercoat. i am going thru this with my american eskimo dogs. get a shedding rake and brush him well daily till it subsides, if you dont all that hair that needs to come out will clump up and matt and become a mess.
This was the primary reason I got Dobes instead of the beloved GSD...I can't do the shedding... This time of year, the undercoat sheds to make room for the heavy coat coming in...There are lot's of good rakes for this reason, but I can't recommend any cause I have the smooth coats at my place......
I recommend changing dog foods. My mother has a GSD. Her vet recommended Timberwolf Organics Bison. Before switching to Timberwolf she had clumps of hair all over the floors. She was always cleaning. Today she cleans 1/4 of the time.
Timberwolf Bison is used for clearing up skin and hair conditions caused by adverse food reactions. Good luck!
Its not really clumps (because its not down fur), its just the top coat. LOL, I've never had a long haired dog before, just the bordercollie, but he didnt shed so bad. and Molliei has really short hair, she still sheds but doesn't have an undercoat.
I'll look into the food, and see what I can come up with. It seems I'm washing my sheets every three days with all the dog hair. I've got a furminator, works well on the under coat, I'll see about the top coat.