Although dalmatians are far from being one of the most popular dog breeds in North America and Europe, their popularity has been steadily growing over the last few years as more and more people looking to add a pet dalmatian to their family. We are pleased to report that we have noticed a direct increase in the number of people that we have seen reaching out with questions for the dog breed that directly correlates to this increase in popularity. We are always pleased to see this as it shows that the people looking to add a dalmatian to their family are actually doing their research and asking for assistance to ensure that they are able to help offer the best care possible for their new pet.
Although we do see a large number of different questions asked about the dalmatian breed, the most commonly asked set of questions are usually based around things like “Do dalmatians shed?“. Due to this, we have decided to make this the main focus of today’s article to try and help as many of our readers as possible who may be considering adding a Dalmatian to their family. We know that many people like to keep their house as clean as possible and that a large number of people suffer from allergies to dogs so we are hoping that our article will be of some use.
Before we go any further though, we just want to specifics that dalmatians do shed, usually, a moderate amount and their shedding is usually year-round although some dalmatians may end up having seasonal spikes in their shedding too. This usually results in a decent amount of shed being left around your home and on your furniture resulting in a fair amount of clean up and potentially triggering anyone who has allergies to dogs in your family.
Thankfully though, dalmatians usually don’t suffer from excessive shedding and with the proper care and maintenance, you can drastically reduce the amount of shed that will be around your home as we will cover throughout our article. If you implement these tips to minimize the amount of shed your Dalmatian will release, you can often keep your house clean with ease while also reducing the chance of the dog triggering your allergies, even without the use of antihistamines.
Dealing With Your Dalmatians Shedding
In our opinion, there is no better way of dealing with your dogs shed then to implement a strict, regular brushing and grooming routine. Now, we know that there are reports online from people saying that regularly brushing their dog did little to nothing to manage their dalmatian shedding but from what we can tell, they are almost always using an unsuitable brush for the task. A suitable de-shedding brush makes the world of difference and is well worth picking up as they are cheap, easy to use, and offer excellent results in reducing your dogs shedding.
Our recommended de-shedding tool of choice has the largest market share of all popular de-shedding tools due to it performing so well. It is very popular, offers excellent results, and has a great reputation amongst the dog-owning community that just keeps on getting better and better with each passing month. In addition to this, since its release onto the market, it has managed to gain literally thousands of excellent, independent reviews from other dog owners who use it to reduce the shedding of their own dog too.
These specialist de-shedding tools have an extremely high success rate, even if you have another dog in your home other than your Dalmatian that goes through excessive shedding these tools will be able to reduce the amount of hairs that they shed. They are very easy to use too and with a Dalmatian you will likley be able to brush your dog once or twice a week for around five minutes and see a drastic reduction in the shed around your home. Take care to remove any of your dalmatians fur on the brush after use and it will last you for many years to come too.
Now, we know that many a Dalmatian will likley want to do its own thing than sit there for five or ten minutes while you brush it. Thankfully though, there is a quick and easy trick that you are able to use to your advantage. If you get a Kong dog toy as well as some treat paste or peanut butter for dogs and put either of the treats inside the Kong toy and then freeze it the day before brushing, you can use it to keep your dalmatians attention while you brush it and you will usually have plenty of time to spare too.
The treats are delicious so hold the attention of your pet Dalmatian with ease and due to freezing them in place, it can take as long as thirty minutes before your Dalmatian will be able to get all of the treat out of the toy and lose interest. One quick side note is that you should get a specific peanut butter for dogs rather than a regular one for humans when using this trick. Peanut butter for humans will often contain a high amount of Xylitol that can play havoc with your dog’s digestive system and result in a messy cleanup. The doggy peanut butters are specifically made for dogs and are free from Xylitol so totally remove this risk.
Take Advantage Of Deshedding Dog Shampoo For Your Dalmatians Shedding
Another thing that you are able to do to help reduce your dalmatians shed is to start using a good Deshedding Dog Shampoo on their coat once a week during bath time. Although these shampoos used to be close to useless, the new ones are actually pretty solid tools to help you deal with your dalmatian shedding and our recommended shampoo has an excellent track record, a great reputation, and a bunch of great reviews from other dog owners using it to help reduce how much their dog sheds.
Different de-shedding shampoos work in different ways with the better ones actually helping to reduce some of the potential causes of any excessive shedding in your Dalmatian too. In addition to helping to reduce the amount of dalmatian hair that will be released from your dog’s coat when shedding, these also offer some other benefits as they can deal with a number of other common skin problems and help to keep your dalmatians coat shiny.
Again though, your Dalmatian may not take kindly to bath time but simply taking your dog out into the yard or garden with a bucket or water or a garden hose and washing them there with the shampoo can often deliver similar results. You can further improve the results of these shampoos on the amount of shedding your Dalmatian will do by combining them with regular grooming as examples in the section above too offering surprising results.
Add A Natural Oil Based Supplement To Their Diet
A common, yet often overlooked cause of excessive shedding in dogs is due to their diet, more specifically, a lack of essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and Omega 6. These acids are the essential building blocks that your Dalmatian requires to build itself a healthy coat as well as naturally keep its skin as healthy as possible too. Unfortunately, many dog food brands, even the premium price point ones are unable to add as much essential fatty acids as your dog requires due to regulations around the total calorie count per serving of their food.
This is why so many people turn to a decent doggy oil suppliment that you add into your dalmatians diet to help top up the essential fatty acid intake that it requires. It is often surprising the effect on your dalmatian shedding as well as the health of its coat that taking a step as simple as this can actually make. The vast majority of the oil supplements for dogs are cheap too so you can easily try months serving to see if you see any improvements in your dogs shed release.
You can sometimes see a difference in your dalmatian hair as well as their level of shedding in as little as only two weeks too. You simply add the supplements to our regular dog food during meal times and your Dalmatian will never know the difference. Additionally, topping up the Omega 3 and Omega 6 acids in your dogs diet can also often help deal with other conditions such as dry skin, skin bumps, a dull coat, hot spots, and some digestive issues too.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
This next one is a less commonly used treatment for your dalmatian shedding due to the vast majority of people who own a Dalmatian keeping it as a pet and having it sleep indoors rather than letting their dog sleep outside. That said though, depending on your situation, this may be something that you can try to help reduce the situation with your dalmatian shed.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has started to publish some early research that shows a correlation between the amount of shedding that a dog will do in relation to if it sleeps outside or in. There is definitely evidence to suggest that bringing a dog indoors at night to sleep can reduce the amount of shedding that it will do but there are still many unanswered questions with this method.
Additionally, as we said, the vast majority of Dalmatian owners usually have their dog sleep inside of the house at night anyway so this may not be something that you are able to try with your own dog. We just wanted to make our readers aware of it as there is some strong research emerging to help back it up.
Why Do Dalmatians Shed
The vast majority of a dalmatians shed is due to the natural hormones that it will release in its blood year-round to tell its coat to shed any old, damaged, or dead hairs. This is totally normal and to be expected and all dogs do this to some degree and there is nothing that we are able to do to prevent this from happening. Regular grooming of your dalmatians coat and bathing is probably your best options as it allows you to manage the situation as best you can.
The next most common cause of Dalmatian shedding is due to a lack of essential Omega 3 or/and Omega 6 oils in their diet as we covered earlier in the article. Thankfully though, this is a relatively easy one to fix at home yourself and adding a decent oil supplement for dogs to your Dalmatians diet will often be able to help you reduce the amount of shedding that your dog will go through.
The final and lease common reason that a dalmatian may shed its coat is due to a parasite infestation in its coat. If you suspect that this is the cause of a spike in the normal shedding of your pet then we would highly recommend that you take it to your local vet for specialist treatment. Some parasites can lead to serious issues and require a prescription, specialist treatments to treat so it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to an infestation.
That brings our article going over the question “Do dalmatians shed?” to a close. We hope that you have found it helpful and that it has offered you some tips and tricks that you will be able to use with your own pet to help minimized your dalmatians shed release. If you do suffer from allergies to dogs then implementing our tips and tricks can sometimes allow you to live with a dalmatian in your home and not have its shedding trigger your allergies so they are well worth trying.