The german shepherd dog breed is almost always one of the top ten most popular dog breeds for pretty much any country in the world and is always steadily growing in popularity as more and more people look to add a german shepherd to their family. Due to being such a popular breed while also having a large number of new first-time dog owners opting for a german shepherd, we always see large numbers of people reaching out with a wide range of questions regarding the breed to try and ensure that they are able to offer the best care possible for their new pet.
Over the last few months we have seen more and more questions asked based around some variant of “Do german shepherds shed?” and the frequency that we see this asked is only increasing with each passing week. Due to this, we have decided to dedicate this article to the topic and try to help as many of our readers who own a german shepherd as possible get their dogs shedding under control as quickly and as easily as possible.
Anyway, before going any further with the article, we would just like to quickly say that yes, your german shepherd will definitely shed, just like all other dogs. Although some people try to say that some dog breeds are hypoallergenic, all dog breeds do shed at least for some months of the year so in the truest sense, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog breed.
The german shepherd breed is also double coated with a very thick undercoat that it sheds twice a year too meaning that if you do have allergies related to dog fur, the breed may cause your flare ups, especially during its seasonal shedding spikes two each year. That said though, many people who do have issues with dog fur are able to use an antihistamine to help reduce their symptoms often to a level where they are no longer effected by their german shepherds shedding.
On top of this, there are also a number of steps that you are able to take to help keep your german shepherds shedding in line and minimise the amount of shed that your dog deposits around the house while going about its daily routine too. We will not be taking a more in-depth look at each of these methods as well as sharing our thoughts on each of them.
Dealing With Your German Shepherd Shedding
Although there are a few additional things that you are able to try that we will cover below, in our opinion, the absolute best way to help ensure that you can easily get your german shepherds shedding under control is to simply use a suitable de-shedding brush and brush your dog two or three times a week depending on its shedding level. Even if you have a long coat german shepherd this is usually the most efficient way to collect all of your german shepherds discarded shed at once to prevent it from being deposited around your house.
Not only does this help to prevent the massive clean up operation after allowing your german shepherd to roam and shed as it pleases, it also collects the majority of your dogs shed all at once and helps to prevent allergy triggering. Thankfully, although german shepherds are heavy shedders, their coat is usually very easy to brush provided you have a solid grooming brush actually designed for use with dogs with double coats. One of the main problems that we see amongst german shepherd owners is that they tend to use regular brushes that have not been designed for the task.
With german shepherds being such an active breed, it may be a pain to convince your dog that it is a good idea to sit still for five to ten minutes to allow you to groom it to collect its shed. Thankfully though, we have a quick and easy tip that will usually get your german shepherd to stay relatively still while also keeping it occupied to prevent it from realizing that you are even brushing it.
The trick is based around getting your hands on a Kong dog toy and then getting some treat paste and putting a bunch of it inside of the Kong toy. The vast majority of german shepherds seem to love this game and will grab the Kong toy with their paws and lay down while licking to get the treat paste from inside the toy. Our recommended treat paste is not only delicious to dogs but it is also very stick to help easily keep your dog occupied for ten minutes or more while you brush it. On the flipside of this, you can also deploy this same trick for tasks such as clipping your dog’s nails or anything else where you need your dog to sit relatively still for an extended period of time.
Take Advantage Of Deshedding Dog Shampoo
There are an absolute ton of deshedding dog shampoos on the market right now but unfortunately, many of them are a total waste of time any money and do little to nothing to help get your dogs shedding under control. Thankfully though, there is one Deshedding Dog Shampoo that not only has an excellent reputation amongst the community for helping to manage your dogs shedding but also has a low price tag.
Although using a deshedding dog shampoo on your german shepherd can definatley be beneficial and help you control your dog’s natural shedding, in our opinion, the grooming method that we covered above is definitely the best option. Although it will definitely depend on the dog, many german shepherd are not the biggest fan of bath time meaning that they may not take kindly to your trying to bath them even once a week to use the shampoo. We have seen reports from other dog owners saying they simply use a garden hose and turn it into a game with their dog but this method will depend on the temperature of the area you live.
If you think that you are able to implement this method then it is most definitely worth trying. Our recommended shampoo should be used once a week and not only helps to reduce shedding but also helps to promote a healthy skin and coat due to its high omega fatty acid content as well as a number of essential extracts. Although you are able to use a deshedding treatment as a stand-alone solution, we feel that implementing the brushing method too will definitely have better results and compound the reduction in shed around your home.
Getting Your German Shepherd A Hair Cut
We have lost count of the number of dog owners who think that taking their dog to a professional dog groomers and having their coat cut short will help deal with shedding. This is not the case at all as dogs do not shed due to the length of their coat or their body temperature but due to a naturally occurring hormone in them. Having your german shepherds coat cut short can actually make it harder to remove as much of their shed when grooming too due to their coat usually catching and holding large amounts of their shed.
If you do have allergies to dogs then this can be a nightmare as it makes it much easier for your dog to unknowingly spread its shed around your home and potentially cause an allergy flare up. On the flipside of this though, the thick, heavy double coat of the german shepherd breed may cause issues in warmer locations, especially if you own a long haired german shepherd so keeping your dogs coat short is essential.
This one definitely has a trade off if you have allergies but if you are an allergy free dog owner, don’t go paying the high rates of a professional dog groomer in the hope that it will help reduce their shedding. Although some dog groomers may say that it will help, it wont, and it can actually make it easier for your german shepherd to deposit its shed more often around your home.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
At the time of writing, this is definitely the most controversial recommendation due to their currently being so few studies to actually back it up. That said though, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have recently published research suggesting that dogs will tend to shed more the more time they spend outside when compared to dogs who spend more time inside of the home. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to give this a try but in all honest, any of the options suggested above will likley provide you with better results.
On top of that, just to be clear, it is not recommended that you keep your dog indoors all day, everyday. You can still let your dog play in the garden or yard as required, take your german shepherd for its normal walks and largely keep to the same routine. The main point is based around dogs who sleep outside or are left in the yard most of the day while their owners are at work or school. Again though, although there is a correlation in the data, this does not mean that bringing your dog indoors more often is the causation of the reduced shedding.
Why Do German Shepherds Shed
As we touched on earlier in the article, your german shepherd will likely be shedding its coat due to a totally naturally occurring hormone that is released into its bloodstream and there is nothing that we can do to stop that from happening. Although in some rarer cases, your german shepherd may be shedding due to a medical condition, the vast majority of shedding that occurs in the german shepherd breed is totally natural due to them being heavy shedders that fully shed twice a year.
Will My German Shepherd Stop Shedding
This is another question that we commonly see asked about the german shepherd breed as well as most other breeds that have seasonal shedding spikes. Due to the shedding of the breed spiking twice a year, we see many people who own german shepherds posting online saying that their dog stops shedding but this is not the case. The amount of their coat that they are shedding has simple reduces and gone back to its regular shedding.
The vast majority of german shepherds will shed year round with two seasonal spikes meaning that if you do have allergies to dogs then the breed may not be for your. On the flipside of this though, if you do not have allergies to dogs and are willing to groom or bath your german shepherd as explained above, they can be an excellent breed that are loving and caring and make a great pet.