The Newfoundland dog breed is seeing some steady growth in their popularity in both North America and Europe and although they are not seeing the exponential levels of growth as some of the more popular breeds, it is nice to see the Newfoundland steadily going from strength to strength. As more and more people are starting to look to add a Newfoundland to their home, we are noticing more and more people reaching out and asking a number of questions about the dog breed and how they are able to best care for them.
Without a doubt, at the time of writing, the most popular question that we are seeing asked with increasing frequency is based around “Do newfoundlands shed?“. As we like to try and help as many of our readers as possible, we have decided to dedicate this article to Newfoundland dog shedding to try and let our readers know what they are in store for if they do end up adding a Newfoundland to their home. We are also going to be going over four tips that can drastically reduce the amount of shed that you will find around your home if you have a Newfoundland living with you.
So, as you can probably guess by their long coat, the Newfoundland dog breed do shed and they can shed an absolute ton, especially in the spring and fall months where they are blowing their undercoat and have excessive shedding. Newfoundland dogs are far from hypoallergenic and is someone in your family has allergies to dogs then the breed may not be suitable. Even people with mild allergies to dogs who also take antihistamines can often see flare-ups, especially during the excessive shedding periods when the breed is blowing its coat.
Thankfully though, you can reduce the amount of shed that you find around your home to help keep it clean and tidy as well as reduce the chances of having any issues with allergies to their fur. We would highly recommend that any of our readers who have a newfoundland dog at least implement the first suggestion but you can also compound this with the second suggestion for even better results too. The last two tips for managing your Newfoundlands shedding will depending on your own situation but are still worth considering.
Dealing With Your Newfoundlands Shedding
The best way to drastically reduce the amount of shed that your pet newfoundland dog will be able to leave around your home is to regularly remove it with brushing. This allows you to collect as much of the shed as possible and get it out of your dogs coat all at once before it has a chance to fall to the ground as your pet walks around your home. Although you do often see a large number of people saying that they have tried brushing their newfoundlands coat without having any success, the majority of people saying this tend to use a brush designed to clean your dogs coat, not de-shed it.
Provided that you use a suitable de-shedding brush that has been specifically designed for the job, especially with the coat type of your pet newfoundland, you can usually see excellent results when grooming your newfies fur. On top of this, we see so many people thinking they have to brush their dogs coat daily and this is not the case, in fact, brushing your dogs coat too frequently can actually end up causing more issues than it solves. The majority of people should see a vast improvement in the amount of shed that their newfoundland dog releases from its coat brushing two or three times a week for five to ten minutes each session.
You can adjust this as required as you may have to increase to four or even five times a week when your dog is blowing its coat but this is rare. Our recommended de-shedding tool has one of the best reputations going amongst the community with an outstanding, proven track record of being able to reduce the amount of shed released from dog coats. This has resulted in many dog owners publishing their own glowing reviews of the tool sharing their experiences with it with their own dogs. Reading some of those can be well worth it and really help you see how great this solid little tool actually is as well as the benefit that it can provide you.
Although the majority of newfoundland dogs will happily sit there and stay still for five to ten minutes while you groom them, some of them can be a little more…..active. Thankfully though, if you take some peanut butter for dogs and put it inside of a Kong dog toy and then freeze it the night before you plan to groom your newfoundland, you can usually hold their attention to get the grooming done while having plenty of time to spare. This is an excellent little trick that can help you compact your newfoundland dogs shed levels as well as other tasks where you need your dog to stay still such as clipping its nails.
We would ALWAYS recommend that our readers specifically go with a peanut butter that has been designed for use with dogs. The majority of butters made for human consumption, even some of them that advertise themselves as “all natural” can contain Xylitol. It is not recommended that you ever give you dog any foods that contain Xylitol as it can cause digestive upset amongst other issues that can easily be avoided by going with a peanut butter designed for use with dogs.
Take Advantage Of A Deshedding Dog Shampoo With Your Newfoundland
Due to the coat of your pet newfoundland dog being so long and thick, the coat can be prone to a number of issues that can increase the shed levels of the breed in addition to the natural causes of shedding that all other breeds have too. Thankfully though, the modern Deshedding Dog Shampoo products can help deal with common causes of shedding in dogs ranging from parasite infestations, dry skin issues, hot spot issues, and a number of other causes too. If your newfie has suddenly started to suffer from excessive shedding and you don’t think that it is due to a seasonal spike then these shampoos can be well worth trying.
Although the older formulas were basically a waste of time and money, an absolute ton of research has been put into the various modern products out there to ensure that these newer shampoo formulas can really help you deal with your newfoundland dogs shed. Our recommended shampoo has literally thousands of excellent independent reviews of the product online going over just how well the shampoo has performed for other dog owners too.
You should always check the label on the bottle prior to using any of these products but at the time of writing, our recommended shampoo can be used as often as once per week but most people seem to only have to use it once per fortnight or once per month with their dogs and still report great results. In addition to helping combat a number of common causes of shedding in your newfoundland dog, it also helps to keep your dogs skin and coat as healthy as possible too.
Now, we know that many people will likley not want to bath a newfoundland due to the tendency to shake their coat and throw water all over the home, in addition to this, many dogs can be scared of the bath too. Thankfully though, you can get the same great results in reducing your newfoundland dogs shed release by taking them out into your yard or garden, grabbing a bucket of water or a hosepipe, and washing them in the yard. Even dogs who are usually scared of the bath tend to enjoy being bathed in the yard or garden as it seems more like a game to them.
Increase The Essential Fatty Acids In Their Diet
So many dogs have a deficiency of essential fatty acids in their diet that can lead to a random spike in your newfoundland dogs shed levels as both Omega 3 and Omega 6 are the essential building blocks for a healthy skin and coat. If you dog is not getting enough of them in their diet, coat degradation can set in that can lead to an increased level of your dog shed being released in a short period of time. Thankfully though, this is a very easy cause of shedding to fix as you simply ensure your dog is getting enough Omega 3 and Omega 6 in their diet and you can see improvements in as little as only two weeks.
In our opinion, the best option for moving forward if you feel that your newfoundland is experiencing heavier shedding than normal due to a lack of essential fatty acids, a tailor-made dog food option can be a great option. These options are one of the fastest-growing dog food solutions as they offer excellent quality, human-grade food that is custom made for your dog’s age, breed, and health needs while also seeing a decrease in the price tag of these services over the last three years or so.
Another option that many dog owners go with is to just pick up an oil supplement for dogs and add it to their current food mix. Although this can produce results just as good as using a tailor-made food, once you factor in the cost of your dog’s existing food mix and the supplement, the cost can sometimes be higher than just going with the tailor-made dog food option that offers more general health benefits too.
Getting your newfoundlands essential fatty acid intake up can help decrease its shed levels but also help to deal with some other common problems with the breed. These include dry skin, hot spots, skin bumps, and a dull coat while also being able to assist with some issues such as various allergies and some digestive issues too. Some dog owners will try either of these options just to see the general health benefits for their dogs too as my of the tailor-made food options offer some form of a trial and the oil supplements are relatively cheap. You can usually try your newfoundland on either of them for a month and see if you see any benefit in your dog.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
As the newfoundland breed were originally bred to pull heavyweight and to be a working breed, some people still use them as working dogs and let their dogs sleep outdoors. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has released some research that definitely shows a correlation between an increase in hair shed from dogs that sleep outside when compared to dogs that sleep inside. In addition to this, the research also shows a correlation between a reduction in the hair shed of your dog and bringing it indoors to sleep at night too.
Depending on your circumstances, this can be a great way to reduce the shed hairs being released from your newfoundlands coat and help minimize their shedding. That said though, if you keep your dog as more of a house dog with it already sleeping inside, the methods above will be the way to go. On the flipside of that though, if your newfoundland does sleep outside then bringing it indoors to sleep at night may help to reduce the hair shedding from its coat but this can take six to eight weeks to show results.
That brings our article going over the commonly asked question “do newfoundlands shed?” to an end. We hope that our article has helped any of our readers who are either looking to add a newfoundland to their family or already have a pet newfoundland in their home. Although a newfoundland can shed a surprisingly high amount if its coat is left ungroomed, you can see a drastic reduction in this by following the tips in our article above so they are well worth trying to implement with your dog as quickly as possible.