The pug breed has seen constant and almost exponential growth over the last few years with the breed constantly gaining in popularity with there being no signs of this changing anytime soon. Due to seeing some of the strongest growth out of all dog breeds recently, there are a large number of first-time pug owners out there or people who are looking to add a pug to their family reaching out and asking various questions about the breed. Although these questions vary wildly, one of the most commonly asked questions that we have seen asked on a regular basis is based around “Do pugs shed?” so we have decided to base today’s article around this subject.
Our hope is that we will be able to help as many of our readers who either already own a pug or are considering adding a pug to their family in the near future. Before we go any further into the article, we just want to quickly confirm that yes, a pug sheds its coat year-round, and due to being a breed with double coats, it also has a seasonal spike in shedding too. Thankfully though, there are a number of steps that you are able to take that we will cover throughout the article to try and help our readers get their pugs shedding under control or at least minimize it as best they can.
We know that a number of our readers have allergies to dogs and no dog breed is truly hypoallergenic so managing the amount of hair your pug sheds can help you be a pug owner who does not need to take antihistamines to have the dog in their house. Although there is no way to totally stop your pug from shedding, there are a few things that you are able to do to manage it that can help you live your life as normal with a pug in your home even if you do usually have allergies to dogs.
Although pugs are a small dog breed, we often see people reaching out and asking why pugs shed so much as many people who own the breed are often surprised. Although many people think that it is due to their winter coat, it is actually due to hormones in your dog’s blood that tell it to shed its coat. Although pugs are only small, that are able to shed a surprising amount during their seasonal shedding spikes meaning that it is often a good idea to take steps to protect yourself if you do have allergies as soon as possible to control your pug shedding.
How Do I Stop My Pug From Shedding?
We see this question asked on a regular basis but unfortunately, depending on the reason that your pug is Shedding, there is not usually a way to get it to stop. The majority of pug shedding is totally natural and is due to a hormone in their blood that tells them to release the dead hairs from their double coat. Although there are some medical and nutritional issues that can cause shedding in pugs, this is nowhere near as common so the best method to keep your pugs shedding under control in our opinion is to simply brush your pug.
Although this may sound simple, grooming, and brushing your pug, especially when it is shedding its winter coat is a quick and easy way to make sure that you are able to collect as much of your pugs shed as possible at once. If your pug is shedding its year round, regular amounts then brushing once a week for five to ten minutes is usually good enough but if your pug is shedding during its seasonal spikes then this may have to increase to two or three five to ten-minute grooming sessions per week.
Keep in mind that you should always ensure that you are using a suitable de-shedding tool for your pug too due to them being a double-coated dog breed. We see large numbers of people who own a double-coated dog using a basic brush to try and get their shedding under control only to fail miserably. Thankfully, the specialist grooming tools are much cheaper than they used to be and retail at around the same prices of a regular brush making it much easier to collect your pugs shed.
Now, we know that some pugs can be very active and not be the biggest fans of sitting or laying still to let you brush or groom them to get their shed under control. Thankfully though, there is a quick and easy trick that you can use to your advantage to easily keep your pet pug occupied for long enough for you to brush its shed out with ease. Basically, you are going to want to pick up a Kong dog toy and either some of their treat paste or some peanut butter for dogs. If you do opt for the peanut butter route then try to ensure that it has been produced for dogs as many peanut butter brands for people has Xylitol in it that can be harmful to your pug.
You then put either the treat paste of peanut butter inside the kong toy to keep your dog occupied. You can give the kong toy to your dog straight away as it is but many dog owners will then freeze the kong toy overnight so the treat paste or peanut butter turns hard making it harder for your pug to get it out. This is a quick and easy way to keep your pugs attention on the Kong toy with it staying still to get the treat while you are free to brush it. This is an excellent trick that you can also implement with your pug for other tasks outside of brushing their shed too such as clipping their nails.
Anyway, if you do suffer from allergies to dogs then in our opinion, regularly brushing your pugs shed out of its coat is gong to the be the best option for you to be able to collect as much of the hair as possible and put it all in the bin at once. It is quick and easy and usually takes much less time than it would take to go around your home and clean up all of your pugs discarded shed from everywhere your dog goes during its daily routine.
Take Advantage Of Deshedding Dog Shampoo
Another popular option that is able to help you get your pug shedding under control is to start to bath your pug using a suitable Deshedding Dog Shampoo once a week. Our recommended deshedding shampoo has managed to earn itself a great reputation amongst the community due to its excellent performance with many dog owners, including some people who also own pugs published their own glowing reviews of the shampoo that you are able to read.
Although the deshedding shampoos from around a decade back were basically a waste of time and money, these newer ones have quickly managed to build up a following as they actually work. Not only are they able to help with the regular natural shedding of your pug’s fur but they are also able to help with some of the other issues that may cause your pug to shed. For example, the double coat of a pug can hide parasites that can cause your dog to shed and these specialist doggy shampoos can also help to deal with issues like that.
Make sure that you read the label of your shampoo of choice as different brands are slightly different strengths and have different usage guidelines for optimal results. That said though if your pug is shedding then regular grooming as we covered above as well as a bath with a deshedding shampoo once a week really can work wonders. If can drastically reduce the amount of fur that your pug leaves around your house reducing the amount of clean up that is required and preventing any allergy flareups if you do have issues with dog fur.
Add A Natural Oil Based Supplement To Their Diet
Unlike the two treatments that we have recommended above that are largely based around the natural pug shedding that occurs, this method is based around treating any shedding issues due to a nutritional imbalance. Although there is a small chance that adding a decent oil suppliment to your dog food prior to feed it to your pug will help with its natural shedding, it can work wonders if your pug is shedding due to not having enough essential Omega 3 or Omega 6 in their diet.
These supplements can often be recommended from your local veterinarian if they feel that your pug is shedding so much due to nutritional deficiencies but they are also available over the counter and from online retailers such as Amazon too. They have an excellent reputation due to how quickly they are able to get your pugs fatty acid intake normalized and help control their shedding too. Many dog owners have also published some great reviews of our recommended oil supplement due to it working so well for their dogs.
As a pug owner, we feel that these are well worth trying with your pug if you suspect that your dog is shedding due to its nutrition. Now, you may be thinking that your pugs food is some of the most expensive dog food available on the market but unfortunately, many of the premium dog foods out there do not contain enough essential Omega 3 or Omega 6 fatty acids for most double coat dog breeds to help keep their skin and coat as healthy as they should.
On top of this, ensuring that your pug is getting plenty of these essential fatty acids in its diets can also help to prevent other issues with the breed such as dry skin, hot spots, skin bumps, a dull coat, some issues with allergies, as well as some common digestive issues too. If you tend to make most of your pug’s food from scratch yourself in your kitchen then Omega acid deficiencies are very common unfortunately so supplementation is often recommended.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
This last one is still in its very early stages when it comes to the actual research to back it up but the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has published some early research suggesting that restricting the time that your dog spends outside may help reduce its shedding. Now, we are not sure how useful this one will be for most pug owners as it is based more around working dog breeds who sleep outside but depending on your situation, you may be able to implement it.
We just want to quickly clarify that this is not based around keeping your pug inside all day every day either. You can still take your pug out for its regular walks and leave it to play around in your garden or yard if this is part of its regular routine. The research is more biased on dogs who would usually sleep outside being brought indoors but this is rare for pugs as they are not really used as working dogs or left to sleep outdoors.
Why Do Pugs Shed A Lot Of Hair?
We always see people asking questions similar to “How much do pugs shed?” but there are a number of factors that you have to look at before you can work this out. The actual cause of shedding comes into play as different causes will result in more or less shedding occurring in your pug and even then, the time of year, age of your pug, and its activity level can all come into play and play a part in how much your pug will shed. Due to this, it is very hard to give an accurate estimation on how much your pet pug will shed but people can often be surprised that pugs can shed so much.